Ready for a really new Ubuntu Linux desktop? Then start downloading Ubuntu 17.10 today. Canonical has abandoned its Unity interface in favor of the new GNOME 3.26 desktop and has replaced its homegrown Mir display server with Wayland.
That may sound like a radical change, but if you look closely at the new Ubuntu 17.10, Artful Aardvark, desktop, it will look familiar. That’s because while the underlying technologies have changed, Ubuntu’s developers have customized its default GNOME desktop to look and feel like Unity.
At the same time, there is a fundamental change here. Canonical is no longer working on being a desktop leader. It’s using the shared work of other Linux desktop vendors instead of trying to set its own software course. The company’s developers are focusing far more on the cloud, containers, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
If the new Unity-like GNOME interface is not to your taste, you can also get Ubuntu 17.10 with the KDE desktop, Kubuntu 17.10; MATE with Ubuntu MATE; or Budgie with Ubuntu Budgie desktops. If you’re an experienced Linux user, you already know the first two. Budgie, however, is newer. It’s based on GNOME, but it’s been adapted by Solus Linux developers to be extremely easy to use. Continue reading