Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark is the second release of the year 2017 for one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world. This release is particularly special since it is the first in almost seven years to use GNOME instead of Unity by default in the standard version. Let’s learn how to install it in 10 easy steps.
Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark new features
In the case you missed it, I wrote an article about Ubuntu 17.10 new features. You can read it to get a glance of the most interesting features and news about the Artful Aardvark.
Unity 8 dropped, Ubuntu is now powered by GNOME
One of the most awaited features since a long time has been Unity 8. Unfortunately, Canonical decided to drop Unity 8 and this is the first release using GNOME instead of Unity. Canonical decided to anticipate the switch previously scheduled for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. This is probably due to the fact they wanted to test this configuration better without compromising an LTS and its stability.
Ubuntu 17.10 Installation
4) CASE 1 – You have an empty disk
Dealing with disks is the most delicate part of every installation, so be careful. I highly suggest you to read this article before operating disks. In this case you have no operating system or data on the disk you’re using, you can just use the default option Erase and install Ubuntu. If you want you can also encrypt the Ubuntu installation or use LVM, these are advanced options however and you should not touch them if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you proceed, there’s no going back, so you will be asked once more if you’re sure.
Although the difference between Unity and GNOME can be seen, especially in the upper-right corner, the installation process isn’t much different from Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus . Unity 8 might be dead, but Canonical is finally embracing the community once more. Most of the extensions that you can find installed and enabled by default in Ubuntu 17.10 were selected by the community through a poll. Since this release will be a testbed we can expect a lot from the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 .