In April 2018, the next long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu will come with GNOME Shell as default. Ubuntu 17.10 is the first release to include the new shell, so it’s a great way to preview the future of Ubuntu.
Get the latest edition
Ubuntu 17.10 comes with the newest software enhancements and nine months of security and maintenance updates.
Get ready for Ubuntu 18.04, our next LTS release, and test out the new GNOME desktop.
Fall in love again
New desktop experience, same ease of use, reliability and huge choice of software.
Meet Ubuntu 17.10
Take the tour and learn about the new Ubuntu.
Features and changes
New GNOME desktop
The biggest change is the desktop environment. Ubuntu 17.10 is retiring Unity in favour of GNOME, version 3.26.1.
The default display server is Wayland, but can also run x.org as a session or on systems that cannot support Wayland.
New on-screen keyboard
The new Caribou on-screen keyboard is paving the way to future touchscreen laptop experience.
Same user experience
The familiar Ubuntu experience – from desktop layout to key shortcuts – remains unchanged thanks to themes and extensions.
The dock that has been a staple feature of Ubuntu since 11.04 is still here, but it can now be moved to the left, right or bottom.
The new settings application lets you easily explore all the possibilities and features of the new desktop.
Ubuntu 17.10 features the Linux kernel 4.13.
Upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10 should be seamless from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 17.04.
The swap is now a file that scales to what your system needs, rather than a partition, making it easier to install Ubuntu on any machine.