Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has announced the availability of Ubuntu 17.10. Codenamed Artful Aardvark, the new Ubuntu project is scheduled for October 19.
Ubuntu fans would be disappointed to know about the awkward codename. Having said that, the preliminary release of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) is already available online.
Ubuntu 17.10 will be shipped with GNOME 3.26 by default. The release cycle will be same as any other major Ubuntu versions. Notably, Canonical will release two alpha builds for beta testers on June 29 and July 27. You can expect an official beta following the alpha versions on August 31.
The final beta or beta two will be released on September 29. It will contain the new Ubuntu build for the opt-in flavors.
Final release to arrive on September 13
Once the final beta gets tested by developers, the final release of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) will be prepared. It is currently scheduled to be launched on September 13; you can expect its availability for download on October 19.
Daily build ISOs of preliminary release will be available in coming few days. Meanwhile, the release schedule page on Ubuntu wiki is available for a detailed schedule.