It’s probably the last thing hardcore Ubuntu fans want to know, but it looks like the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 operating system was codenamed Artful Aardvark, and a preliminary release schedule is already online.
It would be awkward for Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth to announce the codename of Ubuntu 17.10 considering what happened lately with the layoffs, etcetera, so some of our readers spotted the release schedule of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux release on the official wiki.
According to the release schedule page, Ubuntu 17.10 will follow the same development cycle like before, which means that a total of two Alpha builds will be made available to public testers on June 29 and July 27, respectively, only for opt-in flavors, of followed by the first Beta, which lands on August 31.
It’s important to mention here that the Ubuntu GNOME flavor is no longer called Ubuntu GNOME, but simply Ubuntu. Also, according to Canonical’s Michael Hall, the Alpha 2 milestone is set as the target for Ubuntu 17.10 to get the GNOME desktop environment by default instead of Unity, as the first Alpha is based on Ubuntu 17.04.
The Final Beta or Beta 2 for the opt-in flavors is currently scheduled to land on September 28, and it looks like the final release of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), which will probably sport the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, set to launch on September 13, is hitting the streets on October 19, 2017.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht