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Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark released – Upgrade Ubuntu 17.04

Canonical has just announced the release of Ubuntu 17.10 codenamed “Artful Aardvark”. This release comes with various new features and updates under the hood and this includes a new 4.13-based kernel, glibc 2.26, gcc 7.2, and much more.

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

Ubuntu 17.10 Key Features

  • The Ubuntu Desktop has had a major overhaul, with the switch from Unity as the default desktop to GNOME3 and gnome-shell.  Along with that, there are the usual incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, and updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice.
  • Ubuntu Server 17.10 includes the Pike release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86, ARM, or POWER servers, z System mainframes, or on developer laptops.
  • Several key server technologies, from MAAS to juju, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features. See wiki for release notes.
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How to upgrade Ubuntu 17.04 to Ubuntu 17.10

  • Before you begin any upgrade, you are advised to first backup your important data, bookmarks, and other user documents.
  • Next launch Software & Updates utility from application launcher and perform following steps
    • On first tab, select “Download from” Main server
    • On Other Software tab, remove/disable all third-party repositories
    • Furthermore, on Additional Drivers tab > select an open-source driver if a proprietary one is already in-use
  • You also need to remove other desktop environments such as KDE, Cinnamon, etc if you have them installed
  • Next ensure your desktop is up-to-date by running the following commands in terminal
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  • Now run this command to launch the software updater
sudo update-manager -d
  • From the popup box, click the upgrade button and accept the release note dialog before upgrade starts

Note that during upgrade, you will get some prompts that requires you to accept.

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