Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 22:47

This is a review for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" that was released at 19 October 2017 which features the new GNOME Desktop, new user interface, with GNOME 3.26 applications, and new wallpapers. The freshly installed system runs at ±1GiB of RAM and is slower on old machine. This review contains links for more information such as Artful download links, installation guide, and also newbie's guide. I hope you find this review helpful!

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This is a review of Ubuntu 17.10. If you're looking for another article for 17.10, read Installation Guide, Newbie's Guide, and Recommended Applications.

The New User Interface

If you're wondering where Unity is now, please see Yunit.

Ubuntu officially switched to GNOME Desktop replacing the previously Unity Desktop. Here's the whole user interface.

Control Buttons

You'll like it: the control buttons are now located at top-right again. When you maximize any window, you find no Global Menu anymore, and the control buttons are still at top-right.

Close-mini-maxi buttons now at top-right

New Vertical Panel

The vertical panel, previously called "Launcher" and now called "Dock", is still there. But the menu button now at bottom. When you place new app there, you right-click at the icon and select "Add to Favorites".

The menu button

Memory Usage

Read more about reducing RAM usage for Ubuntu 17.10.

Artful uses ±1GiB of RAM at first login after freshly installed. No real difference in number between both Wayland (default) and Xorg (legacy) sessions. This is huge but still better than the alpha and beta pre-release versions, which could uses upto 1.3GiB.

New Wallpapers!

Artful got many new wallpapers from the FCS 17.10 contest. See also the winners announcement here. Personally, my favorite is More Kamikochi by mendhak. Thank you!

The wallpapers

New Desktop Menu

For you using Unity Desktop (the previous interface of Ubuntu) for a long time, the new desktop uses the same full-screen styled menu, but without categories buttons and you cannot minimize it.

Desktop menu in Artful

Improved Search

When you search, you can find applications. But not only that, you can find another things such as touchpad settings and installable applications, because, the menu is integrated with GNOME. Your well-known apps are connected to the search, such as Calculator and Ubuntu Software, so searching in the search will resulting from them as well.

Searching for "touchpad"

Converting units are instant now! Try to convert temperature from Celcius to Fahrenheit for example.

Converting temperature is very easy!

New System Settings

It's now called "Settings" with greatly changed interface. It's organized in top-down list now rather than icons like before. With Settings, you can set, for example repositioning vertical panel (it's called Dock now) as bottom panel, minimizing icons size, adding VPN connection, and many more.

Ubuntu, Settings, and panel at bottom!

No 32bit Anymore

Good bye 32bit. Now Ubuntu Desktop not providing 32bit anymore and is only available in 64bit ISO image. This means if you use 32bit computers you cannot run Ubuntu 17.10. If you see the server download page, you can only see desktop-amd64 and no more desktop-i386. This decision follows another distros that had dropped 32bit such as elementary OS and deepin (and waiting for Arch and Manjaro in next November). But please note, all Ubuntu Flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.) still provide 32bit supports. I recommend you to use a Flavor instead if you quickly need 32bit 17.10.

As Ubuntu is free software, despite the original developer discontinued 32bit support, you (the user) still can ask (or pay) another developers to provide 32bit Ubuntu by building from source code.

Default Applications

Artful brings the latest GNOME 3.26 suite, LibreOffice, and Firefox plus many more.

Firefox 56
Web browser
Thunderbird 52
Mail client, RSS reader
Nautilus 3.26
File manager
LibreOffice 5.4
Office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation)
Ubuntu Software 3.26
Application store, to download and install more programs
Cheese 3.26
Webcam program
GNOME Calendar 3.26
Calendar and scheduling program
GNOME Calculator 3.25
Calculator and units converter program
Simple Scan 3.26
Scanner program
GNOME Archive Manager 3.26
Archive files (extract and compress .zip, .tar, etc.) program
Gedit 3.22
Text editor
GNOME Settings 3.26
The system control panel

Remmina 1.1.2
Remote desktop client, to remove another computer in realtime viewing
Transmission 2.92
Full-featured download manager for BitTorrent network

System Details

  • Name: Ubuntu 17.10
  • Codename: Artful Aardvark
  • Release date: 19 October 2017 (year 17th and month 10th)
  • Platform: desktop computer (PC and laptop)
  • Architecture: 64bit only
  • Kernel: Linux 4.13.0
  • Package manager: apt, dpkg
  • Package format: .deb
  • Install time: approx. 20 min.
  • Download:
  • Development page:
  • Website:

Further Readings

Here are articles and tutorials specially written for 17.10: