Ubuntu 17.10 with codename Artful Aardvark enters Final Freeze, freezes and is expected to be released on October 19, that is, in just a few days. Canonical's popular Debian-based GNU / Linux distribution already has release dates. As I said, it has entered the Final Freeze stage of its development, a stage that it entered on October 12, 2017. The work began six months ago, on April 20, and since then the developers have been working intensively to improve and update everything related to this distro.
You know that the biggest novelty It will be the disappearance of the GNOME flavor of Ubuntu and Ubuntu with the Unity desktop, that is, now both projects come together and are unified. Therefore, the official Ubuntu loses the Unity shell and will simply implement the GNOME desktop environment with its default shell. Although we will see if some new features that we saw in Unity are integrated to improve GNOME 3 and they give us some surprise in the graphic aspect after the two Alpha stages of development and the Beta milestones, and of course this Final Freeze ...Adam Conrad is one of the software engineers at Canonical which has confirmed this Final Freeze stage in the Canonical developers' mailing list. So this week Ubuntu 17.10 will arrive in its final version so that we can all install it or update our version to this new milestone. So from now on the news is frozen and only what is already there will be outlined to have stability and prepare for the launch on October 19, which is marked on the roadmap as the date for the final launch.
So for everyone interested, we will soon have available ISO images of this Ubuntu 17.10 and, of course, also that of all the official flavors with the different desktop environments available from the community. You already know as we mentioned in LxA, that Canonical's Ubuntu will only have ISO images for 64-bit, while the different flavors (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Budgie) seem to be. they will continue to keep the images for 32-bit installations.