As the version of Ubuntu that comes out in April 2018 is an LTS (Long Term Support) Canonical decided to do the first tests with the new (old) Ubuntu interface, GNOME Shell, already on Ubuntu 17.10 that comes out now next October , those interested in knowing how the system is evolving can now download the daily builds with the interface by default, the idea, of course, is to be able to do the necessary tests and stabilize things for next year’s launch.
Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark is still a bit far from its final release, which will be only in October, but traditionally the Ubuntu development team creates daily builds of the system development process, allowing interested parties to keep up with development and inclusion of the news.
Well, I’m one of these kids who keeps dropping daily builds and following everything that happens in these steps and I can say that we already have good news, so to speak. Since the announcement of the adoption of GNOME by Ubuntu again i have been curious to know how Canonical will treat the interface, they even made a contest of extensions and configurations so that users could say what they would like to see in the system and little by little the implementations are being made.
Until yesterday Unity was still the standard in the 17.10 isos, but after the last update, Unity gave way to the interface that came to stay from now on, GNOME. Directly on the login screen we can already see the “little foot of GNOME” that gives us to understand that we have the new interface available. Speaking of the login screen, LightDM continues, at least for now, and sincerely I hope it remains, I think it is much more beautiful than GDM, which despite my little criticism, is also beautiful.
As you can see, another novelty is that we now have a Wayland session on Ubuntu, which just reminds us that Mir is definitely behind on desktops, the default is still the use of X.org, but gradually the migration should going on, not only in Ubuntu, but in virtually all distributions.
In the interface we can see that the themes Ambiance and Radiance were adapted to the most recent GTK, in fact, the version of GNOME used in this compilation of Ubuntu is 3.24 at the moment, the theme of icons is the same as always.
The window control icons have been moved to the left with the presence of the traditional 3 buttons, unlike the GNOME Standard which has only the close button on the right of the windows, the applications that accompany the distro remain the same as those of traditional Ubuntu, but I noticed that there is no longer a “Program Updater”, which indicates that this function will now be performed by the GNOME Software Center, or as people usually call it, the Application Center.
The GNOME Shell theme however has not been changed, the traditional one continues with blue accents, which in no way combines with the orange Ubuntu theme, in fact, but that should be changed soon too. Not only in the theme itself, but in the interface design there are some bugs to be corrected, such as the Application Center bar itself.
The kernel used at the moment is 4.11, but it should keep track of the releases until the freezing season that happens just before the final version is released in October.
The Amazon app is still on the system, however, contrary to what many people have out there, it has a completely different behavior than we had on Unity.
In Unity in addition to the Amazon App that took you directly to the website through the Ubuntu Unity 8 browser in the form of a WebApp and that made Dash’s searches bring results within the Amazon store too, in GNOME the app only serves to open Firefox on the company’s website, that is, it’s just a shortcut, nothing much, functioning more like an “affiliate system” so that if someone buys a product on Amazon through the Ubuntu shortcut some money is reverted to the distro, I believe.
For the paranoid on duty, it is possible to remove the application through the Application Center itself, it occupies only 44 kB in size in the system and is open source.
Stay tuned here on the blog to follow the news, soon we will have videos on the channel about this new version of Ubuntu.
To the next!