A brief lowdown on Ubuntu 17.10 : Back to the Future?
Last month, we saw Canonical announce the release of Ubuntu 17.10. And with that the end of Ubuntu’s dream of a unification of mobile and desktop platforms into one seamless platform. The new focus is on cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). This was a worthwhile decision for two reasons: on one hand, Ubuntu can now work on the other elements of the distro, and also returned to the old GNOME desktop.
The difference between the latest version and the Unity one isn’t apparent at first, but once you start logging in, you will see that Ubuntu has switched to GNOME’s display manager. But other than that, effort has been made to make that transistion from the utopian, yet failed idea of Unity (of all platforms), back to Ubuntu’s roots, which had made Ubuntu one of the most prefered distros world wide. For GNOME offers the best ratio of modernity, ease of use, performance, and elegance.
Also it is good that an introduction to GNOME is present in the help launcher to aid those who are used to Unity, in making that transistion back to GNOME. The thing is, unlike GNOME 2, GNOME 3 just isn’t as easy to use, but more about keeping desktop features out of your way and making things look pretty. If you have prior experience in Linux or are a migrating user from Windows and aren’t bothered with adjusting with the work surrounding desktop navigation, this one’s for you!
Overall, it is a beginning to the journey back to the roots for Ubuntu, as they gear up to go full GNOME!