Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu’s intuitive interface. Fast, secure and with thousands of apps to choose from — for everything you want to do, Ubuntu has what you need.
In April 2018, the next Long-term release of Ubuntu, will come with the Gnome shell as default. Ubuntu 17.10 will be the first release to include the new shell and is a great way to preview the future of Ubuntu.
Get the latest edition
Ubuntu 17.10 comes with the newest software enhancements and nine months of security and maintenance updates.
Get ready for Ubuntu 18.04, our next LTS release and test out the new Gnome desktop.
Fall in love again
New desktop experience, same ease of use, reliability and huge choice of software.
Features and changes
- New Gnome desktop: The biggest change is the desktop environment. Ubuntu 17.10 is retiring Unity in favour of GNOME, version 3.26.1.
- New Wayland: The default display server is Wayland, but can also run x.org as a session or on systems that cannot support Wayland.
- New on screen keyboard: The new Caribou on screen keyboard is paving the way to future touchscreen laptop experience.
- Same user experience: The familiar Ubuntu experience – from desktop layout to key shortcuts – remains unchanged thanks to themes and extensions.
- Familiar dock: The dock that has been a staple feature of Ubuntu since 11.04 is still here but can now be moved around left, right or bottom.
- More customisation: The new settings application lets you easily explore all the possibilities and features of the new desktop.
- Kernel: Ubuntu 17.10 features the Linux kernel 4.13.
- Seamless: Upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10 should be seamless from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 17.04.
- Swap: The swap is now a file, not a partition that will scale to what your system needs, making it easier to install Ubuntu on any machine.