Pitching up alongside the main Ubuntu 17.10 beta 2 release are new beta builds of the various official Ubuntu flavors.
Among the many spins choosing to take part in this round of testing is the marvellous Ubuntu MATE, brilliant Ubuntu Budgie, and, er, Xubuntu.
All releases share the same core Ubuntu base, use Linux kernel 4.13, and benefit from a bevy of bug fixes, security updates and related miscellanea.
Skim read on for a short summary of the best of these, or scroll on to find the download links that let you try ’em out first hand!
Ubuntu 17.10 Release Schedule
As per the Ubuntu 17.10 release schedule, the final stable version of Ubuntu 17.10 will be released on October 19, 2017. The complete release schedule of Ubuntu 17.10 as follows:
- Alpha 1 — June 29th
- Alpha 2 — July 27th
- Feature Freeze — August 24th
- Beta 1 — August 31st
- Final Beta — September 28th
- Kernel Freeze — October 5th
- Release Candidate — October 12th
- Ubuntu 17.10 final release — October 19th
Ubuntu 17.10 is a short-term release and will be supported for nine months. Which means in July 2018, you must upgrade to a newer version or else you won’t get system and security updates.
Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Beta 2
Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Beta 2
If you tried the first Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 beta you’ll be in deja vu territory with this second spin as there are no major changes save for a few fixes and packaging tweaks here and there.
It offers the latest Budgie desktop 10.4 (including an improved Alt + Tab switcher and panel layout options among others) plus some of its own added extras too, including:
- Night light and Caffeine applets installed by default
- Folder Color is installed by default
- Improved Budgie Welcome
- gThumb replaces Shotwell
- Some fabulous new wallpapers
- Tilix replaces Terminix as default terminal emulator
Like the sound of all of that so much you don’t mind putting up with potential bugs? Grab the second beta from the link below:
Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 2
As the previous Ubuntu MATE 17.10 beta delivered a truck load of goodies, including various new panel configurations (including macOS and Unity layouts) an (entirely optional) HUD and global menu applet for accessing menu items, there’s little strictly new to this beta.
But, again, if you have yet to sample the changes on offer now is a good time to do it.
Kubuntu 17.10 beta 2 has the latest Plasma 5.10 and KDE Applications 17.04.3 on board. It also ships with VLC installed by default, reinstates the Muon package manager and swaps Amarok for the Cantata music player.
Xubuntu 17.10 beta 2 ships with an updated set of core packages and apps.
Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 beta 2 now uses the MATE-based UKUI desktop by default.