Effective immediately, the new release of Ubuntu, 17.10, aka 'Artful Aardvark' has been released!
This release will be supported for 9 months (until 2018) for Long Term Support, stick with release 16.04, instead.
Official flavors (e.g. Kubuntu) are also released.
See the above release notes for a full list of changes and where you can get a copy.
[Full disclosure: the majority of SoylentNews' servers run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS though we have taken steps towards moving to Gentoo.]
The customized version of GNOME that Ubuntu 17.10 uses is very much in the mould of the (now defunct) Unity desktop, so it won't be to everyone's tastes.
There's fat binaries as well: Compile in all the dependencies.This makes it possible to e.g. run very old apps under newer versions of Linux.It also gets rid of the .deb|.rpm|many distros "problem".(...and newer packaging paradigms have already made mention of this an anachronism.)
You can also put the fat-binary app on a thumbdrive and take it with you from Linux box to Linux box.This sort of thing is done for Windoze-compatible (FOSS) apps over at PortableApps.Those apps don't require installing DLLs or modifying the Windoze Registry.
Again: Having the source code available makes this possible for those devs.Again: Closed-source proprietary apps always come in last when it comes to freedom for the user.
People who hold up their closed-source single-platform apps as some kind of shining example are the kind of people who would point to the chains their slave masters put on them and call that jewelry.
-- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]