BetaNews: Ubuntu 17.10 ‘Artful Aardvark’ ditches Unity for Gnome . “Six months after introducing Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus,’ Canonical has released a new version of its popular Linux-based distribution. Ubuntu 17.10, also known as ‘Artful Aardvark,’ arrives with a host of major changes, including the highly-anticipated switch to a new desktop environment and display server. Canonical has shipped the alpha and beta versions of Ubuntu 17.10 with Unity, but the first official release now comes with Gnome 3.26 as the desktop environment of choice. Wayland is the default display server, replacing Mir. And that is not all that is new.” Good. I hated Unity.