New Features: Ubuntu 17.10 Will Ship With Indicator Applets And New Ubuntu Dock


Short Bytes: Ubuntu Desktop team is busy making the final transition to GNOME Shell and polishing the end user experience. To bring the best of both worlds, the team has added a new Ubuntu Dock and support for Indicator Applets. Ubuntu 17.10 will also come with the trash shortcut on the desktop. Ubuntu 17.10, codenamed Artful Aardvark, will finally arrive on October 19, 2017.

Back in June, Ubuntu Desktop team ran a GNOME Shell extensions poll to figure out the usefulness of some extensions. The poll ended with more than 18,000 responses and gave the team a pretty good idea of what users want. As a result of this feedback, Ubuntu desktop team has made some visible changes that would be welcomed by many users.

So, let’s start telling you about the new changes coming to Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark release. You can read about other Ubuntu 17.10 features here in brief.

4 Recently Added New Ubuntu 17.10 Features

New Ubuntu Dock

In the survey, more than 12,000 users responded 5 on a scale of 1-5 when they were asked about the usefulness of Dash to Dock. For those who don’t know, Dash to Dock is one of the most popular dock extensions for GNOME Shell.ubuntu 17.10 artful aardvark features 2

The new Ubuntu Dock, which is now available and installed by default in Ubuntu 17.10 Daily Builds (see pictures), is a light fork of Dash to Dock extension (Source). Talking about changes as compared to the original extension, Ubuntu has removed the settings UI. According to Ubuntu, a few of those settings can be accessed in GNOME Control Center.

Application Indicator or Indicator applets

Another big favorite that emerged from the Ubuntu survey was the usefulness of Top Icons Plus. With the addition of this extension, the system tray icons could find a place in the new top bar.

Just like Ubuntu Dock, Ubuntu Desktop team has forked another extension named KStatusNotifierItem/AppIndicator Support (Source). With this, the Ubuntu 17.10 users will be able to continue using indicator applets.

Window button to right & Trash Can icon on desktop

Another big Ubuntu 17.10 feature is the new position of the window controls as it was preferred by the majority of the users in the survey.ubuntu 17.10 artful aardvark features 2

Another welcome change comes in the form of a new trash icon to the Ubuntu desktop by default. This has been done as it’s very cumbersome to add trash shortcut on the new Ubuntu Dock.ubuntu 17.10 artful aardvark features 2

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Adarsh Verma

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