It’s another great Ubuntu release day, with fresh versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and my personal favorite: Xubuntu

This has been a comparatively quiet development cycle for Xubuntu. With increased development on Xfce as we prepare for Xfce 4.14, less Xubuntu-specific changes took place this cycle. Thankfully, there are still plenty of goodies to get excited about.

  • Appearance Updates: Greybird‘s client side decorations (CSD) have been refreshed and now consume much less space. elementary-xfce, our preferred icon theme, has been updated and includes new device, mimetype, and panel icons. And we have a fancy new wallpaper.
  • Application Updates: This is the first release of Xubuntu to feature GNOME Font Viewer, a handy tool for font management. LibreOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird have been updated to their latest versions (5.4, 56, and 52.4 respectively). On the Xfce side, Dictionary, Genmon Plugin, Mount Plugin, Exo, and Tumbler have been updated to take advantage of the latest GTK+ version and continue the march toward Xfce 4.14.
  • Technical Updates: GTK+ 3.26, Python 3.6, and Linux 4.13 are all included. Thanks to the Ubuntu Desktop team, hardware accelerated video, improved bluetooth audio, and driverless printing round out a solid development cycle.



Download Xubuntu 17.10 from  It’s available in both 32-bit and 64-bit varieties.

What’s Next?

After the release festivities calm down, work will begin on Xubuntu 18.04, our next LTS release. These are always our most active cycles as we polish the work that we’ve been doing the past 18 months and prepare for a 3-year support window. A few things we already have planned…

  • Replacing the Sound Indicator with the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin, a very capable replacement with more features landing soon.
  • Replacing the Xfce Indicator Plugin with the Xfce StatusNotifier Plugin, a fully compatible and better maintained plugin with a few new tricks.
  • Another wallpaper contest to showcase the community’s artful taste.
  • And plenty more as we begin the blueprint process!

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8 Replies to “Xubuntu 17.10 “Artful Aardvark” Released

  1. Love Xubuntu!

    But wondering what is wrong with CSD in file-roller (screenshot:
    This problem is here for awhile, but folks in Ubuntu-related chat told me, it is because of Ubuntu patches. Is this going to get more common look&feel?

    Thanks for your work!

    1. Thanks! I think we can expect more of the Ubuntu CSD patches to be removed in time for 18.04. They had a huge transition to GNOME from Unity and while a number of things patches were removed or improved, I don’t think they had the time to take care of them all.

      1. Definitely. In the meantime, I’ve had some good experience using Compton instead of Xfwm. We even ship some customized Compton defaults to make it fit in with Xubuntu!

    1. Catfish has been using CSD for quite some time. It works well and is fully supported by Xfce. There is a gtk3-nocsd package available to replace CSD if needed.

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