After several boring releases, Ubuntu 7.10 Artful Aardvark is going to be an interesting release owing to many facts. The biggest change in Ubuntu 17.10 will be migration to GNOME shell instead of Unity shell developed by Canonical. Open source enthusiasts are impatiently observing the evolution of Ubuntu 17.10 to see how much unity experience will be retained in GNOME shell.
The changes in Ubuntu 17.10 is not only limited to shell transition and visual aspects, it also includes migration to Wayland, a protocol for compositor to talk with it’s clients. It will replace existing X-window manager. It won’t be much of visual change for end users, but under the hood it will improve security, and user experience.
Summarizing the migration to Wayland, Mr Didier Roche, an Ubuntu contributor has published an article on his blog.