I've heard that Ubuntu 18.04 will be using GNOME desktop by default. So, what is going to happen to Unity?

  • Will Ubuntu 16.04 (with Unity) receive updates until 2021 for Unity desktop?
  • What desktop environments will we get while upgrading from 16.04 to 18.04?
  • Will Unity be dead?

  • Will there be an Ubuntu Unity Flavor?

And my major question is:

  • Can I still be able to Download Ubuntu Unity 17.10 or need to upgrade from Ubuntu 17.04 to get 17.10 with unity ??
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    There won't be any Ubuntu Unity 17.10, the switch is happening right now. Ubuntu 17.10 will come with GNOME as default. – pomsky Sep 12 '17 at 18:09
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    Related: Is there an active Unity 7 fork? – wjandrea Sep 12 '17 at 18:14
  • IMO you should just go with gnome wayland ASAP. I am sure there will be a custom theme in ubuntu and to be honest it is easier to customize gnome, not that you can do so, but many people can. – Panther Sep 13 '17 at 2:09
  • @bodhi.zazen GNOME Wayland doesn't work YET. They're hoping to get it working for the 17.10 release, but 17.04 versions just don't work yet. – heynnema Sep 13 '17 at 2:13
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    It works on Fedora, which is where I am posting from. Thanks for the update re: ubuntu. – Panther Sep 13 '17 at 3:08

Unity will eventually be removed from the archives. The default experience on Ubuntu is moving to GNOME. There is no more "Ubuntu GNOME" flavor of Ubuntu. You can either upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10, install 17.10 from scratch, or if you run LTS, stick to 16.04 and upgrade when 18.04 is ready.

You can install GNOME directly from the archive already, with no need to re-install your system. You can simply install the ubuntu-gnome-desktop package on 16.04, to get the standard Ubuntu GNOME install in 16.04.

Ubuntu 16.04 is an LTS and will continue to receive updates until May 2021, when it will be End of Life. However, unless there is a major bug affecting the Unity software, it's unlikely there will be many updates for it.


Your information is not valid. Ubuntu is switching to gnome in October, in version 17.10. If you like your unity, you can keep older version, nothing will push you into downloading new one.

Since 17.10, Ubuntu will not be avilable with Unity, but some kind of Ubuntu specific gnome version. You can keep it, or you can still download another Desktop enviroment at your will and replace it with Ubuntu stock gnome.

You can read a bit here:


OR here


Sorry for not posting any official declarations, Im not sure if there are any.

  • So omgubuntu.co.uk is trusted site ?? – noone Sep 12 '17 at 18:20
  • I have not written that it is, I just wanted to post some source of reading where can he start. Plus the text inside is not a complete joke. – chazecka Sep 12 '17 at 18:23
  • I know It's not a joke. I am reading omgubuntu.co.uk from long time but don't know that it is trusted or not. Don't get offended – noone Sep 12 '17 at 18:25
  • The GNOME in 17.10 is not a "special Ubuntu version." it is simply standard GNOME with some Ubuntu-specific defaults and extensions. One can still configure whatever extensions they want for gnome shell. – dobey Sep 12 '17 at 20:58
  • @SMITPATIL omgubuntu is usually reliable, just keep in mind that it's doing journalism and might do not all-reliable stuff. – Ave Sep 12 '17 at 23:31

I don't know what happen if I upgrade 16.04 to 18.04. But unity7 is not yet dead. ubuntu-unity-desktop package still there. And community developed iso available to preconfigured unity desktop. I just tried in virtualbox. It's working. See: http://people.ubuntu.com/~twocamels/

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