As the Linux Kernel 4.12 branch has stopped supporting, Canonical announced today that the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) system will be based on the 4.13 branch, in 4.13.1 version of the modified version 4.13.0-11. In addition, the new Ubuntu version also defaults to the latest GCC 7.2 assembler and Mesa 17.2.1 graphics card stack.
Linux Kernel 4.13 was released earlier this month and includes a number of new features and enhancements that support Intel’s Cannon Lake and Coffee Lake processors, support for virtual file systems, enhanced AppArmor, and better power management.
According to Ubuntu 17.10 release roadmap, will be October 5, 2017, into the kernel freeze phase, which means that before the official release on October 19 will not do too much adjustment to the kernel part. It is regrettable that the 4.13 branch is not a long-term version, but Ubuntu 17.10 is also not the LTS version, the support period of 9 months until 2018 in July.