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Ubuntu 17.10 Reached End of Its Life

Last updated: July 20, 2018

Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark reached end of life on July 19 2018. It was announced last night:

This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent earlier this month to confirm that as of today (July 19, 2018), Ubuntu 17.10 is no longer supported. No more package updates will be accepted to 17.10, and it will be archived to in the coming weeks.

The original End of Life warning follows, with upgrade instructions:

Ubuntu announced its 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release almost 9 months ago, on October 19, 2017. As a non-LTS release, 17.10 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its
end and Ubuntu 17.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 19th.

At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 17.10.

Users of Ubuntu 17.10 are recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Before following the official documentation, you need to first make backups, uninstall proprietary drivers, purge third-party PPAs.

And it’s always a good choice to do a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Download Ubuntu 18.04

Enable “Open as Admin” in Nautilus File Browser

Last updated: February 15, 2018

gnome shell

It’s been a long time last time I wrote about how to enable “Open as root” or “Open as Administrator” in Nautilus’ context menu.

A Nautilus extension called Nautilus Admin has been created for a period of time. It’s a simply Python script that adds some administrative actions to the right-click menu:

  • Open as Administrator: opens a folder in a new Nautilus window running with administrator (root) privileges.
  • Edit as Administrator: opens a file in a Gedit window running with administrator (root) privileges.

To install the Nautilus extension:

The extension is available for all current Ubuntu releases: Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Simply open “Terminal” either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. Then run command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-admin

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then restart Nautilus via command:

nautilus -q

That’s it. Open nautilus file browser again and enjoy with new context menu options!

gnome shell

After moving to Ubuntu 17.10 Gnome Desktop, you may find that some handy indicator applet switches has gone.

One of them is that neither ‘Settings’ nor ‘Gnome Tweaks’ show options to enable battery percentage in top panel.

Also there’s no options to configure the date and time display settings in the center of the top panel.

1. To show battery percentage in Gnome panel, install dconf editor from Ubuntu Software.

2. Then launch it and navigate to org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface, scroll down and turn on the switch for ‘show-battery-percentage’.

There you can also set clock time format, show or hide date and seconds.

This simple tutorial shows how to enable ‘minimize on click’, minimize running app window when clicking on its icon on the left dock panel.

All the opened app icons are docked on the left panel in Ubuntu GNOME desktop. Unlike Windows, it however does not minimize focused app when you click its icon on the dock. And, neither “System Setting” nor “Gnome Tweaks” has option to enable this action.

Since the Ubuntu dock is handled by the dash-to-dock extension, it does have the option to enable the feature. All current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, and Ubuntu 21.10, can enable this feature via following steps.

Single command to enable ‘Minimize on click’:

The dash-to-dock Gnome extension in Ubuntu is called ‘Ubuntu Dock’. As the built-in extension, it does not provide settings page in ‘Gnome Extensions’ app. However, users may run single command to change its options one by one.

Firstly, either search for and open terminal from ‘Activities’ overview or press Ctrl+Alt+T key combination on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command:

gsettings set click-action minimize

After that, click on dock icon to open or focus an app, and click again to see effect!

Enable ‘Minimize on click’ via Dconf Editor (Graphical Tool):

For those hate Linux command, the advanced “Dconf Editor” configuration tool is present to do the trick.

1.) Firstly, search for and install ‘dconf editor’ via Ubuntu Software if you don’t have it.

2.) Next, search for and open the tool from the upper-left Activities overview, and then navigate to org -> gnome -> shell -> extensions -> dash-to-dock.

Then scroll down and find out settings for ‘click-action’, and do:

  • click the line to go into its configuration page.
  • turn off the default value switch.
  • select ‘minimize’ as Custom value.

You may also set the value to ‘minimize-or-overview’, which will go to overview screen if more than one windows of the same app are opened; or ‘minimize-or-previews’ that opens thumbnail preview if multiple app instances exist.

That’s it. Enjoy!

gnome shell

This quick tutorial is going to show beginners how to install and manage Gnome Shell Extensions in Ubuntu 17.10 while it uses Gnome Shell as default desktop environment.

Gnome Shell Extensions are small pieces of code written by third party developers. If you are familiar with Chrome Extensions or Firefox Addons, GNOME Shell extensions are similar to them.

How to Install Gnome Shell Extensions

Gnome maintains a website,, for users to install or upgrade extensions. All extensions there are carefully reviewed for malicious behavior before they are made available for download.

To be able to install Gnome Shell Extensions in Ubuntu 17.10, do following steps:

1. Install add-on for your web browser:

2. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T, or by searching “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

3. Finally go to via your browser, install any Gnome Shell Extension by turning on the switch on the web.

Manage Gnome Shell Extensions

Gnome Tweak Tool has an page for managing installed Gnome Shell Extensions.

Search for and install ‘Gnome Tweaks’ in Ubuntu Software app:

Then launch it and manage installed Gnome Shell Extensions in “Extensions” tab.