It’s far more than just crashing on 17.10. It seems that previous releases of Ubuntu have been sabotaged. I’m able to download and install. Even getting 15.04 rather than 16.04. But once installed, going to the “Software Center” is not much use. I can access the Center, but I can’t download and install any of the software. I can’t upgrade to anything newer than that either. Nothing. I keep getting a note that says a file was not installed, and without that, I can do absolutely NOTHING. Yes, I would call it SABOTAGE.
I do have a hard drive with Windows 10. I have not used it in quite some time, so it will probably spend several hours updating, but once that is done, it will be working. Even at that, it probably won’t be much better than GNOME, and the engineering software has a price tag.
This may not be for support, but at least, here I did get a response. The only other thing I found was a bunch of Q & A that had nothing to do with my problem.