Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution that is famous for being unique, smooth and quite easy to use brings few changes. Today marks the release of new version of Ubuntu 17.04. This may be the last distribution of Ubuntu that ships with Unity. As from 18.04 LTS, we will get Ubuntu with GNOME Desktop, no more Unity as Canonical will now focus on “investing in Ubuntu GNOME with the intent of delivering a fantastic all-GNOME desktop.”
It’s the release day of a new distribution of Ubuntu with version 17.04. Like all other releases, this version also has a bit crazy name and it’s called Zesty Zapus. If you did not know Zapus is a genus of North-American jumping mice. As this version is not the major release it only consists of very few new things. Let’s take a look at what Ubuntu 17.04 has to offer.
Installing Ubuntu just got simplified as we no longer need a swap partition. The question of how much swap partition should I allocate will now remain forever unanswered. Now, it’s replaced by swap files which is much better on modern systems. So, Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus uses Swap files by default. Swap files are allocated at only about 5% of free disk space which is a great benefit.
Core Ubuntu apps have been updated to the latest version.
- Firefox 52
Latest stable release of Firefox.
- Thunderbird 45
Latest stable release of Thunderbird.
- LibreOffice 5.3
Now with ‘Ribbon’ interface.
- Nautilus 3.20.4
Pushed back from v3.22, because of patches by Canonical.
- Rhythmbox 3.4.1
And of course, there is a new default wallpaper too.
Linux Kernel 4.10
The release ships with Linux Kernel 4.10, which has support for AMD Ryzen and Intel Kaby Lake systems. Gamers will also notice benefits from the inclusion of MESA 17.0.2 and X.Org Server 1.19.2. Some of the features Linux kernel 4.10 provides are:
- Improved writeback management
- Better support for ARM devices
- Support for Intel Cache Allocation Technology
- Drivers for new graphics, storage, audios, etc
You can download Ubuntu 17.04 from the link above or upgrade via software updater. Peeps using LTS may want to stick with it as it is more stable. Furthermore, big changes are going to come in 18.04 LTS where Unity will be gone and will be replaced by GNOME desktop.
So, what do you think about the new version of Ubuntu? Which desktop environment/ flavor do you like. Share your thought in the comment section below.