What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’

What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Right on the heels of Ubuntu 16.10 ‘Yakkety Yak’ is Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Ubuntu 17.04 is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2017 but know that this is only an estimate. One thing to know is that all things being equal, it is going to be released in April 2017. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus will be supported for only 9 months until January 2018 as it is not a LTS (long term support) release.

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So what can we new stuff are we expecting in Zesty Zapus.

What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zasty Zapus’

1. Unity 8/Mir

Currently, Unity 8 is available as a preview on Ubuntu 16.10 and as usual, there are some very prominent issues. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus is expected to bring a lot of improvements in the Unity 8 interface. Most of the drawbacks on Unity 8 are due to the quirks surrounding the Mir display server that Unity runs on. It is expected that most of the issues and missing features will be fixed before release. Unity 8 is expected to run better on non-touch devices as well as multi-monitor support on devices that support it.

2. Snaps

Ubuntu 17.04 is also expected to bring more packages via Snaps. Canonical is aiming at getting everything running will be via snaps by Ubuntu 18.04 so it is expected that with 17.04, a lot of improvement in this regard will be made. We expect some of the packages to start transitioning to snaps. Unity 8 even is expected to be made a snap package.

3. Convergence

Another huge cornerstone on the roadmap of Canonical. With the Unity 8 preview on Yakkety Yak, the experience of Ubuntu touch that is being extended to all form factors with displays was quite inconsistent. The developers seek to provide a very much more evolved experience with many more applications running on any form factor as well as on touch and on a desktop.

4. Usual improvements

Canonical is yet to release any information about the changes to look forward to in this future release, but we can be certain of a few. The Zesty Zapus will come with an updated Linux kernel, as the kernel team is currently tracking version 4.10.

Final Thoughts

The final release of the Ubuntu 17.04 operating system should be at the end of April 2017. Before then, we will surely keep you informed with all the new features and functionalities that Canonical has planned for the Zesty Zapus release.

Regarding the codename, this is what Mark Shuttleworth had to say.

“The naming of Ubuntu releases is, of course, purely metaphorical. We are a diverse community of communities – we are an assembly of people interested in widely different things (desktops, devices, clouds and servers) from widely different backgrounds (hello, world) and with widely different skills (from docs to design to development, and those are just the d’s).

As we come to the end of the alphabet, I want to thank everyone who makes this fun. Your passion and focus and intellect, and occasionally your sharp differences, all make it a privilege to be part of this body incorporate.

Right now, Ubuntu is moving even faster to the centre of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you. From the launch of our kubernetes charms which make it very easy to operate k8s everywhere, to the fun people seem to be having with snaps at snapcraft.io for shipping bits from cloud to top of rack to distant devices, we love the pace of change and we change the face of love.

We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the ‘Zesty Zapus”.

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