Where Ubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Is Heading

where ubuntu 17.04 zasty zapus heading

You may have heard that our Ubuntu has got a new update. Yes, it is true. On 2017-03-23 20:12:37 the release notes on the website of Canonical Group Ltd were uploaded informing the latest Ubuntu 17.04 codenamed “Zesty Zapus”. Let’s see where Ubuntu 17.04 is heading.  

ubuntu 17.04 boot splash

ubuntu 17.04 boot splash   Here is what announcement said:-

​We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appear 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 codenamed the ‘Zesty Zapus’,” said Mark Shuttleworth.

The codename when broken down stands like Zesty means “having a strong, pleasant, and somewhat spicy flavor. : lively and pleasing: full of zest.” and Zapus means “Zapus is North American jumping mice who are the only mammal to have 18 teeth.  

What is New In Ubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus”?

This is the first question we all wonder after an update has arrived. Here is the brief of what official release notes said:-  

1. 9 months support until January 2018

Which means if you want an LTS variant to stay back on 16.04.  

2. Networking

The default DNS resolver is now systemd-resolved.  

3. Swap

For new installs, a swap file will be used instead of a swap partition.  

4. Updated Linux Kernel

The Linux kernel has been updated to the latest version 4.10.  

5. Support for Driverless Printing

The setup of IPP Everywhere and Apple Airprint printers should occur fully automatically. You only need to plug in your USB printer or connect your network printer to the local network. Also, some PDF, Postscript, and PCL printers work. This way connecting a printer gets as easy as connecting a USB stick.  

6. Updated Apps

LibreOffice has been updated to 5.3, Apps provided by GNOME have been updated to 3.24, Calendar got a new week view, gconf is no longer installed by default since it has long been superseded by gsettings. Note that statistics and preferences for the Aisleriot card games will be reset when upgrading to 17.04.

While there are certain exceptions which are Nautilus file manager (3.20), Terminal (3.20), Evolution (3.22), and Software (3.22).  

7. Updated Packages

The above apps updates were on Desktop and these are on Server.
Qemu has been updated to 2.8, libvirt has been updated to 2.5, DPDK has been updated to 16.11.1  

8. Unity 8

Don’t get excited it is still not official, but now you can run Unity 8 easily and smoothly in Ubuntu 17.04.

Run this command in terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity8-lxc 

It may be still a little buggy but now it is more stable than before.  How to use Unity 8? Choose it in login screen behind your name. There will be a small ubuntu logo, click it and change desktop.

select desktop environment ubuntu 17.04

Any Bugs?

Remember the words of Uncle Ben of spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility”, I will call it like this “With great updates comes great bugs”.  

1. OpenVPN is Changed

OpenVPN 2.4 removed its tls-remote option. Current setups using that option will fail to work. Update your configuration to use verify-x509-name instead.  

2. Desktop Bugs

  • New picture thumbnails are not being generated.
  • The prompt to install missing codecs isn’t working.
  • Some third-party .deb files are not installable in the Software app.
  • GTK+ 3.20 requires theme developers to make changes to their themes. Many (but not all) popular themes are now compatible with GTK+ 3.20.
  • Unity 8 session sometimes locks up when you press Print Screen.

Ubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Looks

Here are some screenshots of the Ubuntu 17.04 with same old Unity desktop (Not Unity 8) –

ubuntu 17.04 system settings
ubuntu 17.04 zesty zapus file manager nautilus
ubuntu 17.04 live installation screen
ubuntu 17.04 installation finished

You may find that it is not visuals that have changed, instead of performance, apps software has improved a lot. Also, many old bugs have been resolved but new ones also await  

Download Ubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus”

Here is the link to download different flavors of Ubuntu 17.04.

  Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 2    Lubuntu 17.04 Beta 2  
  Ubuntu budgie beta 2     Ubuntu Gnome beta 2  
  Ubuntu Kylin beta 2    Ubuntu mate Beta 2  
  Ubuntu Studio Beta 2    Xubuntu Beta 2  


While using Ubuntu 17.04, I felt lag certain times, but as it is in beta it is expected. Still, Unity 8 not default desktop is sad for most ubuntu lovers. The new updates, however, impressed me but the bugs are also there. Ubuntu is known for experiments so bugs are expected, and as per the team provides the support I hope they will be resolved soon. For a normal daily user who wants stability in every aspect, stay back on the previous build and those who want the new feature with bugs are welcomed. Those who want an experiment may also use Unity 8.

​Have you used it? How did you find it? Are you disappointed about hearing that Unity 8 does not default desktop? Tell me your overall view of the comments.

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