Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Spins Do Their Beta Release

Ubuntu derivatives opting to do so have issued their 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Beta 1 releases tonight.

Flavors participating in the Ubuntu 17.04 Beta release include Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

Kubuntu features the latest KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications 16.12.1, Ubuntu Budgie is using v10.2.9 of its desktop and GTK 3.24, Ubuntu GNOME is using 3.24 Beta, and Xubuntu has its few Xfce upstream package updates.

Ubuntu 17.04 is scheduled for release on 13 April while the final beta comes in 23 March and release candidate on 9 April.

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Posted on February 23, 2017 by Patrick

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Released; Ubuntu 17.04 In Feature Freeze

Last Thursday Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS was delayed by a few more days with thinking it would be released this past Monday while now it's been officially released. Ubuntu 17.04 meanwhile is entering a feature freeze.

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS had been delayed multiple times and was supposed to ship mid-January while now mid-February it is shipping.

Adam Conrad announced that 16.04.2 LTS is finally baked. "Like previous LTS series', 16.04.2 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel, however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader."

Coincidentally, the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS release is on the same day as the Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" feature freeze. The freeze has now happened. Ubuntu developer Iain Lane wrote, "Ideally you will all now be focusing on bug fixing and not on getting new features into the release. For example, zesty-proposed contains a lot of backed up items currently. The sponsorship queue is a bit large and contains some very old items. If you help to work on these then we'll be able to put out a decent release in a couple of months."

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Posted on February 16, 2017 by Patrick

You Can Now Install Snap Apps on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Snappy, Canonical’s new app distribution framework (and then some) is now available on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Yup, you read that right: Ubuntu 14.04, aka the Trusty Tahr, aka the LTS before the most recent LTS.

While most people reading this post will be doing so from a more recent version of Ubuntu than Trusty, the arrival of Snapd in the Trusty archives means even more folks can fool around with the new software deployment and package management system.

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Posted on February 1, 2017 by patrick