We’re preparing Ubuntu Budgie 17.04, Zesty Zapus, for distribution in April 2017. With this second alpha you can get a glimpse of what the next version will contain. We have some interesting things happening, so read on for highlights and information.

NOTE: This is the Alpha 2 pre-release. Ubuntu Budgie Pre-releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues.
  • Anyone who needs a stable system.
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system.
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable.

Ubuntu Budgie Alpha 2 pre-releases ARE recommended for:

  • Users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs. You can find more about helping to test and bug triage at Ubuntu Budgie testing.

  • Ubuntu Budgie developers.
  • People wanting to see and test how the current snapshot of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 will look and behave.

Getting Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Alpha 2

The full listing of available images is here. You must check both the download and then the check install media on 1st boot before attempting an install. Instructions for burning the image to a CD / DVD or copying to a USB flash drive can be found on the Burning ISO Howto.

Upgrading from Previous Versions

We need feedback as to upgrading from budgie-remix 16.10.

Alpha 2 Highlights

  • latest budgie-desktop stable release v10.2.9.
  • latest budgie-welcome app with our browser ballot screen
  • AppIndicator support is now default

  • Terminix is the default terminal
  • Many new GNOME based applications are included by default compared to previous budgie-remix releases
  • This Zesty Zapus snapshot includes the v4.9 kernel.

Known Problems

Ubuntu Budgie Applications

This is our list of known bugs affecting applications that Ubuntu Budgie uses but relies on others to maintain.

  • none known currently

Ubuntu Budgie-specific Bugs

These are maintained by the Ubuntu Budgie team.

  • panel or session occasional crash when installing or upgrading packages (1631745).

Ubuntu Budgie Desktop Installer

  • Ubuntu Budgie does not boot directly to ubiquity try/install screen. (1659278).

  • Dont see plymouth when booting Alpha 2 Ubuntu Budgie ISO (1659279).

  • ubuntu budgie does not display a background wallpaper nor window decorations (1659280).

  • When reinstalling Ubuntu Budgie, ubiquity does not correctly report previous installed OS (1659283).

  • Ubuntu Budgie - slideshow pictures do not match the words (1659329).

  • Ubuntu Budgie identifies itself in Grub as "Ubuntu" not "Ubuntu Budgie" (1659402).

  • Ubuntu Budgie live session in virtualbox not displayed correctly (1659412).

All Desktop images require a DVD or USB.


Development of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04, the Zesty Zapus, is ongoing and bugs are fixed every day. Before reporting bugs, please ensure your system is up-to-date. For verifying installation related bugs, updated disk images are available from Daily created images for standard PCs, laptops and netbooks.

Please feel free to join our testers and give us your feedback.

ZestyZapus/Alpha2/UbuntuBudgie (last edited 2017-01-26 12:19:14 by fossfreedom)