17.04 Release Notes
The first beta of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 (codename "Zesty Zapus") is now available. The development team is proud to offer this development milestone to encourage testing to ensure the final release is as good as possible. Please note that this is still beta software. We appreciate your help in identifying bugs and bugfixes to ensure that the final 17.04 release will be another great release!
Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 will be released April 13, 2017. This regular release will be supported for 9 months from October 2016 until July 2017. If you need longer support, we encourage you to use Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS which is supported until April 2019.
Please note that you do not have to wait for a milestone to test Ubuntu. All of our daily images should be installable and should be usable with the usual warnings about pre-release beta software.
Getting Ubuntu GNOME 17.04
Minimum System Requirements
- 1 GHz processor (e.g Intel Celeron) or better
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 10 GB of free hard drive space
- CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installation media
- Internet access recommended (for installing updates during installation)
Download Disk Image
If your PC was released after the year 2007, you probably need the 64-bit version.
Please use the torrent link. BitTorrent is a good client if you do not already have one.
- Torrenting is fast and saves on server costs, which means more money in the budget for all Ubuntu flavors
- Seeding is an easy way to help others!
An MD5SUM is like a fingerprint: two copies of the same file should share the same exact MD5SUM.
If they are not equal, that means your file was corrupted during download, and you must download it again.
If you were using the gnome3-team/gnome3-staging PPA, run the following before upgrading:
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop^
The included GUI update manager will offer you the latest release of Ubuntu GNOME. Access this via the terminal:
Alternatively, run the following command:
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
Select GNOME changes since Ubuntu 16.10
Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 proudly features GNOME 3.24 Beta (3.23.90). Read the official 3.22 release notes to see what's new in 3.22. Release notes for 3.24 will be available once 3.24 is final.
GNOME 3.24 introduces Night Light which can automatically reduce the blue light emitted by your computer screen at sunset or whenever you choose.
The Calendar app now has a Week view.
For stability, the Evolution stack is still at its GNOME 3.22 versions.
The Software app has been updated to 3.22 and now supports Flatpak.
Flatpak 0.8 is now installed by default. Ubuntu Snap (snapd) is still installed. Both Flatpak and Ubuntu Snap are alternative app installation frameworks.
The chrome-gnome-shell system helper is installed by default. Just install the extension to be able to manage GNOME Shell extensions at https://extensions.gnome.org/ from Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi, or Opera.
The tracker search indexing engine is now sandboxed.
- Several apps are no longer installed for new installs, but will not be automatically removed from existing installs: brasero (a CD burning app), evolution (email suite), seahorse (GPG and SSH key management app), xdiagnose (display troubleshooting app). These apps are still available for install.
gnome-icon-theme is no longer installed for new installs. The default icons have been provided by the Adwaita icon theme instead for the past 2 years. This might cause issues for some older apps that still try to use old stock icon names. If this affects an app you use, please file a bug and install gnome-icon-theme as a workaround.
For other changes since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, see the 16.10 Release Notes.
Other Software Updates
LibreOffice 5.3 is included.
The Linux kernel has been updated to 4.9. After installing Beta 2, you will be upgraded to 4.10.
For new installs, a swap file will be used by default instead of a swap partition.
The default DNS resolve is now systemd-resolved.
The experimental wayland session is included but is not the default. If your computer supports open source graphics drivers and you would like to try Wayland, log out, choose GNOME on Wayland from the gear menu below the password entry, and log back in.
Many other bugs have been fixed. Where possible, bug fixes have been backported to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Volunteers are requested to identify other bug fixes that can be provided to 16.04 as Stable Release Updates.
New since Ubuntu 16.10
Until 17.04 is released, all updates will be installed automatically in the background (1649709)
Settings>Online Accounts crashes when switching between different Add Account dialogs (GNOME 778353)
- Some Night Light icons are missing. These will be fixed once adwaita-icon-theme 3.23.92 is released and packaged for Ubuntu.
The Calendar Week View does not have the right day names if the first day of the week in your locale is not Sunday (GNOME 777762)
Also affecting Ubuntu 16.10
Installing additional languages in 'Region & Language' Settings app doesn't work (1631750)
- Initial Setup utility requires logging out and logging back in after selecting a keyboard layout. Alternatively, you can manually click a keyboard layout in the top bar
Initial Setup utility does not include language chooser. (1614816)
- 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.
Also affecting Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
The prompt asking for media removal might not be shown during system shutdown from the install image (966480)
Testing Ubuntu GNOME