Canonical finally announced the release of Ubuntu 17.04. Codenamed “Zesty Zapus”. In general, there doesn’t exist any new features or important updates. Just newer packages with bugs fixed and problems addressed from previous releases.
PowerPC architecture support is no longer available in Ubuntu 17.04. Instead of using a swap partition by default and asking for it in the installation, a swap file will be created and used from now on (which means it will only be created as a file under something like /swap, instead of a standalone partition). Ubuntu 17.04 comes with kernel 4.10.
It also comes with GTK+ 3.20 and the other GNOME applications (3.24, without nautilus and terminal which are still 3.20). LibreOffice was updated to version 5.3. gconf is no longer installed by default.
Unity 8 (Mir) is available as an optional session in Ubuntu 17.04. However, and according to our experience, it’s not usable at all. Nothing opens and you can’t spend more than 5 minutes in it:
However, it’s fair to say that the new release is more “stable”. Comparing it to the 16.04 LTS, no crashes or weired bugs faced us so far (we’ve been using it for a month since beta). And that’s a nice thing to have in your Linux distribution. As the company announced, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will detach Unity for GNOME.
Users who are happy with their current Linux distribution probably shouldn’t bother to upgrade. However, if you are using Ubuntu 16.10, you should consider upgrading to 17.04 in order to continue receiving updates and security fixes (Ubuntu 16.10 support will end in around 3 months).
Complete release notes are here.
Ubuntu MATE now ships with MATE 1.18, which completely depends on GTK+ 3 instead of GTK+ 2. Many different bugs were fixed in MATE desktop as well. Lubuntu (and other Ubuntu flavors) now allows you to install LXQt interface form the official repositories. Kubuntu now comes with KDE 5.9. Ubuntu Budgie is the newest member in the family which comes by default with the Budge desktop interface.