Release information for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Final Beta

Subject: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Final Beta released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

Codenamed "Zesty Zapus", 17.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

We're also pleased with this release to welcome Ubuntu Budgie to the family of Ubuntu community flavours.

The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 17.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 13th, 2017.

Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Cloud Images: Yakkety Final Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 4.10 kernel, and much more.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 16.10, follow these instructions:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ZestyUpgrades

The Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta images can be downloaded at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/17.04/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server on x86)

Additional images can be found at the following links:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/zesty/current/ (Cloud Images) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/17.04/beta-2/ (Non-x86 Server) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/17.04/ (Netboot)

As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20170323 or higher) should be considered a beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.

The full release notes for Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta can be found at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/ReleaseNotes

Kubuntu: Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/Kubuntu

Lubuntu: Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on Lubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/Lubuntu

Ubuntu Budgie: Ubuntu Budgie is community developed desktop, integrating Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on Ubuntu Budgie Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/UbuntuBudgie

Ubuntu GNOME: Ubuntu GNOME is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on Ubuntu GNOME Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/UbuntuGNOME

UbuntuKylin: UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuKylin Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information on UbuntuMATE Final Beta can be found here: https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-zesty-beta2/

Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More information about Ubuntu Studio Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/UbuntuStudio

Xubuntu: Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/17.04/beta-2/

More inormation about Xubuntu Final Beta can be found here: http://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/17.04/release-notes

Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and clouds, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit http://www.ubuntu.com/support

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On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

Adam Conrad