Ubuntu 17.04, code named Zesty Zapus, is the future release that will succeed Ubuntu 16.10, and even though it’s End of life date has been scheduled for January 2018, the development team aims to bring a lot of upgrades, fixes, and additions in this release.
Its official release has been scheduled for April 2017.
Its codename, Zesty, is an adjective for ‘great enthusiasm and energy’, while Zapus, is the genus name of a North-American mouse that is said to be the only mammal on Earth that has up to 18 teeth in total.
Regarding the codename, Mark wrote on his blog that:
Ubuntu is moving even faster to the center of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you. We love the pace of change and we change the face of love
What’s New in Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
The Zesty Zapus will have an updated Linux kernel, version 4.8, which is the latest line of Linux release series upon which Ubuntu 16.10 is based.
Future Changes include
Canonical is yet to release any information about the changes to look forward to in this future release, but we are sure a release will be around the corner soon.
Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
With Ubuntu, you can trust that upgrading to later distro releases is easy.
All you need to do is enter
$ sudo do-release-upgrade
to upgrade to a newer release or to upgrade to a development version of Ubuntu (like in this case of 17.04).
$ sudo do-release-upgrade -d
You can also check the article on upgrading to 17.04 from 16.10.
Download and Install Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
To avoid potential bugs and data loss I advise that you perform a clean installation on a virtual machine since this release is not official yet.
You can download the disk image for either 32-bit or 64-bit architecture:
Including the images for Ubuntu 17.04 official flavors, and then go about installing the image like you would any other.
Do you plan on trying out Ubuntu 17.04? Or are you already a steady user? Share your thoughts in the comments section.