How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04

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Ubuntu 17.04 released, codenamed “Zesty Zapus”; bringing yet another version of a remarkable operating system in the Ubuntu ecosystem, with the latest and some of the greatest open source technologies in a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

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It will be supported for 9 months until January 2018 and it ships in with several improvements, a few new features, and many bug fixes: the default DNS resolver is now systemd-resolved, fresh installations will use a swap file instead of a swap partition. It is based on the Linux version 4.10 series.

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What’s New in Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop

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Many incremental improvements, the notable being:

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  • Unity 8 is only present as an alternative session.
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  • All apps offered by GNOME have been updated to 3.24.
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  • Gconf is no longer installed by default.
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  • Newer versions of GTK and Qt.
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  • Updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice.
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  • Stability improvements to Unity and many more.
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What’s New in Ubuntu 17.04 Server

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The notable improvements include:

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  • Ocata release of OpenStack, together with a number of time saving deployment and management tools for devops teams.
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  • A number of key server technologies have been updated to new formidable versions with a variety of new features, from MAAS to juju and many more.
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In this article, we will show you how to upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 in two possible ways: using the command line and the Software Updater application. You will get the same end result no matter the method you choose to use.

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Important: First, backup your existing Ubuntu installation before you update your computer and perform the actual upgrade. This is recommended because upgrades do not always go well as expected, a few times you may encounter certain failures that can cause data loss.

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Then ensure that you system is fully up-to-date, run the commands below:

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$ sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgradern

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Upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04

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To upgrade on a desktop system, search for “Software & Updates” in the Dash and launch it.

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Ubuntu Software Updates
Ubuntu Software Updates

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From the “Software & Updates” interface, select the third Tab called “Updates” and set the “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” dropdown menu to “For any new version“.

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Set Updates for New Ubuntu Version
Set Updates for New Ubuntu Version

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Then the system will start updating the cache as shown in the following screenshot.

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Updating Ubuntu Cache
Updating Ubuntu Cache

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As the cache updates you’ll see the message “A new version of Ubuntu is available. Would you like to Upgrade”. Click on “Yes, Upgrade now”.

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Ubuntu 17.04 Upgrade Available
Ubuntu 17.04 Upgrade Available

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Alternatively, you can use “/usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/check-new-release-gtk“. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

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If you are using Ubuntu 16.10 Server, follow below instructions to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04.

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Upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 Server to 17.04 Server

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To upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 from the terminal (especially on servers), install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed.

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$ sudo apt install update-manager-corern

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Then ensure that the prompt option in /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades is set to normal as shown in the screenshot below.

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Configure Release Upgrade Options
Configure Release Upgrade Options

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Afterwards, launch the upgrade tool with the command below:

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$ sudo do-release-upgradern

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Perform Release Upgrade
Perform Release Upgrade

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From the screenshot below, enter y to continue with the upgrade process (Or view all packages to be installed by entering d). And follow the on-screen instructions.

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Ubuntu Upgrade Process
Ubuntu Upgrade Process

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Wait for the upgrade process to complete, then reboot your machine, then login into Ubuntu 17.04.

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Note: For Ubuntu 16.04 users, you’ll have to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10 then to 17.04.

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That’s it! In this article, we described how to upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 in two ways: using the command line as well as the Software Updater application. Remember to share any thoughts with us via the feedback form below.

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