back to article Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

Download Ubuntu 17.04 beta preview, recently released, and visually speaking you might be a little disappointed. Unity is almost entirely the same with some minor updates for a few core apps. Most of what's new comes from the move to GNOME 3.24 for a few apps and core components. Looks it’s said are not as important as what’s …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    you might wanna change the article title to 17.04?

    1. WonkoTheSane

      I find they respond better to the "corrections" link above.

  2. frank ly

    Testing in a VM

    It's not expensive or difficult to buy/have a spare hard drive and fit it into your desktop/laptop for a 'real' installation.

    1. WonkoTheSane

      Re: Testing in a VM

      I've been running 17.04 from my OS SSD since Xmas (Dual boot with Win10 via GRUB), and it's been rock solid for me.

      FYI - Final release is next Thursday (Apr 13th).

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Testing in a VM

      maybe not everyone wants to spend their entire life installing / uninstalling / updating software, with dozens of old pc's laying around.

      I've a dozen different VM's ready to spin up as and when required, do you propose I have a dozen desktop pc's?

  3. Stuart 22


    Spare a word for the other variants. I found Ubuntu interface awful but Kubuntu much more tailorable and with the benefit of some great KDE apps. Not as pretty looking as Linux Mint but more useful.

    Paging Lubuntu & Xubuntu users ...

    1. James Dore

      Re: *ubuntu

      True that. Whatever resolution I run Gnome at, it still manages to look like 640x480.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: *ubuntu

        "True that. Whatever resolution I run Gnome at, it still manages to look like 640x480."

        Time to upgrade that VGA CRT then.

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge

      Re: *ubuntu

      just install Mate (apt-get install mate-desktop as I recall) and you'll be fine. That's what I've been doing for any Ubu install I need to do. Getting to a shell is cumbersome in Unity, but you can always mash 'enter' during the grub boot and use a recovery console...

  4. timrichardson

    And Nvidia Optimus has PRIME Sync working ... no more screen tearing on the laptop's panel if you're using Nvidia Optimus. At the moment this needs xserver 19.1.3 from a staging PPA and a tweak to a config file, but it works, at last. This is a big deal for Optimus users. Fingers crossed X 19.1.3 makes it officially to 17.04 because then we can expect it in 16.04.3

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    multi-monitor support forgotten

    I guess a new generation took over, one that only uses mobile devices, because Gnome and KDE are both wrecked in terms of multiple monitor support. I really do think it is a new younger generation to blame for this, even win10 is broken in this aspect, so new blood broke this across the board (a true generation bug).

    I ran 17.04 for 4 days, then the radeon driver went panicy at boot, again, again, bye to that for now.

    1. handle

      Re: multi-monitor support forgotten

      In what way is it "wrecked"? Sounds from your posting that there problem is limited to those using AMD graphics cards on all OSs.

    2. TraceyC

      Re: multi-monitor support forgotten

      Multi monitor support being "wrecked" is news to me. I've got Mint with Cinnamon running at work and at home with multi monitor setups in both places. At work, it's even driven by a laptop with 2 external screens for 3 screens total.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: multi-monitor support forgotten

        Multimonitor support isn't broken.

        Its X11 thats broken.

        See: Wayland

  6. David Austin

    To some people..

    No UI Changes is a major plus point...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Skype for Linux

    "No UI Changes is a major plus point..."

    I'm assuming the day will come when installing Skype for Linux, gives everyone ads in Files/Nautilus, too. By then, though the Windows 10 desktop will look more like Times Square billboards in terms of Ads, no doubt.

    We all know where Windows 10 CU (NT) Systems are going.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Ubuntu 17.04 what's new

    Ubuntu 17.04 what's new

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You learn something new every day

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      "You learn something new every day"

      yeah, about that... kinda disturbing, but the software is still good. Except 'Unity'. Which stinks on ice.

      1. DropBear

        Sounds like it incorporates a substantial amount of Borging too, for good measure. Maybe Canonical was just pushing that to its logical conclusion with those, uhhh, overly extroverted search lenses of yore...

        "How else are you to ask for sugar from your neighbour?"

        Yeah, about that - I don't personally know anyone who has ever done that or would conceivably consider doing it. We'd just stroll over to the nearest corner shop although that never happens due to a modest permanent stockpile. Buffering, people! It's not rocket science. Then again, that's just us...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          You Linux babies could even find something to bitch about with sleeping late on weekends

          1. Fatman

            Linux 'babies'??

            Hey Loverock, go back under your rock!!!!!

          2. hplasm

            You Linux babies

            Oh no! An Internet Bigboy! 11111111One...

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I like Unity, for the sole reason that the title and menu bars merge into the taskbar at the top of the screen (I always maximise windows if I can). The lack of ability to customise it is fucking annoying but is secondary, for me at least.

        All of my (personal) servers run slackware though. There's a lot of unnecessary crap on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

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