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How To Upgrade To Ubuntu 17.04 From Ubuntu 16.04LTS

Following the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), then for those who are looking for upgrade paths we will be showing you how to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 from Ubuntu 16.04LTS with ease.

Please note that Ubuntu 17.04 is a non LTS release so we do not recommend those running Ubuntu 16.04 or other earlier version in production enviroment to upgrade now. Allow a few more years for this platform to stabilize before attempting the upgrade.

Before we begin upgrade to ubuntu 17.04, lets take a quick look at Ubuntu 17.04 new features

Upgrade To Ubuntu 17.04

Ubuntu 17.04 Features

  • The 32-bit PowerPC support had been dropped. According to the release notes, the powerpc port is no longer included in the 17.04 release. But support for ppc64el still continues
  • The default DNS resolver is now systemd-resolved
  • For new installs, a swap file will now be used instead of a swap partition
  • Ubuntu 17.04 is based on the Linux release series 4.10, so expect it to be shipped with Linux Kernel 4.10
  • There is support for driverless printing, meaning you can now print without printer-specific drivers. These printers are IPP Everywhere and Apple AirPrint printers, but also some PDF, Postscript, and PCL printers work
  • LibreOffice has been updated to version 5.3
  • Apps provided by GNOME have been updated to v3.24. Exceptions are the Nautilus file manager (3.20), Terminal (3.20), Evolution (3.22), as well as Software (3.22)
  • The Calendar app now has a Week view
  • gconf is no longer installed by default since it has long been superseded by gsettings. Note that statistics and preferences for the Aisleriot card games will be reset when upgrading to 17.04
  • Unity 8 is available as an alternative session
  • Qemu has been updated to the 2.8 release
  • See release notes for more details

How to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 from Ubuntu 16.04

Backup System (Install Duplicity)

  • Before any system upgrades are carried out, we always recommend that you backup your files and folders and move it to a secure external location. To achieve this, install Duplicity a backup tool that allows you to backup directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. run following commands to install duplicity
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:duplicity-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install duplicity python-gi
  • Next open Dash, search for “Deja” and click on backup
  • Click “Folders to save” and add the desired folders you want to backup
  • Back to Overview and click on Back up Now… and backup with or without password protection
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Upgrade To Ubuntu 17.04

Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04

  • Please note that by default, LTS releases are always set to only upgrade to other LTS releases. Since we are upgrading from an LTS to a non LTS instance, we need change settings so we get automatic notification. Follow the steps below to achieve that
    • Open “Software & Updates” from dash
    • Click on the “Updates” tab
    • Under “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version”, click the dropdown menu and select “For any new version”
    • Close for changes to take effect

Upgrade To Ubuntu 17.04

  • Next run the following commands to upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04LTS to Ubuntu 16.10 first
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
  • After the first upgrade is completed, you will be prompted to restart the system. Go ahead and reboot the machine, and then logg back in. Next run the same upgrade command to upgrade this time to Ubuntu 17.04
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
  • Verify upgrade by running the following command
lsb_release -a

Post Upgrade Tasks

We will quickly look at some post upgrade tasks and apps to do

  • Do a quick update check for security / kernel patches and app updates

Upgrade To Ubuntu 17.04

  • Next install graphics drivers via software & updates center
  • Another vital check is to install some media codecs to help you listen to music and watch movies. Ubuntu does not include these 3rd party softwares due to legal restrictions. You can install media codes by running the following command
sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • Now install latest Unity Tweak Tool
  • Also install System Load Indicator – This is a graphical system load indicator for CPU, ram, etc. Follow steps below to install it
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload
  • Disable Guest Session from Login Screen – You can disable guest login by editing the file “50-no-guest.conf” and adding the code below. Restart your machine for changes to take effect
sudo apt install gksu && gksudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-no-guest.conf

# Add following lines



The only issue I have seen reported by users after upgrading to Ubuntu 17.04 is the wi-fi not working anymore due to mac address keep changing. To fix this issue, follow the steps below – source

  • Open a terminal and run the following command
sudo -H gedit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
  • Enter the following lines at the end of the file
  • Save changes and close the file. then run command for changes to take effect
sudo service network-manager restart

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have update to 17.04 without any problem but don’t see any update since then!
is it my lvmetad problem?