Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ubuntu 16.04.3 Has Released, Whats New ?

Adam Conrad has announced the release of a new maintenance update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the Ubuntu Community Edition projects. The new version, Ubuntu 16.04.3, provides fresh installation media with bug fixes and minor updates, but does not represent a new version of the open source operating system.

Powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel and Mesa 17.0 graphics stack from Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS is here for those who want to install the long-term supported Xenial Xerus series of operating systems on new computers which were or weren't supported by Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS or a previous point release. However, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS doesn't ship with support for 32-bit PPC architectures.

A point release is an updated version of the LTS installation image that rolls together all of these updates. This helps to reduce the number of packages and patches that a user has to download after installation.

Certain point releases also ship with a new hardware enablement stack (HWE). This is composed of a recent Linux kernel release, graphics drivers (including mesa 17) and display server.

Whats New on Ubuntu 16.04.3 ?

Of course, a new Ubuntu release doesn't come in a single flavor, and it's accompanied by all the other supported editions from the Xenial Xerus (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) series, including Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.3 LTS, and Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.3 LTS.

As for the new features included in this flavors, we can mention that Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS comes with KDE Plasma 5.5.5 and KDE Applications 15.12, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS refresh hardware support for specific machines, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS ships with GNOME 3.18, support for Snappy packages, and root-less X.Org Server, and the rest include various updated components.

Canonical will support the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system with maintenance updates for five years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin, and only three years for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. Both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures are supported for Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04.3 ?

But if you installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS when it was first released (or you used the first point release image) you won’t get the HWE update automatically.

Instead, to install Linux Kernel 4.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, you need to opt-in

How? By running one single, simple command:
sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-16.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04
Let all updates complete fully and then restart your machine when prompted.

Existing users don't need to download the Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS installation images to update their systems, but only to perform a full upgrade via the command-line or by using a graphical package manager like Ubuntu Software or Synaptic Package Manager. If you want to reinstall or deploy Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on new systems, you can download the Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Live ISO images right now through our web portal.


ubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
kubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
lubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (890MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
mythbuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,425MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntustudio-16.04.3-dvd-amd64.iso (2,722MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntukylin-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,577MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntu-mate-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,648MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntu-gnome-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,288MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
xubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,271MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).

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