GNU/Linux Review: Ubuntu 17.04 zesty Zapus

This is a review of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus with both Unity 7 และ 8 desktop environments. This release is beautiful as always, ready for serious use, and complete with more than 70000 packages on official repository. It will be supported for 9 months until January 2018. ในที่สุด, I hope this review helps people to find how Ubuntu is and what's interesting from 17.04. สนุก!
Note: this article is a review of Ubuntu 17.04 zesty Zapus. If you're looking for another one about Zesty, we already have complete download links, how to install, what to do after install, และ Ubuntu Budgie review. If you want to save your bandwidth, download Ubuntu using zsync.

1. Desktop Overview

This is the desktop appearance of Unity on Ubuntu 17.04. The default desktop you login at first time is Unity 7.
Running Desktop
As previous release, Unity desktop is still having contemporary control-buttons (top-left of window, instead of top-right). It uses Ambiance theme (black-oriented top bars & panel) and Ubuntu Icon Theme as the desktop art composition.

Desktop Menu ("Dash")
There's no changes for the Dash appearance, it's still the same. And yes Unity supports Super key to open/close the Dash. The contents are categorized by Filters (right) and Lenses (bottom).

Dash showing apps

Dash previewing picture

2. เอกภาพ 8

This is the desktop interface of Unity 8. It's preinstalled on Ubuntu 17.04 alongside the default Unity 7. To show Unity 8 you should logout, then choose "Unity 8" on login screen (click on little Ubuntu button upper the username), and login.
Running Desktop
As you can see, the desktop looks unique with different theme and also right sidebar (it reminds us to Budgie, ขวา?). It has its own System Settings, different to the Unity 7's one. The look and feel of this whole interface is very mobile-oriented.

Desktop Menu
If Unity 7's Dash tends to spread horizontally, then Unity 8's Dash tends to spread vertically. It's a typical smartphone interface with touchscreen.

What's Unity 8? It's the next generation Unity prepared to "convergence" (one interface for both desktop & mobile computers.
How's its future? Sadly, Canonical announces that they will stop Unity 8 พัฒนาการ. But happily, there is Yunit the new Unity 8 continuation from Project.
How convenient is it? Many GUI programs don't work on Unity 8, such as Nautilus. But GNOME Calendar works well. So it's not ready for daily desktop use. I wish Yunit will go further making Unity 8 stable for daily life, like Unity 7.

3. การใช้ความจำ

At idle time after freshly installed, อูบุนตู 17.04 consumes around 1GB of RAM. It's no difference to the previous version Ubuntu 16.10. For any desktop user, 1GB is often considered too huge although it's still lower than Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 เบต้า 1 (idle 1.4GB). To compare it, there are even lower ones which are elementary OS Loki (600MB) และ Neon with KDE 5.8 (350MB).
It walks around 980-1000 MB at idle.

It's almost like a tradition to see compiz as the most memory-hungry process. Here are top three: compiz 72MB, Xorg 26MB, and gnome-software 15MB. บ่อยครั้ง, compiz goes wild until more than 100MB.

4. Wallpapers

They are new beautiful wallpapers. These wallpapers are the winners of อูบุนตู 17.04 Wallpaper Contest held on Flickr. If you're a photographer and interested to know more about this contest, ดู Ubuntu wiki. My favorite one is Forest by Moritz Reisinger, how about you?

5. Default Applications

อูบุนตู 17.04 brings newest GNOME 3.24 components and also new version of many applications.

  • หอยโข่ง 3.20.4
  • LibreOffice 5.3.1
  • Firefox 50.1
  • ธันเดอร์เบิร์ด 45.8
  • ซอฟท์แวอูบุนตู 3.22.7
  • Control Center 14.04.3
  • Shotwell 0.22
  • Snap 2.23.6
  • Transmission BitTorrent 2.92
  • Remmina Remote Desktop 1.1.2
  • NetworkManager 1.4.4

6. Repository

อูบุนตู 17.04 provides really huge number of programs on its repo. It's around 70000 packages available, all installable using APT or Synaptic. And don't forget you can use user-friendly Ubuntu Software to install them.
This is our "App Store". All apps categorized in user-friendly format. You can also search any software.

Here is the content of /etc/apt/sources.list file. It lists the addresses of repository server used by Ubuntu 17.04.

Number of packages
By invoking $ apt-cache stats command we can see how many packages available on repo.

7. Daily Life

This part emphasize some info you may use as daily needs. อูบุนตู 17.04 is a stable OS with complete set of software on repo, ready to use for any purpose.
Easy desktop customization can be done using Unity Tweak Tool. This tool covers many aspects of your desktop and change them quickly. ไม่ต้องกังวล, it can restore to defaults if you do any mistake.

Ubuntu also has a "Control Panel", the System Settings. You change your basic system preferences here, like regional format, เวลา, mouse/touchpad settings, monitor, ฯลฯ.

You have the greatest free office suite on Ubuntu: LibreOffice. It supports both ODF and Microsoft Office documents. And it's 5.3 บน 17.04 so it has the ribbon-like Notebookbar.

Graphic Design
Plenty of free design tools are available on repo. Replace Photoshop with GIMP, CorelDRAW with Inkscape, and InDesign with Scribus. They're available on repo.

It's probably surprising that Ubuntu provides great 2D animation software as well as the 3D one. If you were a user of Macromedia Flash MX, you'll like Synfig Studio and Tupi 2D. If you like 3D Studio Max, you'll like Blender. They're all available on repo.
Software Development
อูบุนตู 17.04 includes both gcc and g++ compilers (6.3.0), both Python 2 and Python 3 interpreters (2.7 & 3.5), Perl (5.24), and also build-essential package is preinstalled. It means Ubuntu is ready for you to do programming for most languages. Besides, there are more devel tools available on repo such as OpenJDK and Eclipse, MonoDevelop, Qt Creator, เป็นต้น.
Image Mounter
Imagine you need to "mount" an ISO image file. You can do it instantly on Ubuntu 17.04 because there's preinstalled GNOME Image Mounter program. See how easy it's done here.

8. Mirror List

These are some local mirrors for 17.04 in some countries. By using this, your Ubuntu will download packages from server in your country instead of international server. You can find a nearest mirror to you from List of Ubuntu Archive Mirrors. Note: to use a mirror, just replace the URL on each line in your sources.list into one of these URL addresses.
Datautama Company
Buaya Surabaya
University of Tsukuba
University of Toyama
University of California, Berkeley
University of Kent
University of Oxford

9. Technical Details

This part shows some technical info about Ubuntu 17.04.

  • OS name: Ubuntu
  • เวอร์ชัน: 17.04
  • Codename: Zesty Zapus
  • Release date: April 13th 2017
  • Platform: desktop
  • Architecture: 32 บิต, 64 บิต
  • OS family: GNU/Linux
  • Support type: regular, nonLTS
  • Support lifespan: 9 เดือน
  • Image size: 1.5GB
  • Init system: systemd
  • Display server: X11, ผม
  • Desktop environment: Unity
  • Source code: Launchpad, CDIMAGE


ทั้งหมด, there's no special changes inside Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus compared to previous version 16.10 Yakkety Yak. It's still as user-friendly, complete (as in software packages), and suitable for daily-desktop-life as before. It's ready for serious use at least on 2GB of RAM but I recommend you 4GB of RAM (like mine) to use Ubuntu 17.04 because it's very flawless on it. อย่างไรก็ตาม, เศร้า, อูบุนตู 17.04 with built-in Unity 8 is not enough, not ready for serious use.


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