If you’ve been wondering when Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’ will be released, wonder no more: the official release date of Ubuntu 17.04 is set for April 13, 2017.

Codenamed ‘Zesty Zapus’, Ubuntu 17.04 is the next short-term support release of the world’s most used open-source operating system, and will be the fourth concurrently supported release at the time of its arrival (joining Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS and 16.10).

The Ubuntu Wiki lists the release date as April 13. The exact time of the release — the moment when the digital release button gets pressed, if you will — is never precise as a multitude of factors can affect it, including mirror syncing, server configuration, and publication of release notes.

Ubuntu 17.04 Release Schedule

Key dates during the Ubuntu 17.04 milestone are as follows, as listed in the official Ubuntu 17.04 release schedule:

  • Alpha 1 – 29 December (for flavours)
  • Alpha 2 – 26 January (for flavours)
  • Feature Freeze — 16 February
  • Beta 1 – 23 February (for flavours)
  • UI Freeze — 9 March
  • Final Beta – 23 March
  • Kernel Freeze — 30 March
  • Release Candidate — 9 April
  • Stable Release – 13 April

Be sure to mark the Ubuntu 17.04 release date in your diaries folks!

The Zesty Zapus will be supported  for 9 months after release with select app updates, bug fixes and critical security patches, including new releases of Mozilla Firefox.

Interested and/or impatient? You can, as always, try Ubuntu 17.04 long before its official release. Live daily builds of the 17.04 update are already available to download by fear-scoffing souls who don’t mind digging down into unfinished and potentially buggy software, while a beta-quality snapshot will emerge in late March, 2017.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, released on April 21st, 2016, is the current long-term support release and is supported for 5 years. Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life in July, 2017.

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