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Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Code Named "Zesty Zapus" is the latest release of Canonical's Ubuntu GNOME edition. (Officially released 13th April 2017). Ubuntu GNOME is soon to become the default Ubuntu distribution supplied by Canonical. Ubuntu GNOME will be replacing the well known"Unity Desktop" from release 18.04. Included as standard within this release of Ubuntu GNOME you will get the latest Linux 4.10.0-19 kernel, Libre Office Version 5.3, PDF Document Viewer, Firefox web browser version 52.0.1, Music music player and manager. Rhythmbox version 3.4.1 Music Manager is also installed by default. To download and install Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Linux, simply follow the instructional howto guide below.

Installing Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

To try Ubuntu GNOME 17.04, simply download the "17.04" image that matches your systems processor type (32 bit or 64 bit) from the link below:

Download Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

Once you have downloaded your image of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this for you, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Ubuntu GNOME to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and then reboot your system. As your computer system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can now reboot your system and follow the installation guide below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your virtualization software.

Welcome Screen

Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with a Welcome screen similar to the one below. At this screen you have the options of "Try Ubuntu GNOME" or "Install Ubuntu GNOME". If you choose the option of "Try Ubuntu GNOME", you can try Ubuntu GNOME without installing anything to your systems hard drive. This option is very useful as it allows you to test your wifi settings and try out the operating system before committing to a full installation. To "Install Ubuntu GNOME" Linux on to your hard drive, choose the option "Install Ubuntu GNOME". On the left of the screen you are given an option of selecting the Language that will be used throughout your installation. In the example shown below "English" has been selected. A link is also provided that allows you to read the official release notes for this version of Ubuntu GNOME.

Ubuntu GNOME Install Welcome Screen

Preparing to Install Ubuntu GNOME

At this screen you have the options of installing "third-party software" for using "wifi", "graphics" and media. It is recommended that you choose this option as it will provide your system with the necessary plugins/codecs for the playback of audio and video files. To select this option, simply place a tick in the selection box. There is also an option of installing any new available updates to your system as your installation is carried out. In the example below, both options have been selected. To continue with your installation, click on the "Continue" button.

Preparing to Install Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

Installation Type

At this screen there are several installation options available to you. In the example shown below, I am installing to an empty disk with no other operating systems or data present. If you have another operating system present, Ubuntu GNOME should find this and give you additional options regarding installing this new system along side the existing system. In this particular example I have chosen the option of "Erase disk and install Ubuntu GNOME". You may also choose the LVM (Logical Volume Manager) Option as this makes for the adding of additional disks at a later date easier to manage. However, it is not necessary to choose the "LVM" option.
(For more information regarding "LVM" see our LVM Guide). An option for the encrypting of your installation is available. You may wish to consider this option if your system is a portable device such as a Laptop or Notebook. If you would like to create your own disk partitions manually, then an option of "Something else" can be selected. Once you have made your selections, click on the "Install Now" option to continue with the installation.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Installation Type

Write the changes to disk?

Before you can continue with your installation, you will have to confirm that you are happy with changes that are going to be applied to your disk(s). Click "Continue" or use the option "Go Back" to make any amendments to your previous selections.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Confirm Disk Changes

Where are you?

From this screen you must choose your systems geographical location. If you have an active "internet" connection, your location should be found automatically. This location setting will also be used for your system's Time Zone settings. If your location was not automatically found, or you wish to change the currently displayed location, simply type your new location into the search box provided.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 TIME ZONE settings

Keyboard Layout

At this screen you can select your keyboard settings and layout. In the example below I have chosen the keyboard layout "English (UK)". You can also try your keyboard settings by typing into the text box area provided below. Once you have made your selection, click "Continue". An option is also available to detect your keyboard layout.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Keyboard Settings

Who are you?

The following screen requires you to create a new user on your system and provide a name for your computer (hostname) to identify your computer on your network. You will be asked to provide a user name and password. It is advisable to accept the default option "require my password to login" as extra security. An option to encrypt your home area for added security is also available. Place a tick in the selection box for this option. Once you have made your choices, click on "Continue".

Ubuntu GNOME Creating a User - Who are you?

Welcome to Ubuntu GNOME

This next phase is the actual installation of your Operating System. As the software is installed, progress is indicated along the bottom of the screen by a progress bar. A slide show presentation can be viewed by clicking on the ">" arrows located to the side of the screen. Here you can get a quick overview of some of the new features and software that are included within this release of Ubuntu GNOME. No further action is required at this stage of the installation process.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Welcome to Ubuntu GNOME

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 installation is now complete. You will now need to restart your computer to use your new installation. Please remove any installation media from your drives. Click "Restart Now" to start using your new system. If you haven't removed your installation media, you will be prompted to do so.

Ubuntu GNOME Installation Complete

Ubuntu GNOME Login Screen

Once your system has started, you should see a login screen similar to the one shown below. At this screen you must enter the password for the user you created in the previous steps.

Ubuntu GNOME Login Screen


Once your desktop has loaded. You will be greeted with a "Welcome" screen that allows you to configure some additional options. These options include the following:

Select your keyboard layout or an input method.

Location Services
Allows applications to determine your geographical location. An indication is shown when location services are in use. Connect your online accounts (Skip option available)
Connect your accounts easily to access your email, online calendar, contacts, documents or photographs.

Once you have finished choosing any applicable options, you will be greeted with the "Ready to Go"screen as seen in the next step.

Ubuntu GNOME Finalise Install Settings

Ready to Go

To start using your Ubuntu GNOME installation, click on the "Start Using Ubuntu.

Start using Ubuntu GNOME

GNOME Desktop

Welcome to your GNOME desktop.

Ubuntu GNOME Desktop