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List of PPA Repositories for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus


This is a list of PPA repositories for Ubuntu 17.04. This list includes many PPAs for popular applications such as GIMP, Inkscape, LibreOffice, Scribus, and Android Studio. I write this list in easy format with a reference link on each PPA mentioned. You should read the link before installing the PPA, for the sake of security and stability. I hope this list helps all 17.04 users a lot!

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This PPA list is for 17.04. If you want something else, we have similar PPA list for Ubuntu 16.04 and list for Ubuntu 16.10. If you don’t know how to install a PPA, refer to PPA Howto.

Do you need this list?
If you are using 17.04, and need to install software not available on official repository, then you perhaps need this list. You can press Ctrl+F and find the name of application you need here.

GIMP
https://launchpad.net/~otto-kesselgulasch/+archive/ubuntu/gimp

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

Inkscape
https://launchpad.net/~inkscape.dev/+archive/ubuntu/stable

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install inkscape

Iridium
https://iridiumbrowser.de/downloads/linux.html

wget -qO – https://downloads.iridiumbrowser.de/ubuntu/iridium-release-sign-01.pub|sudo apt-key add –
cat < deb [arch=amd64] https://downloads.iridiumbrowser.de/deb/ stable main
#deb-src https://downloads.iridiumbrowser.de/deb/ stable main
EOF
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install iridium-browser

LibreOffice
https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

KDE Plasma
https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/backports

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt full-upgrade -y

Persepolis Download Manager
https://launchpad.net/~persepolis/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:persepolis/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install persepolis

Plank
https://launchpad.net/~ricotz/+archive/ubuntu/docky

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plank

Scribus
https://launchpad.net/~scribus/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus

uGet Download Manager
https://launchpad.net/~plushuang-tw/+archive/ubuntu/uget-stable

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uget

Atom Editor
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/ubuntu/atom

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install atom

Transmission BitTorrent
https://launchpad.net/~transmissionbt/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install transmission

Brackets
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/ubuntu/brackets

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install brackets

Krita
https://launchpad.net/~kritalime/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install krita

OpenShot
https://launchpad.net/~openshot.developers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot

OpenShot (Bleeding Edge Version)
https://launchpad.net/~jonoomph/+archive/ubuntu/openshot-edge

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot

Shotcut Video Editor
https://launchpad.net/~haraldhv/+archive/ubuntu/shotcut/

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:haraldhv/shotcut
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shotcut

Youtube Download Manager

https://launchpad.net/~flexiondotorg/+archive/ubuntu/youtube-dl-gui

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/youtube-dl-gui
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install youtube-dlg

CPU-G
https://launchpad.net/~atareao/+archive/ubuntu/atareao/

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cpu-g

Blender
https://launchpad.net/~thomas-schiex/+archive/ubuntu/blender

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

Wine
https://launchpad.net/~wine/+archive/ubuntu/wine-builds

wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository ‘https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/’
sudo apt-get install wine-staging

FreeCAD
https://launchpad.net/~freecad-maintainers/+archive/ubuntu/freecad-daily

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freecad-daily

LibreCAD
https://launchpad.net/~librecad-dev/+archive/ubuntu/librecad-daily

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:librecad-dev/librecad-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install librecad

VLC (Bleeding Edge Version)

https://launchpad.net/~videolan/+archive/ubuntu/master-daily

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

Neovim (Bleeding Edge Version)
https://launchpad.net/~videolan/+archive/ubuntu/master-daily

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neovim

Android Studio
https://launchpad.net/~maarten-fonville/+archive/ubuntu/android-studio

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-fonville/android-studio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install android-studio

KiCAD
https://launchpad.net/~js-reynaud/+archive/ubuntu/kicad-4

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:js-reynaud/kicad-4
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kicad

KeePass 2
https://launchpad.net/~jtaylor/+archive/ubuntu/keepass

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install keepass2



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Lubuntu 17.04 Review, The Lightweight and Complete Desktop OS


This is a review for Lubuntu 17.04, the ultra-lightweight and energy-saving desktop OS which is complete and user friendly. It features daily desktop apps including full multimedia support (MP3/WEBM) and provides more than 70000 software packages on official repo, instantly ready to use for desktop PC and laptop users. You can run Lubuntu mainly to revive old computers or to replace any resource-hungry OS. It’s amazing to see a full-power desktop OS as lightweight as Lubuntu on 2017! Finally, I hope this review helps you to choose Lubuntu for all your computers.

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This article is a review for Lubuntu 17.04. If you need anything else, we have the installation guide, download links, and reducing download cost using zsync.

1. Characteristics

Lubuntu by default is a super-minimalistic desktop OS. It brings a small number of software (enough for daily uses), small set of running services (hence the resource-saving), but it powered by gigantic set of software available on official repo + PPA and also it’s an Ubuntu-based OS with worldwide community support.

2. Memory Usage

Lubuntu uses around 250MB of RAM when idle. By this, then Lubuntu is the most lightweight OS among the 17.04 official “brothers” (Ubuntu Unity ±1GB, Kubuntu ±400MB, Ubuntu MATE ±550MB, Ubuntu Budgie ±800MB, even Xubuntu ±300MB).

From the picture above, we know that the most RAM consuming processes are Xorg (±50MB), then update-notifier (±33MB), and then lxpanel (±29MB). It’s amazing to know that user still can reduce the RAM usage by disabling for example update-notifier, snapd, and whoopsie. It’s extremely lightweight for a complete-functional desktop OS in 2017.

3. Appearance

This is the desktop view of Lubuntu. It’s a traditional desktop with minimalistic Windows XP (or you can say, 98) style with a bottom panel, cascading menu on left corner, system tray on right corner, and control-buttons on top-right on every window. By default Lubuntu doesn’t use drop shadow effect.

4. File Manager

The power of a desktop OS relies on its file manager. Lubuntu brings PCManFM, the ultra-lightweigth graphical file manager, simple on interface but complete in features. Picture below showing Lubuntu File Manager with many important features enabled (split vertical, multitab, right-click context menu, sort files by date, Open in Terminal, Compress, Bookmark, Cut/Copy, Rename, status bar with space indicator, etc.). The version it ships is 1.2.45.

File search: in PCManFM, it is located at menu Tools > Find Files or by shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F.

5. Default Apps

This is table of preinstalled apps on Lubuntu 17.04.
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Category Name
Web browser Firefox
Word processor Abiword
Spreadsheet Gnumeric
File manager PCManFM
Email client Sylpheed
Internet messenger Pidgin
Image viewer GPicView
PDF reader Evince
Download manager Transmission, GNU wget
Terminal LXTerminal
Image writer Startup Disk Creator
Disk management GNOME Disk Utility
Audio player Audacious
Video player MPV
Text editor Leafpad
Desktop notes Xpad

6. Application Comparison

If you are switching from Windows, then you need a table comparing apps on Lubuntu towards apps on Windows. Here the comparisons:

Preinstalled on Lubuntu
This table compares default apps on Lubuntu and popular apps on Windows:
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Windows Lubuntu
Windows Explorer
PCManFM
Microsoft Word Abiword
Microsoft Excel Gnumeric
Internet Explorer Firefox
Yahoo! Messenger Pidgin
mIRC Pidgin
uTorrent Transmission
Outlook Sylpheed
Notepad Leafpad
Command Prompt LXTerminal
Adobe Reader Evince
WinAmp Audacious
Windows Media Player MPV
Microsoft Paint mtPaint
Nero Burning ROM Xfburn
Add/Remove Programs Synaptic Package Manager
GNOME Software
Task Manager Task Manager (LXTask)

Availabe on Repo
If you want to install more software (available on Lubuntu’s repo) by yourself later, or because you won’t find them preinstalled, this table compares Lubuntu software and Windows software.
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Windows Lubuntu
Microsoft Office (full suite) LibreOffice
Adobe Photoshop GIMP
CorelDRAW Inkscape
Adobe InDesign Scribus
AutoCAD FreeCAD
Corel PaintShop Pro Krita
Windows Movie Maker Flowblade
3D Studio Max Blender
ACDSee Shotwell
Foxit Reader QPdfView
Google Earth KDE Marble
Google Chrome Iridium
Outlook Thunderbird
GOM Player VLC
IDM DownThemAll!
Skype GNU Ring

You can install applications using the preinstalled tool like GNOME Software, Synaptic, or APT. Read about Package Management System to do it.

7. Repository

Or, what you can install on Lubuntu 17.04. You have more than 70000 packages available on official repository. You have large number of apps available via Launchpad PPA. You have many apps available as AppImage, runnable on Lubuntu. You can install them all if you want. It means you have complete support of applications for all computing fields possible for this lightweight OS, Lubuntu 17.04. To install them, Lubuntu provides Software Center and also the powerful apt-get console tool.

More explanation about repository you can find on Package Management System article.

8. Daily Life

These are some examples to utilize Lubuntu for daily life.

Multimedia
Surprise, Lubuntu can play MP3 and MP4 by default as well as OGG and WEBM. The players, Audacious and MPV, doesn’t need additional installations of codecs anymore. So Lubuntu is so ready for users switching from Windows or Mac OS X when they want multimedia playback.

PDF & Ebooks
Lubuntu ships with Evince PDF Reader preinstalled. You can read your ebooks as soon you installed Lubuntu. Evince can read another ebook formats such as DVI, XPS, DJVU, TIFF, PS, and Comic Books.

Office
It has preinstalled spreadsheet and word processor software. Gnumeric supports Excel document formats (.xls/.xlsx) where Abiword supports Word document formats (.doc/.docx). Also, they support LibreOffice document formats (.ods and .odt). They can also export directly to PDF as well.

Email
It features Sylpheed, the user-friendly, lightweight mail client that supports both IMAP and POP. It is very simple to setup Gmail account on Sylpheed like this.

9. Technical Details

  • OS name: Lubuntu
  • Version: 17.04
  • Codename: Zesty Zapus
  • Support lifespan: 9 months (until January 2018)
  • Release date: April 13th 2017
  • OS family: GNU/Linux
  • Distro family: Debian derivatives
  • Architecture: 32bit & 64bit
  • Image size: ±900MB
  • Desktop environment: LXDE
  • Package manager: apt, dpkg
  • Window manager: Openbox
  • Display manager: LightDM
  • Developer: Lubuntu Team
  • Website: http://lubuntu.net

10. Conclusion

For whom Lubuntu 17.04 is? I can recommend it especially for users having low-end or old computers, and I can also recommend it for users having modern & high-end computers when they need minimum resource usage and maximum energy-saving. This is the most resource-saving OS among all 17.04 official flavors and is suitable for those can’t use another varian but still want the user-friendliness of Ubuntu family.

Get Involved!

Lubuntu is a GNU/Linux distribution project based on Ubuntu with LXDE desktop (hence the name Lubuntu). If you wanto to contribute to Lubuntu Project, first visit Get Involved page. You can help, if you have technical experience, to give support on official IRC #lubuntu on freenode. or join the mailing list. Lubunt Project also has a forum here.

Release Notes





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How To Install Lubuntu 17.04


This tutorial explains how to install Lubuntu 17.04 in step-by-step. You will prepare 2 partitions, one main and (optionally) one swap, for at least 20GB and 1GB respectively. You can use USB flash drive or DVD as the bootable media. Generally, you can use this tutorial for both singleboot and dualboot modes. So let’s install and enjoy this lightweight, secure, and free OS Lubuntu 17.04.

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Note: this article is about installing. If you’re looking for something else, we have Ubuntu Unity 17.04 review, complete 17.04 family download links, and zsync to cut download cost.

Preparations

Get Lubuntu 17.04: direct downloads here. To reduce download cost, use zsync.

Prepare 2 partitions: create one blank partition for at least 20GB, and (optionally) another one blank partition for 1GB. The first will be main partition and the second will be swap partition.

Create bootable media: burn the ISO image of Lubuntu into a blank USB drive. You can use software like Unetbootin (available for Windows & GNU/Linux), Disk Utility (preinstalled on Ubuntu), or Multisystem.

Example: I prepared one main partition /dev/sda6 42GB and one swap partition /dev/sda3 2.5GB and I installed the bootloader into their parent disk /dev/sda.

Warning: if you would install Lubuntu in dualboot mode, make backup of your important data.

Booting

Insert your USB drive, boot your computer into USB (or DVD, according to your media), and you should see Lubuntu 17.04 screen asking you either “Try Lubuntu” or “Install Lubuntu”. Choose “Try Lubuntu” instead.

1. Select Language

First step: choose your language. This choice will be the language of whole Lubuntu interface.

2. Select No Connection

Second step: choose “I don’t want to connect…”. This choice makes the installation faster.

3. Select No Download

Third step: blank all choices on this page. The installation of third-party programs can be done later.

4. Select Something Else

Fourth step: choose “Something else”. This brings you to advanced partitioner, where you have full control to the whole hard disk.

5. Create Main Partition

Fifth step: select the bigger partition you’ve prepared > click “Change” > see Edit partition dialog > set the Size=, Use as=”Ext4″, Format this partition=”check on”, Mount point=”/”.

6. Create Swap Partition

Sixth step: choose the smaller partition you’ve prepared > click “Change” >

7. Determine Bootloader Location

Seventh step: choose the parent disk where your main partition belongs. If your main partition is /dev/sda4, then its parent is /dev/sda. The GRUB bootloader will be installed there.

8. Start Installation

Eighth step: re-check all your choices and make sure they are all correct. Then press “Install Now” to start the actual installation. Once pressed, you cannot go back.

9. Enter User Info

Ninth step: after pressing “Install Now”, the installer will ask you about 3 things:

Geolocation: select where you live. This determines your local time/date.

Keyboard: if you use Japanese, Arabic, or Greek keyboard, choose one here. However, the default choice is safe.

Username: determine your own username & password that would be used on Lubuntu later. These are your own login credentials.

10. Wait The Progress

Tenth step: you just need to wait the progress until it finished. The whole installation process is only around 10 minutes.

11. Installation Finished

Once finished, the installer will notice you to restart or to stay on this live session. Click restart and enjoy Lubuntu 17.04!





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How To Install Xubuntu 17.04


This tutorial guides you to install Xubuntu 17.04 in step-by-step. You’ll prepare 2 blank partitions first (20GB for main, and optionally 1GB for swap) nad use a USB flash drive as bootable media. You can apply this tutorial either for singleboot or dualboot mode. Total time needed for installation is only around 10 minutes (including all firmware & drivers). I hope this tutorial will be easy for any newbie and soon everyone can feel how joyful Xubuntu is. Happy installing!

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Note: this article is about installing. If you’re looking for something else, we have Xubuntu 17.04 review, complete 17.04 family download links, and zsync to cut download cost.

a. Preparations

Get Xubuntu 17.04: you can download it from this link. It’s about 1.2GB for 64bit and 1.3GB for 32bit.

Create 2 blank partitions: you need one blank partition at least 20GB, and (optionally) a smaller blank partition 1GB. First partition will be main, and second one will be swap partition. It’s better to prepare them before the actual installation.

Create bootable media: burn Xubuntu image into a USB drive using Unetbootin (available for Windows) or Disk Utility (Ubuntu built-in). I choose USB drive because it’s cheaper than DVD but it’s up to you to use DVD instead.

Backup: if you would install Xubuntu in dualboot mode with another OS, make backup for your important data.

Example: I prepared my /dev/sda4 70GB as main partition, /dev/sda3 2.5GB as swap partition, and /dev/sda as the bootloader location. Note: the main partition I prepared was containing Ubuntu 17.04 (as you can see below) and I decided to wipe it.

b. Booting

Boot your computer into bootable media and you should enter Xubuntu Live Session. From this point, select “Try Ubuntu” and run the icon “Install Xubuntu 17.04” from desktop.

1. Select Language

First step: choose a language. This determines the whole user interface language later. Choosing English is safe.

2. Select No Connection

Second step: choose “I don’t want to connect…” so the installation will finish quicker.

3. Select No Download

Third step: blank all choices on downloading/installing third-party programs. You can do anything like this after installation.

4. Select Something Else

Fourth step: choose “Something else” to enter full-control partitioning.

5. Create Main Partition

Fifth step: on the advanced partitioning screen, choose the first blank partition you’ve prepared (in my example: /dev/sda4 70GB) > press Change button > on the Edit partition dialog determines Size=, Use as=”EXT4″, Format partition=”check on”, Mount point=”/” > OK.

6. Create Swap Partition

Sixth step: still on the advanced partitioning screen, and this is optional, select your second blank partition (the smaller one) > press Change button > on Edit partition dialog set Use as=”swap area”, Format this partition=”check on” > OK.

7. Determine Bootloader Location

Seventh step: select the location of the bootloader. It’s typically the parent disk of your main partition. See picture below for example, my main partition is /dev/sda4 so the parent is /dev/sda and I select this parent as my bootloader location. The partitions always have number on each of their name (/dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, etc.), while parent doesn’t (/dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc.).

8. Start Installation

Eighth step: after determining all partitions, make sure all choices are correct, and then press Install Now. Once pressed, the actual installation begins and you cannot go back.

9. Enter User Info

Ninth step: you will be asked for 3 types of user info:

Geolocation: select your geolocation. This determines your local time/date, your currency, and local formatting. Yes, you can also change this after installation.

Keyboard layout: select your preferred keyboard. Xubuntu offers Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and many more layouts if you need. However, default choice is safe.

Username: determine your own username & password here.

10. Wait The Progress

Tenth step: after entering all user info, you’ll wait Xubuntu System Installer to finish its job. While waiting, you’ll served with a gorgeous slideshow introducing Xubuntu. This should not take more than 15 minutes.

11. Installation Finished

After 10-15 minutes total time of installation, you’ll see Installation Complete dialog. This means it’s finished and you can enjoy Xubuntu right now.





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How To Install Ubuntu MATE 17.04

This tutorial explains how to install Ubuntu MATE 17.04 for beginners. It requires a main partition at least 20GB, and (optionally) a swap partition at least 1GB. The whole installation progress takes only around 10 minutes, including all hardware drivers. You can install 17.04 as a replacement for Windows or even dual-booting with it. Be happy with the secure, free as in freedom, and complete OS Ubuntu MATE!

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a. Preparations

  • Get Ubuntu MATE 17.04: download the ISO image here. If you want to cut download cost, zsync does a great job.
  • Create two blank partitions: one main partition at least 20GB, and (optionally) one swap partition at least 1GB. It’s better to prepare partitions before actual installation.
  • Create bootable media: burn Ubuntu MATE image into USB drive. You can use Unetbootin (available for Windows & GNU/Linux) or Disk Utility (Ubuntu built-in).
  • Backup: make backup for you important data and pay attention while installing. Don’t be sleepy.
  • Example: I installed Ubuntu MATE 17.04 on my ASUS X44C laptop with /dev/sda5 30GB as main partition, /dev/sda3 2GB as swap partition, and /dev/sda as bootloader location.

b. Booting to Ubuntu MATE

Plug your bootable media in and set your BIOS to to enter Ubuntu MATE 17.04. In selection screen, choose “Try Ubuntu“. Then run the “Install Ubuntu MATE 17.04” icon on the desktop.

1. Select Language

First step: choose a language. This is the language of the further whole interface of Ubuntu MATE. For this example, I choose English.

2. Select No Connection

Second step: choose “I don’t want to connect…” so the installation will go quicker.

3. Select No Download

Third step: blank any option for downloading. This also makes the installation quicker.

4. Select Something Else

Fourth step: choose “Something else” option. This option will bring you to the full control partition manager.

5. Create Main Partition

Fifth step: this is the partition manager. Choose your previously-prepared main partition > press Change > determine Size=, Use as=”EXT4″, Format=”check on”, Mount point=”/” > press OK. See picture below.

6. Create Swap Partition

Sixth step: still on the same partition manager, select your second previously-prepared partition > press Change > determine Use as=”swap area”, Format=”check on” > OK.

7. Select Bootloader Location

Seventh step: choose the location for bootloader. This should be the parent disk of your main partition. Suppose the main partition is /dev/sda5, then the correct bootloader location is /dev/sda. The unnumbered one is the parent.

8. Continue Installation

Eighth step: press “Install Now” button. Once you press this, you cannot go back and the actual installation will be going. Please make sure all your settings from Fifth-Seventh steps are all correct.

9. Determine User Info

Ninth step: after pressing “Install Now”, the real installation happens. At this step, you will be asked for 3 user info:

Region
Choose your geographical region. This determines your time and date setting, including currency and local formatting.

Keyboard
Choose your keyboard layout. The default choice is safe, but if you don’t use English-US, you may choose Japanese or Arabic layout instead.

Username
Determine your username, password, and computer name.

10. Wait for Progress

Tenth step: after entering all user info, the installer will show you a beautiful slideshow introducing Ubuntu MATE. Behind this, the actual installation is going and you can see the progress by clicking white triangle below. Total installation duration on my laptop is only around 10 minutes.

Installation Finished

Once finished, the installer prompts a dialog for you whether stay on Live Session or restart instead. You can choose “Restart Now” and use Ubuntu MATE 17.04 happily.





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GNU/Linux Review: Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Zesty Zapus


Ubuntu MATE 17.04 has been released at April 13th 2017. Here is a review for this user-friendly, desktop-oriented operating system with highly customizable interface and complete set of software. It keeps the same user-experience from the old Ubuntu GNOME2 era while also providing 4 other desktop layout choices (that resemble OS X, Windows, and Unity plus a Netbook-friendly look) and user can transform between them anytime. With only around 550MB of RAM idle use and the latest MATE 1.18, Ubuntu MATE 17.04 becomes an ultimate desktop choice for everyone. I hope you’ll enjoy this review and be comfortable with 17.04.

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1. Overview

This is the user interface of Ubuntu MATE 17.04. It features double panel (top-bottom) with menu on top-left, system tray on top-right. The control buttons are located at top-right on every window (as opposite to Unity). 17.04 features 5 different desktop forms that is interchangeable easily.

Desktop with menu

Menu is located on top and is in drop-down style.

Typical window on 17.04

See the titlebar: the control buttons are on top-right. This resembles typical window on Microsoft Windows.

Icons on Desktop

The desktop is usable on Ubuntu MATE to place shortcut icons. And also the panel is usable as well to place them.

System tray

The tray is also on top. Special for network applet, the user opens it by right-click.

2. Wallpapers

These are the wallpapers of Ubuntu MATE 17.04. They are stored at /usr/share/backgrounds/ubuntu-mate-zesty directory. They are contributed by Ubuntu MATE Community and my favorite is Ubuntu MATE Sunset by Antechdesigns.

3. Desktop Transformation

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 provides you 5 different desktop forms: Windows-like, MacOS-like, GNOME2-like, Unity-like, and Netbook-oriented looks.

How to Switch

You can transform your desktop by changing Panel Layout on MATE Desktop. It’s located at menu > System > Preferences > Look and Feel > MATE Tweak.

Windows-like (Redmond)

A bottom panel, bottom-left corner menu, Super key to open menu, plus system tray on bottom-right corner. It has no top panel. If you switch to Ubuntu MATE from Windows or KDE, this form suits you. For most users, I recommend this form for daily use.

GNOME 2-like

This is the default form. But MATE Tweak here provides Fedora Layout, Ubuntu MATE Layout, and GNOME2 Layout. So if you are formerly Fedora or GNOME 2 user, you’ll feel like home by these.

Unity-like (Mutiny)

You can also have Unity-like desktop by changing panel layout to Mutiny. Even it has global menu (but in my system, it cannot show the submenu as crashing on every click).

MacOS-like (Pantheon)

This is the reason why Plank is included. If you are formerly MacOS user, with top panel and bottom dock, you’ll like this form.

Netbook (Netbook)

This is the screen-space-saving form. It has a single top panel as task bar, menu bar, and system tray. It has no bottom panel. It will suit you while using small laptops. And yes, if you’re formerly XFCE user, you’ll familiar with this.

Compose Your Own

You can edit the layout as you wish and save it. That would be your own layout theme. You can, for example, adding top panel with autohide function and Plank. Save the result via MATE Tweak.

4. Desktop Themes

There are dark and light themes available built-in. If you need bright colors you will like RadiantMATE (see screenshot).

If you need dark theme, you will like AmbiantMATE Dark.

And if you want the nostalgic one, use TraditionalOK. This is the replacement of classic Clearlooks theme from the beloved old Ubuntu era e.g. 8.04 Hardy Heron.

Even if you need Windows 98 theme, it’s preinstalled under the name WinME.

5. Memory Usage

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 uses around 550MB of RAM at idle time after freshly installed. This is a lower cost comparing the same 17.04 releases: Ubuntu Budgie uses ±800MB and Ubuntu Unity uses ±1GB. But it’s still higher than Xubuntu with ±330MB or even Kubuntu with ±400MB. I can count Ubuntu MATE 17.04 as suitable for all computers especially the old ones with at least 1GB of RAM.

Total

It consumes around 550-590MB or RAM when idle. A very good number to beat Ubuntu Unity.

Details

What eats my RAM the most? By showing all processes System Monitor shows caja (68MB), Xorg (62MB), and blueman-applet (54MB) as the top three.

6. Default Applications

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 brings complete set of software for daily use. Here is a table to display some.

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Category Application Version
Web browser Firefox 52
Office suite LibreOffice 5.3
Email client Thunderbird 45
File manager Caja 1.18
Image viewer Shotwell 0.22
Video player VLC 2.2.4
Audio player Rhythmbox 3.4.1
Application store Software Boutique 17.04
Package manager GDebi 0.9.5
Control panel MATE Control Center 1.18
Tweak tool MATE Tweak 17.04
Webcam manager Cheese 3.24
DVD burner Brasero 3.12
Scanner manager Simple Scan 3.24
IRC client HexChat 2.12
PDF reader Atril 1.18
Download manager Transmission 2.92
Desktop zoomer Xzoom 0.3

7. File Management

Caja File Manager handles all files and folders for you. Caja has multitabbing (Ctrl+T) and vertical split (F3) features, along with file search, remote login (SFTP), open in terminal, and easy look-and-feel customization.

Caja capabilities

  • Multitabbing
  • Split view
  • Remote login via FTP/SFTP
  • Up button
  • Devices list on panel
  • Bookmarks

Tree and Places View

It’s how sidebar is displayed. Left: tree view, right: places view.

Folder’s Color

On Ubuntu MATE, user can change the folder color easily using right-click. This fancy feature is very fun.

Folder’s Emblem

User can put some emblems to any folder. For example, put Video emblem to a folder containing videos. We know this feature was super popular on the old GNOME 2 and disappeared since GNOME 3. I’m glad that this good feature is still alive. Thanks to MATE Developers.

8. Audio/Video

Ubuntu MATE can play MP4 video, MP3 audio, and also stream YouTube via built-in VLC Media Player. Ubuntu MATE can also play OGG/FLAC audio using Rhythmbox (MP3 support are not preinstalled but available on repo).

Playing MP4

Streaming YouTube

To do so, press Ctrl+N > go to Network tab > paste URL to the text box > press Play.

Playing Audio

Here, Rhythmbox playing some OGG audio files.

9. Add/Remove Programs

Program installation in Ubuntu MATE 17.04 is very easy with Software Boutique. This is the fresh and awesome software center that has clean interface and user-friendly. With this program user can find and install software from Ubuntu Official Repository. Important note: Boutique will offer you another software centers (Synaptic & GNOME Software) in case the number of software displayed here is limited.

Front Page

This is the interface of Boutique. It has icon-centric appearance with simple layout.

Categories

It has a horizontal panel showing icons to represent categories. To mention some: Accessories, Education, Games, Graphics, until Universal Access.

Displaying Software

This is how software displayed on Boutique. It shows each software with a description and a few buttons, arranged in table with double column. Personally I like this way of displaying because it’s easier to distinguish one from another.

Details of A Software

Clicking Details button reveals the details of software sucah as license, platform, and source (whether it’s from official repo or PPA). It also shows screenshot.

Note: you can run Software Boutique manually using a command $ ubuntu-mate-welcome –software-only .

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 also features GDebi so we can install .deb package by right-click.

10. Daily Life

This section displays some example of Ubuntu MATE instant use on everyday life. This features calendar, desktop search, chatting, office documents, and customization.

Calendar

Ubuntu MATE uses Thunderbird as calendar & schedule manager program. It comes with Lightning addon. It can sync your online calendar (Fruux, Google) as well as managing your own offline calendar.

Desktop Search

Ubuntu MATE provides ability to search file very fast and it can search through file content. This is an ability needed by programmers (e.g. to find some function on what files). Picture below demonstrates how to find files containing the word “latex”.

Chatting

There is Hexchat preinstalled for IRC chatting. The main purpose for the users is so they can contact worldwide users and developers on official IRC channel of Ubuntu MATE: #ubuntu-mate @ freenode. If you have any problem, you can ask there.

Office Document

LibreOffice 5.3 is featured as main office suite. LibreOffice is a complete and free office suite that supports both document format from Microsoft Office (docx/xlsx/pptx) and ODF (odt/ods/odp).

Customization

As already mentioned, with Control Center and MATE Tweak you do all customizations. But also it’s easy to

  • add or remove panel
  • add applets (my recommendation: Netspeed Indicator)
  • edit panel thickness
  • edit panel background image and transparency
  • preinstalled advanced menu (Linux Mint-like menu)
  • place your most frequently accessed files on desktop
  • right-click on desktop

You can compare these to, for example, Ubuntu Unity where you can’t change the panel or add one there. Desktop on Ubuntu MATE is more customizable.

Open in Terminal

User can open terminal from any current directory by right-click. For formerly another distro users, this feature is important.

11. Programming Purpose

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 brings language interpreters:

  • Perl 5.41
  • Python 2.7.13
  • Python 3.5.3
  • GNU awk 4.1.4
  • GNU sed 4.4
  • GNU bash 4.4.5

And for text editor 17.04 brings Pluma 1.18 and vim 8.0. So user can, for example, code in Python 3 immediately without installing additional programs. If the user needs another stuffs, they can install any of compilers, interpreters, IDEs, and libraries by issuing command such as:

  • Java OpenJDK: $ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk
  • GCC: $ sudo apt-get install gcc
  • G++: $ sudo apt-get install g++
  • Netbeans: $ sudo apt-get install netbeans
  • Eclipse: $ sudo apt-get install eclipse
  • Qt Creator: $ sudo apt-get install qtcreator
  • Emacs: $ sudo apt-get install emacs

And Ubuntu MATE provides you MATE Search Tool you can use to find some strings or functions inside any file.

12. Technical Details

  • OS name: Ubuntu MATE
  • Version: 17.04
  • Codename: Zesty Zapus
  • Support lifespan: 9 months (until January 2018)
  • Kernel: Linux 4.10
  • GNU: coreutils 8.26, binutils 2.28, glibc 2.24, libstdc++ 6.3.0, bash 4.4, gpg 2.1.15
  • GTK+ version: 3
  • OS family: GNU/Linux
  • Distro family: Debian derivative
  • Package manager: dpkg, apt
  • Package format: .deb
  • Architecture: 32 and 64 bit
  • Init system: systemd
  • Desktop environment: MATE 1.18
  • Window manager: Marco & Compiz
  • Display server: X Window System 7.7
  • ISO size: 1.7GB
  • Developer: Ubuntu MATE Team
  • Website: https://ubuntu-mate.org

12. Conclusion

Ubuntu MATE 17.04 is a good choice for all desktop purposes with instant needs (multimedia and daily tasks). It takes only around 550MB of RAM at idle time is a incredibly positive surprise for GTK+3-based OS at 2017. It means everyone can use modern GNOME2 (with fully GTK+3) on any computer especially the old one (at least it should have 1GB of RAM) and have a good life. Its complete set of preinstalled software is a plus point so clearly we can recommend Ubuntu MATE for anyone especially those liking Ubuntu but cannot choose Unity/GNOME because of hardware requirements. Thanks to Ubuntu MATE Team!

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How To Install Kubuntu 17.04


This tutorial guides you to install Kubuntu 17.04 operating system step-by-step. You’ll prepare a main partition, a swap partition, and do installation steps using a bootable USB drive. Kubuntu can be installed on PC and laptop, and this tutorial is applicable for both. It’s easy and I hope you’ll enjoy the beautiful Kubuntu 17.04 soon!

Note: this article is about installing Kubuntu 17.04. If you’re looking for review, it’s available here.

Preparations

Get Kubuntu 17.04: download the ISO image from this list of links. You can cut down your bandwidth cost by downloading via zsync.

Two partitions: prepare 2 blank partitions, one at least 20GB for main partition, and another one at least 1GB for swap partition. Preparing partitions before installing is best for most users.

Installation media: burn the image into a USB flash drive. You can use tool like Disk Utility (Ubuntu built-in) or Unetbootin (available for Windows & GNU/Linux). Read the tutorial for Disk Utility or Unetbootin. If you don’t have any USB drive, just burn it into a DVD instead.

Be careful: make backup for your important data, don’t be sleepy, and read every step carefully. Please understand that you do the installation at your own risk.

Example: I did this installation on my laptop (ASUS X44C 64 bit) with 70GB /dev/sda4 as main partition and 2.5GB /dev/sda3 as swap partition

Booting to Kubuntu Live

Plug your USB drive in and boot your computer into USB. While entering Kubuntu 17.04 desktop screen, run “Install Kubuntu” icon on desktop.

1. Select Language

First step: choose your language. This choice will be the default user interface language of Kubuntu.

2. Select No Connection

Second step: choose “I don’t want to connect…” so installation can finish faster.

3. Select No Download

Third step: blank the choices of downloading any program while Kubuntu installing. This also makes installation faster.

4. Select Manual Partitioning

Fourth step: choose Manual for disk setup. This choice is equal to “Something Else” on Ubuntu installation.

5. Create Main Partition

Fifth step: on Prepare Partitions screen, choose the biggest blank partition you’ve prepared > select Change > edit partition:

  • Size in megabytes: already determined
  • Use as: EXT4
  • Format: yes (check on)
  • Mount point: /

then press OK > wait until main partition prepared.

6. Create Swap Partition

Sixth step: still on Prepare Partitions screen, choose the smaller blank partition you’ve prepared > press Change > set Use as: swap area > OK. Now you have two partitions for Kubuntu: main and swap.

7. Select Bootloader Location

Seventh step: still on Prepare Partitions screen, at Boot Loader section below, choose the disk location where your main partition belongs. For example, my main partition is /dev/sda4 so the disk for bootloader should be /dev/sda.

8. Continue Installation

Eighth step: please re-read all settings you’ve conducted, and if you are sure, press Install Now to proceed to the actual installation. After pressing this you cannot go back.

9. Enter Personal Info

Ninth step: while installation is progressing, Kubuntu installer asks you for your geolocation, keyboard layout, and desired username.

Geolocation: choose where you live. This determines Kubuntu system timezone, currency, and local formats/units.

Keyboard layout: choose your preferred keyboard layout. While the default option is safe for most users, there are available Japanese, Chinese, and Greek options.

Username: now create your username and password here. You can also choose to login automatically (enter desktop without password) or not.

Installation Finished

Kubuntu 17.04 installation takes around 10 minutes only. Once finished, it asks you to continue testing (stay on live session, e.g. to copy some screenshots) or restart. Enjoy Kubuntu!





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GNU/Linux Review: Kubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus



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Kubuntu 17.04 has been released on April 13th 2017. This review introduces some aspects of Kubuntu from it’s appearance, memory usage, to default software and customization. It’s surprisingly more lightweight in memory use than Ubuntu Unity, with gorgeous and Windows-like look, with complete default applications. This Zesty Zapus release is a good start for any new user to choose Kubuntu as daily OS for personal and collective purposes. Enjoy Kubuntu!

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Note: this article is a review for Kubuntu 17.04. If this is not what you’re looking for, we have complete download links of all 17.04, how to install Ubuntu Zesty, and save bandwidth by using zsync.

1. Appearance

The desktop of Kubuntu 17.04 has traditional layout, closely Windows-like with bottom-left menu, bottom-right tray, and top-right close-max-min buttons. This type of desktop helps end-users adapting from Windows.
Overview
Look at the bottom panel and icons on wallpaper. You may add shortcut icons as many as you like on desktop (and also on panel) easily.
Menu
This menu can do search for installed applications, your folders, and you files (yes, with content-based search).
What about Super key? Yes, Kubuntu 17.04 supports Super key to open/close the menu by default. Surely this is more Windows-like and favorable for many users.
What about hot-corner? It’s still available but now it’s located at top-right corner not top-left anymore.
What about desktop effects? It’s activated by default and still configurable from System Settings.

2. Wallpapers

Kubuntu 17.04 did not hold any wallpaper contest so it doesn’t bring any new one this time. But this is the only one wallpaper available.

3. Memory

After freshly installed at idle time, Kubuntu 17.04 consumes around 400MB of RAM.
Total

It’s around 380-400MB of RAM at idle time.

Details
From Kubuntu running on my ASUS X44C 2GB, at fresh idle time, the most consuming processes are plasmashell (~100MB) and kwin_X11 (30-100MB). plasmashell is the program that runs the whole desktop, while kwin_x11 –as its name states– is the drawer of each window frame/decoration, and both of them are part of KDE Plasma.

4. Default Applications

Kubuntu 17.04 ships with complete set of daily applications. From mainstream desktop needs such as LibreOffice and Dolphin, to KDE Telepathy that supports many messaging protocols, until KDE Partition Manager to help you format/resize disk partition.
Category Program Name
Office suite LibreOffice 5.3
File manager Dolphin 16.12
Browser Firefox 52
Mail client Kmail 5.2.3
Desktop notes Knotes 5.2.3
App store Discover 5.9.4
Image viewer Gwenview 16.12
PDF reader Okular 1.0.3
Desktop environment KDE Plasma 5.9
Calendar Korganizer 5.2.3
Audio player Amarok 2.8
Video player Dragon Player 16.12
RSS reader Akregator 5.2.3
Personal information manager Kontact 5.2.3
IRC client Konversation 1.6
Disk management KDE Partition Manager 3.0
CD burning K3B 17.03
Java OpenJDK JRE 8
Phone sync KDE Connect 1.0.3

5. Repo

Kubuntu 17.04 uses the same repository as Ubuntu 17.04. So it provides more than 70000 packages you can install anytime. You can search/install software available using Plasma Discover app. This Discover on Kubuntu holds the same position as Ubuntu Software Center on Ubuntu Unity.
Discover
Installing Software
To install software in Kubuntu (for example: VLC Media Player): run Discover first > do a search for “vlc” > then press its Install button > enter your Kubuntu password. Make sure your internet connection is on and let it progressing. Once finished, you can access the installed VLC from menu. This modern method makes software searching and installation easier for end-users.
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Sources.list
The sources.list content is all the same zesty as any other official flavor.

6. Audio/Video

By default, Kubuntu can play OGG, OGV, and WEBM (open formats). To play MP3 and MP4, Kubuntu needs additional programs to be installed. If you need one, just install VLC.

7. Documentation

Kubuntu 17.04 ships with offline and online documentations. The offline one is preinstalled, you can access it from menu > Help. In this Help Center you can read every help for every KDE Application, plus command line documentations (UNIX Manual Pages), and also GNU Info (Browse Info Pages). And, the online documentation is available at http://docs.kubuntu.org.

8. Customization

KDE Plasma, the desktop environment Kubuntu uses, is well-known for being the most customizable desktop on GNU/Linux. Thanks to KDE System Settings, Kubuntu desktop appearance and behavior can be changed easily by mouse clicks.
System Settings
To change the icon theme, go to Appearance > Icons > select one theme > Apply. To change the window decoration theme, to to Appearance > Application Style > Window Decoration > select one theme > Apply. To change the button style, go to Appearance > Application Style > Widget Style > select one style. Here I changed the default Plasma 5.9 theme into the old Oxygen theme.
Installing New Theme
In “Window Decoration” section for example, there is a Get new Themebutton. This connects you with the KDE online repository so you can search and install many themes available.
Shortcut Keys
You can make any shortcut key as you wish easily using System Settings. Access it from Workspace > Shortcuts > Custom Shortcuts.

9. Daily Life

Mainstream desktop purposes are already fulfilled by Kubuntu 17.04. You find here LibreOffice for your documents, Firefox and KMailfor browsing and emailing, Discover to find software, and the full featured file manager Dolphin to handle all your files. Furthermore, here you have the complete & user-friendly System Settings, the ability to compress & extract ZIP/TAR files using Ark, and you have decent disk management tool like KDE Partition Manager. It’s really a complete OS for daily desktop needs.
File Management
Kubuntu gives you the complete-featured file manager, Dolphin. It has all basic file management features, plus split view (F3) and multitab, support for MTP and tree-view. One of the most awesome feature is built-in terminal (F4) so you don’t need “right-click > Open in Terminal” anymore. Dolphin is very configurable and flexible, the best file manager you can see on GNU/Linux desktop.
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ZIP & Archive Files
This is Ark opening a ZIP file of Android Studio. You can also create ZIP file by right-click > Compress > select ZIP format on Dolphin file manager. Plus, Ark can also open any ISO image file for you.
KTorrent
Ubuntu features Transmission, while Kubuntu features KTorrent. This is the gorgeous BitTorrent download manager from KDE. While you need to download any GNU/Linux distro, audio & videos, or another big files via torrent, KTorrent is always ready for you to use.

10. Commercial Support

Kubuntu 17.04 offers commercial support via Emerge Open at http://kubuntu.emerge-open.com/buy. They say at the web page “… a team of dedicated full-time Kubuntu experts able to advise, consult, implement or fix any Kubuntu related requirements …”.

11. Technical Details

  • OS name: Kubuntu
  • Version: 17.04
  • Codename: Zesty Zapus
  • Support lifespan: 9 months (until January 2018)
  • Kernel: Linux 4.10
  • OS family: GNU/Linux
  • Package management: Debian-based dpkg & apt
  • Package format: .deb
  • Architecture: 32 bit & 64 bit
  • Desktop environment: KDE Plasma
  • ISO size: 1.6GB
  • License: free software
  • Source code: CDIMAGE, Launchpad

Conclusion

Kubuntu 17.04 is a desktop OS that’s ready for daily use. It has lower idle memory use (400MB) than Ubuntu Unity (1GB) or Ubuntu Budgie (850MB) and offers Windows-like interface & experience, suitable for those migrating from Windows. Its default applications are complete and desktop-oriented, with good support for desktop customization through System Settings. The software installation is pretty easy using Discover, and this will be a new thing to explore for new users. I can recommend Kubuntu for any user using computer with 2GB of RAM or more, but not below. Be happy with Kubuntu Zesty!

Some Tips

Here’s some tips when you’re using Kubuntu 17.04:
  • Disable drop shadow (compositor): go to System Settings > Hardware > Display & Monitor > Compositor > uncheck the “Enabled compositor…” option. This saves your memory usage a lot, especially when you’re using memory-hungry Firefox 52 or above.
  • Disable Akonadi services: run $ akonadictl stop in Konsole. Surely this saves more memory.
  • Fix font appearance: go to System Settings > Appearance > Fonts > change Use anti-aliasing to “Enabled” > click Configure > change Sub-pixel rendering to “RGB” > change Hinting style to “Slight” > OK > relogin.

Get Involved!

If you’re interested to Kubuntu, you can contribute in many ways. You can donate to Kubuntu, or help coding & packaging, or translating the user interface, all you can learn from this link http://www.kubuntu.org/contribute-to-kubuntu/.

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How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04



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How To Install Ubuntu Budgie 17.04


This is a simple guide to install Ubuntu Budgie 17.04. Because Ubuntu Budgie is a new comer to Ubuntu family, we believe this tutorial will be needed by many beginners. This will explain installation on a laptop by first preparing blank partitions to make it safer for most beginner users. This installation will need at least 20GB of disk space. The total time needed is only 10 minutes. It’s quick and easy with gorgeous OS Ubuntu Budgie. Enjoy!

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Note: this article is about installing Ubuntu Budgie 17.04. If you need something else, we have the review, complete download links for all 17.04 family, and how to cut download cost with zsync.

a. Preparations

Get Ubuntu ISO image. You can use zsync to cut download cost. Here the complete download links for 17.04.

Prepare 2 blank partitions: one at least 20GB will be main partition, and one (at your option) 1GB will be swap partition.

Prepare installation media: burn the ISO image into USB drive, this is the most common method today. You can use Unetbootin (Windows/Ubuntu), Disk Utility (Ubuntu built-in), or Multisystem.

Make backup: have full concentration while installing, don’t be sleepy, and make sure you’ve created backup for your important data.

Example: I prepared my /dev/sda4 70GB as main and /dev/sda3 2.5GB as swap. The bootloader will be installed to /dev/sda as the parent device for both main & swap.

b. Boot to Installer

After making the installation media, you should insert it into your computer > reboot > enter BIOS > change the first boot into USB drive (or CDROM if you use DVD) > save & reboot > on the Ubuntu Budgie live session welcome choose “Try Ubuntu Budgie”. On the desktop you should run the program “Install Ubuntu Budgie 17.04” so the installer window is ready.

1. Choose A Language

First step: select English on the language selection. However, if you see your mother language available, you can choose it instead.

2. Choose No Connection

Second step: choose “I don’t want to connect…” to make the installation process quick.

3. Choose No Downloading

Third step: make sure there is no check on “Install third-party…” so it won’t waste the time to do something you rather do it after install.

4. Choose Something Else

Fourth step: choose “Something else”. This gives you full control over all your disk partitions.

5. Create Main Partition

Fifth step: on the partition table, choose the main partition you’ve prepared > click “Change” > make sure the “Size” is 20GB or more > choose “Use as” = Ext4 > check on “Format partition” > choose “Mount point” = / > click OK.

6. Create Swap Partition

Sixth step: still on the partition table, choose the second, smaller partition you’ve prepared > choose the “Use as” = swap area > click OK.

7. Choose Bootloader Location

Seventh step: select disk location where the GRUB bootloader will be placed. Generally, the default choice is safe. However, to make it sure, it should be the disk where your main partition belong. So if your main partition is /dev/sda4 then the correct disk location will be /dev/sda. See that /dev/sda4 is a partition inside /dev/sda.

8. Start Installing

Eight step: begin the installation by clicking “Install Now”. Remember that by pressing this button you cannot go back. So make sure all your partitioning decisions are correct.

9. Determine Your Info

Ninth step: after clicking Install Now, the actual install will be performed, and you will be asked for 3 basic info:

9.1 Geolocation

Click on the map where you’re living. This determines your time & date setting, regional formats (such as money currency), and even holidays.

9.2 Keyboard Layout

Select your keyboard layout here. However, default selection is safe.


9.3 Username

Determine your username and password for Ubuntu here.


Waiting

After filling 3 personal info, the installation window will take you to see beautiful slideshow introducing Ubuntu Budgie. The total installation time is around 10 minutes only in my machine.

Installation Finished

Once finished, the installer will inform you. You have the choice to stay on the live session or just reboot. Now enjoy Ubuntu Budgie 17.04!





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