Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Released; Ubuntu 17.04 In Feature Freeze
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 16 February 2017 at 09:39 PM EST. 15 Comments
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Last Thursday Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS was delayed by a few more days with thinking it would be released this past Monday while now it's been officially released. Ubuntu 17.04 meanwhile is entering a feature freeze.

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS had been delayed multiple times and was supposed to ship mid-January while now mid-February it is shipping.

Adam Conrad announced that 16.04.2 LTS is finally baked. "Like previous LTS series', 16.04.2 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel, however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader."

Coincidentally, the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS release is on the same day as the Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" feature freeze. The freeze has now happened. Ubuntu developer Iain Lane wrote, "Ideally you will all now be focusing on bug fixing and not on getting new features into the release. For example, zesty-proposed contains a lot of backed up items currently. The sponsorship queue is a bit large and contains some very old items. If you help to work on these then we'll be able to put out a decent release in a couple of months."
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