Ubuntu 16.04.3 released with hardware enablement stack

The Ubuntu release engineering team has announced availability of Ubuntu 16.04.3, 3rd stable minor release in Ubuntu 16.04.x LTS series. This release announcement includes Ubuntu desktop, server and cloud editions and also various official community flavors of Ubuntu.

Following the predecessors, Ubuntu 16.04.3 also brings hardware enablement stack to provide better support for newer hardware components. This support is available for various architectures except 32 bit power pc's. The Ubuntu desktop image will be installed with HWE stack by default. While on server image, explicit configuration is required to enable HWE. It will be defaulting to GA kernel.


Ubuntu 16.04.3 brings numerous bug fixes and updated packages. It provides a direct update path from Ubuntu 16.04.x installations. A simple apt update command would be sufficient enough to get all features from updated snapshot. The purpose of providing an updated image is to save bandwidth and time requirement for post installation update task.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS(Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as wellas other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

Like previous LTS series', 16.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacksfor use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architecturesexcept for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one ofthe desktop images.  Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel,however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updatedinstallation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need tobe downloaded after installation.  These include security updates andcorrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintainingstability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
For more details and download links see official release announcement and release notes for Ubuntu 16.04.3.

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