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Ubuntu Community Council 2017 election under way!

The Fridge - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:28

The Ubuntu Community Council election has begun and ballots sent out to all Ubuntu Members. Voting closes September 27th at end of day UTC.

The following candidates are standing for 7 seats on the council:

Please contact the community-council@lists.ubuntu.com list if you are an Ubuntu Member but did not receive a ballot. Voting instructions were sent to the public address defined in Launchpad, or your launchpad_id@ubuntu.com address if not. Please also make sure you check your spam folder first.

We’d like to thank all the candidate for their willingness to serve in this capacity, and members for their considered votes.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-news-team mailing list on Tue Sep 12 14:22:49 UTC 2017 by Mark Shuttleworth

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter 519

The Fridge - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:11

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #519 for the weeks of September 5 – 18, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Athul Muralidhar
  • Alan Diggs (Le Schyken, El Chicken)
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 518

The Fridge - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 22:03

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #518 for the weeks of August 22 – September 4, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Artful Aardvark Beta 1 Released!

The Fridge - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:38

The first beta of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Artful Aardvark. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 17.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE based flavor of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Kubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Kubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Lubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the Budgie desktop environment.

The Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu Kylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the MATE desktop environment for people who just want to get stuff done.

The Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu configured for multimedia production.

The Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Xfce desktop environment.

The Xubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Xubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop the Artful Aardvark, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a month or less) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting events.

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Beta release!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Thu Aug 31 20:15:25 UTC 2017 by Martin Wimpress, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 517

The Fridge - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:03

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #517 for the week of August 15 – 21, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • And many others

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Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 516

The Fridge - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:55

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #516 for the week of August 8 – 14, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • And many others

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 515

The Fridge - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:44

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #515 for the week of August 1 – 7, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Athul Muralidhar
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released

The Fridge - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 20:46

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 well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

Like previous LTS series’, 16.04.3 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.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.3 LTS and Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS are also now available. More details can be found in their individual release notes:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes#Official_flavours

Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin. All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years.

To get Ubuntu 16.04.3

In order to download Ubuntu 16.04.3, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 14.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 16.04.3 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/XenialUpgrades

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the 16.04.3 release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

Help Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/get-involved

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, clouds and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support

More Information

You can learn more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website listed below:

http://www.ubuntu.com/

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s very low volume announcement list at:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-announce

Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Aug 3 16:07:03 UTC 2017 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 514

The Fridge - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:27

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #514 for the weeks of July 17 – 31, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 Released

The Fridge - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:03

“If I had as many friends as that ant, I’d run for governor.”
– Aardvark from The Ant and the Aardvark

The second alpha of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavour
developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes some software updates that are ready for wider testing, however, it is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and do work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Artful Aardvark. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system
installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes
your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 17.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavour of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Also in this milestone is Lubuntu Next, an experimental flavour of Ubuntu based on LXQt and focused on providing a modern, lightweight, Qt-based distribution.

The Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE-based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the KDE Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is the MATE Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.

The Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is the Budgie Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. Combines the simplicity and elegance of the Budgie interface to produce a traditional desktop orientated distro with a modern paradigm.

The Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu Kylin is a flavour of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop the Artful Aardvark, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases and other exciting events.

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Fri Jul 28 02:43:09 UTC 2017 by Simon Quigley and Dustin Krysak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) End of Life reached on July 20 2017

The Fridge - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:35

This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent earlier this month to confirm that as of today (July 20, 2017), Ubuntu 16.10 is no longer supported. No more package updates will be accepted to 16.10, and it will be archived to old-releases.ubuntu.com in the coming weeks.

The original End of Life warning follows, with upgrade instructions:

Ubuntu announced its 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release almost 9 months ago, on October 13, 2016. As a non-LTS release, 16.10 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 20th.

At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 16.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 16.10 is via Ubuntu 17.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ZestyUpgrades

Ubuntu 17.04 continues to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes. Announcements of security updates for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing list, information about which may be found at:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-security-announce

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to customise or alter their software in order to meet their needs.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Jul 20 23:23:31 UTC 2017 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 513

The Fridge - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:38

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #513 for the weeks of July 3 – 17, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Athul Muralidhar
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 512

The Fridge - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 00:43

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #512 for the week June 26 – July 2, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Looking for Community Council nominations

The Fridge - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 14:17

The Community Council is looking for nominees for the upcoming election.

In the past months and weeks Laura and Mike stepped down from the CC for personal reasons, so we decided to restaff the CC a bit early. Normally, elections would have been in November, so we’re a few months early.

If you are interested in the CC’s work, have a look at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncil and the pages linked from there. If you’re an Ubuntu member, have been involved in the Ubuntu community for a good while and know its inner workings well, please consider nominating yourself or, if you know somebody and asked them, please nominate them for the role. The term length is two years and all Ubuntu members are eligible for voting.

To nominate, just send a quick mail to community-council at lists.ubuntu.com with the name and Launchpad ID of the person you’re nominating. Don’t be shy.

Mark will shortlist the list of nominations and we hope to kick off the election process in about two weeks.

Thanks a lot everyone who was on the CC these past (almost) two years.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-news-team mailing list on Sun Jul 2 19:16:15 UTC 2017 by Daniel Holbach

Artful Aardvark Alpha 1 Released

The Fridge - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 21:09

"Ten billion ants in this world, and I’m having trouble with just one."
– Aardvark from The Ant and the Aardvark

The first alpha of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Artful Aardvark. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 17.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 1 can be found here:

Also in this milestone is Lubuntu Next, an experimental flavor of Ubuntu based on LXQt and focused on providing a modern, lightweight, Qt-based distribution.

The Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 1 can be found here:

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE-based flavor of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 1 can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu Kylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 1 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 1 can be found here:

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop the Artful Aardvark, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases and other interesting events.

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Fri Jun 30 04:01:00 UTC 2017 by Simon Quigley, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 510

The Fridge - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 22:06

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #510 for the week of June 5 – 11, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Athul Muralidhar
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 509

The Fridge - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 21:28

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #509 for the weeks May 22 – June 4, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Athul Muralidhar
  • Jose Antonio Rey
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

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