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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 523

The Fridge - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:35

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 523 for the week of April 8 – 14, 2018 – the full version is available here.

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Final Beta released

The Fridge - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 06:07
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products. Codenamed "Bionic Beaver", 18.04 LTS continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours. The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 18.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 26th, 2018. Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Cloud Images: Bionic Final Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 4.15 kernel, and much more. To upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta from Ubuntu 17.10, follow these instructions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BionicUpgrades The Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server on x86) This Ubuntu Server image features the next generation Subiquity server installer, bringing the comfortable live session and speedy install of the Ubuntu Desktop to server users at last. This new installer does not support the same set of installation options as the previous server installer, so the "debian-installer" image continues to be made available in parallel. For more information about the installation options, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes#Ubuntu_Server Additional images can be found at the following links: http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/daily/server/bionic/current/ (Cloud Images) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/18.04/beta-2/ (Non-x86, and d-i Server) http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/18.04/ (Netboot) As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20180404 or higher) should be considered a beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad. The full release notes for Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta can be found at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes Kubuntu: Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/ More information on Kubuntu Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/Kubuntu Lubuntu: Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that targets to be lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/ Ubuntu Budgie: Ubuntu Budgie is community developed desktop, integrating Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/18.04/beta-2/ More information on Ubuntu Budgie Final Beta can be found here: https://ubuntubudgie.org/blog/2018/04/03/18-04-beta-2 UbuntuKylin: UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/18.04/beta-2/ More information on UbuntuKylin Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/UbuntuKylin Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/18.04/beta-2/ Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu that provides a full range of multimedia content creation applications for each key workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/18.04/beta-2/ More information about Ubuntu Studio Final Beta can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta2/UbuntuStudio Xubuntu: Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. The Final Beta images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-2/ More information about Xubuntu Final Beta can be found here: http://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/18.04/release-notes Regular daily images for Ubuntu, and all flavours, can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for clients, servers and clouds, 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 technical support is available from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit http://www.ubuntu.com/support 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 Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions really help us to improve this and future releases of Ubuntu. Instructions can be found at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this beta release on our website, IRC channel and wiki. 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 https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2018-April/000230.html Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Fri Apr 6 06:02:21 UTC 2018 by Steve Langasek, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Bionic Beaver 18.04 Beta 1 Released!

The Fridge - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:55
"The beaver told the rabbit as they stared at the Hoover Dam: No, I didn't build it myself, but it's based on an idea of mine". -- Charles Hard Townes The first beta of the Bionic Beaver (to become 18.04) has now been released, and is available for download! This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu. Pre-releases of the Bionic Beaver 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. Beta 1 includes some software updates that are ready for broader testing. However, it is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. While these Beta 1 images have been tested and do work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Bionic Beaver. 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 18.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs. [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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-1/ More information about Kubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/Beta1/Kubuntu [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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/18.04/beta-1/ More information about Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * https://ubuntubudgie.org/blog/2018/03/08/18-04-release-notes [Ubuntu Kylin] Ubuntu Kylin is a flavour of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users. The Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/18.04/beta-1/ More information about Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * http://www.ubuntukylin.com/index.php [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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/18.04/beta-1/ More information about Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-bionic-beta1/ [Xubuntu] Xubuntu is the Xfce Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. It is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look. It works well on older hardware too. The Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1images can be downloaded from: * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/18.04/beta-1/ More information about Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * https://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/18.04/release-notes If you're interested in following the changes as we further develop the Bionic Beaver, 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, beta releases and other exciting events. * http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Beta release! On behalf of Ubuntu Release Team, Dustin Krysak https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2018-March/001238.html Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Fri Mar 9 19:51:58 UTC 2018 by Dustin Krysak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS released

The Fridge - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:01
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.4 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', 16.04.4 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 16.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.4 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.4 LTS and Ubuntu Studio 16.04.4 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 16.04.4 --------------------- In order to download Ubuntu 16.04.4, visit: http://www.ubuntu.com/download Users of Ubuntu 14.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 16.04.4 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/XenialUpgrades



Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Thu Mar 1 21:09:03 UTC 2018 by Lukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Xenial 16.04.4 Call For Testing (All Flavours)

The Fridge - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 01:59
Some time ago our first release candidate builds for all flavours that released with xenial have been posted to the ISO tracker [1] into the 16.04.4 milestone. As with each point-release, we would need volunteers to grab the ISOs of their flavour/flavours of choice and perform general testing. We obviously are mostly looking for regressions from 16.04.3, but please fill in any bugs you encounter (against the respective source packages on Launchpad). There is still time until the target release date on 1st of March, but for now we're not considering pulling in any more fixes besides ones for potential release-blockers that we encounter. With enough luck the images that have been made available just now might be the ones we release on Thursday. Thank you! [1] http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/386/builds https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-release/2018-February/004297.html Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Fri Feb 23 22:33:06 UTC 2018 by Lukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) reached End of Life on January 13, 2018

The Fridge - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:32
Ubuntu announced its 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release almost 9 months ago, on April 13, 2017. As a non-LTS release, 17.04 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, will reach end of life on Saturday, January 13th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 17.04. The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 17.04 is via Ubuntu 17.10. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Upgrades Ubuntu 17.10 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 Development of a complete response to the highly-publicized Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is ongoing, and due to the timing with respect to this End of Life, we will not be providing updated Linux kernel packages for Ubuntu 17.04. We advise users to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 and install the updated kernel packages for that release when they become available. For more information about Canonical’s response to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, see: https://insights.ubuntu.com/2018/01/04/ubuntu-updates-for-the-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/ 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. https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2018-January/000227.html Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Fri Jan 5 22:23:25 UTC 2018 by Steve Langasek, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team
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