KDE PIM in Proposed for a month

Greetings Release Team,

I'm writing as the Kubuntu Release Manager this cycle, and a newbie at
the job. I see from looking at
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that all of our PIM packages are waiting in Proposed since May 2 when
Rohan uploaded them.

They are just splits from existing source packages, so we're a bit
puzzled as to why they've been waiting so long.

Kubuntu Automation 2.0 released


after so many time working on Kubuntu Automation, I'm glad to announce the
first 'proper' release. It's '2.0' because I would consider '1.0' the tooling
we had before Operation Slice[1]. Packages for Artful, Zesty and Xenial are
available in the dev-tools PPA:
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Some time ago we have seen the most disruptive change in Kubuntu's history:
the transition from being maintained mostly by full-time paid employees to be
maintained mostly by volunteers.

Podcast Hardware request

Hello all, I'd like to ask for funds to get better hardware for the Kubuntu
Podcast (Webcam[1], Microphone[2])

Current prices on Amazon:

Logitech C920: $59.99
Blue Snowball USB: $68.99
Thanks all
Aaron Honeycutt Kubuntu Podcast host

<a href=";creative=395261&amp;creativeASIN=B006JH8T3S&amp;linkCode=asn&amp;ascsubtag=pcg-1377281284-20" title=";creative=395261&amp;creativeASIN=B006JH8T3S&amp;linkCode=asn&amp;ascsubtag=pcg-1377281284-20"></a>
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Kubuntu commercial support

Hello folks,

Right now on the website you are listed as providing
commercial support for Kubuntu users. Are you still providing
commercial support?

If so, is youir listing on the website correct?

The leadership of the project has changed. Can you tell us, the
Kubuntu Council, on what basis you support us and our users?

We wonder because surely to offer support you should have a voice with
our devels in order to fix any issues.

Frameworks and plasma updates for backports


we have been working the last few days on some upgrades for backports.

Kubuntu Release Manager / Kubuntu Promotion team

Hi folks, now that Artful Aardvark 17.10 archive is now open, and our
developers are preparing packages for testing and upload, we're
heading towards Alpha 1 which is scheduled for June 29. So no hurry,
but why not get things set up now?

I helped Walter (wxl) who functioned as our RM last cycle, and it
wasn't *hard* -- but there were lots of steps. I think a small team
would do this job better than one person, so I'd like people to look
at the job and step up for this cycle. It would be great is someone
who likes Facebook, can be active there, for instance.

Applying for Kubuntu Developer?


given the low number of people in the team with archive upload permissions, if
it's possible I would like to apply for Kubuntu Developer at some point of the
Artful release cycle.

I would like hear your recommendations about what to read to prepare the
interview, and also a range of dates to open a doodle poll.

Cheers. has sent you the calendar Kubuntu

Your friend, <a href="mailto:valorie. ... at gmail dot com">valorie. ... at gmail dot com</a>, has sent you the following Google
Calendar and included this message:

Another attempt to share the Kubuntu Google Calendar with you all.


View Kubuntu calendar:
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KDE PIM update for Zesty available for testers

Hi folks,

Since we missed by a whisker getting updated PIM (kontact, kmail,
akregator, kgpg etc..) into Zesty for release day, and we believe it
is important that our users have access to this significant update,
packages are now available for testers in the Kubuntu backports
landing ppa. Read the details on the website:

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I've posted this news on Kubuntu Forums, and Twitter (my own account).
Feel free to spread the word!


KDE PIM 16.12.3 for zesty backports

As per:

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I would like copy PIM 16.12.3 from the apps staging ppa to
'backports-landing' for some final testing in the next day or 2, and
call for some testing via the blog etc.

If there are any objections or suggestions, please voice them.



Operation Fir Tree


I have in my technical agenda various "black operations" related to Kubuntu
Automation for Zesty+1. The first one I would like to complete is "Fir Tree".
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Because getting this one will allow me to make future changes in KA without
interrupting the work of the rest of the team.

Great release! and other thoughts

Hi folks,

17.04 in released, and technically it is great! Perhaps the best we
have ever done. Well done, team! Great thanks to Rik, who carried much
of the load as a brand-new Kubuntu Developer.

On the other hand, I think we didn't promote it very well. I take
responsibility for part of that, and want to prepare better for the AA
release. Walter (wxl) was our actiing Release Manager this round, and
deserves a round of applause!

Zesty RC is published -- call for testers

Hi folks, sorry for the lateness of the email, but the RC was
published yesterday. The call for testers was published
yesterday, but it slipped my mind to write here too.

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Please report success and bug reports here: er: <a href="" title=""></a>

Spread the word!



PS: We need more help with release management and Kubuntu promotion.
Please respond here or join the #kubuntu-council IRC channel on
Freenode. Bodies, ideas and energy are all welcome!

Moved obsolete scripts to attic/


as part of the "Fir Tree" operation[1], I have just pushed a commit moving
various scripts/files which are obsolete since a long time ago:
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In the commit message there's a rationale for each move. I'm sure the scripts
in question are no longer used, but if you think there's something which is
still used we can move it back.


[1] <a href="" title=""></a>

I think this would be a great opportunity for us to attract some
attention to the Kubuntu Ninja program. We can discuss packaging the
Kubuntu way (which is interesting in and of itself, I think), KCI, and
KA. Thoughts?

please help test Kubuntu Zesty Zapus 17.04 Final Beta due Thursday­

I'm happy to report that testing images for the Final Beta release of Zesty
Zapus 17.04 are [now available][1]. We could use your help to get the
testcases on the [ISO tracker][2] completed. Please head on over there and
get to testing. As always, virtual machines are fine but real hardware
testing would always be appreciated, especially where bugs occur in virtual
environments. Please file bugs and check for old ones. Make sure, most
importantly, we get this done before Thursday! Your help is essential in
making this release a great one.

upgrade KDE localisations/translations for KDE

Please can this FFe be reviewed and/or approved?

Very much want testers for the beta to have these to test.

Thank you.

Ref: <a href="" title=""></a>

Help needed - Fix debian/copyright on split kdepim packages

See task on our Phabricator workboard

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If people want new KDEPIM in zesty 17.04, please help.

All or most are still showing the original copyright from kdepim and
kdepimlibs etc.

These needed to be reviewed and corrected for each package.

Kubuntu membership meeting

Based on the Doodle poll, I scheduled my Kubuntu membership interview for

Saturday, Mar 18 UTC 15:00.

I will be out country (Taiwan) for work related travel, but the above time
still works for me (11pm Saturday Taiwan time if my calculations are

I hope everyone can make it and I will talk to you all in a few days from


Kubuntu membership request

Hi there,

Darin Miller (<a href="mailto: ... at gmail dot com"> ... at gmail dot com</a>) invites you to participate in
the Doodle poll "Kubuntu membership request."

Question Darin's sanity regarding KDE membership application.

Weekday time slots are during my lunch hour, the weekend times are
during our weekly kubunu-devel meeting.

Participate now
<a href=";tlink=pollbtn" title=";tlink=pollbtn"></a>

What is Doodle? Doodle is a web service that helps Darin Miller to
find a suitable date for meeting with a group of people.

Default desktop containement settings for 17.04 (plasma 5.9)

Please read and comment on:

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Plasma 5.9.3 drops in Zesty - Important note

Yesterday, Plasma 5.9.3 migrated from proposed into the archive, but there
is one important note I wanted to let everyone know about.

Plasma 5.9.3 was uploaded with a small patch which upstream have made in
5.10 to enable Folder View by default [1]

Rik cherry-picked the commit [2] and patched Plasma 5.9.3 which he then
uploaded along with a new version of kubuntu-settings [3] We have moved
kubuntu-settings from bzr to git and removed the patch which allowed the
installer icon to be displayed in a folder containment.

I must say the screen-shot [4] of the Live ISO this morning really does

Scaling and multiple monitors

Hello awesome plasma devs!

I've just upgraded to Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 1, with Plasma 5.9.2, and many of my scaling and multiple monitor issues havebeen solved. So, Thank you for that!!

I still have some small issues, and I'd like to ask for help in identifying if they are plasma, kwin or hardware issues.

Here's my setup:

HP Zbook 15 G3 with a HP ZBook Thunderbold Dock.

Beta 1 released; Preparing for Beta 2

Good job everybody on Beta 1! I'll leave it to Walter to give feedback
about our QA testing and so forth.

Because I'll be flying to India to attend and give a talk
the second week of March, I'm trying to prepare for Beta 2 now. It's
due March 23rd:  Final Beta Freeze (Monday), Final Beta.

The rough of the release notes are done:
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I didn't write about PIM being left out because I think we are hoping
to get it into the final? Nor did I mention any of our new apps I hope
make it to the final, like Peruse.

OEM install issues

We got an annoying little [bug][1] popping up on the tracker with regards
to OEM installs. It appears that it works in some virtual machine
environments, but not in others. As you can see in the bug, further
information is needed before we can get to the bottom of THAT problem. If
you could test across as many images as you can get your hands on and
include the results, that would be appreciated.

More importantly, though, I want confirmation that this does not affect
real hardware.

Kubuntu Zesty Zapus Beta 1 due 23 February 2017

It's that time again. Time for testing! Actually we've had [images][1] for
over a day now and globally back to the 19th. Guess someone on the Release
Team started early. Wish I had known that earlier to give you all more
time. Oh well.

Head over to that link below, log in, grab a download (yes, version
20170220), check your hashes, boot it up (usually in a virtual machine but
real hardware testing is always appreciated), mark it as in progress,
follow the test case, report any bugs, and mark it successful or failed.

Ideally we cover all required tests at least once.

Kubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Update Available

The second point release update to our LTS release 16.04 is out now.
This contains all the bugfixes added to 16.04 since its first release
in April. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get
these bugfixes. In addition, we suggest adding the Backports PPA to
update to Plasma 5.8.5. Read more about it:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Warning: 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS upgrades are problematic, and should
not be attempted by the average user. Please install a fresh copy of
16.04.2 instead.

last round of testing for 16.04.2 (probably)

So we got a new set of [images][1] (version 20170215) for 16.04.2, due to
be released Thursday. Mostly the change affects the machinery that builds
the images, but there were some security updates. The only one that should
really affect us is [ffmpeg][2], so make sure to double check audio/video
players/viewers and possibly thumbnailing in Dolphin.

[1]: <a href="" title=""></a>
[2]: <a href="" title=""></a>

Something happened in Discover 5.6.2

In the recent days I've received a number of bug reports for Discover 5.6.2:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Could somebody take a look and see what's happening? It's especially
odd as it's the LTS version so we could expect these to keep coming


Request for refund of equipment

Kubuntu Council, I'd like to request the Kubuntu Fund refunds some
equipment I bought for the Plasma sprint this week

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€89.46 and €4.99 which comes to £80.58

It's for media and drives to read and write audio CDs, data CDs and
floppy disks. Using this we were able to fix Dolphin's support for
floppys and K3b's support for data CDs.
<a href="" title=""></a>

Kubuntu fund currently has £10,847 in it.


Status of KDE PIM in zesty

As I'm sure most are aware, we have not yet uploaded and update of KDE
PIM from 16.04.3 to 16.12.x to zesty archive.

The delay has been as result of initially lacking the required
QtWebEngine, and then required gpgme1.0 >= 1.7.x with the qt dev/cmake
files built.

QtWebEngine only builds in zesty for amd64, i386 and armhf, while
gpgme1.0 is still FTBFS on armhf, arrm64 and powerpc.

Upshot of that is that under those conditions, most of the PIM suite
will only build on amd64 and i386 (with some partial success on other
archs up to the point where those deps cause it all to go south).

Some te

16.04.2 images are up for testing

Hi folks, the release of 16.04.2 has been a bit delayed, which gives
us a few days to test.

Please head over to and help us get all the required
testing done.

<a href="" title=""></a>

and Link:
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We very much appreciate your help. Be sure to file bugs if necessary
and link them there on the qa site.


Welcoming Rik Mills as Kubuntu Developer

With all present devs voting in favor, Rik got voted into the circle
of Kubuntu Developers. He's done lots of awesome stuff in the past and
we are looking forward to seeing him put these new found powers to
good use.

Congratulations and welcome!


Kubuntu required package-set updates for Zesty (17.04)

I would like to request that the Kubuntu package-set is refreshed and
updated for Zesty.

We have new sources in our supported releases of KDE Frameworks, KDE
Applications and Plasma 5 desktop suite. In addition some other new sources
from KDE and support libraries.

Review Request 129904: fix when sort indicator is shown in list header

Review request for Kubuntu and Muon Package Management Suite.

Bugs: 313596
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Repository: muon

When starting a new search in the package list, and the list is sorted by name, then the results are sorted by relevancy and the indicator is hidden.

acc test fail in libkf5kgeomap

libkf5kgeomap in zesty fails the acc test on all archs, compiling
headers with the error at the bottom of this message.

Seems from a search to possibly be a GCC bug upstream only recently fixed.

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acc exit code 6 "Headers have been compiled with minor errors." seems to
indicate only a minor issue we can override for now and wait for any
upstream GCC fix?

opinions welcome

The GCC parameters:
gcc -fdump-translation-unit -fkeep-inline-functions -c -x c++-header
-fpermissive -w -fPIC "/t

Remove obsolete and blocking old KDE4 sources from zesty

This email is duplicated on the phabricator task here:
<a href="" title=""></a>

It is getting to the stage where some old KDE4 packages seem to be
likely to get in the way of new KF5 applications migrating.

For example:

New KF5 okular's 'okular-mobile' package depends on new KF5

However, the old KDE4 baloo in the archive depends on the old KDE4
kdegraphics-mobipocket libraries which would be superseded and no longer
available if KF5 kdegraphics-mobipocket migrates from proposed.

So at the moment neither KF5 kdegraphics-mobipocket or okular KF5 will

Testing of Kubuntu Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 begins now!

Hello folks. As [aforementioned][1], testing is beginning on the Alpha 2
milestone of Zesty Zapus. This means we need testers to go in and run
through all the testcases on the [ISO QA Tracker][2]. Sadly, it took us a
while to get up there because the Release Team neglected to create the
milestone until last night. That, of course, affected everyone, but there
were further delays were suffering with a strange build [error][3] that
got fixed in the latest apt. I'm not sure if there will be any delay on
release. We've discussed it a bit but no decisions have been made.

Kubuntu Zesty Zapus Alpha 2

Hey folks! We did miss Alpha 1 (bad timing for everyone; no flavor
participated), but we're planning on getting involved in Alpha 2.

Images should be available tomorrow Tuesday 24 January 2017 and the date of
release is Thursday 26 January 2017. Between those dates, we need to test,
making sure that every testcase on the [ISO Tracker][1] is completed for
every architecture (both i386 and amd64).

These early milestones are essential in helping us find bugs as we move
forward towards the final release. Your participation would be greatly

Kubuntu Developer Application for Rik Mills (doodle poll included)


As encouraged by the team and council, please find below a doodle poll
for proposed developer application meeting times.

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My developer application wiki page can be found here:

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That page is still a work in progress, but any comments and constructive
criticism on that OR the application as a whole, added to the comments
section if you are able, is very welcome.

Phabricator wiki created; Phurls requested

Ben Cooksley created our wiki: <a href="" title=""></a>

Go and fill it with packaging docs! Perhaps a good top page would be
an updated version of this - QA links: <a href="" title=""></a> (from our
#kubuntu-devel topic). And we need to get those notes cleaned out -
Package Docs (WIP): <a href="" title=""></a>

For PHurl, I'll need to submit a list. I assume that we want these
URLs for our channel topics, primarily. Besides these URLs, what would
we like?

merge requests now taken for Kubuntu Automation

So I figured out why our Kubuntu Automation tooling couldn't take merge
requests: it wasn't part of a project. So I made [one][1] and made it the
target of our repo.

Unfortunately, there was a side effect of this I wasn't aware of: the URL
of the repo has entirely changed.

regular devel meeting in BBB Saturdays at 1500 UTC

Had a great chat on [our Big Blue Button][1] with Clive, Rik, and Darin
this morning (well, morning my time). Was nice to get ourselves reoriented,
discuss development and tasks, and continue our collective learning. It
went so well, in fact, that we agreed it would be a good thing to do this
on a weekly basis. That said, the plan will be to do this every Saturday at
1500 UTC. If you can come, great. If you can't, no sweat. If you just want
to listen, that works. There's a chat on there if you don't have a mic. We
don't usually use webcams (to reduce bandwidth) so don't sweat your

Change in policy for Kubuntu Members

In the early days of Kubuntu, all the Kubuntu Members were packagers
and developers. Since the community has grown, we now have some
Kubuntu Members who are not packagers, developers or coders.


Trying to install a package in 16.04 that requires libmarblewidget-qt5-23, but
it can't be installed as it wants to install libastro1 version
4:15.12.3-0ubuntu2. As I have the backports PPA enabled, I have version

Does libmarblewidget-qt5-23 need to be added to the backports PPA with updated

broken logo artwork thing

knome on IRC pointed the following out to me

Fwd: KDE Connect should not depend on plasma-workspace

Discussion <kubuntu- ... at lists dot>
Hi guys,

I've seen that the KDE Connect package on both Debian [1] and Ubuntu
[2] depends on 'plasma-workspace'.

Alpha 2 -- help needed

Hi folks, you might notice that we didn't have an Alpha 1 out today.
That was partly because our packages aren't published and ready to go,
and the other is that none of the other flavors were ready either.

Or, perhaps they didn't want to do all that extra work. Because I've
never been involved in releasing before, I didn't realize that "The
community flavors that choose to release alpha milestones (and the
beta-1 milestone) are responsible for finding the resources to make
these milestones happen.

konversation SRU in yakkety

konversation had a hotfix version 1.6.2 because of a "severe crash
condition" in 1.6.1. As you can see from the [bug report][1], the fix is
now available in zesty. We'd like to also get an update in yakkety, which
is also affected. This means going through the [Stable Release Updates][2]
process, which requires a bit more care.

That being said, I've taken the yakkety version and merged in the changes
from the zesty version and created a [PPA ][3] out of it. This is the first
time I have done such a thing and I want to be sure that everything is
kosher. So, I really need testers.

Feature Idea - Tool Centre

Hi Friends

I'll keep this brief. Years ago Red Hat offered a set of installation
options to setup different environments. I think it would be cool to do
the same.

Using a Mint Style Welcome Screen ( Some work already done on this )
we'd provide a "Tool Center" feature.

In this centre would be installation scripts for different setups.

Two linked subjects:, phab and /or trello

Hi folks, Walter reminded me tonight to that is gonna
die in the near future, replaced by Phabricator and
(nextcloud). Clive was asking the KDE sysadmins about getting a
Phabricator task board for us, so we could replace Trello with free
software. The first response was non-committal, since we are not a KDE

zesty installation fails (2016-12-16 image)

zesty installation fails (2016-12-16 image)

bug report:
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Plasma 5.8 & apps/FW backports - proposal to release this weekend

We now have some useful testing feedback via mint KDE users

See the comments in this link: <a href="" title=""></a>

plus of course out own testing, which has likewise not shown any easily
confirmed showstoppers.

We are always going to have bugs and potential bugfixes to apply in any
software we release to users, but from my point of view there is nothing
critical there, which I can confirm, which would mean delaying pushing
the backports to the main backports ppa beyond this weekend.

The xenial phone overlay ppa has fixes from Qt 5.6.2 backported to 5.6.1
that we can quite easily

Qt 5.6.2

While we are waiting for Qt 5.7.1 to be released, *after we get
everything migrated into backports*, would it be a good idea to do a
migration from Qt 5.6.1 to 5.6.2 in Backports Landing, rebuild
everything, and push it to Backports?

Reason being, it's a bugfix release that could be useful in fixing some
bugs while we wait for Qt 5.7.1. In order to get 5.7.1 in Backports, it
should at least be in the Ubuntu development release archive (release
pocket, not proposed) before we put it in Backports, and that will take
a few months, so in the meantime, why not provide bugfixes?


SDDM Fixes

Hey guys,

So a bit ago, I fixed some bugs in SDDM by backporting some patches from
upstream, and Debian won't package 0.14 because of the tty location of
the new SDDM (that they are going to work around I guess? I don't know,
just told that that was the issue).

I was told on IRC that I should check with yofel first before getting
someone to upload (about a week ago, been really busy...), so hi Phil,
you're CCed.

~wxl/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kexi:kubuntu_unstable into ~kubuntu-packagers/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kexi:kubuntu_unstable

Walter Lapchynski has proposed merging ~wxl/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kexi:kubuntu_unstable into ~kubuntu-packagers/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kexi:kubuntu_unstable.

Requested reviews:
Kubuntu Packagers (kubuntu-packagers)

For more details, see:
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Few wee changes to get this closer to building.

~wxl/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kmail:kubuntu_unstable into ~kubuntu-packagers/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kmail:kubuntu_unstable

Walter Lapchynski has proposed merging ~wxl/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kmail:kubuntu_unstable into ~kubuntu-packagers/kubuntu-packaging/+git/kmail:kubuntu_unstable.

Requested reviews:
Kubuntu Packagers (kubuntu-packagers)

For more details, see:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Added ktnef to resolve kmail failing everywhere, e.g.:
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The list-missing are actually all from ktnef, which used to be part of the whole kde-pim module that kmail was split off from.

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