Fix for distupgrade from 14.04 to 16.04


the release notes for 16.04 at [1] say:

Join us for Kubuntu Cafe live tonight! – 4th November – 9pm-11pm UTC

Join us for our /dev/random format online community ‘unconference’.
Hosted by our very own ‘Kubuntu Musketeers’


9 pm- 11 pm UTC.

This open format show provides a huge variety including. Discussion,
Tech Guests, Tutorials, Reviews, Projects, Hacks, User guidance, Quests,

The agenda is built on the fly, and driven by the participants.

Help test Plasma 5.8.8 LTS and Krita 3.3.1 for Kubuntu Backports!

Have you been using the Kubuntu Backports PPA on Kubuntu 16.04 LTS? Help
us test the latest release of KDE Plasma LTS and Krita 3.3.1! Our goal
is to release these updates to users on Saturday, November 4, 2017
barring any issues.

You can find the full changelog for KDE Plasma 5.8.8 LTS here[1], which
shows what fixes are included in this update.

In order to install these updates to test, you must have the Backports
PPA installed already on a Kubuntu 16.04 LTS system.

Bionic Beaver now open for development

Before heading on with Bionic Beaver, let's have a look at all the remaining
build failures in Artful Aardvark [1], which is the highest number of build
failures at the end of a release cycle we ever had. Please don't repeat that
and plan to address these build failures in time for the Bionic Beaver release
(at least for all the packages in main and in seeds).

Bionic Beaver [2] is now open for development.

Re: Can anyone try to run Kexi on Kubuntu 17.10?

On Wed, October 25, 2017 6:58 pm, Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:

Kubuntu 17.10 is released -- thank you team!

Thanks to everyone who tested this cycle, wrote blog posts and other
articles, tweeted, posted to forums, Facebook, G+, Mastodon, and other
places. So far Artful has been pretty great for me. And soon we'll
have Plasma 5.11.1 which we were unable to include in the release
because of the release date and cycle freezes. Just add backports to
get it when the bugs are ironed out.

Of course we still welcome bug reports, people stepping up to be part
of the release team, new packagers, help making our documentation and
website even more awesome, and more.

Updated 17.10 RC ISOs now available

Following on from yesterday's 1st spin of the 17.10 RC images by the
ubuntu release team, today the RC images (marked Artful Final on the QA
tracker) have been re-spun and updated.

Please update your ISOs if you downloaded previous images, and test as

Please help us by testing as much as you have time for.

First spin of 17.10 RC candidate now available

Hello folks, the first Release Candidate ISO is ready. Please help us
by testing as much as you have time for. Remember, in particular we
need i386 testers, on "bare metal" rather than VMs if possible.

Kubuntu Desktop amd64 -
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Kubuntu Desktop i386 -
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The story on the website:
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Please spread that on whatever social media you use.

Artful font hinting problems


Yesterday I took the plunge and (early) upgraded to Artful to discover
horrible font hinting issues. This was resolved by upgrading
libfreetype 2.8.0 to 2.8.1 from Michael Marley's PPA. This solved
normal font hinting but left bold fonts unhinted and ugly.

Then Plasma 5.11 came by and it solved hinting of the bold window
title font, but left all other bold fonts unhinted.

I'm using Ubuntu 9 for normal and Ubuntu Bold 9 for window title.

The attached picture shows current state of affairs best. Window title
font is ok, normal font is ok but bold path font is unhinted.

Kubuntu Social Media

Hi all, one of the things briefly discussed today in the BBB meeting
was our use of social media. We had a bit of a list of accounts and
who has accounts, but it was hidden in the middle of the Release
Management page.

That has now been moved to its own top-level Phabricator page at:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Please fix if there is anything incorrect, and add places that we
should be informing of upcoming events, calls for testers and other

Minutes from 'Growing our Community, and Onboarding new people' meeting

The council discussed the following

*1 - How do we reach out to the community currently ?*

ML, IRC, Ubuntu Forum, ( The Forums don't work well for Kubuntu, the
community there can be rude. Not worth investing

Social Media - need to recruit people who like it. Facebook page is pretty
awful, folks ask support but no one responds.

Testing the RC Friday or Saturday through release day

Hi folks, the release of Artful approaches on October 19th [1], next
Thursday. Between now and Saturday [2] the Release Candidate ISOs will
be spun. Please help us really test it, on "bare metal" - real
computers - if possible. VM testing is better than nothing though!

In particular, actual 32-bit machines would be very valuable to the
viability of our i386 ISOs.

KCI builds once b-series (18.04 LTS) development starts

Once the b-series (18.04 development start we would have 4 active series
building on KCI. Xenial, Zesty, Artful and 'b-series'.

Since we already arguably generate too many builds at present, then I
propose that we retire builds for both Xenial and Zesty.

Rational for those:

Xenial - There is little that we are likely to backport to Xenial any
more with the help of KCI, and what individual packages we might can be
test built on a case by case basis. We already have some breakages with
Xenial builds due to difficult to backport dependencies, which is only
going to get worse with time.

Minutes and Actions from Podcast Review & Planning meeting

Dear Friends

Many thanks to those that attended the Podcast Review meeting in Big Blue

We set out to address the following agenda items

1 - Review current status
2 - What do we want the show to be ?
3 - What do we need to put in place ? - i.e Action list
4 - Post Production support n Publishing
5 - AOB


1 - Current Status

Looking back at last year, we see that we have circa 500 views per show,
which is rather poor!
For example the traction of "Quids Up" Channel which has a 17.04 Kubuntu

Meeting to discuss Podcast - Mon 9th Oct 19:00 UTC

Good evening friends

Aaron, Ovi and Rick will be meeting in the BBB Conference Server to discuss
the Podcast.

There is a Task with Agenda details in our Phabricator

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We'd welcome you're comments, and input. Further more if you are able
please do join the meeting via you preferred medium ( Audio, Video, Chat )

We're really excited and looking forward to planning the next phase

Best Wishes
Rick Timmis

Linode sponsorship

Hi folks,

Last night we had a hiccup with one of the Kubuntu Continuous Integration
(KCI) slaves (linode-01), which reminded me to mention this.

With all the excitement surrounding the Kubuntu Council elections and
getting ready to release Kubuntu 17.10, we seem to have overlooked the fact
the server used for packaging work and also KCI provided by Linode has
actually expired (We received sponsorship via Aaron Honeycutt).

To avail of this sponsorship, someone had to provide credit card details in
order to setup an account.

Kubuntu Release LP team for the "Breakdancing Buffalo" LTS release cycle and forward

Hello folks,

Recently proposed LP team Kubuntu-release is now live at
<a href="" title=""></a>

This team manages Kubuntu releases and cooperates with other teams to
make sure release images are ready for publishing.

Growing our community, and Onboarding new people - Meeting Fri 13 Oct 21:00 UTC

Dear Friends

Following a successful Council and Community meeting, to introduce new
council members, and discuss the Kubuntu vision.

Kubuntu Council Minutes / Notes

Hello Friends

Thanks to the following attendee's

Clivejo, Ovidiu, Rik, mparillo, Valorie, and Simon for their attendance at
the meeting. We covered the following items, and those points that required
further action have been assigned to Phabricator Work Cards.

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*What are the motivators for joining the community ?*

Rik - Using and improving, feels like I have a sense of ownership.
and that I am sharing that with thousands of people.

Artful Beta images now available

Artful Aardvark (17.10) final Beta images are now available for
testing. Help us make 17.10 the best release yet!

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deleting all kubuntu branches on debian repos


I've just noticed that we still have a gazillion kubuntu_* branches in
the repos on, seeing as they aren't used anymore I
wonder if there are any objections to mass deleting the lot of them?
They serve no purpose other than confuse people.


Ubuntu ISO Testing: New build notification

Hello folks, it is once again time to test, test, test before the
final Artful beta is published Thursday.

Especially on i386, we need testing. This is the second spin, so if
you tested yesterday, please update your download via zsync or so, and

New Councillors 'Vision' meeting

Friends, Developers and Councillors

I took the initiative to arrange for the Kubuntu Councillors to meet in our
BBB facility to introduce the recently elected new council members, and to
build upon our future vision.

An Agenda of discussion points, and notes has been defined as a Work card
in the Kubuntu Project of KDE Phabricator.

Here is a link

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

Having poled the councillors for availability, the most appropriate date
and time was

Friday 27th September from 10 - 11pm Europe/London time

Join the meeting with any or all of (Audio, Video, Chat) at


New Kubuntu Councillors meeting

Rick kindly set up a Phab task [1] (summarised below) to organise a
meeting to get the the new Council members, and the council
collectively, off to a great start for the next year and cycle.

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and a doodle poll for a time/date in the next week or so.

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

Please vote on time/date.

Notes from the last Kubuntu Vision meeting can be found at:

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

Thank you all.


*** Phab task summary ***

New Kubuntu Councillors meeting


Webpage baner :)

Heya! Found few minutes to create a baner for the upcoming release. See
attachment :)

Call for design: Artful Banner for website

Published on
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Kubuntu 17.10 — code-named Artful Aardvark — will be released on
October 19th, 2017. We need a new banner for the website, and invite
artists and designers to submit designs to us based on the Plasma
wallpaper [1] and perhaps the mascot design [2].

The banner is 1500×385 SVG.

Please submit designs to the Kubuntu-devel mail list [3].

1. <a href="" title=""></a>
2. <a href="" title=""></a>

Plasma 5.11 beta packages available for #Kubuntu Artful 17.10

Rik tweeted [1] about the work he did on the Plasma beta packages but
it has not been tweeted out by our Kubuntu twitter account, and thus
presumably also not spread to FB, G+, reddit, etc.

Can we get this done ASAP? I think Aaron is a bit busy with hurricane
cleanup and moving to Colorado for his new job!


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

Call for design: Artful Banner for website

Hello folks, tonight I saw this:
<a href="" title=""></a> which is 17.10
Artful Aardvark Mascot.

It would be great to have a design that uses this mascot in some way,
and the newest Plasma wallpaper (or a small part of it) [1] to make a
banner we can roll out on release day, October 19th, 2017 as our
present 17.04 banner does on <a href="" title=""></a>.

Can we get more details on how big the banner should be, in what
format etc. and issue a call for this on social media?

If we start now we can have it done in time, I think.



Re: Drop PIM from the iso (default install)

I'll vote in favor of KDEPIM
Some Devil's advocate points that do not necessarily indicate my opinions on this topicg
1) An increase in resource usage, sure. But "hog" is open to interpretation. Just how much time are we saving during login? Is this still a thing? Don't we all just close our laptop lids and move on, and seldom reboot our PCs?
2) How are we determining this?
3) and 4) how much is saved, and is this overhead really an issue? 
5) Kubuntu is not Neon. Neon showcases Plasma Desktop.

Stepping down temporarily

Hello all,

During this summer, I had the privilege to work with the Kubuntu Packaging
team and it was a cheerful period. Some of you gave me a purpose when I
needed the most and I can't thank enough for that.
However, my life circumstances are changing rapidly (thus I'm absent for a
long time now) and I am feeling the need to step down for a while until
things stabilize a bit.

Drop PIM from the iso (default install)

I know this is not going to be a popular subject for some, but I feel it
does need debated. I would like to propose dropping PIM (all of it) from
the iso (Kubuntu install medium)

Here are my reasons for doing so:

1) PIM is a system resource hog - It starts services in the background
which lead to longer waiting times to actually boot into your desktop.

Results of CIVS poll: Kubuntu Council Election 2017

Hi Kubuntu community!

Well then, such an interesting election! I closed the poll and checked the
results expecting to find the names of the new Council members.

Reminder to vote

Hi folks,

Time is ticking away and in approximately 26 hours I will be closing the
voting for the Kubuntu Council election. (22:00 UTC on the 11th September

So far only 16 have voted out of 41 eligible to do so. So, if you have
received your ballot email, but haven't got around to voting, please do so
as soon as possible.

If you are having problems voting, please get in touch with me ASAP.

Again, good luck to all those in the race and stay tuned for the results
tomorrow :)


Dropping kdesudo

Hello everybody,

kdesudo is a tool currently installed in Kubuntu that I believe still
uses Qt/KDE 3 or at minimum Qt/KDE 4 libraries. The upstream (us,
actually...) doesn't seem to have been committed to it since 2011,
leaving users with a vulnerable kdesudo application (kdesu has had
multiple CVEs issued against it).

Kubuntu Council Elections 2017

Hi Kubuntu!

The call for nominations has now expired and we now have four nominees for
the three Kubuntu Council seats. I am pleased to announce that the
following people are in the running for this election.

* Aaron Honeycutt
* Simon Quigley
* Rik Mills
* Rick Timmus

I am also sad to hear that Clay Weber and Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan have both
decided not to stand for re-election this time round.

Kubuntu Automation 2.1 beta 1 available - please test


there's a new version of Kubuntu Automation which I would like to release as
stable soon.

There was some code refactoring which would make a bit difficult to maintain 2.0
and 2.1 at the same time, so I would like to deprecate 2.0 as soon as 2.1 gets

Packages are available here:
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While you could test this version directly from git, I would like you to test
it from the package since it was already tested from git.

Check out the changelog to see the changes in this version:
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Kubuntu Council Elections 2017 - Call for Nominations

Just a reminder that all nominations need to be submitted to me by tomorrow
evening (Monday, 4th September 2017) by around 22:00UTC at the very latest.

So far I have only had formal notification from Aaron Honeycutt and Simon
Quigley. Anyone else wanting to stand (or even nominate someone else) have
literally only hours to do so, so please do hurry.

Hastefully yours,

Re: Fwd: Ubuntu ISO Testing: New build notification


i386 vs amd64:

- For i386 testing go here:
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- For amd64 testing go here:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Click on the *Install (OEM setup) *and follow (most of the) directions

Kubuntu Artful Aardvark (17.10) Beta 1 testing

Artful Aardvark (17.10) Beta 1 images are now available for testing.

The Kubuntu team will be releasing 17.10 in October.

Kubuntu Council Elections 2017 - Call for Nominations

Hello Kubuntu community!

Unfortunately, we overlooked that three (3) of our Kubuntu Council members
are expiring shortly!

Duplicate Repos under kubuntu/* in debian git - trying to clean up

‎ for example - kubuntu/libkgapi is a unmaintained dupe of

Can I please delete these?

Alternatives to org.kde.plasma.desktop


My study of Look-n-Feel has some progress. Now I can use my own
look-n-feel package to change the wallpaper theme and so on.

The next step is /usr/share/plasma/shells and
which define 1) Default desktop plasmoids and activities, and 2) default
panel layout. Now I know that ~/.config/plasmarc defines themes in
/usr/share/plasma/desktoptheme and I can also define look-n-feel package to
be used in the [KDE] section in ~/.config/kdeglobals. However I still
couldn't find where to define which plasmashell to use.

Help needed testing newest bugfix release of Plasma on Kubuntu 17.04

Are you using Kubuntu 17.04, our current release? Help us test a new
bugfix release for KDE Plasma! Go here for more details:
<a href="" title=""></a>.

Unfortunately that page illustrates Xenial and Ubuntu Unity rather
than Zesty in Kubuntu.

unable to install "kde-l10n-nl" (and other dutch) language packs - breaks core packages

after last update (2017-08-19)
unable to install "kde-l10n-nl" (and other dutch) language packs -
breaks core packages

The following packages will be REMOVED:
ark dolphin ffmpegthumbs gwenview k3b k3b-i18n kaccounts-providers kamera
kate kate5-data kcalc kde-spectacle
kdegraphics-thumbnailers kdenetwork-filesharing kdf kio-audiocd
kio-extras-data kio-mtp konsole krdc ksystemlog
kwalletmanager libk3b7 libk3b7-extracodecs libkf5baloowidgets-data
libkf5baloowidgets5 libkf5cddb-data libkf5cddb5
libkf5compactdisc-data libkf5compactdisc5 libkf5sane-data libkf5sane5
okular o

Kubuntu Artful wallpaper contest

Heyo Kubuntu Users and Developers!

Vote here with the number of the ten (10) wallpapers that they would like
on the release image.

1. [url][/url]
7. [url][/url]

2. [url][/url]
8. [url][/url]


Please remove]

someone should take over kubuntu-bugs list

----- Forwarded message from Jacek Nykis via RT < ... at lists dot> -----

CC: <a href="mailto: ... at jriddell dot org"> ... at jriddell dot org</a>
Reply-To: <a href="mailto: ... at lists dot"> ... at lists dot</a>

Usability Improvement

I'm sure this isn't the most correct place to post this, but perhaps it
could make it's way to the correct person.

I've put Kubuntu on 10s of thousands of machines over the years and a
very common problem that I run into is with the KDE wallet system. I
meant to write in with this suggestion years ago, but it got out of
site, out of mind.

please add zsync to main repos for downloading iso's ...

please add zsync to main repos for downloading iso's ...

My Twitter Page:
<a href="" title=""></a>

My Facebook page (Be my friend please :) )
<a href="" title=""></a>

My Google+ page (follow me please )
André Verwijs - Google+ <a href="" title=""></a>

Artful Alpha 2 release candidate is ready for testing!

Test if you can, on real hardware if possible, in virtual machines if not.

Kubuntu Desktop amd64 testcases in Artful Daily:

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

(The label "Daily" will change once the Alpha 2 has been milestoned)

Kubuntu Desktop i386 testcases in Artful Daily --- sooooooooo
important to get this preliminary testing done if we want a 32-bit
Alpha 2 ISO!

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

Thank you folks. That alpha 2 ISO will be spun on the 27th -- IF we
have all tests done.

Issues regarding customizing Kubuntu


Following my talk in Akademy 2017, I'd like to list my issues about
customizing Plasma5 in Kubuntu and hope that we can work it out together.

1. plasmashell doesn't honor the XDG related environment variables: I
set the XDG env variables like XDG_MENU_PREFIX, XDG_CONFIG_DIRS, ...
etc. in the Xsession.d which should be loaded *before* kinit5 started.
However these environment variables are not passed to kinit5 and hence
XDG_MENU_PREFIX wouldn't work, which would cause that it always reads
/etc/xdg/menu/ .


packageset refresh for kubuntu

Can I please request an interim packageset refresh for kubuntu?

We have a new major version of KDE applications to upload soon, which
involves 20+ sources that are are ours and in the archive via previous
MOTU help, but not refreshed into our set yet, plus one new source.

(we can get help for the one new source at least)

I was hoping to get things all uploaded with help 1st then refresh so
only needs doing once in artful cycle, but practicalities mean it is now
maybe better to refresh now, then do another mini-refresh a little later.

If doing more than one refresh in a relatively short per

Call for testing: Qt 5.9

Dear Kubuntuers,

As you may already know, I am preparing the Qt 5.9 transition in a PPA [1].

Now it got to the point when we are mostly ready for publishing it into
the main Ubuntu archive, but I would like to gather some feedback first
and make sure everything works fine with that version.

If you are running Artful and have some time for testing it, please add the
PPA, test the desktop and your favourite Qt/KDE applications, and report
any regressions to me.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ci-train-ppa-service/2819
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt full-upgrade

I would like to land it to

Who is going to Akademy?

Anyone besides Gerry (grayback) and I? If so, shall we schedule a
dinner together, a Bof, or what?

All the best,


<a href="" title=""></a> -- best at Akademy

Podcast help needed?

Hi folks, I know many of us are missing our beloved podcast, which was
an absolutely super motivational thru-line for the Kubuntu team.

update "gdal" packages to resolve dependencies mysql-workbench

please update "gdal" (gdal 2.1.2+dfsg-5build1) packages
to resolve dependencies for mysql-workbench package, artful repo....


Snapping KDE

Hey Kubuntu,
At some point we should have the discussion regarding KDE Software
snaps. Who is going to create them and what's the adoption path. I
understand that the ultimate plan for Kubuntu would be able to build a
Plasma system on top of Ubuntu Core based on snaps.

Is this something you guys are looking into?
Is it something that you find desirable?


Hi, I'm new here (and also Canonical's new point of contact on the KDE advisory board)

Hi everyone,
I need to introduce myself as I'm new to this community: I'm Gerry, from
Ireland, and have been an engineer with Canonical for over 5 years now.
I started out on the Unity2d desktop at first (Qt4 + QML1), before
moving to start the Ubuntu phone project, first on its UI toolkit, then
moving to working on Unity8 and Mir (Qt5 & QML2).

Now that Unity is no more, I'm happy to say I'm back to using KDE as my
desktop again - which I was using long before I joined Canonical.

First Ubuntu Artful Aardvark test rebuilds (and upcoming GCC 7 transition)

The first test rebuild of Artful Aardvark was started on July 6 for all
architectures, all components (main component and seeded packages finished,
unseeded packages still building).

For arm64 and armhf the gcc-6 packages are based on the Linaro 6-2017.06

Results (please also look at the superseded builds) can be found at

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

The test rebuild uses binutils, gcc-6, gcc-7 and linux packages currently still
in the proposed release pocket, which can also be found separately in the PPA

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

Re: Shall we drop i386 / 32-bit? If you think no, please test

The lack of testers, the lack of bug reports, and the lack of response here seem to indicate that i386 users in our community are a rather tiny group. One that is likely shrinking even more.

The short lifespans of non-LTS releases do not help, either.

Kubuntu privacy policy is confusing to a privacy-minded user

Hello there,

In the KUBUNTU Facebook group, a woman was complaining loudly that Kubuntu

After reading over your Privacy Policy I found it appaulling. Capturing my
keystrokes?? What a bunch of bunk.
"...we may also send your keystrokes as a search term to and selected third parties...."

I used Kubuntu for nearly 3 years and really liked it until I found this
out. THIS is the VERY reason WHY I detest Windows.

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