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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Hello folks, Art Alpha 1 is released today: release notes:
<a href="" title=""></a>

Please report test results here:
<a href="" title=""></a>

If we don't get complete test coverage on the i386 test cases, I think
we should drop it now. the KCI doesn't build the images, we get no
questions about 32-bit any more, and it is in general a pain to

Is there any reason to keep it?


SRU verification - plasma 5.9.5 update for Zesty


The SRU verification for plasma 5.9.5 to zesty updates for zesty remains
outstanding, and needs to be done if we with this update to go ahead
into the archive.

The bug to verify on is here:

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

SRU verification procedure is here

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

If not verified, these updates will eventually be deleted.

Thank you.


Call for testing Artful Alpha 1

Hi folks, the images have hit
<a href="" title=""></a>

Please help us out by testing and reporting there on the qa tracker.

Release notes: <a href="" title=""></a>
-- it's a wiki, fixes welcome.

All the best,


Alpha 1 on Thursday 6/29/2017

Hi Folks -- I assume that we'll opt-in?

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

Thoughts? Any reason to opt out?


k3b can't write inf files


I found this list as the maintainer contact for the k3b software. Thanks
for the hard work you put in, it's a great CD writer!

I use k3b on Linux Mint and my problem is that it tries to write some stuff
in the /tmp/kde-$USER folder but the folder is not present. Instead there
is a /tmp/kde-$USERsomeothercharacters folder. So CD writing breaks with
an IO error message unless I make a symlink.

I wonder if this is some incompatibility between software I have or
something intrinsic to k3b.

Getting ready to judge the new wallpapers!

Hello folks, our wallpaper competition was a smashing success, with 39
entries! Before they can be judged, however, we need someone to ensure
that they are fairly-entered images, and the property of the person
who submitted.

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
<a href=";queue_text=&amp;memo=28&amp;start=28" title=";queue_text=&amp;memo=28&amp;start=28">;queue_text=&amp;mem...</a>
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:
<a href="" title=""></a>

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

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

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:

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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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

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>

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