Kubuntu Automation 2.1 rc 1 released


KA 2.1 rc 1 was just released. Packages are available in the development tools
testing PPA:
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If they are no unexpected problems with the 2.1 series (we have been using it
for a while now) it will be released in the stable PPA[1] next week or so.


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Bionic Kubuntu testing

Howdy folks,
Last night I tested the 2.10.18 Kubuntu Bionic image. Here were my findings:

2/10/18 Bionic Kubuntu image

2013 HP ENVY dv6, 500GB 5400 RPM WD hard drive, 8 GB RAM, crappy NVIDIA
GPU; 15.4" 720p TN screen (very low quality)

Issues/Unexpected behaviors
Live session uses dark theme (Intentional?


Fresh installed kubuntu 18.04 dev, have had this ever since, notification
in the taskbar for "failure to download update data files".

Hi Falkon team, how's it going?

Hello team,

I was just blogging about Falkon among other things, and wondered how close
you are to a KDE release. I was looking at
<a href="" title=""></a> and don't see a lot of
movement there.

Is there any way I can help you all out? As the Kubuntu Release Manager,
I'm very eager to see Falkon released in time for us to include it in our
next release, which will be a long-term support [1]. Looks like the final
feature freeze is March 1.

Do you think you will be able to get a release done by then?

updating the look of our downloads page at etc

Reading through #ubuntu-releases I noticed that Simon has updated the
Lubuntu page, so I asked him about it.

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

He said "It's a one line fix in the cdimage tooling.


Hi, I noticed the posts about the papercuts currently in Kubuntu, and while
I don't know if this is the appropriate place for me to share, I would like
to add.

1) KTorrent doesn't handle magnet links by default.

2) Add redshift applet (<a href="" title=""></a>) and
redshift to the default install, but not enabled, for those still on Xorg.

3) add the virtual keyboard to sddm as well, currently it is only in

4) launching audio volume settings from the applet results in rendering
errors and thus useless.
This should probably be fixed.

5) update the plymout

Kubuntu papercuts

Howdy everyone! Valorie invited me to join this list and share my list of Kubuntu issues and papercuts, being a full-time user of 17.10.

Error after adding Kubuntu's backports Repo


I have a question but I'm not sure if this is the appropriate channel to
report it though. I was trying to install Latte-Dock but when I added the
"ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports" repository I got a prompt for upgrading several
other packages and dependencies that in the end were not able to be
upgraded as I have a 64 bit Kubuntu OS with 32 bit libraries installed as I
needed them for Android Studio.

The Message said that the packages could not be upgraded and the previous
versions will be used instead, therefore the upgrade was cancelled and I
wasn't able to complete the installation.

new weegie

I was updating weegie and rebooted but it didn't surface, responded to
pings but not to ssh.

Since it was running vivid it was time to update it anyway. The
reason it hasn't been is I had hoped to change it to Chef setup but
turns out Chef doesn't work on ARM for no good reason and with no good
error message so i ran out of energy.

Anyway I've set up a new weegie now running trusty and copied over the
main content.

Please help test! Artful Dot One

Hello folks, you may or may not be aware that the Artful images were
withdrawn because there was a bug that would hurt some machines. The kernel
has been patched to get rid of the bugged driver now, and the images have
been re-spun as of today:

‎[13:32] ‎[Notice]‎ -queuebot to #kubuntu-devel- Builds: Kubuntu Desktop
amd64 [Artful Dot One] (20180105.2) has been added
‎[13:32] ‎[Notice]‎ -queuebot to #kubuntu-devel- Builds: Kubuntu Desktop
i386 [Artful Dot One] (20180105.2) has been added

So we need to retest, just as if this was a Release Candidate.

install debug packages with "list-symbols-packages-v2.1" sh script needs update....

install debug packages with "list-symbols-packages-v2.1" sh script needs

Kubuntu papercuts

Hi all-

I've been using Kubuntu since version 8.04, through the rocky KDE 3 -> 4
transition, and through the early rough versions of Plasma 5 (though
this was *much* smoother than 3 -> 4), and I've always really enjoyed
the Kubuntu experience. My mother-in-law is using Kubuntu on her
computer: first 14.04, now 16.04, and she's had a very easy time of it,
so I think that also says a lot about the quality of KDE/Plasma as a
desktop environment.

1000 New Year's pledges for 2018 (first Bionic Beaver test rebuilds)

The first test rebuild of Bionic Beaver was started on December 21 2017 for all
architectures, all components (main component and seeded packages finished,
unseeded packages still building). The number of build time failures
unfortunately is at an all time high around a four digit number.

firefox 57.x extention "Ubuntu Modifications" no longer compattible...

firefox 57.x extention "Ubuntu Modifications" no longer compattible...

New Qt Discussion Channel

Hello everyone,

Since Qt is a major foundational framework for two flavors (Kubuntu and
Lubuntu Next), and soon to be Ubuntu Budgie (given where upstream
Solus/Budgie is going), I thought it was about time to create a place to
collaborate on Qt-specific packaging, transition, and bug triage work
pertaining to the Qt framework.

That place is now #ubuntu-qt on freenode and is bridged to Telegram at
<a href="" title=""></a>

Anyone is welcome to join, but please keep in mind that it's Qt-specific
technical discussion, and *this is not the place to get support for your

upgrade xenial -> bionic


here is a little feedback. I have just upgraded my old i386 laptop from
xenial to bionic. The upgrade worked without any issues. So far
everything I have tested after the reboot works well. Even the desktop
layout was preserved.

There is just one tiny bit which I suppose will be sorted later.

My Kubuntu Developer Application

Hello everyone,

I'm officially applying to be a Kubuntu Developer.

Here's the Doodle: <a href="" title=""></a>

Here's my application (which is also linked on the Doodle):
<a href="" title=""></a>

I've CCed some Kubuntu Developers, and I'll finalize the poll when I
have a time where at least three can attend (although the more the

Thanks everyone.

My membership

Hi to everyone,
If you want tonight we can discuss about my membership.

Andrea Del Sarto

Minutes from KCI development discussion

Thank to all who were able to attend the Developer meeting this evening to
discuss proposal for the future of the Kubuntu CI.


Considerable work has already begun to scope out and implement a new
Kubuntu Continous Integration system.

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It was agreed that the new tooling will be developing following UNIX
philosophy "Do one thing and do it well", the code will be developed in
Python with close adherence to Pythonic style.
Following PEP8 Python coding standards, and usng PyLint and code reviews,
so that the coding does not delivery unexpected su

Kubuntu Membership

Hi to everyone,
this is a Doodle <> for a meeting
arrangement for my Kubuntu Membership Application.
Let me know when you can talk about that.
Thanks in advance.

Andrea Del Sarto

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

Meeting to discuss KCI - TODAY @ 21:00 UTC

Hello All

Apologies for the late notice, it slipped my mind to announce this ealier.
Although it has been an ongoing discussion in #Kubuntu-Devel

There is a developers meeting to discuss the Kubuntu CI.

This will encompass :-

Design discussion and objectives
Review of what we have in the Wiki
Technical approach and tooling
Development Sprint planning

The overall objective is to launch us into a new development phase to build
a new KCI

Meeting will take place in our BBB conference server, Text Chat, Voice,
Video and Screenshare / Virtual Whiteboard available.

Room 1
Password: welcome


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

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

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:
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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.

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