Postings by Valorie Zimmerman

KDE Partition Manager - do we need to add this to our packaging? or is this a KDE bug

Yesterday (or so) in #kubuntu:

[01:15] <ubottu> pkexec is a PolicyKit tool that allows an authorized user
to run (graphical) applications as another user. To run a graphical
application (e.g.

Question on

I reported this to KDE some time ago, and am following up, because I still
experience the bug, which is that size no longer shows in the info panel
about images. File size is reported, but not the actual size of the image.

One developer said that Dolphin was not responsible, because "the metadata
is provided by kfilemetadata, which needs to be built against exiv2. Make
sure this is the case and report back, please."

Do we build our kfilemetadata against exiv2?


Time for KC elections!

Hello folks, my caledar tells me that soon it will be time for elections.
We need someone to step up and *run* the election, which means asking for
nominations, setting up the poll, sending ballots to all Kubuntu Members,
remind people to vote, close the poll and announce the results.

Thanks in advance for stepping up,


Tipping the apple cart?

Hello folks, as you know, I'm not a coder. However, I'm interested in our
code quality, and there has been some observation that "lots of patches get
missed, and submitters get confused due to a lack of auto-populated
reviewers" on Phabricator. Nate Graham has been adding groups to the
reviewers by hand, and would like to not do that any more.

However, many developers simply route all Phab emails to folders where they
sit unread, because Phab sends out an email for every event and comment!
This is far too spammy. In our move to Gitlab, we can do better.

Please test the "test it and fix stuff now, FFS" pre-RC

There are some problems that still need testing, bug-reporting and fixing
before the hopefully-final RC of Disco Dingo (19.04) on Monday, according
to the #ubuntu-release channel. Please log into
<a href="" title=""></a>, download the
Kubuntu image (and others if you have time) do some of the test cases,
report bugs and log the bug numbers in your test case report.

Thank you!


PS: We'll need to test again on Monday so we can release the best possible
19.04 possible.

Finish mdraid implementation and implement dmraidNew GSoC proposal for KDE Partition Manager

Project Goals:
Finish implementation of mdraid and polish current support

Most of the features such scanning, creating and manipulating software raid
have been completed. My first goal would be to finish resizing of raids and
then working on udev bugs. I am currently understanding the software raid
implementation in raid-support branch and will polish the software raid


Last minute GSoC proposal with Roks - anyone interested in mentoring?

I'm unsure if this applicant contacted the KDE Edu team in advance, but I
heard nothing from them until seeing this proposal this morning.

The short description of the proposal:

"As a student, I use graphs in almost everything related to my master’s
research. Graph Theory is a great mathematical tool for programmers and
mathematicians, as it facilitates some computational problems resolution
and modelling.

New KDE-Edu proposal not on the Ideas list -- are there mentors?

Hi everyone, today we had a new proposal called "Improving Khipu and
Analitza." Since this was not put up as an Idea by KDE-Edu, there are not
now mentors. If this is a good student and proposal, please consider
stepping up to mentor or co-mentor. The student is Karina Pereira Passos
who has contributed before: <a href="" title=""></a>.
Ideas of who else to ask are also welcome.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please reply to me privately
telling me your google-connected email, so that I can invite you to the

Testing help needed: Beta candidate ISOs available

Hi folks, please visit
<a href="" title=""></a>
and see what's needed, and help out. The little CD icon leads you to the
ISO for downloading/zsyncing.

Please report bugs and link them by number, such as
<a href="" title=""></a> is 1821847. If you use `ubuntu-bug
ubiquity` for instance in a konsole or the console itself, you can file
bugs even in the live session, as long as you have networking.

Is the GSoC Ideas list page still open? YES

We got a question today about the Ideas page -
<a href="" title=""></a> - is open for more ideas. YES!

We were accepted as a GSoC org and we are open for business. Prepare to be
inundated by students wondering how to make themselves useful to you;
please make them welcome and help them find something productive to do.

If you see any way to improve our GSoC pages or other suggestions, please
pitch in! If you want to mentor and have not yet subscribed to the mentor
list, please do that now, and also ask to be invited to the webapp.

Trusty point release

Hello folks, at the time Trusty became 14.04 and then the LTS, Kubuntu
pledged support for 5 years. While that 5 years is nearly up, there is a
pending point release:

"we will be respinning new point-releases for trusty and xenial in the
nearest days because of the apt vulnerability that was fixed recently. Do
you want to participate in this security-point-release?" (from the
#ubuntu-flavors IRC chan).

Neither Rik nor I have time to do the necessary testing. Does someone else
want to step up and organize this?

GSoC Ideas page

Hi all, tonight I've moved the project headings which were empty of ideas
from the 2019 page. I pasted them into the end of last year's Ideas page
[1] in case some of you (choqok, kopete, kdevelop, kgpg, kwin, peruse,
plasma, wikitolearn) are going to add ideas late and want those headers
back. I added all the relevant information I could find before opening up
the page to ideas; I should have alphabetized them first!

They are alphabetized them now [2]. Better late than never.

A few ideas still have no mentors listed; please get that done now.
(KDEConnect, LabPlot, Okular).

GSoC org application time

Hi all, I've started our application.

The deadline for applications: February 6, 2019 at 12:00 (PST).

By the deadline, we need to have an absolutely *splendid* Ideas page (1).
Before the deadline, I'll remove all the placeholders such as teams with no
Ideas listed, or ideas with no mentors listed. Teams which have
participated in the past but are empty still: KDE Partition
Manager, Kopete, Choqok, Peruse, KGpg, KWin, Plasma, WikiToLearn, KDevelop
and Xdg-desktop-portal-kde.

So far, I'm the only admin listed. Anyone game to help administer this

Ideas for GSoC

Hi folks, a few teams have added their ideas to
<a href="" title=""></a> but many have not yet done so.
PLEASE get this done before the end of the year! We need to submit our
application January 15 2019 which is about one month away.

Please don't make me write to every application development list and beg.


Kubuntu Social team

Hello Council, developers and other interested people:

After some discussion about how to manage our social accounts, we're made a
secret team. The reason it's secret is that the mail list can that way be
secret as well, and thus we can share passwords and other login

If you would like to be part of this team, please ask here or write
directly to <a href="mailto:kubuntu-social- ... at lists dot">kubuntu-social- ... at lists dot</a>. Only team members can
subscribe to that list and see the archive, so we can use this secret list
to store sensitive information.

Kubuntu social media accounts - help needed

Hi folks,

We have a social media presence on Mastodon again:
<a href="" title=""></a> . If you are on mastodon, please
follow us and boost our toots! If you aren't, you might try it out. It is a
different experience than twitter; much more friendly. That said, we have a
twitter account too: <a href="" title=""></a>. Again, follows and
retweets are appreciated. There are two Facebook accounts, one withw an
unknown owner. If you like and use facebook, we really could use some help
there, in particular for people who persist in asking user support
questions there.

Google Code-in

Hello folks, we are still very low on mentors (only 11 have signed up so
far) and tasks: about 45 at last glance.

Please get with your teams and find some more mentors, and get creative
with some tasks. Assign writing some unit tests! Get some bug reports
tested! Help kids get your application installed in Windows, Mac or Linux!

Look at <a href="" title=""></a> for guidelines and ideas.

If you have not yet subscribed to KDE-Soc-Mentor ML please do that, and
then ask for an invite to the webapp, and put in your tasks!

Cosmic Beta just around the corner!

Hello folks, this is a bit late from me, but:

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

Now is the time to login to
<a href="" title=""></a> and test, test,
test! Please report bugs when you find them and note those bug report
numbers in your test result.

You might have noticed that I wasn't haranguing y'all with alphas and beta1

Google Code-in

Hello folks, GCi is much earlier this year, so we need to gather tasks NOW.
The org application period is now open, and I see a good start on tasks on
<a href="" title=""></a>. However, they are all from GCompris!

Please look over their tasks and copy some for your own project!

Yes, this contest is quite a bit of work, however this year it will not run
through the Christmas holidays which should make life easier.

Welcome GSoC students!

On the Dot: <a href="" title=""></a>

Please spread via social media.


Kubuntu on a usb drive

John, got your email:

Subiect: kubuntu
Dată: miercuri, 25 aprilie 2018, 03:14:55 EEST
De la: john johnson < ... at gmail dot com>

I have very slow internet because I live in the foothills of California and
was wondering if there was a way I could buy a usb thumb drive with kubuntu
17.10 lts 64 bitfrom kubuntu site if not wat site? I have an old version of
kumbutu based on Ubuntu 17.04 thank you for your help

This is Valorie replying; I'm in the US so I would be happy to send
you a USB drive with 18.04, the new LTS on it.

It wasn't the last Final Bionic -- new spin needs brief testing if at all possible

Hi folks there were a couple of last minute bugs found and fixed,
which required one more respin.

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

Please rsync and check: the live session and the slideshow at least.

Thanks, one more time!


i386 tests remain to be done; amd64 tests done

I talked a friend of mine into testing i386, however her Broadcom wifi
card is not working in Bionic.

Please folks, we need to have these tests done if we are going to have
a release tomorrow.


Final final FINAL Bionic RC images are available for testing

Final -- we hope! Test the heck out of this, folks.

<a href="" title=""></a> <--- only
test results reported on the tracker count! And please file bugs if
necessary. There probably isn't time to fix anything but critical
bugs, but we can definitely make the installer better by. 18.04.1, so
bug reports are still really valuable.

Thanks again,


PS: the sooner we finish our testing and report the images ready, the
sooner the 18.04 release can happen tomorrow. So test, test, test!

Last Bionic Final testing -- we hope!

Hi folks, new ISOs are again available. Zsync really saves time if you
already have a Bionic Final image saved. Just remember to cd to that
folder first. :-)

One more time, please! Especially you lovely i386 users.

All the best,


Second RC spin available to test

Hello folks, some bugs are fixed although more are still in train, so
we could (and probably will) see Yet Another Spin.

But this is what we have right now, so if you have a bit of time, please test!

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

And of course a special call-out to those who have actual i386
computers to test on. Please note somewhere in your test description
that you are testing on hardware, what sort, or only in VMs.



Wow, you testers overwhelm with awesomeness!

I just looked at the qatracker, and we have done ALL our RC tests and
some more than once! Some bugs reported have already been fixed, and
it is possible that the ISOs will be respun tomorrow or Monday.

If so, we may need some more testing, but for now, we are sitting pretty!

Feel free to help out other flavors if you have some extra time, and
see how they make their installers look!

Thank you again, you wonderful people!


Bionic Release Candidate milestone approaching

Hi folks, we had such a good Beta 2 testing, I'm hoping for testing
awesomeness for the RC. The schedule says

* April 19th: FinalFreeze,  ReleaseCandidate,  LanguagePackTranslationDeadline

* April 26th: FinalRelease,  Ubuntu 18.04

We'll see the images (as usual) at
<a href="" title=""></a>

Naturally, testing the daily ISOs is always welcome, as long as bug
reports are reported as you progress. `ubuntu-bug packagename` is your

As usual we especially need i386 testing on i386 machines. So get ready!


Congratulations on a great Beta 2 milestone! Next up: BANNER

Hi folks,

We had a lot of help testing Beta 2 candidates, thank you so much! It
was Hell week for me and the extra testing -- especially the i386
testing helped sooo much.

Our next testing push will be the Release Candidate scheduled for 19
April, so put that on your testing calendar. Of course, testing of the
dailies is always useful as well.

amd64 Beta 2 candidate testing going well; i386 testing -- none?

I didn't write to the list yesterday about the candidate ISOs
dropping, because of computer problems here. I lost a SSD (I think)
but created a Bionic upgrade on another disk. So that was a success,
but it takes time to provision a new install, as you know.

Anyway, i386 users, now or never! I mean literally if we don't get
testing on this LTS on i386 hardware, we will NOT be offering it from
here forward.