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Kubuntu Bionic Beta 2 candidate images spinning soon

Hi folks, just a bit of advance notice for everyone who would like to
help us test the heck out of this, to make Kubuntu 18.04 the best ever
LTS!

To get a jump on this, create a login on the quatracker if you don't
have one: <a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384/builds</a>

Download a daily image to save some time, and then zsync when the Beta
2 candidate drops (you will be able to see it on the qatracker.

i386 ISO tests

Hi all, I completed the i386 tests I could complete, and filed bugs
about the problems I encountered.

Please test the beta candidate -- especially i386 users

Hello folks, half the required tests have been done for amd64, and
NONE have been done for i386.

This is simply not acceptable nor sustainable. Please test as the
previous emails have instructed, and report your results:

<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/387/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/387/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/387/builds</a>

Thanks.

Valorie
Kubuntu release manager

Time to test! Kubuntu beta 1 Bionic images available on the qa tracker

Please see <a href="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-bionic-beaver-18-04-beta-1-testing/" title="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-bionic-beaver-18-04-beta-1-testing/">https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-bionic-beaver-18-04-beta-1-testing/</a>
for details.

Remember: we need people to test on so-called bare metal - real
computers rather than VMs - if possible. This is crucial for the i386
images. The Xenial dot release situation was terrible for i386 with
none of the people begging us to do the work to release for this
platform actually stepping up to test.

Remember to login to the qatracker and *report your bugs* and link the
bug reports (if any) with your test results.

Thanks!

Valorie

OEM installer, amd64 16.04.4

Anyone better able than I am to provide feedback on this bug I experienced?

<a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1752478" title="https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1752478">https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1752478</a>

It was sad to get all the way to the end, have reported success, and
not only have to report a failure, but be unable to provide the needed
logfiles.

Thanks to whoever can help with this.

For i386, the installer was freezing so often i never got far enough
to try oem -- or anything else. And again, no useful logfiles.

:(

Valorie

Looking forward to Bionic Beta 1

Hi folks, for various reasons there was no Alpha 1 or 2 this cycle, but now
we're on the march to Beta 1, which will be on March 8 [1].

Now is the time to get your VMs ready, or dust off that old 32 bit machine
in preparation. Rik has got Plasma 5.12.2 uploaded to the Archive, so this
is gonna be exciting! (New plasma is available for Artful users too:
<a href="https://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-12-2-bugfix-updates-available/" title="https://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-12-2-bugfix-updates-available/">https://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-12-2-bugfix-updates-available/</a>)

Remember: we cannot release this LTS for i386 if we don't get testers. And
we need some of that testing to be on actual 32-bit machines.

Now is the time for all prospective GSoC mentors to gear up!

Hello everyone, our application to become a part of Google Summer of Code
has been accepted! So, if you are going to become a mentor, now is the time
to:

1. Ensure you are subscribed to KDE-Soc-Mentor mail list [1].

2. Write to <a href="mailto:KDE-Soc- ... at kde dot org">KDE-Soc- ... at kde dot org</a> to be invited to the GSoC web app. This
way we can ensure that one of us invites you. All you need is a
google-enabled email account.

The email from the OSPO says,

"Inviting Mentors to your Org

"Org Admins should now be sending potential mentors invitations to be a
part of their organization.

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="https://community.kde.org/Incubator/Projects/Falkon" title="https://community.kde.org/Incubator/Projects/Falkon">https://community.kde.org/Incubator/Projects/Falkon</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 http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/daily-live/current/ etc

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

<a href="http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily-live/current/" title="http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily-live/current/">http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily-live/current/</a>

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

KDE and Google Summer of Code 2018

Hello GSoC mentors, and teams supporting mentors,

TL;DR: Fill out <a href="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2018/Ideas;" title="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2018/Ideas;">https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2018/Ideas;</a> read
<a href="https://community.kde.org/GSoC" title="https://community.kde.org/GSoC">https://community.kde.org/GSoC</a>. Now.

Every year, we've asked for more time to get ramped up for GSoC, and so now
is the time for organizations to apply[1]. We have begun to write our
application, and that means that our Ideas page needs to be filled NOW,
because that is the prime consideration for the GSoC team once the Org
Applications deadline has passed.

The quality of our ideas and the guidance they give our students are the
most important part of our application.

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.

Google Summer of Code -- now!

Hello folks, I know that some of you are just beginning to mentor your
Season of KDE students. However, Google has made the prep phase for GSoC
even earlier this year, so it is time to start NOW.

For more information: <a href="https://g.co/gsoc/faq" title="https://g.co/gsoc/faq">https://g.co/gsoc/faq</a>
More: <a href="http://write.flossmanuals.net/gsoc-mentoring/about-this-manual/" title="http://write.flossmanuals.net/gsoc-mentoring/about-this-manual/">http://write.flossmanuals.net/gsoc-mentoring/about-this-manual/</a> and
<a href="https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor" title="https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor">https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor</a>

I would strongly suggest talking with your team and finding out who can
mentor this year, and what your team would like to propose for the Ideas
page. The sooner we get our ducks in a row, the better.

Frameworks release schedule?

Hello folks, with my Kubuntu release manager hat on, I was filling in
the calendar for the next 6 months. For Frameworks, this page:
<a href="https://community.kde.org/Schedules/Frameworks" title="https://community.kde.org/Schedules/Frameworks">https://community.kde.org/Schedules/Frameworks</a> is now on a provisional
schedule - 5.40 (expected) Sat November 4th, 2017 for tagging,
(expected) Sat November 11th, 2017.

Is the schedule for the next 6 months still undecided, or has the wiki
page just not been filled in yet?

Valorie

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.

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 -
<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158983/testcases" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158983/testcases">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158983/testcases</a>

Kubuntu Desktop i386 -
<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158984/testcases" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158984/testcases">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/383/builds/158984/testcases</a>

The story on the website:
<a href="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-rc-images-now-available/" title="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-rc-images-now-available/">https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-rc-images-n...</a>

Please spread that on whatever social media you use.

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="https://phabricator.kde.org/w/kubuntu/social-media/" title="https://phabricator.kde.org/w/kubuntu/social-media/">https://phabricator.kde.org/w/kubuntu/social-media/</a>

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

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.

Is there interest in participating in Google Code-in this year?

Hello folks, when I've written about GCi before this, I got few to no
replies. My feeling is that previous enthusiastic mentors are without
the energy and time to participate this year.

Org applications are open, but unless I hear a swell of enthusiasm
here, I'm inclined to not apply.

Thoughts?

Valorie, for Student Programs admin team

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="https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-release" title="https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-release">https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-release</a>

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

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!

<a href="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-beta-images-now-available/" title="https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-beta-images-now-available/">https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-artful-aardvark-17-10-final-beta-images...</a>

Enjoy!

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
retest.

Call for design: Artful Banner for Kubuntu.org website

Published on Kubuntu.org:
<a href="https://kubuntu.org/news/call-for-design-artful-banner-for-kubuntu-org-website/" title="https://kubuntu.org/news/call-for-design-artful-banner-for-kubuntu-org-website/">https://kubuntu.org/news/call-for-design-artful-banner-for-kubuntu-org-w...</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="https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.10.5.php" title="https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.10.5.php">https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.10.5.php</a>
2. <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309" title="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309">https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309</a>
3.

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!

Valorie

1. <a href="https://twitter.com/rikmills88/status/909365307197808640" title="https://twitter.com/rikmills88/status/909365307197808640">https://twitter.com/rikmills88/status/909365307197808640</a>

Call for design: Artful Banner for Kubuntu.org website

Hello folks, tonight I saw this:
<a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309" title="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309">https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-themes/+bug/1717309</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="https://kubuntu.org/" title="https://kubuntu.org/">https://kubuntu.org/</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.

Valorie

1.

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.

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="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed" title="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed">https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed</a>.

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

17.08 Applications Release announcement text

Hello folks, I noticed that there was not much progress on the release
announcement text, and I had some time last night, so I worked up an
announcement text based on those we've had in the past, and the notes
left by developers on
<a href="https://notes.kde.org/p/applications_17.08_new_features" title="https://notes.kde.org/p/applications_17.08_new_features">https://notes.kde.org/p/applications_17.08_new_features</a> .

I found some of these notes rather difficult to make sense of, so
please check!

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="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153034/testcases" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153034/testcases">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153034/testcases</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="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153035/testcases" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153035/testcases">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/379/builds/153035/testcases</a>

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

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,

Valorie

<a href="https://telegram.me/Valoriez" title="https://telegram.me/Valoriez">https://telegram.me/Valoriez</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.