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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.

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

Hello folks, Art Alpha 1 is released today: release notes:
<a href="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu" title="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu">https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu</a>

Please report test results here:
<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds</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
support.

Is there any reason to keep it?

Valorie

Call for testing Artful Alpha 1

Hi folks, the images have hit
<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/378/builds</a>

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

Release notes: <a href="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu" title="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu">https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Alpha1/Kubuntu</a>
-- it's a wiki, fixes welcome.

All the best,

Valorie

Alpha 1 on Thursday 6/29/2017

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

<a href="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/ReleaseSchedule" title="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/ReleaseSchedule">https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/ReleaseSchedule</a>

Thoughts? Any reason to opt out?

Valorie

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="https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+queue?queue_state=0&amp;queue_text=&amp;memo=28&amp;start=28" title="https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+queue?queue_state=0&amp;queue_text=&amp;memo=28&amp;start=28">https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+queue?queue_state=0&amp;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 commercial support

Hello folks,

Right now on the website Kubuntu.org 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.

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.

valorie.zimmerman@gmail.com 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.

Valorie

View Kubuntu calendar:
<a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=aDZ0YnZ1M2drMmcxcjM2cmZyZDBoamNscDBAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ" title="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=aDZ0YnZ1M2drMmcxcjM2cmZyZDBoamNscDBAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ">https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=aDZ0YnZ1M2drMmcxcjM2cmZyZDBoam...</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="http://kubuntu.org/news/kde-pim-update-for-zesty-available-for-testers/" title="http://kubuntu.org/news/kde-pim-update-for-zesty-available-for-testers/">http://kubuntu.org/news/kde-pim-update-for-zesty-available-for-testers/</a>

I've posted this news on Kubuntu Forums, and Twitter (my own account).
Feel free to spread the word!

Valorie

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 Kubuntu.org call for testers was published
yesterday, but it slipped my mind to write here too.

<a href="http://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-17-04-release-candidate-call-for-testers/" title="http://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-17-04-release-candidate-call-for-testers/">http://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-17-04-release-candidate-call-for-testers/</a>

Please report success and bug reports here: er: <a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/</a>

Spread the word!

Thanks,

Valorie

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!

Beta 1 released; Preparing for Beta 2

Good job everybody on Beta 1! I'll leave it to Walter to give feedback
about our QA testing and so forth.

Because I'll be flying to India to attend Conf.KDE.in and give a talk
the second week of March, I'm trying to prepare for Beta 2 now. It's
due March 23rd:  Final Beta Freeze (Monday), Final Beta.

The rough of the release notes are done:
<a href="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/Kubuntu" title="https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/Kubuntu">https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZestyZapus/Beta2/Kubuntu</a> .

I didn't write about PIM being left out because I think we are hoping
to get it into the final? Nor did I mention any of our new apps I hope
make it to the final, like Peruse.