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Is the GSoC Ideas list page still open? YES

We got a question today about the Ideas page -
<a href="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas" title="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas">https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas</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
year?

Ideas for GSoC

Hi folks, a few teams have added their ideas to
<a href="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas" title="https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas">https://community.kde.org/GSoC/2019/Ideas</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.

Valorie

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
information.

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 launchpad.net">kubuntu-social- ... at lists dot launchpad.net</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="https://mastodon.technology/@Kubuntu" title="https://mastodon.technology/@Kubuntu">https://mastodon.technology/@Kubuntu</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="https://twitter.com/Kubuntu" title="https://twitter.com/Kubuntu">https://twitter.com/Kubuntu</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="https://community.kde.org/GCi" title="https://community.kde.org/GCi">https://community.kde.org/GCi</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="https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2018-September/001251.html" title="https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2018-September/001251.html">https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2018-September/0...</a>

Now is the time to login to
<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/396/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/396/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/396/builds</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
testing.

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="https://community.kde.org/GCi" title="https://community.kde.org/GCi">https://community.kde.org/GCi</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="https://dot.kde.org/2018/05/18/welcome-our-new-google-summer-code-students" title="https://dot.kde.org/2018/05/18/welcome-our-new-google-summer-code-students">https://dot.kde.org/2018/05/18/welcome-our-new-google-summer-code-students</a>

Please spread via social media.

Valorie

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="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds</a>

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

Thanks, one more time!

Valorie

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.

Valorie

Final final FINAL Bionic RC images are available for testing

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

<a href="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds</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,

Valorie

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,

Valorie

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="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/389/builds</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.

Thanks!

Valorie

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!

Valorie

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="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384" title="http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384">http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/384</a>

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

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

Valorie

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.

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.