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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.

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.