Postings by Rik Mills

Trusty 14.04 LTS end of life, and end of Kubuntu support for Xenial 16.04 LTS.

As the newly released Kubuntu 19.04 makes it's way into the world,
inevitably other things come to their end.

Kubuntu 14.04 LTS was released in April 2014, and reaches 'End of Life'
for support on 25th April 2019. All Kubuntu users should therefore
switch to a newer supported release. Upgrades from 14.04 to a newer
release are not advised, so please install a fresh copy of 18.04 or
newer after running a backup of all your data.

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS was released on 21st April 2016, and was supported for
Kubuntu for a period of year 3 years [1].

Please update Kubuntu packageset for Cosmic

I would like to request that the Cosmic packageset of Kubuntu is updated
by running the 'usual' scripts. This should add the sources we have
gained since last release, and correct some previous omissions, and
allow us to polish up Cosmic without having to bother sponsorship queues

Thank you.

Rik Mills
Kubuntu Devel
Kubuntu Council

Kubuntu Council Elections 2018 - Results

Hi Kubuntu community!

The Poll for the 2018 Kubuntu Council elections closed a short while ago.

I have the pleasure of announcing the three elected members to the
Kubuntu Council. In order of voter preference:

1. Valorie Zimmerman
2. Myriam Schweingruber
3. Simon Quigley

I hope you will all join me in welcoming Simon Quigley as a new member.

Once again I would very much like to thank Philip Muškovac, who had
decided not to stand again, for everything he has previously done for
our project and the council.

I look forward to working with new and continuing members.

Rik Mills.

Reminder: Kubuntu Council Election 2018 voting

Hi everyone.

This is a polite reminder that there is now just over 24hrs remaining
for Kubuntu members to vote in the 2018 Kubuntu Council Election.

Please register your vote by 00:01 UTC Sunday 2nd September.

If for some reason you did not receive an email containing your ballot
URL and you think you should have been sent one, please email me as soon
as possible with your correct email address.



Kubuntu Council Election 2018 voting

Hi everyone.

The call for nominations in the election has now closed, and the
following 5 candidates have been nominated:

Jose Manuel Santamaria Lema
Darin Miller
Simon Quigley
Myriam Schweingruber
Valorie Zimmerman

Current Council member Philip Muškovac has decided not to stand again in
this round of elections.

Kubuntu Council Elections 2018 - Call for Nominations

Hello Kubuntu community!

Unfortunately, we overlooked that three (3) of our Kubuntu Council
members are expiring shortly!

The terms for the following Council members are due to expire on the 2nd
September 2018:

Myriam Schweingruber
Philip Muškovac
Valorie Zimmerman

I hereby call for nominations for the Kubuntu Council to elect three (3)
members and hope that Myriam Schweingruber, Philip Muškovac, Valorie
Zimmerman will continue to serve until we have the names of the new
Council members.

I will update the Kubuntu Calendar to reflect these new dates.

The term is for two years, spanning 2n

possible ABI break in frameworks

The commit:

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results in apparently public symbols going missing

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From IRC.

[08:43] <acheronuk> sitter: does this break ABI in frameworks?
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[08:45] <acheronuk> sitter: <a href="" title=""></a>
[08:59] <sitter> acheronuk: assuming activitiesmodel is in fact a public
class: yes
[08:59] <sitter> adding a const anywhere changes the call signature
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<a href="https://community.kd" title="https://community.kd">https://community.kd</a>

extra plasma-discover SRU verification required ASAP

We would be grateful if testers could tests the plasma-discover
bugfix update currently in -proposed for bionic.

As this fixing user facing crashes we know are happening from the error
tracker, I would like to push to get this update out ASAP.

SRU tracking bug is at:

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Thank you all

Kubuntu Devel

Please remove Kubuntu i386 iso image builds for 18.10

I think the intent of the email here:

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had this as an implicit request, but may have become held up in
moderation queue for being copied to ubuntu-devel

Regardless, I will now make the request directly and formally to this list.

On behalf of Kubuntu Council (and active developers) I request that i386
iso image builds are discontinued for 18.10.

Thank you

Rik Mills
Kubuntu Council
Kubuntu Developer

Please help test Plasma 5.12.5 stable release update for 18.04

Details can be found at:

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However, in short, testing and verification is required so that these
updates can be shipped to the Ubuntu archive and so included in 18.04
point release ISOs.

Thank You

Rik Mills
Kubuntu Council
Kubuntu Developer

Backports PPA policy for 18.04 LTS

Our default PPA policy for LTS releases states that [1]

"Monthly KDE software release backports are made available through the
Kubuntu PPA for as long as supported by the native LTS software stack
but no longer than 2 years."

For 16.04 LTS we allowed an upgrade of Qt in the backports PPA [2] from
5.5 to 5.6.x, however this was not altogether a radical decision as the
Qt 5.6 release was a LTS one, and already being built and maintained by
the Ubuntu phone/Qt team in their overlay PPA.

For 18.04 LTS, we are already on Qt 5.9 LTS, with more point releases to
come, hopefully as SRU updates to t

Re: Releasing kdeconnect-kde 1.3

On 04/04/18 20:55, Albert Vaca wrote:

Remove flash from kubuntu-restricted-addons?

Ubuntu and other favours did this a while back

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* Drop Adobe Flash as it will be EOL before end of next LTS

I believe we did have some discussion of this at the time, and either
said leave it, or did not make a firm decision.

I think it is appropriate to re-visit this discussion before be go to beta.

Please comment on <a href="" title=""></a> if you have an
account, or are willing to get a KDE identity account.

Join us for Kubuntu Cafe live tonight! – 4th November – 9pm-11pm UTC

Join us for our /dev/random format online community ‘unconference’.
Hosted by our very own ‘Kubuntu Musketeers’


9 pm- 11 pm UTC.

This open format show provides a huge variety including. Discussion,
Tech Guests, Tutorials, Reviews, Projects, Hacks, User guidance, Quests,

The agenda is built on the fly, and driven by the participants.

Updated 17.10 RC ISOs now available

Following on from yesterday's 1st spin of the 17.10 RC images by the
ubuntu release team, today the RC images (marked Artful Final on the QA
tracker) have been re-spun and updated.

Please update your ISOs if you downloaded previous images, and test as

Please help us by testing as much as you have time for.

KCI builds once b-series (18.04 LTS) development starts

Once the b-series (18.04 development start we would have 4 active series
building on KCI. Xenial, Zesty, Artful and 'b-series'.

Since we already arguably generate too many builds at present, then I
propose that we retire builds for both Xenial and Zesty.

Rational for those:

Xenial - There is little that we are likely to backport to Xenial any
more with the help of KCI, and what individual packages we might can be
test built on a case by case basis. We already have some breakages with
Xenial builds due to difficult to backport dependencies, which is only
going to get worse with time.

New Kubuntu Councillors meeting

Rick kindly set up a Phab task [1] (summarised below) to organise a
meeting to get the the new Council members, and the council
collectively, off to a great start for the next year and cycle.

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and a doodle poll for a time/date in the next week or so.

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Please vote on time/date.

Notes from the last Kubuntu Vision meeting can be found at:

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Thank you all.


*** Phab task summary ***

New Kubuntu Councillors meeting


packageset refresh for kubuntu

Can I please request an interim packageset refresh for kubuntu?

We have a new major version of KDE applications to upload soon, which
involves 20+ sources that are are ours and in the archive via previous
MOTU help, but not refreshed into our set yet, plus one new source.

(we can get help for the one new source at least)

I was hoping to get things all uploaded with help 1st then refresh so
only needs doing once in artful cycle, but practicalities mean it is now
maybe better to refresh now, then do another mini-refresh a little later.

If doing more than one refresh in a relatively short per

SRU verification - plasma 5.9.5 update for Zesty


The SRU verification for plasma 5.9.5 to zesty updates for zesty remains
outstanding, and needs to be done if we with this update to go ahead
into the archive.

The bug to verify on is here:

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SRU verification procedure is here

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If not verified, these updates will eventually be deleted.

Thank you.


Tomahawk player status

See bug: <a href="" title=""></a>

"libechonest has been removed from Debian unstable, with the rationale
that it uses an external API that no longer exists (Debian bug #862551).
tomahawk-player depends on libechonest, which prevents libechonest's

KDE PIM 16.12.3 for zesty backports

As per:

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I would like copy PIM 16.12.3 from the apps staging ppa to
'backports-landing' for some final testing in the next day or 2, and
call for some testing via the blog etc.

If there are any objections or suggestions, please voice them.



upgrade KDE localisations/translations for KDE

Please can this FFe be reviewed and/or approved?

Very much want testers for the beta to have these to test.

Thank you.

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Help needed - Fix debian/copyright on split kdepim packages

See task on our Phabricator workboard

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If people want new KDEPIM in zesty 17.04, please help.

All or most are still showing the original copyright from kdepim and
kdepimlibs etc.

These needed to be reviewed and corrected for each package.

Default desktop containement settings for 17.04 (plasma 5.9)

Please read and comment on:

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Status of KDE PIM in zesty

As I'm sure most are aware, we have not yet uploaded and update of KDE
PIM from 16.04.3 to 16.12.x to zesty archive.

The delay has been as result of initially lacking the required
QtWebEngine, and then required gpgme1.0 >= 1.7.x with the qt dev/cmake
files built.

QtWebEngine only builds in zesty for amd64, i386 and armhf, while
gpgme1.0 is still FTBFS on armhf, arrm64 and powerpc.

Upshot of that is that under those conditions, most of the PIM suite
will only build on amd64 and i386 (with some partial success on other
archs up to the point where those deps cause it all to go south).

Some te

acc test fail in libkf5kgeomap

libkf5kgeomap in zesty fails the acc test on all archs, compiling
headers with the error at the bottom of this message.

Seems from a search to possibly be a GCC bug upstream only recently fixed.

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acc exit code 6 "Headers have been compiled with minor errors." seems to
indicate only a minor issue we can override for now and wait for any
upstream GCC fix?

opinions welcome

The GCC parameters:
gcc -fdump-translation-unit -fkeep-inline-functions -c -x c++-header
-fpermissive -w -fPIC "/t

Remove obsolete and blocking old KDE4 sources from zesty

This email is duplicated on the phabricator task here:
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It is getting to the stage where some old KDE4 packages seem to be
likely to get in the way of new KF5 applications migrating.

For example:

New KF5 okular's 'okular-mobile' package depends on new KF5

However, the old KDE4 baloo in the archive depends on the old KDE4
kdegraphics-mobipocket libraries which would be superseded and no longer
available if KF5 kdegraphics-mobipocket migrates from proposed.

So at the moment neither KF5 kdegraphics-mobipocket or okular KF5 will

Kubuntu Developer Application for Rik Mills (doodle poll included)


As encouraged by the team and council, please find below a doodle poll
for proposed developer application meeting times.

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My developer application wiki page can be found here:

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That page is still a work in progress, but any comments and constructive
criticism on that OR the application as a whole, added to the comments
section if you are able, is very welcome.

Plasma 5.8 & apps/FW backports - proposal to release this weekend

We now have some useful testing feedback via mint KDE users

See the comments in this link: <a href="" title=""></a>

plus of course out own testing, which has likewise not shown any easily
confirmed showstoppers.

We are always going to have bugs and potential bugfixes to apply in any
software we release to users, but from my point of view there is nothing
critical there, which I can confirm, which would mean delaying pushing
the backports to the main backports ppa beyond this weekend.

The xenial phone overlay ppa has fixes from Qt 5.6.2 backported to 5.6.1
that we can quite easily