Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) released

Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 3.19-based kernel, a new glibc, and much more.

One of the larger changes this cycle is a switch from upstart to systemd as the default for managing boot and system service startup.

Ubuntu Desktop has seen incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to Unity.

Ubuntu Server 15.04 includes the Kilo release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features.

This release also includes the first release of snappy Ubuntu Core, a new distribution model based on transactional updates. To find out more about snappy and how to try it out, see the developer pages:

https://developer.ubuntu.com/snappy

Continuing the excitement of new and interesting products, Ubuntu 15.04 also welcomes Ubuntu MATE to the party as an official community flavour. Please give them a warm welcome to the family.

The newest Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio are also being released today. More details can be found for these at their individual release notes:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VividVervet/ReleaseNotes#Official_flavours

Maintenance updates will be provided for 9 months for all flavours releasing with 15.04.

To get Ubuntu 15.04

In order to download Ubuntu 15.04, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 14.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 15.04 via update-manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

http://wiki.ubuntu.com/VividVervet/ReleaseNotes

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/features

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

#ubuntu on irc.freenode.net
http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users
http://www.ubuntuforums.org
http://askubuntu.com

Help Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/get-involved

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, netbooks and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support

More Information

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http://www.ubuntu.com

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Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Apr 23 15:19:05 UTC 2015 by Adam Conrad

Interview with YokoZar of the Ubuntu Community Council

The Ubuntu Community Council is the primary community (i.e., non-technical) governance body for the Ubuntu project. In this series of 7 interviews, we go behind the scenes with the community members who were elected in 2013 serve on this council with Mark Shuttleworth.

In this, our seventh and final interview, we talk with YokoZar who talks about his contributions to wine and how even small contributions are multiplied to benefit millions of users of Ubuntu.

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What do you do for a career?

I work as a Site Reliability Engineer at Google. Prior to that, I did some consulting work for various start-ups, centered mostly around Ubuntu and Wine.

What was your first computing experience?

I vividly remember playing Ernie’s Big Splash somewhere around age 5 on an old DOS machine. It was one of those water flowing from a pipe games, except the goal was to get water for Ernie (of Bert and Ernie)’s bathtub. It was only a few years before I ended up programming at summer camp.

How long have you been involved with Ubuntu? And how long on the Ubuntu Community Council?

I’ve been reporting bugs for Ubuntu from the very beginning – I remember sharing a failed kernel upgrade issue in #ubuntu-devel during the first Warty beta, and I’ve been contributing in some form ever since. I began packaging Wine within a year or so, attending UDS a couple years later, and from there community involvement was a natural result. This is my second term on the Community Council, which means I’ve been serving for four years now.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in Ubuntu over the years?

Looking back, I’ve touched a surprising number of things. There’s Wine and it’s related bits like winetricks, but I’ve also had my hand in a whole lot of technical infrastructure too, including the now defunct ia32-libs. I even put together packaging for custom Ubuntu card backs into Solitaire at one point.

What is your focus in Ubuntu today?

Keeping the Wine packages healthy and reasonable. These days Wine is mostly about playing video games, but for a great number of users that’s mostly the point of PCs in general.

Do you contribute to other free/open source projects? Which ones?

I like to be a good citizen regarding bug reports and feedback for most software I use. Most of my personal engineering contributions have gone towards Ubuntu, however.

If you were to give a newcomer some advice about getting involved with Ubuntu, what would it be?

It’s a very wide project, so there are many places to find something you like doing. Everything helps — translations, bugs, design, packaging, documentation, user support. And not just directly in Ubuntu itself, but also for our many upstreams.

Do you have any other comments else you wish to share with the community?

What we do matters. If you can make Ubuntu just a tiny bit better, that benefit is multiplied across millions of people. There are few opportunities in life where you can have that big of a positive impact on other human beings.

It can be a bit hard to deal with that reality. I have trouble believing it myself – I have millions of users of my packages, but less than a few dozen have ever even emailed me. Contributing to open source may not be as obvious a way of helping fellow humans as volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving blood, and it may be vastly more thankless and frustrating, but it’s absolutely worth doing. Because what we do matters.

New to this series? Check out our previous Community Council interviews:

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 413

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #413 for the week April 13 – 19, 2015, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Paul White
  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Vishnu Narayanan
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Announcement: New Ubuntu Membership Board Members

Following the recent call for nominations to the Ubuntu Membership Board and the consequent Community Council vote on the nominees, we’re happy to announce the 7 people who have been added to the board!

In no particular order:

Thanks to the outgoing members for their work on the board, and to Raja Genuplas, Eleanor Chen and Philip Ballew for putting their names forward for consideration, we appreciate your continued work in the community and interest in participation in the board.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-news-team mailing list on Tue Apr 14 17:29:32 UTC 2015 by Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council

Call for nominations for the LoCo Council

As you may know the LoCo council members are set with a two years term, due this situation we are facing the difficult task of replacing Marcos and Pablo A special thanks to both Marcos and Pablo for all of the great contributions they made while serving with us on the LoCo Council.

So with that in mind, we are writing this to ask for volunteers to step forward and nominate themselves or another contributor for the two open positions. The LoCo Council is defined on our wiki page.

Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil

Team Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda

Typically, we meet up once a month in IRC to go through items on the team agenda also we started to have Google Hangouts too (The time for hangouts may vary depending the availability of the members time). This involves verification of new LoCo Teams, Re-Verification of Verified LoCo Teams, resolving issues within Teams, approving LoCo Team mailing list requests, and anything else that comes along.

We have the following requirements for Nominees:

  • Be an Ubuntu member
  • Be available during typical meeting times of the council
  • Insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within teams is a plus

Here is a description of the current LoCo Council:

They are current Ubuntu Members with a proven track record of activity in the community. They have shown themselves over time to be able to work well with others, and display the positive aspects of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. They should be people who can judge contribution quality without emotion while engaging in an interview/discussion that communicates interest, a welcoming atmosphere, and which is marked by humanity, gentleness, and kindness.

If this sounds like you, or a person you know, please e-mail the LoCo Council with your nomination(s) using the following e-mail address: loco-council <at> lists.ubuntu.com.

Please include a few lines about yourself, or whom you’re nominating, so we can get a good idea of why you/they’d like to join the council, and why you feel that you/they should be considered. If you plan on nominating another person, please let them know, so they are aware. We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, and from any LoCo team. Nominees do not need to be a LoCo Team Contact to be nominated for this post. We are however looking for people who are active in their LoCo Team.

The time frame for this process is as follows:

Nominations will open: April 13th, 2015

Nominations will close: April 28th 2015

We will then forward the nominations to the CC [Community Council], requesting they take the following their next meeting to make their selections.

Originally posted to the loco-contacts mailing list on Mon Apr 13 16:58:46 UTC 2015 by Bhavani Shankar R, on behalf of the LoCo Council

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