Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) reaches End of Life on July 23, 2015

Ubuntu announced its 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) release almost 9 months ago, on October 23, 2014. As a non-LTS release, 14.10 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 14.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 23rd. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 14.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 14.10 is via Ubuntu 15.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:


Ubuntu 15.04 continues to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes. Announcements of security updates for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing list, information about which may be found at:


Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to customise or alter their software in order to meet their needs.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Fri Jul 3 13:00:54 UTC 2015 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 423

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #423 for the week June 22 – 28, 2015, and the full version is available here.

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Wily Werewolf Alpha 1 Released

"I’m getting really sick of being misquoted in release announcements."
– Oscar Wilde, probably.

The first alpha of the Wily Werewolf (to become 15.10) has now been released!

This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.

Pre-releases of the Wily Werewolf are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Wily Werewolf. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 1 installer should be verified
against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 15.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.


Kubuntu uses KDE software and now features the new Plasma 5 desktop.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/wily/alpha-1/

More information on Kubuntu Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WilyWerewolf/Alpha1/Kubuntu


Lubuntu is a flavour of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Alpha 1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/wily/alpha-1/

More information on Lubuntu Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WilyWerewolf/Alpha1/Lubuntu

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavour of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/wily/alpha-1/

More information on Ubuntu MATE Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WilyWerewolf/Alpha1/UbuntuMATE


UbuntuKylin is a flavour of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/wily/alpha-1/

More information on UbuntuKylin Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WilyWerewolf/Alpha1/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu Cloud

Ubuntu Cloud images can be run on Amazon EC2, Openstack, SmartOS and many other clouds.


Regular daily images for Ubuntu can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Wily, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases and other interesting events.


A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Thu Jun 25 18:35:35 UTC 2015 by Adam Conrad on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

Membership Board Member Interviews: El Achèche ANIS

The Ubuntu Membership Board is responsible for approving new Ubuntu members. I interviewed our board members in order for the Community to get to know them better and get over the fear of applying to Membership.

The third interviewee is El Achèche ANIS:

What do you do for a career?

Right now I’m working as an IT guy (SysAdmin, DBA, NetAdmin, some DevOps, etc..) a job that I, somehow, got because of the Ubuntu community :)

What was your first computing experience?

I don’t really remmeber what was, the only thing that I remember is a when my cousin give me more than 100 CDs full of programs to intall and try, that was before I got a ADSL line.. I was so happy, speding the whole weekend trying every single software on those CDs..

How long have you been involved with Ubuntu?

I joined the LoCo Team since September 2009.. After some months I joined the team in an event for 1st time ever, meeting nizarus, the Spiritual father of my LoCo Team.. Since then I was trying to be more and more involved in the team.. Till I joined the Ubuntu-tn board team.. And then a whole new adventure starts 😀

Since you are all fairly new to the Board, why did you join?

My main goal is to motivate myself, being part of a LoCo which was #1 prioritie after my Family and seing myelf almost alone in my LoCo and seing it having less activities is really a demotivating thing.. And I can tell you that I’m not disappointed at all :) 😀

The second goal was to be more involved with the international Community, and as a Board memeber, reviewing the condidates Wikis and LP accounts activites, is a good opportunity to see what people all arround the world are doing to help the community, and have a new inspiration source to try to kick-off again my LoCo..

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

Most of my contributions was arround my LoCo.. Supporting users, try to keep our Wiki updated (that was a real strugle x( ), Helping translating some Ubuntu strings and of course planning many events in the Tunisian Universities.

What is your focus in Ubuntu today?

I believe that the main focus of everybody should be the Community it self, during the last years I saw many people joined the community then left to join others, the bright side here that they joined other FOSS communities, which is a great thing because after all we are a FOSS community too.. But the dark side that we are not able (maybe am the only one who feels like that, I don’t know) to make new Ubuntu users involved in the communty.

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

Right now the main FOSS project that I’m contributing to is Ubuntu & the community, but I try to help anyone who’s looking for technical support on IRC or Social Networks.

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

If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.. So have fun and meet new people and learn about new cultures :)

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

You’re contributing to Ubuntu for many years now? People arround you thinks that you should’ve be a Ubuntu Member since many years? So what are you waiting for, go ahead an apply

Originally posted here by Svetlana Belkin on June 25, 2015

Joint Statement from the CC and KC

On 25 June 2015 the Ubuntu Community Council and Kubuntu Council members jointly issued this statement covering recent events:

After much public controversy, the Ubuntu Community Council and Kubuntu Council have met with Mark Shuttleworth and Jonathan Riddell to chart a path forward. Jonathan Riddell has removed his membership in ~kubuntu-council as the Community Council required, and the Fridge post has been removed as the Kubuntu Council requested. Provisions are being made to better handle cases where there is a potential conflict of interest for a member of the CC.

We have mutually agreed that KDE is important to Ubuntu, and the Kubuntu Council believes that Ubuntu is important to the KDE community as well. Therefore we have a basis to work together on putting out a lovely Wily release. We recognize that there are honest and strong feelings about both the things that led up to the current controversy and the way that resolution of it was handled. Despite that, we would all like to move forward as best we can for the betterment of the Ubuntu project, including Kubuntu.

The Kubuntu Council is pleased to see that process improvements have been made that will make issues like this easier to solve in the future should they recur and looks forward to a great Wily (15.10) release. The Community Council is likewise pleased be working with the Kubuntu Council to ensure that a KDE flavor of Ubuntu continues to be well supported by the community and Canonical.

—Originally posted to the ubuntu-community-team mailing list on 25 June 2015 at 14:35:37 UTC by Laura Czajkowski on behalf of the Kubuntu and Ubuntu Community Councils.

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