Xenial Xerus 16.04 Alpha 2 now released for select flavors

"Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation."
– Nazim Hikmet

The second alpha of the Xenial Xerus (to become 16.04) has now been released!

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

Pre-releases of the Xenial Xerus 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 2 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 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Xenial Xerus. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 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 16.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Lubuntu

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

The Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/Lubuntu

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavour of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment for people who just want to get stuff done.

The Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/UbuntuMATE

Ubuntu Kylin

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

The Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu Cloud

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

The Alpha-2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

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.

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

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 Fri Jan 29 20:09:40 UTC 2016 by Walter Lapchynski and Martin Wimpress, on behalf of Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 451

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #451 for the week January 18 – 24, 2016, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 450

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #450 for the week January 11 – 17, 2016, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Paul White
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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!

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Ubuntu IRCC Nominations 2016

The current IRC council has 3 members whose 2 year terms are ending. This means it is now election season.

Details about the IRC Council and its charter may be viewed here. Council members normally serve a two year term, and may stand for multiple terms.

From the wiki page the election process is as follows:

Elections of new IRC Council members will be held in the following way:

  • An open call for nominations should be announced in the IRC Community, and people can nominate themselves for a seat on the council. Everyone is welcome to apply.
  • To apply for a seat the candidate creates a Wiki page outlining their work in the community, and inviting others to provide testimonials.
  • When the application deadline has passed, the IRC Council will review the applications and provide feedback on the candidates for the Community Council to review.
  • The Community Council will identify a shortlist for the board and circulate the list publically for feedback from the community.
  • The shortlist identified by the Community Council will be voted upon by team members as described at CommunityCouncil/Delegation. Members of the Ubuntu IRC Members Team are eligible to vote.
  • The Community Council will then finalize the appointment of IRC Council members.

As you may have guessed, this is our call for nominations. Please feel free to nominate yourself, and remember to talk to others who you intend to nominate first.

All Ubuntu Members are welcome to apply. If you’re not a member but believe you meet the criteria to be one, then visit the Membership page and learn how to make it happen. IRC contributions are highly regarded in the search for IRC Council members, but are not essential.

To nominate yourself, create a wiki page for yourself and announce it and your candidacy on the IRC team mailing list. Nominations will be open through to 14 February, 2016, when a full list of applicants will be forwarded to the Community Council for checking. If there are more qualified applicants than positions, a vote will be announced to take place at the end of February.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-irc mailing list on Fri Jan 15 08:17:28 UTC 2016 by Melissa Draper on behalf of the Ubuntu IRC Council

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) reaches End of Life on February 4 2016

Ubuntu announced its 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) release almost 9 months ago, on April 23, 2015. As a non-LTS release, 15.04 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 15.04 will reach end of life on Thursday, February 4th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.04.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 15.04 is via Ubuntu 15.10. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WilyUpgrades

Ubuntu 15.10 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:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-security-announce

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 Thu Jan 14 00:37:14 UTC 2016 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

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