Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 Released

“If I had as many friends as that ant, I’d run for governor.”
– Aardvark from The Ant and the Aardvark

The second alpha of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark 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 flavour
developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes some software updates that are ready for wider testing, however, it is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and do work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Artful Aardvark. 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 17.10 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 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Also in this milestone is Lubuntu Next, an experimental flavour of Ubuntu based on LXQt and focused on providing a modern, lightweight, Qt-based distribution.

The Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu Next 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE-based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the KDE Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Kubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is the MATE Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.

The Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is the Budgie Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. Combines the simplicity and elegance of the Budgie interface to produce a traditional desktop orientated distro with a modern paradigm.

The Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin

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

The Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Alpha 2 can be found here:

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop the Artful Aardvark, 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 exciting 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 Fri Jul 28 02:43:09 UTC 2017 by Simon Quigley and Dustin Krysak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) End of Life reached on July 20 2017

This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent earlier this month to confirm that as of today (July 20, 2017), Ubuntu 16.10 is no longer supported. No more package updates will be accepted to 16.10, and it will be archived to old-releases.ubuntu.com in the coming weeks.

The original End of Life warning follows, with upgrade instructions:

Ubuntu announced its 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release almost 9 months ago, on October 13, 2016. As a non-LTS release, 16.10 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 20th.

At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 16.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 16.10 is via Ubuntu 17.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:

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

Ubuntu 17.04 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:

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 Jul 20 23:23:31 UTC 2017 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 513

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #513 for the weeks of July 3 – 17, 2017, 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 512

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #512 for the week June 26 – July 2, 2017, 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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Looking for Community Council nominations

The Community Council is looking for nominees for the upcoming election.

In the past months and weeks Laura and Mike stepped down from the CC for personal reasons, so we decided to restaff the CC a bit early. Normally, elections would have been in November, so we’re a few months early.

If you are interested in the CC’s work, have a look at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncil and the pages linked from there. If you’re an Ubuntu member, have been involved in the Ubuntu community for a good while and know its inner workings well, please consider nominating yourself or, if you know somebody and asked them, please nominate them for the role. The term length is two years and all Ubuntu members are eligible for voting.

To nominate, just send a quick mail to community-council at lists.ubuntu.com with the name and Launchpad ID of the person you’re nominating. Don’t be shy.

Mark will shortlist the list of nominations and we hope to kick off the election process in about two weeks.

Thanks a lot everyone who was on the CC these past (almost) two years.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-news-team mailing list on Sun Jul 2 19:16:15 UTC 2017 by Daniel Holbach

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