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Bionic Beaver 18.04 Beta 1 Released!

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:55
"The beaver told the rabbit as they stared at the Hoover Dam: No, I didn't build it myself, but it's based on an idea of mine". -- Charles Hard Townes The first beta of the Bionic Beaver (to become 18.04) has now been released, and is available for download! This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu. Pre-releases of the Bionic Beaver 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. Beta 1 includes some software updates that are ready for broader testing. However, it is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. While these Beta 1 images have been tested and do work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Bionic Beaver. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 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 18.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs. [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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * More information about Kubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * More information about Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * [Ubuntu Kylin] Ubuntu Kylin is a flavour of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users. The Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * More information about Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Beta 1 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 18.04 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: * More information about Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * [Xubuntu] Xubuntu is the Xfce Desktop based flavour of Ubuntu. It is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look. It works well on older hardware too. The Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1images can be downloaded from: * More information about Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 can be found here: * If you're interested in following the changes as we further develop the Bionic Beaver, 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, beta releases and other exciting events. * A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Beta release! On behalf of Ubuntu Release Team, Dustin Krysak Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Fri Mar 9 19:51:58 UTC 2018 by Dustin Krysak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS released

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:01
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. Like previous LTS series', 16.04.4 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel, however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader. As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Kubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.4 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.4 LTS and Ubuntu Studio 16.04.4 LTS are also now available. More details can be found in their individual release notes: Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin. All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years. To get Ubuntu 16.04.4 --------------------- In order to download Ubuntu 16.04.4, visit: Users of Ubuntu 14.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 16.04.4 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Thu Mar 1 21:09:03 UTC 2018 by Lukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Xenial 16.04.4 Call For Testing (All Flavours)

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 01:59
Some time ago our first release candidate builds for all flavours that released with xenial have been posted to the ISO tracker [1] into the 16.04.4 milestone. As with each point-release, we would need volunteers to grab the ISOs of their flavour/flavours of choice and perform general testing. We obviously are mostly looking for regressions from 16.04.3, but please fill in any bugs you encounter (against the respective source packages on Launchpad). There is still time until the target release date on 1st of March, but for now we're not considering pulling in any more fixes besides ones for potential release-blockers that we encounter. With enough luck the images that have been made available just now might be the ones we release on Thursday. Thank you! [1] Originally posted to the Ubuntu Release mailing list on Fri Feb 23 22:33:06 UTC 2018 by Lukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) reached End of Life on January 13, 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:32
Ubuntu announced its 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release almost 9 months ago, on April 13, 2017. As a non-LTS release, 17.04 has a 9-month support cycle and, as such, will reach end of life on Saturday, January 13th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 17.04. The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 17.04 is via Ubuntu 17.10. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at: Ubuntu 17.10 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: Development of a complete response to the highly-publicized Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is ongoing, and due to the timing with respect to this End of Life, we will not be providing updated Linux kernel packages for Ubuntu 17.04. We advise users to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 and install the updated kernel packages for that release when they become available. For more information about Canonical’s response to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, see: 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 Jan 5 22:23:25 UTC 2018 by Steve Langasek, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team