Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 516

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #516 for the week of August 8 – 14, 2017, and the full version is available here.

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 515

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #515 for the week of August 1 – 7, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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  • Athul Muralidhar
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Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.3 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’, 16.04.3 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 16.04.3 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.3 LTS and Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS are also now available. More details can be found in their individual release notes:

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

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 16.04.3

In order to download Ubuntu 16.04.3, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Users of Ubuntu 14.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 16.04.3 via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

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

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

We recommend that all users read the 16.04.3 release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes

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:

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, clouds 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

You can learn more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website listed below:

http://www.ubuntu.com/

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s very low volume announcement list at:

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

Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Aug 3 16:07:03 UTC 2017 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 514

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #514 for the weeks of July 17 – 31, 2017, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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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

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