Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 1

We’re preparing Lubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, for distribution in April 2015. With this Beta pre-release, we are now at the stage of being semi stable. However pre-releases are not suitable for a production environment.

Note: this is an beta pre-release. Lubuntu pre-releases are NOT recommended for:
  • regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • anyone who needs a stable system
  • anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable 

Lubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:
  • regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Lubuntu developers

Read the release notes before downloading.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lubuntu 14.04.2 available

Lubuntu developers are proud to announce that (with a delay of two weeks) version 14.04.2 of the fast and lightweight operating system is now available for download via this link.

Release Manager Walter Lapchynski explains: we had to delay the release for two weeks because of problems with X meta-packages which caused us numerous re-spins. But we wanted to do it right in order to maintain stability of existing installations and – on the other hand - roll up accumulated stable updates into updated images to reduce download requirements for new deployments.
Jens Leineweber, Head of Lubuntu Press adds in: and because we want our users to experience a stable environment even for computers with low resources, we decided to not release a .2 version of the alternate installation. That's due to the fact, that we were not able to fix all the bugs brought to our attention.

One major issue the team is fighting with is the debian-installer that causes troubles. Once again Walter Lapchynski: we've been asked a lot lately to stop doing alternates in lieu of netboot, but that's not really a good solution.

The Lubuntu Team will now team up with the Ubuntu Release Team and Servers Team to develop a possible low resource version of the Ubiquity installer.

Caution: before you install Lubuntu, we advice you to have a read of the Release notes!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ubuntu re-merge

Preparing the forthcoming Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet release, the Box theme has been updated and re-merged with Ubuntu's Light Theme to the use last GTK features, like the new HeaderBars used in Gnome native apps. Changes include a lot of bug fixes, adjustments in colour definitions, modified headerbars and toolbars, improved paddings and distances, improved 3rd party apps support (like Nautilus, Maps or Music), etc.


If you want to use Box theme in your distro just download it from the Artwork page.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Community wallpaper contest

Here we go again! It's that time of the year when Lubuntu asks the community to contribute an artistic touch to the distribution.

Please feel free to join us at Flickr and upload your favourite creation, that's one submission per user so make it count :).

Submissions are accepted until 1st March 23:59:59 UTC+01:00, and the polls will open shortly after that. The polls will be open until 9th March, and the top five wallpapers will be included by default in Lubuntu 15.04.

Please make sure to follow the rules, as failing to do so will get you disqualified.

Good luck to all contestants and please help us spread the word :).




Monday, January 26, 2015

Spammers and trolls


Hello. This blog, as many others, is continuously receiving disgusting spam messages and troll comments. Of course all of them go directly to the trash can and marked as non-welcomed, so they no longer can annoy us. It's ok, I can deal with it with the help of Google.


But what I'm not going to tolerate is, under the appearance of nice readers and users, allow offensive comments or trolling about non-related things or articles on this blog. So please, you non-bots, humans that intentionally work for those companies colelcting data from blogs, public profiles and other stuff to feed the beast, you know you work sucks and I doubt about your human quality and integrity. You're banned.

Thanks everyone for your patience.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2

We’re preparing Lubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, for distribution in April 2015. With this early Alpha pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next version. We have some interesting things happening, so read on for highlights and information.


NOTE: This is an alpha pre-release. Lubuntu Pre-releases are NOT recommended for:
  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Lubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:
  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Lubuntu developers

You can get more information here.

Vivid Alpha 2 ready, so time to work towards Beta 1

Closer and closer we creep towards the release of Vivid Vervet. Alpha 2 testing went well with flying colors thanks to the likes of:

Thank you to all of you that did any sort of testing or bug work. We need all we can get! In about a month's time, Beta 1 will be ready for official testing. We can have a similarly smooth sail through testing if you can all get out there and test the daily builds. Report bugs on anything (make sure to subscribe the Lubuntu Packages Team) and work with Lubuntu QA to get your bugs properly triaged.

In fact, we need more triage. As much as possible. All the time. We need bugs reports to be detailed, with clear, repeatable steps. We then need to make sure they're confirmed and that a Bug Control member (me!) can confirm them. They can set the priority and create an upstream bug report and then officially call the bug triaged. Long story short: if you find a bug that does not say Triaged, In Progress, Fix Commited, or Fix Released, there's more work to be done.

Without this work, we can do little to guide developers. Right now much of the team is heavily focused on developing LXQt, but that doesn't mean we can't stomp out some bigger bugs together. If you'd like to help with the triage, join the Lubuntu Packages Team and Bug Squad. Ask for help. The aforementioned Dave Kokandy has been doing a wonderful job lately, as modest as he is, and deserves big ups for attack the problem so vigorously.

For those of you that don't feel like doing triage, I encourage you to test (all you need is a virtual machine) and to report some bugs. QA is a friendly team and we're always happy to help if you need it.

For the rest of you simply trying to figure out where the heck to get Alpha 2, here's the Release Notes. Make sure you read them before you download. There's always important information on there.