Testing has begun for the Final Beta (Beta 2) of Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. Head on over to the ISO tracker to download images, view testcases, and report results. If you’re new to testing, anyone can join and they don’t have to be
Linux Jedis or anything. You can find all the information you need to get started here.
Please note that we especially need testers for PPC chips and Intel Macs. We have a special section discussing it here. In particular, if you have an Intel Mac, I have a few questions for you that might help us trim down the workload of the testing team.
Also, if you have a PPC chip, we’re about the only distro actively supporting this architecture. However, we are community supported, so without formal testing, the arch will lose more support. So please, join in testing!
The results are in!
The poll is up!
Cast your vote by choosing 5 wallpapers that you’d like to see in Lubuntu 14.10.
As we are a bit short on time this time around, we will have to close the poll on the 10th of September.
Please feel free to share the word and good luck to all contestants!
We’re preparing Lubuntu 14.10, the Utopic Unicorn, for distribution in
October 2014. With this early Beta pre-release, you can see what we are
trying out in preparation for our next version (with 3.16.0-11 Ubuntu Linux kernel). Remember that this is an early beta pre-release, so don’t use it on daily production computers.
We’d like you to join us for testing, especially if you have a PPC machine. We didn’t have PPC testers this release, do there is no PPC release.
A huge update to the GTK+ panel was released. See the list below for some changes. Full log of changes can be fund in git. Lots of new functionalities like:
- new plugin ‘launchtaskbar’ combining ‘launchbar’ and ‘taskbar’
- replaced ‘pager’ plugin with former ‘wnckpager’ one
- allowed drag applications from system menu plugin
- using human readable sensor names if available (like ‘Core 0′, etc)
- renamed button to configure plugin from ‘Edit’ to ‘Properties’
Soon in Lubuntu repositories. More info here.
Via LXDE Blog
It’s that time of year when Lubuntu asks the community to contribute an artistic touch to the distribution.
We know… We’re late… But here we go again!
Please feel free to join us at Flickr and upload your favourite creation, that’s right, one submission per user this time.
Submissions are accepted until 4th September 23:59:59 UTC+01:00, and the polls will open shortly after that. The polls will be open until 9th September, and the top five wallpapers will be included by default in Lubuntu Utopic Unicorn.
Please make sure to follow the rules, as failing to do so will get you disqualified.
Again, sorry for the late announcement. We actually had another concept in mind for this release, but unfortunately it will have to wait.
Good luck to all contestants and please help us spread the word :).
Second alpha for Lubuntu Utopic Unicorn released. This is just for testing, don’t use it as a stable system. This snapshot includes the 18.104.22.168 Ubuntu Linux kernel which is based on the the upstream v3.15 Linux kernel. The 3.15 release includes mixed mode UEFI support, as well as improvements to suspend and resume times, open-source graphics drivers, newer laptop support ACPI and power management, ext4 filesystem, audio and sound, to name a few; additional highlights are described here. A few problems still present:
- Alt + F2 shortcut does not work
- power manager has wierd black background on lxpanel
- iBus does not support certain keyboard layouts (affected chromium, not firefox, now resolved with current version of the browser)
Only standard PC images, due to the lack of testers, Lubuntu won’t drop Mac ISOs, we need more time and machines for testing. More info and download here.
It’s already available Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the first update on Trusty Tahr, a recommended by-default setup for all flavours including, of course, Lubuntu. This comes with extended support (until 2019). Various bugs that required updates are rolled into this update:
- A bug for btrfs has been found, this is scheduled to be fixed in 14.04.2
- A bug affecting Alt-F2 is still present
- For PPC the bug affecting the resizing of partitions is still there
Box’s evolution continues ahead. Due to the Qt development, the main theme for Lubuntu must grow a bit more to cover more apps, devices and, of course, environments. Now it’s Qt, the sub-system for the next Lubuntu desktop, but this will allow its use for KDE5 and Plasma Next. For now it’s just a project, but the Dolphin file manager looks fine!
Note: this is under heavy development, no downloads for now, sorry.