Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) End of Life reached on February 4 2016

This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent last month to confirm that as of today (February 4, 2016), Ubuntu 15.04 is no longer supported. No more package updates will be accepted to 15.04, 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 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) release almost 9 months ago, on April 23, 2015. As a non-LTS release, 15.04 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 15.04 will reach end of life on Thursday, February 4th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.04.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 15.04 is via Ubuntu 15.10. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:

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

Ubuntu 15.10 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:

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-security-announce mailing list on Fri Feb 5 03:54:55 UTC 2016 by Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Online Summit: 3-5 May 2016

[T]he next Ubuntu Online Summit is going to be from 3rd – 5th May 2016, which is going to two weeks after 16.04 release.

Summit and related pages will be updated in due time.

Originally posted to the community-announce mailing list on Wed Feb 3 10:07:47 UTC 2016 by Daniel Holbach

Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations

I regret to inform you that Iain Lane has expressed his wish to resign from the Developer Membership Board, after more than five years of service. The board and the Ubuntu developer community would like to thank Laney for all the hard work he has put into the Developer Membership Board. We are especially grateful for the pleora of applicants he has mentored and sponsored uploads for. He was last re-elected a year ago, however, he is cutting his tenure short and has requested for his seat to be including in the upcoming election. A formal resignation letter was posted to the Technical Board mailing list.

In response to Iain’s move, the remaining original Board member Stéphane Graber is also cutting his term short and vacates his seat for the upcoming election. We would like to thank Stéphane Graber for the long 6 years of service on the board!

In addition to above, we will soon have three vacant Developer Dembership Board seats as per regular term expiration. Brian Murray, Micah Gersten, and Dimitri John Ledkov will reach the end of their terms on 2016-03-09.

This telegraphic message is a call for nominations.

The DMB is responsible for reviewing and approving new Ubuntu developers, meeting for about an hour once a fortnight. Candidates should be Ubuntu developers themselves, and should be well qualified to evaluate prospective Ubuntu developers and decide when to entrust them with developer privileges or to grant them Ubuntu membership status.

The new members will be chosen using Condorcet voting. Members of the ubuntu-dev team in Launchpad will be eligible to vote. To ensure that you receive a ballot in the initial mail, please add a visible email address to your Launchpad profile (although there will be an opportunity to receive a ballot after the vote has started if you do not wish to do this).

The term of the new board member will be 2 years. Providing at least six valid nominations are received, voting will commence on Monday 15th February 2016 and will last for 14 days, ending on Monday 29th February 2016. The DMB will confirm the appointments in its next meeting thereafter.

Please send GPG-signed nominations to developer-membership-board at ists.ubuntu.com (which is a private mailing list accessible only by DMB members) by midnight UTC on Monday 15th February 2016.

If nominating a developer other than yourself, please confirm that the nominee is happy to sit on the board before emailing the DMB.

Please consider writing a short statement on your wiki page if nominated so that others get a better idea of who they are voting for. If you include a link to this in your nomination mail or a followup, the DMB will share it when the call for votes begins.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Mon Feb 1 15:31:11 UTC 2016 by Dimitri John Ledkov

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 452

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #452 for the week January 25 – 31, 2016, and the full version is available here.

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Xenial Xerus 16.04 Alpha 2 now released for select flavors

"Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation."
– Nazim Hikmet

The second alpha of the Xenial Xerus (to become 16.04) has now been released!

This alpha features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.

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

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

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Xenial Xerus. 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 16.04 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 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/Lubuntu

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavour of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment for people who just want to get stuff done.

The Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/UbuntuMATE

Ubuntu Kylin

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

The Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/Alpha2/UbuntuKylin

Ubuntu Cloud

Ubuntu Cloud images can be run on Amazon EC2, Openstack, SmartOS and many other clouds.

The Alpha-2 images can be downloaded from:

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/xenial/alpha-2/

Regular daily images for Ubuntu can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Wily, 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 interesting events.

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

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 Jan 29 20:09:40 UTC 2016 by Walter Lapchynski and Martin Wimpress, on behalf of Ubuntu Release Team

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