Xubuntu 16.04.1 Release

The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 16.04.1 Xubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release and will be supported for 3 years with point releases appearing at regular intervals.

The release images are available as Torrents and direct downloads from
http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

During the next few days the upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04.1 will become available via the update-manager.

Those upgrading from 14.04 should take note of the following 2 issues which affect us particularly, details of these and other bugs are further detailed at the Release Notes

The Intel cursor bug is currently the subject of an SRU, the fix will be released in the near future.

In addition, those upgrading from 14.04 should take note of the deprecation of the fglrx driver detailed at the Ubuntu Release Note

Known Issues

  • Thunar is the subject of a few bugs, though they all appear to revolve around similar issues. We have 2 patches applied that, while not completely fixing the issue, do lessen the impact.
  • When returning from lock, the cursor disappears on the desktop, you can bring the cursor back with Ctrl+Alt+F1 followed by Ctrl+Alt+F7

Looking for memorable and fun Xubuntu stories!

To celebrate Xubuntu’s tenth birthday*, the Xubuntu team is glad to announce a new campaign and competition!

We’re looking for your most memorable and fun Xubuntu story. In order to participate, submit the story to xubuntu-contacts@lists.ubuntu.com. Or you may share an image (photo, drawing, painting, etc) to Elizabeth K. Joseph <lyz@ubuntu.com> and Pasi Lallinaho <pasi@shimmerproject.org>, please restrict your file size to a maximum of 5M.

For example, have you shared Xubuntu with a friend or family member, and had them react in a memorable way? Or have you created Xubuntu-themed cookies, cakes or artwork? No story or experience is too simple to share and don’t be restricted by these examples, surprise us!

Bonus: Share it on Twitter and hashtag it with #LoveXubuntu and during the competition, the Xubuntu team will retweet a posts on the Twitter account for Xubuntu. Additionally, we encourage to share your stories all over the social media!

At the end of the competition, we will select 5 finalists. All finalists will receive a set of Xubuntu stickers from UnixStickers! We will pick 2 winners from the finalists who will also receive a Xubuntu t-shirt! We will be in touch with the finalists and winners after the contest has ended to check their address details and preferred t-shirt size and color (for winners).

Notes on licensing: Submissions to the #LoveXubuntu campaign will be accepted under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license and available for use for Xubuntu marketing in the future without further consent from the participants. That said, we’re friendly folks and will try to communicate with you before using your story or image!

* The first official Xubuntu release was 6.06, released on June 1, 2006.

Xubuntu 16.04 released!

The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 16.04. Xubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release and will be supported for 3 years.

The final release images are available as Torrents and direct downloads from
http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

As the main server will be very busy in the first few days after release, we recommend using the Torrents wherever possible.

Xubuntu 16.04 LTS release art
Xubuntu 16.04 LTS

Support

For support with the release, navigate to Help & Support for a complete list of methods to get help.

Highlights and Known Issues

Highlights

Known Issues

  • Thunar is the subject of a few bugs, though they all appear to revolve around similar issues. We have 2 patches applied that, while not completely fixing the issue, do lessen the impact.
  • When returning from lock, the cursor disappears on the desktop, you can bring the cursor back with Ctrl+Alt+F1 followed by Ctrl+Alt+F7
  • Mugshot crashes when capturing image with camera. Camera currently disabled.
  • Albatross, Bluebird and Orion GTK+ themes have been dropped since they do not support newer GTK3 versions

For more information on affecting bugs, bug fixes and a list of new package versions (since 14.04 LTS), please refer to the Release Notes.

Thanks to all who have contributed to Xubuntu, not least those who test for us when called upon, and generally anyone can do that for us all. We will name you all in time – you deserve one last mention. Thank you on behalf of all installing Xubuntu – you all rock!

Xubuntu 16.04 Wallpaper Competition Winners!

Today, the Xubuntu team are happy to announce the results of the 16.04 wallpaper competition in preparation for the 16.04 release only a few days from now!

Before we go into the results, we want to thank everyone who contributed to the competition! In total we had 92 submissions, which is over 10% more than for the 14.04 competition. Great work!

While we originally announced that we would be picking 6 winners, we eventually decided to pick a total of 10 winners. With many wallpapers tied on votes, we preferred to have more winners rather than trying to cut down the number to 6 exactly.

Without further ado, here’s the winners in alphabetical order:

Note that the images listed above are resized for the website. For the full size images, make sure you have the package xubuntu-community-wallpapers installed. The package is preinstalled in all new Xubuntu 16.04 installations.

The small details: Wallpapers

In this series the Xubuntu team present some of the smaller details in Xubuntu to help you use your system more efficiently. Several of the features covered in this series are new for those who will be upgrading from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS. We will also cover some features that have been in Xubuntu for longer, for those that are completely new to the operating system.

We have talked about customizing in this series before, but now we take a look at another aspect of it – wallpapers. Many people use personal ones, many just use whatever the default is. Some people don’t like them at all and change to solid or gradient colors. Let’s have a look at what you can do with them in Xubuntu.

If you’ve got the new 16.04 LTS release then you will have close to 20 wallpapers, including the new community wallpaper selection.

Applying different wallpapers per workspace

One of the easiest thing to accomplish is to have seperate wallpapers on your workspaces, so let’s assume for a moment that you have enabled more workspaces. Go to Settings Manager → Desktop and from the Background tab, disable Apply to all workspaces. After that you can set the wallpaper for each wallpaper by moving the dialog to each workspace and picking a wallpaper as you normally would.

Enabling automatically changing wallpapers

If you want, you can set the wallpaper to change automatically. To do this, enable Change the background in the dialog. After that you can tweak the settings: how often you want the change to happen, from somewhere in seconds … to daily. If you use the chronological option it will use all of the wallpapers you have in the selected folder split equally through the day. You can even set it to change at startup only. Finally, you can use the Random Order option to get it all mixed up!

Disabling wallpapers

If you want to use a single color on your desktop instead, set the Style to none. You’ll see the wallpapers become disabled. Now you can simply choose your Color and it will apply across the whole desktop. You can also use a horizontal or vertical gradient. Once you have enabled either of these options from the dropdown you will get to choose two colors.

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