Xubuntu 17.10.1 Release

Following the recent testing of a respin to deal with the BIOS bug on some Lenovo machines, Xubuntu 17.10.1 has been released. Official download sources have been updated to point to this point release, but if you’re using a mirror, be sure you are downloading the 17.10.1 version.

No changes to applications are included, however, this release does include any updates made between the original release date and now.

Note: Even with this fix, you will want to update your system to make sure you get all security fixes since the ISO respin, including the one for Meltdown, addressed in USN-3523, which you can read more about here.

Xubuntu 17.04 End Of Life

On Saturday 13th January 2018, Xubuntu 17.04 goes End of Life (EOL). For more information please see the Ubuntu 17.04 EOL Notice.

We strongly recommend upgrading to the current regular release, Xubuntu 17.10.1, as soon as practical. Alternatively you can download the current Xubuntu release and install fresh.

The 17.10.1 release recently saw testing across all flavors to address the BIOS bug found after its release in October 2017. Updated and bugfree ISO files are now available.

Xubuntu 17.10 released!

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 17.10.

Xubuntu 17.10 is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until July 2018. If you need a stable environment with longer support time, we recommend that you use Xubuntu 16.04 LTS instead, or wait for 18.04, the next LTS version to be released in April 2018.

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

As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.

We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!

Support

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

Highlights and Known Issues

Highlights

  • The GNOME Font Viewer is now included by default. This application simplifies viewing and installing fonts.
  • Client side decorations (CSD) now consume much less space with the Greybird GTK+ theme.
  • New device, mimetype, and monochrome panel icons have been included with the elementary-xfce icon theme.

We usually link directly to the Ubuntu release notes, but there are several significant improvements that affect all flavors and our users:

  • Accelerated video playback with Intel hardware should now work more reliably out of the box. The changes might also bring some performance improvements for Parole and Chromium users. More information here.
  • Bluetooth and USB audio devices should now work better by default due to changes in BlueZ and PulseAudio.
  • Driverless printing has been added to Ubuntu. This provides support for most modern printers: IPP Everywhere, Apple AirPrint, Mopria, PCLm, and Wifi Direct as supported. Other printers can still be added from the Printers dialog.

Known Issues

System encryption password set before setting keyboard locale (1047384). Workaround: Start the installation with the correct keymap. Use F3 to set your keymap before booting to Try or Install Xubuntu from that menu.

Currently at times the panel can show 2 network icons, this appears to be a race condition which we have not been able to rectify in time for release. While this is an appearance issue only as far as we know, you can if you wish restart networking, the affected plugin or the panel. This fixes the issue in your running session but does not prevent the issue from re-appearing.

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

 

Xubuntu Quality Assurance team is spreading out

Up until the start of the 17.04 cycle the Xubuntu Quality Assurance team had been led by one person. During the last cycle, a break was needed by that person. The recent addition of Dave Pearson to the team meant we were in a position to call on someone else to lead the team.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Dave will be carrying on as a team lead. However, starting with the artfully named Artful Aardvark cycle, we will migrate to a Quality Assurance team with two leads who will be sharing duties during development cycles.

While Dave was in control of the show during 17.04, Kev was spending more time upstream with Xfce, involving himself in testing GTK3 ports with Simon. The QA team plans to continue this split roughly from this point; Dave will be running the daily Xubuntu QA and Kev will focus more on the QA for Xfce. For the most part it is unlikely that much change will be seen by most, given that for the most part we’re quiet during a cycle (QA team notes: even if the majority of -dev mailing list posts come from us…) – other than shouting when things need you all to join in.

While it is obvious to most that there are deep connections between Xubuntu and Xfce, we hope that this change will bring more targetted testing of the new GTK3 Xfce packages. You will start to see more calls for testing of packages before they reach Xubuntu on the Xubuntu development mailing list. Case in point, the recent requests for people to test Thunar and patches direct from the Xfce Git repositories – though up until now this has come via Launchpad bug reports.

On a positive note this change has solely been possible by the creation of the Xubuntu QA Launchpad team some cycles ago. Specifically set up to allow people from the community to be brought in to the Xubuntu setup and from there become members of the Xubuntu team itself. People do get noticed on the tracker and they do get noticed on our IRC channels. Our hope is that we are able to increase the numbers of people in Xubuntu QA from the few we currently have. Increasing numbers of people involved, help us increase the quality and strength of the team directly.

Xubuntu 17.04 released!

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 17.04.

Xubuntu 17.04 is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until January 2018. If you need a stable environment with longer support time, we recommend that you use Xubuntu 16.04 LTS instead.

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

As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.

We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!

Support

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

Highlights, Notes and Known Issues

Highlights

Several Xfce panel plugins and applications have been ported to GTK+ 3, paving the way for improved theming and further development. Core Xfce libraries exo and libxfce4ui have also been updated with full GTK+ 3 support, the latter adding support for Glade development in Xubuntu with the installation of libxfce4ui-glade. The Greybird and Numix themes have also been refreshed with improved support for the toolkit.

Camera functionality has been restored in Mugshot, Parole introduced a new mini mode and improvements for network streams, and a number of welcome fixes have made their way into Thunar and Ristretto. Simon Tatham’s Portable Puzzle Collection (sgt-puzzles), an addicting collection of logic games, has been included along with the new SGT Puzzles Collection (sgt-launcher).

Notes

For new installs a swap file will be used instead of a swap partition. Upgrades from earlier versions are not affected.

Known Issues

  • System encryption password is set before setting the keyboard layout (bug 1047384), giving users errors about the wrong password when decrypting in some cases. The workaround for this is to start the installation with the correct keyboard layout; press F3 to set your keyboard layout before booting either installation option.
  • While recent patches for Thunar fixed problems for many, it still has some unresolved issues.
  • Parole has some issues as well and can crash in certain situations.

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

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