Xubuntu 20.04 Community Wallpaper Contest Winners

The Xubuntu team are happy to announce the results of the 20.04 community wallpaper contest!

We want to send out a huge thanks to every contestant. Each contest becomes more and more successful. For the 16.04 contest, we had 92 submissions; For 18.04 there were 162; and this time around there was an incredible 237 submissions! Great work! All of the submissions are browsable on the 20.04 contest page at contest.xubuntu.org.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

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 installed by default in all new Xubuntu 20.04 installations.

With Beta Freeze now in effect, these wallpapers may take a little longer than usual to land in the daily images. Keep a look out!

Xubuntu 20.04 Testing Week

We’re delighted to announce that we’re participating in an ‘Ubuntu Testing Week’ from April 2nd to April 8th with other flavors in the Ubuntu family. On April 2nd, we’ll be releasing the beta release of Xubuntu 20.04 LTS, after halting all new changes to its features, user interface and documentation. And between April 2nd and the final release on April 23rd, all efforts by the Xubuntu team and community are focused on ISO testing, bug reporting, and fixing bugs.

So, we highly encourage you to join the community by downloading the daily ISO image and trying it out, though you are welcome to start from today. There are a variety of ways that you can help test the release, including trying out the various testcases for live sessions and installations on the ISO tracker (Xubuntu is found at the bottom of the page), which take less than 30 minutes to complete (example 1, example 2, example 3 below).

You can test without changing your system by running it in a VM (Virtual Machine) with software like VMWare Player, VirtualBox (apt-install), and Gnome Boxes (apt-install), or running it in the live session from a USB, SD Card, or DVD, so you can also test if your hardware works correctly. There are a number of software like etcher and Gnome Disks that can copy the ISO to a USB Drive and SD Card. We encourage those that are willing, to install it either in a VM or on physical hardware (it requires at least 6GB of harddisk space) and use it continuously for a few days, as more bugs can be reported this way.

If you find a bug in the installer, you can file it against ubiquity, or if you find a bug not in an application but in the live session from the booting to the shutdown, you can file it against casper. If you can’t figure out which package to file a bug against after watching the video above, then please file it with the Xubuntu Bugs Team.

Please test apps that you regularly use, so you can identify bugs and regressions that should be reported. New ISO files are built everyday, and you should always test with the most up-to-date ISO. It is easier and faster to update an existing daily ISO file on Linux by running the command below in the folder containing the ISO, after right-click on the folder and select ‘Open in Terminal’ from the context menu (example).

$ zsync http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/daily-live/current/focal-desktop-amd64.iso.zsync

In order to assist you in your testing efforts, we encourage you to read our Quality Assurance (QA) guide and our new testers wiki. You can also chat with us live in our dedicated IRC channel ( #ubuntu-quality on freenode ) or telegram group ( Ubuntu Testers ). In order to submit reports to us, you’ll need an Launchpad account and once you have one, you can also join the Xubuntu Testers team.

We hope that you will join the community in making Xubuntu 20.04 a success, and hope that you will also take time to also test out the other Ubuntu flavors (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Studio), as we will all benefit from that. We look forward to your contributions, your live chatting and for your return to future testing sessions. Happy bug hunting.

Xubuntu 20.04 community wallpaper contest

We’re on our way to the 20.04 LTS release and it’s time for another community wallpaper contest!

How to participate?

For a chance to win, submit your submission at contest.xubuntu.org.

Important dates

  • Start of submissions: Immediately
  • Submission deadline: March 13th, 2020
  • Announcement of selections: Late March

All dates are in UTC.

Contest terms

All submissions must adhere to the Terms and Guidelines, including specifics about subject matter, image resolution and attribution.

After the submission deadline, the Xubuntu team will pick 6 winners from all submissions for inclusion on the Xubuntu 20.04 ISO, and will also be available to other Xubuntu version users as a xubuntu-community-wallpaper package. The winners will also receive some Xubuntu stickers.

Any questions?

Please join #xubuntu-devel on Freenode for assistance or email the Xubuntu developer mailing list if you have any problems with your submission.

Xubuntu 19.10 released!

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 19.10!

Xubuntu 19.10, codenamed Eoan Ermine, is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until July 2020. If you need a stable environment with longer support time, we recommend that you use Xubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.

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.

Xubuntu Core, our minimal installation option, is available to download from unit193.net/xubuntu/core/ [torrent, magnet]. Find out more about Xubuntu Core here.

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

Highlights and Known Issues

Highlights

  • Xubuntu 19.10 features Xfce 4.14, released in August 2019 after nearly 4.5 years of development. Backed by GTK 3 and other modern technologies, Xfce 4.14 includes many new features, improved HiDPI support, and the same great performance for which Xfce is known.
  • Xfce Screensaver replaces Light Locker for screen locking. The new screensaver is built on years of development from the GNOME and MATE Screensaver projects and is tightly integrated with Xfce. It also features significantly improved support for Laptops.
  • We’ve added two new keyboard shortcuts to make transitioning from other desktop environments and operating systems easier.
    • Super + D will show your desktop, while
    • Super + L will now lock your screen.
  • ZFS on root is included as an experimental feature. Available in Ubuntu and the other flavors for this first time in 19.10, this feature enables full-disk installation of ZFS.
    • Remember, ZFS on root is experimental, so don’t run it on your production machines!

Known Issues

  • If more than one instance of the Xfce Pulseaudio Plugin is added to the panel, volume notifications will be duplicated.
  • Tooltips can become unresponsive in the Xfce Task Manager. Usually a bit of movement will cause the tooltip to fade away.
    • This bug will be fixed in Xubuntu 20.04!

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

The main Ubuntu Release Notes cover both many of the other packages we carry and more generic issues.

Support

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

Xubuntu 19.04 released!

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 19.04!

Xubuntu 19.04 is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until January 2020. If you need a stable environment with longer support time, we recommend that you use Xubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.

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!

Highlights and Known Issues

Highlights

  • Xubuntu 19.04 features a wide range of bug fixes for issues identified in previous releases, many of which have already been backported to the stable releases.
  • AptURL, The GIMP, and LibreOffice Impress have been included to provide a more complete and user-friendly desktop experience.
  • New keyboard shortcuts make it easier and faster to get work done. Shift + Print Screen will capture a screenshot for a specified region. Press F4 in Thunar to open a terminal window in the current path, or press Ctrl + Shift + F to search for files.
  • Many Xfce 4.13 components have been added or updated, providing an updated snapshot of Xfce 4.14 development.

Known Issues

  • If more than one instance of the Xfce Pulseaudio Plugin is added to the panel, volume notifications will be duplicated.
  • Tooltips can become unresponsive in the Xfce Task Manager. Usually a bit of movement will cause the tooltip to fade away.

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

The main Ubuntu Release Notes cover both many of the other packages we carry and more generic issues.

Support

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

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