* Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Final Beta Released
* Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) reaches End of Life on April 28 2017
* Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance)
* Welcome New Members and Developers
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo Events
* Jorge Castro: What a kickass ride this has been!
* Elizabeth K. Joseph: Your own Zesty Zapus
* Nish Aravamudan: (USBSD #1: Goals) Inaugural Ubuntu Server Bug Squashing Day!
* Nish Aravamudan: [USD #1] Ubuntu Server Dev git Importer
* Simon Quigley: What I've Been Up To
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Ubuntu Phone News
* Canonical News
* In The Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Other Articles of Interest
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 16.04, and 16.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Final Beta Released ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta. He lists the flavors that have participated in the release, tells us from where we can download the ISO images, and help with development of Ubuntu by providing bug reports and feedback.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) reaches End of Life on April 28 2017 ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, reminds us that Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) was released almost five years ago, and that the support period will reach end of life (EOL) on Thursday, April 28th. He provides details of the supported upgrade path, and links to upgrade instructions.
Dustin Kirkland of Canonical writes that while Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is reaching End of Life, Canonical is offering Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) for Ubuntu Advantage customers. Users of 12.04 LTS are recommended to update to 14.04 LTS or 16.04 LTS, but for those customers who cannot, 12.04 ESM now continues support for core packages in 12.04.
=== Jorge Castro: What a kickass ride this has been! ===
Jorge Castro informs us that after twenty Ubuntu releases, many thousands of edits and nearly 400,000 miles of air travel, he is moving on from Ubuntu. Jorge tells us about his new job at Heptio, and writes, "I've been privileged to work with some of the brightest people in the industry, and for that I'll always be grateful."
Nish Aravamudan writes about the first Ubuntu Server Bug Squashing Day (USBSD). He explains the intent of the USBSD, and what they accomplished during the event. He then points out a tentative date for a second USBSD, and tells us that he will explain more about what can be improved in follow-up posts.
=== Nish Aravamudan: [USD #1] Ubuntu Server Dev git Importer ===
Nish Aravamudan writes about the Ubuntu Server Dev git importer. He links to the initial announcements, and provides brief details on how to use the tools, telling us that he will "dig into details in the next post."
Simon Quigley writes about his Open Source activities he's been taking part of lately, writing about his work in Lubuntu, the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, and a few other notable things he's been working on.
Once again, Ovidiu-Florin, Rick Timmis, and Aaron Honeycutt bring us the monthly Kubuntu news. They mention that the quality of the podcast is much improved over previous casts due to Rick's hardware upgrades. Discussion topics summarized in the Intro and Kubuntu News sections include KDE Slimbook, Nimbusoft, Plasma 5.9, HAM radio hardware and software.
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