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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) End of Life reached on April 28, 2017 ===
Adam Conrad on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team provides a follow-up End of Life notice to alert users that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is no longer supported. Information and links on the upgrade path is provided, as well as information about Extended Security Support for the release for Ubuntu Advantage customers.
Alan Pope announces the next Snapcraft Docs Day on April 28th with a "Flavours" theme, encouraging the community to provide Snap feedback specific to different Ubuntu distributions. Links to participate are included in the article.
=== Xubuntu: Xubuntu Quality Assurance team is spreading out ===
The Xubuntu team writes about upcoming changes to the team's management. They write, "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." They write about what happened last cycle, and what they would like to come out of these changes.
=== Canonical Design Team: Designing in the open ===
Canonical Design Team explains their process for integrating design changes in GitHub. By adding a separate "Issue" for a design, the project gains increased transparency of a work in progress and enables feedback from anyone subscribed to the project.
=== Kubuntu General News: KDE PIM update now available for Zesty Zapus 17.04 ===
The Kubuntu Team writes about the availability of the latest KDE PIM stack in PPAs. They write, "As explained in our call for testing post, we missed by a whisker getting updated PIM 16.12.3 (kontact, kmail, akregator, kgpg etc..) into Zesty for release day, and we believe it is important that our users have access to this significant update. Therefore packages for PIM 16.12.3 release are now available in the Kubuntu backports PPAs." [sic] They give instructions for installing the new packages and how to report any issues.
Alan Pope writes about a game he recently snapped, which operating systems he tested it on, and how to install it. He notes, "I also had to disable EAX (positional audio) because it crashes OpenAL on the i386 builds. Players on AMD64 systems can of course just re-enable this, as it's only the default I set, not permanently off. I might modify this default so it's only disabled on i386 builds in future." He encourages users to let him know of any issues that may arise.
=== Canonical's Certified Ubuntu Images Land in Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Service ===
Marius Nestor from Softpedia writes about the availability of certified images of Ubuntu on Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Service. He notes an option available to add Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage Support and Systems Management, "so that they continuously access all the newest security updates Canonical releases for Ubuntu Linux, as well as compliance accreditations and other goodies." [sic]
Marius Nestor of Softpedia informs us about the release of Snapcraft 2.29, outlining many of the improvements and fixes, in particular, with the documentation. It's available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 16.10, and 17.04, with a link if you would like to read the changelog.
=== Canonical Releases Snapd 2.25 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu Linux, Here is What's New ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports that Snapd 2.24 has been released for all supported versions of Ubuntu, as well as a variety of other GNU/Linux distributions. Link to changelog is provided, as well as the GitHub link to the source tarball.
=== Ubuntu Phone Security Updates Will End in June, App Store To Close ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes subsequent to a Canonical release announcing current OTA updates are limited to critical fixes and security updates which will cease after June 2017. Further, Canonical announced that apps can only be purchased up until June 2017 after which they'll have to be free if not removed, and will become static post June until the Ubuntu Store will close at the end of the year. The store closure will also cause pushed-updates through the store to end.
=== Ubuntu 17.10 Won't Ship with Upstart and CGManager As Unity 8 Is Being Dropped ===
Marius Nestor from Softpedia writes a brief article about Dimitri John Ledkov's announcement to drop Upstart and CGManager support in Ubuntu 17.10, which packages are affected, and links to Dimitri's announcement.
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