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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu Artful Aardvark Alpha 1 Released ===
Simon Quigley announces the availability of the first alpha of Artful Aardvark, which will become Ubuntu 17.10. This milestone includes images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin. Simon includes warnings for those unfamiliar with alpha releases, with links for getting images or more details, before giving a big thank you to the developers and testers for their help in making this alpha happen.
Daniel Holbach from the Ubuntu Community Council announces that the Community Council is looking for nominations to restaff the Community Council. He writes, "In the past months and weeks Laura and Mike stepped down from the CC for personal reasons, so we decided to restaff the CC a bit early. Normally, elections would have been in November, so we're a few months early." He links to where you can find information about the Community Council, and gives instructions for applying.
=== Jose Antonio Rey: The SeaGL 2017 Call for Papers is now open! ===
Jose Antonio Rey announces a Call for Papers for the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, or SeaGL. Jose goes on to explain what SeaGL is and how people can propose a talk. More details are provided along with a link to propose a talk, with CFP closing on August 6th.
Iain Lane introduces himself, and the Ubuntu Desktop team and their work switching from Unity to GNOME Shell. Iain mentions some issues that differ in GNOME UX and the work done and being done on them. The survey conducted by Ken VanDine is discussed, and issues that lead from interpreting the results.
=== Leo Arias: User Acceptance testing of snaps, with Travis ===
Leo Arias tells us about how Travis CI is used to test software for projects, and how a change now allows snaps to be installed in Travis on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty). Leo provides a simple introduction to automated testing with snaps, and provides an example using the IPFS snap as the testing subject.
=== Iain Lane: Codecs and PackageKit in GNOME Software on Ubuntu Artful ===
Iain Lane writes about coming changes to software installation via GNOME software in Artful Aardvark (17.10). Iain briefly describes PackageKit and how Ubuntu will now be running a later version and what this means using the example of installing codecs for playing media. The work done will become visible from Ubuntu Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 unless you grab it from the provided PPA.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S10E17 - Live Mycroft Biscuits ===
"It's Season Ten Episode Seventeen of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and a tub of lard are connected and speaking to your brain.
In our second live show at FOSS Talk Live, we have a competition to see who can write the best program in 19 lines, and discuss bugs through the ages. There is a video of this episode available on YouTube."
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