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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) End of Life Reached on July 20 2017 ===
Dustin Kirkland of Canonical reminds us of the great response to his 17.10 survey and achievements thus far as proof feedback matters. Dustin then invites readers to contribute detail about applications preferred for default inclusion in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Links are provided.
Simon Quigley and Dustin Krysak announce the availability of the second alpha of Artful Aardvark, which will become Ubuntu 17.10. This milestone includes images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, and Ubuntu Kylin. They include 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.
=== Alan Pope: Ubuntu Artful Desktop July Shakedown ===
Alan Pope reminds us that we are mid-way through the Ubuntu Artful development cycle, and as such it's a great time to grab and test the coming GNOME release. Alan provides some testing suggestions, hints on how to speak to developers, and asks you mark bug reports with 'julyshakedown'.
Robie Basak from the Ubuntu Server Team describes a new workflow that new and experienced contributors alike can use to maintain Ubuntu packages using Git. He reminds us of previous efforts to attempt this with Bazaar, writing, "Some readers may be familiar with a previous effort in Ubuntu, UDD, which was largely a similar effort but with Bazaar. Nine years later, git has largely won the "VCS wars", and appears to be preferred by the majority of developers. Our current effort could be seen as "UDD, but with git", if you wish." He ends the post by noting that this is experimental and outlining what would make an initial release of this workflow.
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