Kubuntu

Introduction

Kubuntu will release version 10.04, the Lucid Lynx, in April 2010. This will be an LTS release, so our overall focus will be bringing a more stable and polished desktop to our users. However, this does not mean there will be nothing new or exciting. Quite the contrary! Read on for highlights of what is new and upcoming for Kubuntu 10.04.

NOTE: This is a beta (pre-) release. Pre-release versions of Lucid are NOT encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or for anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent, breakage. Pre-release versions ARE recommended for Kubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.' Please do not use this in a production environment with data or workflows that you cannot do without

Getting Beta 1

Beta releases can be downloaded from the following URL:

It's always best to check cd image before install! The md5sums can be found here

You can upgrade from Kubuntu 9.10 by: Opening a terminal window, or right clicking on the desktop and clicking run command. Then type: "update-notifier-kde -d" (without the quotation marks)and press enter.

For more instructions on how to upgrade from Kubuntu 9.10 visit the upgrade page:

What's New in Beta 1

KDE Plasma Desktop 4.4.1

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KDE Software Compilation 4.4 is the next version of the popular Plasma Desktop and Applications by KDE. The improved System Tray now can include various widgets, such as the improved Device Notifier and our Indicator Display. Nepomuk Semantic Search has matured greatly. New features such as grouping windows into tabs have been added, and new and improved widgets, desktop effects, and configuration/ui changes are just some of the great things found in this latest version.

Official Kubuntu Netbook release

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The Kubuntu Netbook Remix has its first official release with Kubuntu 10.04, stepping out of preview status.

Amarok 2.3

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Amarok 2.3 features many bugfixes, enhancements, and visual changes to the main toolbar are included.

Installer Slideshow

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Sit back and relax while installing Kubuntu and watch the lovely slideshow showcasing KDE applications included in the default installation. Or just use them, since it's a Live CD. Wink ;-)

Touchpad Configuration

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The new touchpad configuration section of System Settings allows you to fine-tune how your laptop's touchpad behaves.

System Notification Polish

The notifications for available codecs, required restarts and upgrade information have been further integrated into the KDE notification system, giving these notifications a seamless way to integrate with the rest of the notifications the Plasma desktop provides. They have also been optimized, taking up much less RAM than before.

KDE integration for Firefox

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Firefox now integrates better with KDE, providing native KDE file dialogs as well as respecting your default choices for opening files, as set in KDE.

GNOME app systray integration

Work has gone in to integrating GNOME tray icons into the Plasma desktop, so that GNOME apps supporting the integration will share a consistent appearance with the rest of your KDE apps.

Known Issues

  • Due to the recent changeover to Plymouth, the boot splash shows the Ubuntu logo instead of Kubuntu's. (For now)
  • 438192 kubuntu install only mode does not reboot

  • 528907 Unable to mount disks in Dolphin

  • 538136 Message Indicator widget doesn't move from panel to systray on upgrade

  • 540232 Amarok states malinformed url when started for the first time

  • 540900 jockey-kde crashes on start (lucid beta 1)

  • 540810 kde panel does not display on 800x600 display

  • 541829 Kde wubi crashes on r174

Feedback

We want to hear what you think about this beta. We want to know what works, as well as what does not. No matter the feedback, as long as it is in line with the Ubuntu Code of Conduct we would like to hear it.

To submit your feedback, please use the Kubuntu Feedback Plasma Widget. You can get to this by right-clicking on your desktop somewhere, selecting "Add Widgets", and search for "feedback".

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Double click on the icon to launch it and answer some brief questions as well as add your comments.

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LucidLynx/Beta1/Kubuntu (last edited 2010-04-04 19:18:37 by lewishnl-gmail)