request for beta2 announcement input

Cody A.W. Somerville cody.somerville at
Thu Apr 8 14:58:58 UTC 2010

On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 4:58 AM, Kristian Rink <kawazu at> wrote:

> Am 08.04.2010 10:38, schrieb Lionel Le Folgoc:
> [...]
> >> I didn't hear back from either of you in response to my request for
> input to
> >> the beta1 announcement, so Xubuntu and UbuntuStudio only got a brief
> mention
> >> at the top of the mail.  Would either of you like to have a "what's new"
> >> blurb in the beta2 announcement?  If so, please send me your content by
> >> Thursday morning UTC so I can include it.
> A short shot at this as I am in the process of dealing with the release
> notes:
> [...................]
> "Heading for 10.04, Xubuntu has seen a substantial overhaul, while as
> always providing a pleasant and lightweight computing environment for
> all those wanting to go with the XFCE desktop by default. Along with the
> usual updates of core components and infrastructure like the Linux
> kernel, plymouth splash screen and graphics card drivers, there are some
> changes noteworthy about Xubuntu 10.04:
> - Accessibility first: In order to assist all these in need of an
> on-screen keyboard, OnBoard has been added to "Accessoires" in the
> default installation.
> - All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. In order to help Jack,
> Xubuntu comes with a fine and revamped selection of games including
> classics like Mahjongg, Sudoku and Solitaire.
> - Imagine! While replaced in the Ubuntu distribution, Xubuntu 10.04
> continues to offer the GNU Image Manipulation Program in the default
> installation. Along with this, xsane has been replaced in favour of
> SimpleScan to ease setup and operation of scanners.
> - More bits in times of need: The all-new "Ubuntu Software Center"
> replaces the "Add/Remove ..." option provided in earlier versions.
> - Changes in applications provided with Xubuntu include a significant
> update of Gnumeric (to version 1.10.1), resolving most of the issues
> seen in earlier Xubuntu versions. Likewise, "remote filesystems" has
> been renamed to Gigolo and provides access to a vast array of remote
> file system technologies, including SSH/SFTP, WebDAV and CIFS.
> - Thanks to fixes in pulse-audio, by now sound no longer is muted during
> system startup.
> - Bugs: Still talking Beta, some critical issues still are left to be
> addressed:
> * There is a critical bug in Abiword that causes a freeze for most
> users when anything under the Help menu is selected. This does cause
> you to lose the document you are working on.
> (
> * There are still issues being worked concerning Plymouth and Nvidia
> video. Due to these issues, the splash screens on boot look less good
> than desired.
> ("
> [...................]
> Comments?

Awesome work. However, for the release announcement, Steve only needs a 2 to
3 paragraph general overview.

Also, saying "Xubuntu has seen a substantial overhaul" is mostly incorrect.


Cody A.W. Somerville
Release Engineer
Foundations Team
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Canonical OEM Services
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