request for beta2 announcement input

nukiks at nukiks at
Thu Apr 8 15:16:48 UTC 2010

 Mr. Somerville,

Geez...these bugs you speak of sound pretty serious to me.
I guess I'll have to wait a while before I install 10.04.
My old 9.04 install is running perfectly.

Fabrizio Balsaq




-----Original Message-----
From: Cody A.W. Somerville <cody.somerville at>
To: Xubuntu Development Discussion <xubuntu-devel at>
Sent: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 10:58 am
Subject: Re: request for beta2 announcement input

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


"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

* 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.



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
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