Candidate Images for Kubuntu Hardy 8.04.2 – Testers Needed

Normally Ubuntu does not do point updates of non-LTS releases, so in the normal course of preparation for the 8.04.2 milestone, Kubuntu ISO images were not updated.
Because of the KDE3 -> KDE4 transition, we recognize that 8.10 may not be appropriate for all Kubuntu users. We have worked very hard to keep Kubuntu Hardy a well maintained KDE3 release. After the regular Ubuntu 8.04.2 release I asked the Ubuntu Release team (and they got approval from the Ubuntu Tech Board) for a Kubuntu 8.04.2 point update due to it’s special nature. This includes an update to the current (likely final) KDE3 release, KDE 3.5.10.
In order to get this release certified, we need testers. Most of the regular Kubuntu development/test community is running KDE4 now, so we need help from those of you still wanting KDE3.
The ISO tracker lists what needs testing. Please refer to the “Hardy .2” section. Because these images don’t fit a standard set, the links to the ISO images on the tracker are wrong. The Live CD version is here and the alternate installer version is here. Both i386 and amd64 images are available and they all need testing.
Please remember that these are still test images, so handle with appropriate care. Report test results in the ISO tracker and file bugs and link them in the tracker as needed.
We will not be able to get this done without help from people who don’t normally participate. If you feel continued KDE3 support in Kubuntu is important, now is your chance.


6 Responses to “Candidate Images for Kubuntu Hardy 8.04.2 – Testers Needed”

  1. 1 Joshua Kugler February 4, 2009 at 15:10

    Will these packages be pulled in automatically if one is using hardy-proposed? I’ve been using hard-proposed for a few months now, and am still 100% stable, just FYI.

  2. 2 Scott Kitterman February 4, 2009 at 15:23

    These ISO images are based on what was in hardy-updates on January 26/27 (when they were made). As far as I know there were no KDE related packages in hardy-proposed, so from a KDE perspective they should include everything you have.
    What this does is give people an updated install media so so they don’t have to install and then upgrade half the system.

  3. 3 pansz February 4, 2009 at 22:27

    In our company we mainly use kubuntu, 80% of user use Kubuntu 8.04+KDE3.5, 20% uses Kubuntu 8.10+unofficial KDE3.5.
    I’m glad to see Kubuntu 8.04.2 releases will should speed up our installation for new computers and I will test them.
    The main problem we have so far is: nvidia driver is still 169.x in the 8.04 repository, which result in a horrible performance for konsole, which we use everyday.
    Install the official nvidia 180.x driver solves the problem and konsole scrolls the screen at a normal speed.

  4. 4 dave February 6, 2009 at 09:34

    will be a DVD image available ?

  5. 5 pansz February 12, 2009 at 10:17

    I’ve downloaded the two i386 iso today and found none of them can finish installation on my virtualbox 2.0.6.
    The desktop edition crashes my computer and the alternative edition hangs up at “Validating python minimal”.
    The iso image passed the test so I’d downloaded the right iso.
    I’ll try again in Saturday to see if my virtualbox has problem.

  6. 6 ScottK February 14, 2009 at 00:25

    @dave: No. Even for the Ubuntu point releases they don’t redo the DvDs.
    @pansz: I’m going to guess it’s the virtualbox as we’ve tested all the different images now.
    It’s up to Canonical when they are able to push the new release.

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