Kubuntu Council Welcomes New Members, Mageia 4 EOL

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 10, 2015

Kubuntu Council member Philip Muškovac today announced three new council members replacing three recent losses including Jonathan Riddell. Mageia 4 is reaching end-of-life and Jamie Watson is back reporting if other Linux variants can handle his new Acer Aspire netbook. Elsewhere, John Grogan spoke with SUSE VP Michael Miller at LinuxCon about the future of SUSE and Linux.

It began with Jonathan Riddell resigning on June 26 after disputes with Canonical over its intellectual property policies. Then developer Rohan Garg resigned his council post July 28 of this year citing failure to fix Kubuntu governing issues. He was followed by Scott Kitterman on September 3 who left to concentrate on Debian. The winning members were appointed without voting as the three ran unopposed for the three vacant seats. New members are Aaron Honeycutt, Clay Weber, and Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan who will serve until September 2017. Returning members Philip Muškovac, Valorie Zimmermann, and Myriam Schweingruber will retain their council seats until September 2016. Valorie Zimmermann told the new councilmen, "While the past few months have been rocky, I look forward to working with you to put Kubuntu on a sustainable path going forward. I hope we can call upon former members for advice and help as we do this." Outgoing Kitterman volunteered.

Rémi Verschelde today announced the end-of-life for Mageia 4. Mageia 4 was released in February 2014 and was scheduled to fall out of maintenance last month. However, Verschelde said, since Mageia 5 was late to the release Mageia 4 was given a stay. New EOL for Mageia 4 is September 19, 2015. Mageia 5 was released June 19, 2015 and all users are encourage to migrate.

J.A. Watson is back with another report on the progress of filling up his new Acer Aspire V3-331 hard drives with Linux distributions. He recently reported that openSUSE Tumbleweed seemed to do okay and today said that Linux is doing great overall. A developmental snapshot of Fedora 23 did well too as did Manjaro 15.09 RC and Debian testing. Mint and Ubuntu did okay as well except for two-finger scrolling. Watson noted, "Not so long ago installing Linux on a laptop was an adventure. That is obviously no longer the case, and that is certainly a good thing. Good stuff."

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