Trusty Tahr (14.04) Release Notes

Registered by amjjawad  on 2014-03-05

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuGNOME

We need to get it ready before the release day :)

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseSchedule

I included a nice example from Kubuntu Team. They have nice release notes ;)
Let's beat that :D

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
amjjawad 
Priority:
High
Drafter:
amjjawad 
Direction:
Approved
Assignee:
OLD_Ubuntu GNOME Wiki & Documentation
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
Accepted for trusty14.04
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
None
Started by
amjjawad  on 2014-03-28
Completed by
amjjawad  on 2014-04-17

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[inivanoff1] Yes, the Kubuntu team has done some nice work here. Okay, let's do it.
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[jamesvorder] Kubuntu really did a nice job, but I think the one question that's holding me back at this point is this: "What IS new for 14.04?" Should we be asking the development team what their biggest triumphs for this cycle were? Otherwise, should we be asking testers?
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[amjjawad] How about this?

http://ubuntugnome.org/lts-status/

Is this enough 'what is new' for Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 :D

Yes, we need to ask the developers and/or packaging Team for their input but the page should be ready and the section which packaging and developers team will update will be left empty for them :)

If this is not yet clear, please let me know!
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[inivanoff1] I was thinking to add some images (pictures) of the software applications included in 14.04 LTS (how the Kubuntu team has done in their release notes). For example, we can add a Firefox logo with "float: left" and on the right there can be some heading "Firefox Web Browser (version)" and 1-2 sentences representing the browser. What do you think?
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[jamesvorder] I love that idea. In fact, I installed the testing version of 14.04 today so that I could get some screenshots of the new version of GNOME in action.
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[amjjawad] Thanks a lot for the work so far, guys but the screenshots are very very small :( I can't see anything at all. This is not what I had in mind. We need clear and reasonable size screenshots. 640x480 is the minimum and 800x600 is the maximum. The point is we need to show our system to the world. The current ones are too small :(

We have 3 weeks to the final release so we need to get this done before that and I trust we can :)

Thank you!
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[inivanoff1] Ali, I know that the images are too small. I wrote to you in Facebook, but I'm not sure if you have seen the message. I was just testing how the images will look and that's not the final version of the release notes. Ali, James, I want your opinion for something: what do you prefer – icons of the apps or screenshots of the apps' window? Maybe screenshots with the apps' window will be better because it will show what the app really is. And this was really some testing by myself because the page is a draft. Ali, thank you for your opinion here, I will take your notes and I will add bigger images.
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[jamesvoder] We should definitely go with screenshots that include the window. This will both show a more realistic picture of the new release, and show off GNOME 13.10's new and super attractive window bordering technique.

UPDATE: My laptop i much to slow to run a VM with any kind of acceptable speed, so can someone else get the screenshots? If you don't want to crop or scale them or whatever, just email them to me and I can contribute there.
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[inivanoff1] I can take some screenshots, but maybe at the start of the new week, because now I am in my home town and here I have an old notebook with Xubuntu only.
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[ahoneybun] I really like how GNOME set this page up http://www.gnome.org/gnome-3/ so maybe put together that idea and how the Kubuntu team setup this https://wiki.kubuntu.org/TrustyTahr/Beta2/Kubuntu. Just my 2 cents.
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[inivanoff1] Okay, I took around ten different screenshots of the most important apps in Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 (I used the beta 2). Tonight I am going to upload the screenshots as attachments in the Wiki area and I will add them with bigger resolution to the release notes.

I want to say that Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 didn't run very fast on my old notebook at my home time (Intel Centrino, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD, etc.), but I was surprised, because it was running smooth – a little slow, but for these specs really well. So I am proud of our team – Ali, James, the developer Tim, the testers and everyone who is working for this project!
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[ahoneybun] I add a section to the release notes about the new features in GNOME 3.10 and have included some screenshots. Should I increase the size of the screenshots then?
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[inivanoff1] I removed your section for now (but I left your attachments in case we need them again). I think we should not copy the release notes of GNOME 3.10 and we have added a link to these release notes: "Most of GNOME 3.10 is now included. See the [GNOME release notes] for more details. The few missing bits of 3.10 are available in ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3."

We have to talk only about the features of the operating system, everyone can check the GNOME 3.10 new features on their web site. But this is only my opinion, the others can share their point of view. That's because I added screenshots only for the most important apps, which are going to be included in the final release of Ubuntu GNOME.

@ahoneybun, thanks for your contributing, though. Keep up the work! We need workaholic members like you :))) Now we can wait for ohters' opinion.
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[ahoneybun] @inivanoff1 no problem :) if you need any work done to the screenshots like that speech bubble or something let me know.
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[jamesvorder] We should possibly use all full-screen screen shots. Some of the ones we have now (files, gedit) are only the window, while others (firefox, libre) are full screen. If they were all full screen, they would be the same size on the page, and more consistent in general. Sorry that I'm not just uploading myself, but again my laptop is insanely slow with the VM for whatever reason.
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[inivanoff1] This was totally out of my mind :D I accept your comment, James, but the new screens of full screen windows of gedit, Nautilus, etc. will come up after 2 – 3 days, because I have some other work. If anyone can take some screens before us, he or she can upload them on the Wiki.
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[ahoneybun] I'll get the screenshots up.
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[inivanoff1] Great work, @ahoneybun! I think this is the best Wiki team along all Ubuntu distros thanks to the serious contributing and good teamwork :)
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[jamesvorder] I'm not sure if it's something we want to pursue, but kubuntu has a nice little table at the top of their release notes that has all the info you need to quickly upgrade. I added a table with some info in it to our release notes to get the ball rolling if we want to pursue this too. What's everyone think about this?
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[amjjawad] Since Tim has not yet replied my email - https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntugnome-wiki-docs/msg00326.html - I shall assume he has no objection on the current screenshots which I don't like if truth to be told but let's go with this for now and see if we can change it later as there is no time to do this right now.

Thank you so much everyone. It has been a great cycle because you have given me the best experience ever. There is no place that I feel home like Ubuntu GNOME Wiki and Docs Team so keep up the great unique and amazing work and see you soon with the new cycle :)
New challenges on the way and we have to do a Google Hangout Session before anything else so stay tuned ;)

I'm so proud of all of you!
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Work Items

Work items:
1- Wiki & Docs Team to finish this - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuGNOME - before the release day of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 : DONE
2- Tim hasn't yet replied this email - https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntugnome-wiki-docs/msg00326.html - and since there is no time left to change the screenshot, I shall approve it as it is and maybe change it later if needed but for now, let's keep it as it is : DONE

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