The Kubuntu Council announced a few hours ago, March 1st, that the upcoming Kubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system will be supported for 5 years.
We already knew from January 2012 that the Ubuntu Technical Board approved both Kubuntu and Edubuntu as LTS (Long Term Support) releases, keeping the distributions alive, with security updates and bugfixes, for 5 years.
"Some recent confusion followed an announcement by Canonical that they would no longer be sponsoring a full-time developer for Kubuntu, or offer commercial support contracts for it." - was stated in the official announcement.
This announcement comes right after Canonical's release of the highly anticipated Beta release of its upcoming Precise Pangolin operating system, proving that Kubuntu is not dead and it will live a lot more longer.
The Kubuntu project team members assure their users that the Kubuntu distribution is here to stay, even if Canonical will no longer sponsor it, with money.
Kubuntu is a community distro, built by the community and supported by the community, and its next major release, the Precise Pangolin, will be as good as any previous version, having the same level of support from both the Kubuntu developers and the community.
"Kubuntu has always been primarily built and supported by an active community of volunteers. If you would like to help build the future of Kubuntu, we welcome new recruits with experience or interest in the following areas: KDE Programming (in C++, QML, Python), Packaging, QA Testing, QA Automation, User support, Bug Triage" - was stated in the end of the announcement.
Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1 has been made available for testing a few hours ago, bringing a full version of the KDE Software Compilation 4.8 environment, with lots of in-house enhancements.
The LightDM login manager has been implemented in this release (experimental) for testing. For more information take a look at our screenshot tour for Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1.
Download Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.