* Ubuntu 18.04.2 (not-quite) RC images for testing!
* Ubuntu 18.04.2 delayed until February 14th
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* 2019, week 6 in Multipass
* Mir News: 8th Febrauary 2019
* snapcraft 3.1 is now available on the stable channel
* What’s the OOPS ID?
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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 18.04.2 (not-quite) RC images for testing! ===
Adam Conrad opens a call for testing the 18.04.2 point release. Adam advises that ubiquity and base-files are known as not final but testing is needed to "find MORE release critical bugs". Hope for a smooth point release.
=== Ubuntu 18.04.2 delayed until February 14th ===
Adam Conrad advises of the delay in releasing 18.04.2. The bug, LP: #1814555, relates a boot error that can not be fixed in time for the scheduled release. Adam does encourage testing to continue, though only a select few packages will change.
Adrien Plazas opens with a travelogue to the event where the majority of the time was spent on the GNOME booth, meeting colleagues and friends. He relates "playing" with Librem 5 devkit, testing phosh and some GNOME apps, and some of the prep for GTK 4.
Jonathan Riddell relates his experiences in this; the largest gathering of free software developers in the continent, FOSDEM 2019. Jonathan touts KDE with the theme come Home to KDE in 2019 and shares some pictures.
Michał Sawicz (saviq) updates us on what is happening in Multipass. He lists the bugfixes and features, advises that the documentation library is developing, instructs how to install, and gives a request for feedback.
William Wold (wmww) gives the update this week. He writes that Alan Griffiths (alan_g) is designing a Wayland protocol extension API for MirAL, he himself is packaging his MATE Panel Wayland port into a snap. and Chris Halse Rogers (raof) "has been working on WLCS, and the mir-test-tools snap has been released to the stable channel".
=== snapcraft 3.1 is now available on the stable channel ===
Sergio Schvezov advises of the changes and additions in this minor release of snapcraft 3.1. One is again able to clean parts, keywords are now supported in snapcraft, enable tags and filtering in Appstream extractor, there is cmake plugin support, rust plugin refactoring, and added support for multipass. Relevant links are provided and 30 changes are listed.
Brian Murray writes of the difficulty to find the right OOPS ID for a crash and that he has made a change to whoopsie to write the OOPS ID to the corresponding .uploaded file in /var/crash. Presently only available in Disco Dingo, however, it can be made for other releases. Contact Brian or update the bug report to push.
=== Intel Mesa Driver Getting Better Support For ETC2 On Older Hardware ===
Michael Larabel reports of Eleni Maria Stea's pending patches to improve the ETC2 format support on "Gen 7" and older cards (Intel i965 Mesa driver). Michael gives a short definition of ETC2 and he provides a link to Mesa-dev for more details.
=== Canonical Patches Linux Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Update Now ===
Marius Nestor relates on the updated kernel for 18.04 that addresses a regression in linux-image 4.15.0-44.47 that affects docking station displays and mounting ext4 file systems. Those booting the Linux 4.15 kernel series are urged to update to linux-image 4.15.0-45.48 immediately. Update instructions are given and a warning that any third-party kernel modules will need to be reinstalled.
=== Canonical Releases Important Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Patches, Update Now ===
Marius Nestor relates on twelve Linux kernel updates that affect 18.10, 16.04. and 14.04. The associated releases and the CVEs are given and all are urged to update immediately from their stable software repositories.
=== Six Linux Distributions Benchmarked On The Dell XPS 9380 Laptop ===
Michael Larabel reports that Dell is offering the option of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as the Linux option with their new XPS 9380 laptop. Dell XPS 9380 specification has the Core i7 8565U processor at four cores / eight threads and 4.6GHz turbo boost, Intel UHD 620 Graphics, 16GB of memory, and 256GB SK Hynix NVMe solid-state drive. All the considered distros successfully tested; the results are provided.
=== GNOME 3.32 Beta Released With Performance Improvements, Last Minute Features ===
Michael Larabel reports on the GNOME 3.31.90 release, the GNOME 3.32 beta marking the the feature/UI/API freeze. The GNOME 3.31.90 release has a plethora of re-writes, animation improvements, a setting to control hardware acceleration, various switches over to Meson, performance fixes and other enhancements. The expectation is for GNOME 3.32.0 to release on 13 March.
=== LibreOffice 6.2 Shipping Today With User Interface Improvements, Many New Features ===
Michael Larabel tells us that The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 6.2 with the optional new 'tabbed' UI, new 'grouped-bar compact UI', better KDE/Qt5/LXQt integration and more. Also significant is LibreOffice 6.2 marks the end of x86 (32-bit) binaries. For more details a link to the release notes are provided.
"This week we look at updates to the Linux kernel in preparation for the 18.04.2 release, plus updates for Open vSwitch, Firefox, Avahi, LibVNCServer and more. We also revisit and discuss upstream changes to the mincore() system call to thwart page-cache side-channel attacks first discussed in Episode 17."
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