* Bionic Beaver (18.04 LTS) Final Freeze
* First set of Bionic (sort-of) RC images
* Ubuntu Stats
* Hot in Support
* UbuCon Europe 2018 | 1 Week to go!!
* LoCo Events
* Help test memory leaks fixes in 18.04 LTS
* This Week in Lubuntu Development #3
* Xfce Component Updates and More
* Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: Interviewing people behind
* Collaboration Conference (at Open Source Summit) Call For Papers
* MAAS 2.4.0 beta 2 released!
* gksu removed from Ubuntu
* Other Community News
* Canonical News
* In the Press
* In the Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 17.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Bionic Beaver (18.04 LTS) Final Freeze ===
Adam Conrad of the Ubuntu release team reports that the next version of
Ubuntu, the Bionic Beaver, has entered the Final Freeze period in
preparation for the final release next week. With much anticipation, the
current uploads in the queue will be reviewed and either accepted or
rejected as appropriate by pre-freeze standards. Acceptance pertains to
two broad categories: release-critical bugs, and bug fixes that would be
suitable for post-release SRUs.
Adam Conrad of the Ubuntu release team advises that the first release
candidate ISO images for Bionic Final are available. He asks for
undelayed and thorough testing to ensure the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
on Thursday next week.
Will Cooke writes on the status of the GNOME Shell memory leaks with a
proposed patch to address the bigger issues. In the call to get wider
testing and feedback, he provides instructions on how to test the patch.
(Note: The fix is in by now - see the post: The Infamous GNOME Shell
Simon Quigley writes this week of updates to the Lubuntu Manual, the Qt
5.9.5 stack landing in Bionic Beaver, which will be used for the Lubuntu
Next variant - as well as various general, bug, and security fixes. He
also tells us that Lubuntu will be present at LinuxFest NorthWest 2018,
with both himself and Walter Lapchynski being there.
Sean M. Davis announces releases on various Xfce components he maintains
- PulseAudio Plugin and Xfce Settings - as well as MenuLibre and
Mugshot. He lists the new features, bug fixes, and refers to the
=== Collaboration Conference (at Open Source Summit) Call For Papers ===
In his Call for Papers, Jono Bacon advises the dates of the two
respective conferences with the goal of a âdiverse set of content that
offers genuine pragmatic value.â Adding emphasis is a guide for
helping to get your papers picked.
* North America in Vancouver from 29th â 31st August 2018
* Europe in Edinburgh from 22nd â 24th October 2018
Andres Rodriguez announces that MAAS 2.4.0 beta 2 is now released and
available in the official repositories of Ubuntu Bionic. He lists the
new features and improvements - as well as mentions that overall 37 bugs
have also been fixed.
Jeremy Bicha gives a quick note that gksu, the well known tool to
elevate user privileges on GTK+ based graphical apps, has been removed
from the Ubuntu repositories after it was removed from Debian a few
weeks ago. He links to the relevant bug report on Launchpad.
Georges Stavracas informs that the source of the memory leak has been
identified and the probable fix is in. He relates the fault isolation
process, many of the troubleshooters that are involved, what was
identified and how the fix is implemented.
=== Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Linux 4.17 Development, Teases the Linux
5.0 Release ===
Marius Nestor reports that the development of Linux 4.17 has started,
and that it is available for public testing. While not including any
major new features, this release removes support for several hardware
architectures, and adds support for the NDS32 architecture. Options for
downloading the release candidate are also provided.
=== You Can Now Create Your Own Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Live System with Pinguy
Hanuca reports that a fork of Remastersys tool, which is no longer
maintained, is now available. Pinguy Builder is a tool to build an
operating system specific to Ubuntu by creating a Live ISO image. It can
also be used to backup an Ubuntu system.
=== Use Font Finder to Quickly Browse & Install Google Fonts on Ubuntu ===
Joey Sneddon advises of the app Font Finder as a portal to installing
the hundreds of fonts available through the Google Fonts archive.
Installed as a Flatpack, it gives access to many font related tasks, is
quick and easy.
Michael Larabel writes on the new Vulkan beta update for Nvidiaâs 396
version graphics driver. The update features shader performance
improvements, updates to the resource limits on uniform buffers, and
also adds support for the VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing extension. A link
is provided to obtain the update.
=== Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.2.10 with Fix for KDE Plasma Hang, More
Bug Fixes ===
Marius Nestor writes of the maintenance update to Oracle's VirtualBox
5.2.10. The update addresses security vulnerabilities, various reported
bugs, a hang, and regressions. Download links are provided as well.
=== 20-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon GPU Comparison For Rise of The
Tomb Raider On Vulkan/Linux ===
Michael Larabel relates to the release of the Linux port of Rise of the
Tomb Raider by Feral Interactive. The game requires a high-end graphics
card and the latest drivers. Michael details his hardware and benchmark
results of tested Nvidia and AMD cards.
=== Meet Bo, an Ubuntu-Powered Social Robot with AI Capabilities ===
Marius Nestor introduces BotsAndUsâ Bo, a multifunctional robot
endowed with a wide range of abilities. Boâs skills range from
socially greeting and directing customers to that of keeping inventory
and logistics. A huge array outside but inside, the social robot is
powered and maintained by Ubuntu.
=== KDE Applications Open Source Software Suite Gets First Major Release
in 2018 ===
Marius Nestor reports on the first major update to KDE Applications
18.04. The long-awaited update features improvements to the Dolphin file
manager, Konsole, Gwenview, Okular, Spectacle, and Kleopatra. Marius
provides screenshots pertaining to the improvements.
=== Ubuntu Podcast S11E07 â Seven Years in Tibet ===
âThis week we meet a sloth and buy components for the Hades Canyon
NUC. The Windows File Manager gets open sourced, Iran are going to block
Telegram, PostmarketOS explore creating an open source baseband,
Microsoft make a custom Linux distro called Azure Sphere and we round
the community news.â
Featuring: Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, and Martin Wimpress
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