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Alan Griffiths (alan_g) gives the post-release update, telling us that
the mir-kiosk Snap has been updated and promoted to stable, Chris Halse
Rogers (roaf) has fixed the bug for releasing to 18.10, and Alan himself
got an example EGL code working on Wayland. Going forward, the team is
converting some of its mir-kiosk applications from the legacy mirclient
API to Wayland, and thinking about supporting Wayland extensions on Mir.
Sean Davis updates us on the work done by the Xubuntu team, including a
brief preview of Xfce 4.13 which can be seen in 18.10, thanks to the
hard of Unit 193. Progress continues moving from GTK+ 2 to 3, but it’s
not readily visible as the team have done their job well. Sean also
gives an outlook to the Catfish 1.4.6 and Xubuntu 18.04.1 releases.
=== Declaring the Commencement of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase for
Nathan Haines opens the call to submit creations for the wallpapers to
be included in the October release of Ubuntu 18.10. The contest ends
August 13th and Nathan provides base requirements and links to the details.
=== Michael Hall: Joining the Linux Foundation ===
In advising his joining the Linux Foundation, Michael gives us a resume
of his work up to and through the Ubuntu Community Team to his role as
developer advocate and community manager for the EdgeX Foundry.
Expressly stated this experience will further the merging of IoT and
common technology within the open source community.
=== Marco Trevisan: I’m going to GUADEC (with Ubuntu Desktop team)! ===
Marco writes of his excitement to be attending his first GNOME Users And
Developers European Conference, along with Ken VanDine, Sébastien
Bacher, Didier Roche, Iain Lane, James Henstridge, and Robert Ancell of
the Ubuntu Desktop team.
Simon Quigley reminds us Lubuntu 17.10 reaches EOL on July 19, 2018,
providing a link to a video made when 17.04 reached EOL as aid for those
that need to upgrade. He then highlights some of the work done by the
Lubuntu team, including the availability of nm-tray 0.4.0 and LXQt
0.13.0 in Cosmic, and Calamares installer fixes. Simon also updates us
on the use of Phabricator and an IRC bot providing notifications on it.
Finally he gives a summary on SouthEast LinuxFest which he took part in
recently, and links to photos of the event.
=== GNOME Foundation opens recruitment for further expansion ===
The GNOME Foundation announces there are four posts available to be
filled thanks to a generous grant it has received. These posts are
Development Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Devops/Sysadmin, and GTK+
core developer. Links are provided for more information on the posts and
how to apply.
=== KDE Finally Offers An Easy Global Shortcut To Launch The Konsole ===
Michael Larabel writes of the usability improvements this brings. In
addition to the shortcut is HiDPI support for KMag, easier handling of
template entries, bug fixes, and other user interface work. Links are
provided for more details.
=== Xubuntu 18.10 Is Landing More Xfce 4.13 Components ===
Michael Larabel gives a status update on the path to Xubuntu 18.10, and
notes some changes in Xfce 4.13 as progress is made towards the release
of Xfce 4.14 hoped for next year. He lists the applications that are
affected in the move from GTK+ 2 to 3.
=== Red Hat Making Progress On KDE/GNOME Wayland Screen-Sharing With
Michael Larabel tells us that Jan Grulich and other Red Hat developers
have been making progress on screen-sharing support using WebRTC under
Wayland for GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma. He links to Grulich's blog which
provides more information.
=== Mir Developers Ponder Their Approach For Supporting More Wayland
Michael Larabel advises of the Wayland extensions that may be enabled by
default and that methods are being developed to turn on desired
extensions at run time. A link to Mir’s development page is provided.
=== Ubuntu Studio Have Released a Free Guide to Audio Production on
Joey Sneddon informs us of a comprehensive guide to digital audio
recording and production for a wide range of applications. He provides a
link to obtain the audio handbook and notes that a PDF version will be
=== Dell Precision 7530/7730 Now Shipping With Ubuntu Linux Option ===
Michael Larabel reports that the Dell Precision laptops 7530 and 7730
are now shipping with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as a factory option as announced
back in May. He provides some specs and prices, including what is saved
over the Windows 10 models.
=== ‘Next Gen’ Kdenlive Is Almost Here — But It Needs Your Help ===
Joey Sneddon tells us of the new beta Kdenlive video editor available
for download. Quoting the developers announcement, it contains 1.5 years
of work and is planned to be part of the KDE 18.08 Applications release.
As it contains a lot of refactoring, a bug squashing day is being
considered and testing of it is encouraged.
=== LibreOffice 6.1 Release Candidate Available Now for Final Bug
Hunting Session ===
Marius Nestor writes of the bug hunting sessions on the roadmap to the
expected mid-August 2018 release. Marius links to the various aids for
those choosing to participate and a download to the first Release
=== Canonical Outs Major Kernel Security Updates for All Supported
Ubuntu Linux OSes ===
Marius Nestor advises that kernel updates are now available to address
22 security vulnerabilities discovered across all supported Ubuntu
releases. He provides details on the various issues and reminds us to
update as soon as possible.
=== GIMP 2.10.4 Released with Faster Start Up Times, Auto-Straighten
Joey Sneddon informs us of a new release of GIMP 2.10.4, which includes
asynchronous font loading that reduces load time. Other big changes
include font tagging and a new auto-straighten option. Joey links to the
release announcement for more details.
Marius Nestor reports on side effects of the Spectre microprocessor
side-channel vulnerability patch that caused some 14.04 systems to fail
to boot. The July 20 patch requires a reversion for the 14.04 releases
that is provided in the July 5 reversion.
Joey Sneddon tells us that SUSE has been sold to EQT Partners, a Swedish
private equity firm, in a deal expected to close early next year. This
is said to see the open-source company return to operate as an
independent business, and no impact expected for the distribution.
=== Touch-panel computer for forklifts runs Android or Ubuntu ===
Eric Brown writes about the rugged FM10A VMC touch panel computer
designed for forklifts that runs on Android 6.0 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. He
notes it feels like Winmate is giving Linux a tryout in its June 29
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