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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) End of Life reached on July 19 2018 ===
Adam Conrad announces that Ubuntu 17.10 is now End of Life. This means
there will be no further updates and it will soon be archived to
old-releases.ubuntu.com. Adam advises that the supported upgrade path is
to 18.04 and links to more information on it.
William Wold (wmww) gives this week’s status, reporting on developer
documentation and updates to the Mir kiosk apps as well as continuing
work on the stable XDG shell protocol. Marius Gripsgård (mariogrip) is
collaborating to add XWayland support to Mir.
Simon Quigley updates us on the progress made by the Lubuntu team. It
includes a list of work done on artwork, seed, Calamares, desktop, and
more - with links to more details. He asks for help in testing the LTS
to LTS upgrade path before 18.04.1 comes out later this month. Simon
also specifically mentions the 32-bit images the flavor still produces,
asking for help in testing it as well - otherwise this may change.
=== Catfish Search Utility Joins The Xfce Project ===
Michael Larabel reminds us what Catfish is, that it is now under the
Xfce umbrella, and that version 1.4.6 has also been released - including
a number of improvements and bug fixes. He links to the release
announcement and notes the Xfce 4.14 release will probably occur next year.
Michael Larabel reports of the latest NVIDIA 390 driver release. Of note
in the bug fixes are intermittent hang of Vulkan applications,
addressing nvidia-modeset kernel messages, and a compositing crash.
Support for integer format color attachments was added in OpenGL FBOs.
=== Lubuntu Needs Help Testing For 32-bit x86 Support To Continue ===
Michael Larabel reminds us that Lubuntu is one of a few Ubuntu flavors
still offering 32-bit images and relays a call for help in testing them,
since otherwise this may change. He links to the latest Lubuntu
development update including this topic.
=== Canonical Needs Your Help to Test the Improved Ubuntu 18.04.1 Server
Marius Nestor writes that Dimitri John Ledkov of Canonical has called
for testing of the improved Ubuntu Server installer included in the
Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS release soon to be released. The server team are
looking for crash and critical bug reports related to the installer,
requesting testing of LVM/RAID, vlans and bonds support using end-user
setups. Marius observes not all intended server installer improvements
will be seen until the 18.10 release.
Michael Larabel reports of the two listed bug fixes: Vulkan
direct-to-display, and multi-threaded EGL. He gives amplifying info on
the improvements and reminds us that the Vulkan beta driver with the
newest extensions remains on version 396.24.10, awaiting the move to a
new mainline driver series.
=== Microsoft Brings PowerShell to the Ubuntu Snap Store ===
Joey Sneddon writes that Microsoft has released PowerShell Core as a
Snap. This will allow users and admins on various Linux distros to run
the latest version of it. Joey quickly reminds us what PowerShell is,
links to more information, and tells us how to run or test it.
=== GNOME 3.29.4 Released As Another Step Towards GNOME 3.30 ===
Michael Larabel writes that GNOME 3.29.4 is released on the road to the
anticipated September release of 3.30. He gives a summary of the
changes, updates, and various improvements. Michael links to the release
announcement and gives the schedule towards GNOME 3.30.
“This week we recover from a failed disk in a ReadyNAS and get to grips
with the Amazon Kindle Oasis E-reader. npm gets pwned, Debian 9.5 is
released, the Snap Store get verified publishers, categories and other
improvements. Humble Bundle offer a Linux Geek Book Bundle, we also
round up the community news and events.”
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