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* Ubuntu Stats
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* This Week In Mir (10th August, 2018)
* XDG Shell Stable Supported by Mir
* This Week in Lubuntu Development #8
* Fresh Snaps from July 2018
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* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
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== General Community News ==
=== IRC Council Call for Nominations (2018) ===
Neal Bussett, on behalf of the IRC Council, announces the term expiration of three members, opening the call for nominations through August 20. Details of the election process are provided with links for additional info.
Brian Murray gives a status of the Long Term Support upgrade path. He cites the bug that is stopping the dist-upgrader feature from working when trying to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS from previous versions of Ubuntu. The fix, awaiting user confirmation, is in testing and perhaps by early this week the path will open.
Chris Halse Rogers (raof) reports on the team activity this week. Works include tidying up the logind support merges, fixing bugs detected by AddressSanitizer builds, fixing to the sanitizer builds then enabling them in CI, adding support for the stable xdg-shell protocol, and adding to the Snap store.
William Wold (wmww) reports its landing and that it will be the default in ubuntu 18.10. He gives some of the development background, pointing out that the Wayland ecosystem is maturing. Soon work will begin for the integration of Layer Shell in the effort to provide a featureful Wayland desktop.
Simon Quigley blogs that while many fixes are blocked due to the in-progress Qt 5.11.1 transition, work continues on the desktop polish, infrastructure and project changes as a result of the "new direction" in the transition to the new environment. Thanks are given to UBports for the financial contributions that allow for the transition. Of note is the work done on Calamares, Lubuntu Seed, SDDM 0.18.0 and Lugito. Incoming bugs and those that are solved are listed and as well various links to support structures and the roadmap to Cosmic Cuttlefish's release cycle are given.
Alan Pope showcases 10 snaps: developer tools, productivity applications and games. Alan encourages us to keep informed by following the editorial picks on Snapcraft, and to participate in disclosing additional snaps.
=== KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Lets You Upgrade Your Computer's Firmware ===
Marius Nestor tells us that KDE Plasma 5.14 is being based on the Qt 5.11 open-source application framework, and KDE Frameworks 5.50 software suite. One of its new features is the ability to update your computer's firmware using Plasma Discover. With other new features, it will ship with KDE Applications 18.08.0 with a planned date of release being October 9, but with beta testing available September 13. More details and photos are provided.
=== Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) Is Now Powered by the Linux 4.17 Kernel ===
Marius Nestor informs us that Ubuntu 18.10 is now using Linux kernel 4.17 with better power management, HDMI audio/sound support for AMD graphics chips, support for intel's HDCP and Cannon Lake's architecture, and more. Given it's some time till 18.10's release date, 18.10 may still yet be bumped to kernel 4.18, but Marius notes 18.10 will still contain the new Yaru theme, a revamped login screen, and GNOME 3.30 desktop.
=== X.Org Server 1.20.1 Released With Many Bug Fixes ===
Michael Larabel writes that X.org Server 1.20.1 has been released with many fixes including EGLStreams for XWayland, many XWayland fixes, improved syncing for RadeonSI PCI IDs from Mesa, updates to the Meson build system, and many other fixes. The complete list can be found at the given release announcement, with a note that we may see it in Ubuntu 18.10.
=== LibreOffice 6.1 Shipping Today As A Big Update For This Open-Source Office Suite ===
Michael Larabel reports that LibreOffice 6.1 containing many improvements has hit the streets. It includes better KDE integration, some GTK3/GNOME improvements, Microsoft Office file importing enhancements, better image handling, a new database engine and more. It is a big update with more information on the provided release notes.
=== AMD Radeon Pro 18.Q3 Linux Driver Released ===
Michael Larabel states that AMD has released their Radeon Pro 18.Q3 enterprise driver update which is available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and others. It is basically a "QA-vetted" version of AMDGPU-PRO intended for business workstations. While it may not suit consumer Radeon GPUs it still may be better with the Linux+Mesa stack. There are still several known issues, and the video cards it is intended for are listed, with a download link for where you can download them.
=== KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes ===
Michael Larabel reports on the monthly update, complementing the Qt5 tool-kit. Michael notes the changes to KWayland and XDG, additions of more modules honoring the BUILD_TESTING flag and KTextEditor extended scripting, enhancements to Kirigami and Purpose, and various improvements for KIO, KHolidays, and syntax highlighting. A link is provided to the full change list.
=== KDE Plasma 5.14's Lock Screen Will No Longer Eat Your CPU Resources On Old Hardware ===
Michael Larabel reports on this fixed issue, relating the cause and the fix: coding in KScreenLocker to pick up the compositor settings. He provides links to the bug report, the resolved code, and to KDE's weekly report that lists other usability improvements.
=== KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.13 with over 200 Improvements ===
Marius Nestor describes the function of KDE Frameworks listing 15 of the numerous component updates and tells us that more than 220 changes are released for the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment. Marius also provides a roadmap to KDE Frameworks 5.50.0.
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