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Alan Griffiths (alan_g) announces the release of Mir 1.0.0 featuring support for the Wayland xdg-shell (stable) extension and improved facilities for customizing display layouts. Alan defines Mir and gives several use cases with some direction for setting up a development environment, inclusive of what Wayland extension protocols are presently available. He gives the install instructions and a detailed changelog.
In the effort to promote packages from proposed to release, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre has pushed a common developed code “ubuntu-archive-assistant” to lp:ubuntu-dev-tools. He gives a brief summary of the tool and asks for feedback as well as help to improve it further. Mathieu concludes that the tool is a great way to learn and quickly move packages through the system.
=== NVIDIA PRIME in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, and a call for testing ===
Alberto Milone writes giving the background of the difficulties in producing a functional hybrid laptop Nvidia driver. He has a probable fix for GDM3 and asks for testing and feedback. The next updates should have the fix for LightDM and SDDM as well.
=== Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Wallpaper Contest Winners ===
Ubuntu Studio announces the results of the contest, giving a link to the top five winners and a peak at the default wallpaper. Thanks are given to those who submitted entries as well as to those who voted on the new wallpapers.
=== Canonical Release Ubuntu 18.04.1 Desktop Image Optimized for Microsoft Hyper-V ===
Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have announced optimized Ubuntu Desktop images in the Hyper-V gallery for Windows 10 Pro users, pre-configured with xRDP server for communication with Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) protocol.
Marius Nestor reports that Canonical have announced Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will have its life extended starting May 2019 through commercial Extended Security Maintenance (ESM), as was done for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS already. Ubuntu 12.04 ESM users have received more than 60 critical security updates, some of which Marius lists.
=== Open-Source AMDGPU and ATI Linux Graphics Drivers Updated with New Features ===
Marius Nestor informs us that the xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-amdgpu graphics drivers have been released in version 18.1.0. These are not major updates but do bring new features, and are compatible with X.Org Server versions 1.13 to 1.20. Marius reports on some of the highlights and build fixes, with a recommendation that if you use the driver, you should upgrade.
=== NVIDIA 410.57 Linux Beta Released With RTX 2080 Support, OptiX/Vulkan Ray-Tracing ===
Michael Larabel highlights the NVIDIA 410 Linux driver where the focus is on Volta and Turing GPU cards, with some EGL and Vulkan updates. Other changes are a graphics API visual indicator, support for XRandR transformations, exposing EGL 1.5, adding the OptiX ray-tracing engine, and experimental support for VK_EXT_global_priority. A link is given for more details and the download.
=== Qt 5.11.2 Released With ~800 Changes, 250+ Bug Fixes ===
Michael Larabel reports of the bug, plug-in, and QtCore regression fixes, code improvements, updating SQLite, and build system work in this bug fix release. Michael advises that feature changes are reserved for 5.12, which is expected at the end of the year. A link is provided for the details on the Qt 5.11.2 release.
=== Mesa 18.2.1 Released With A Number Of Fixes For The Vulkan Drivers ===
Michael Larabel tells us that Mesa 18.2.1 is out, marking a safe point at which stability-minded users could switch to this release stream. The update contains many changes among which are Vulkan fixes for Radeon RADV and Intel ANV. A link is provided to the release announcement if you want more details.
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