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William Wold (wmww) gives this week's report. Alan Griffiths (alan_g) has enabled experimental support for X11 apps via XWayland in egmde where one can run an X11-only app; Chris Halse Rogers (raof) continues his work on the Mir graphics stack core to maintain compatibility with the Mir library core. Meanwhile, "There is still work that needs to be done porting the Android platform Ubuntu Touch runs on."; William advises he is writing a Wayland debugging tool that is functional with still a few important features to add.
=== EXT4 Getting Many Fixes In Linux 4.20, Including For Some Really Old Leaks ===
Michael Larabel reports of the EXT4 code fixes coming to the Linux 4.20 stable kernel. Michael advises that of the eighteen patches, sixteen are from Vasily Averin addressing buffer and memory leaks. Additional fixes are in for Btrfs for cloning of an EOF block.
=== Ubuntu 19.04 Daily Builds Available to Download ===
Joey Sneddon advises that the daily builds - released each and every day - are now available for “Disco Dingo” (19.04). Whilst the development cycle is open, please keep in mind this is testing and not production ready. We are also reminded that 32 bit images have been dropped for the ubuntu release. A link is provided to the Daily Build and a short primer to install.
=== GNOME Mutter Brings More Fixes, Shell 3.31.2 Has Some Performance Work ===
Michael Larabel reports of the fixes in Mutter 3.31.2, inclusive of initial Meson build system support. In GNOME Shell 3.31.2 the changes include a move away from ShellGenericContainer usage, performance enhancements, various fixes, and infrastructure work. Finally Michael relates the milestones on the road to the March release of GNOME 3.32.
Michael Larabel reports of the added features, improvements, added support, and fixes in this second beta of VirtualBox 6.0. Of greater note is initial shared folder support to the guest additions for OS/2. More details are in the provided VirtualBox.org link.
=== Mozilla Now Ships Firefox Nightly Builds With Wayland Enabled ===
Michael Larabel reports that finally, after many years of suppressed patches, Mozilla.org Firefox Nightly packages have included the experimental Wayland support built-in. Michael notes, while it is not a "big deal" , presently setting the environmental variable GDK_BACKEND=wayland is required. For details a link to the glandium blog is given. Mozilla developers request that bug reports be submitted for any bug that is encountered.
=== Mesa 18.3-RC3 Released With RADV Fixes, Drops Zen L3 Thread Pinning ===
Michael Larabel reports that in addition to the updates in the Meson build system, updates for NIR, and fixes in the video API support for AMD Ryzen 2 APUs, that AMD has back-ported the pulling of AMD Zen L3 thread pinning support. A number of regressions were found in Zen L3 and AMD is currently working on new Zen optimizations that are expected to be in the Mesa 19.0 release. A link is provided to Mesa-dev's changelog for the complete list.
=== Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E10 – Tendência livre ===
"Desta vez com um convidado, o Luís Costa, falámos muito sobre hardware, hardware livre e como não poderia deixar de ser: dos novos produtos da Libretrend, as novíssimas Librebox. Em mês de eventos a agenda teve um especial destaque com as actualizações disponíveis de todos os encontros e eventos anunciados! "
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