* Google Code-in in KDE
* Ubuntu Stats
* Hot in Support
* Ubuntu at KubeCon & CloudNativeCon
* Ubucon Europe 2019 - Sintra!
* LoCo Events
* Mir News: 30th of November 2018
* MATE panel running in Mir
* Mir News: 7th of December 2018
* Migrating from Bazaar to Git on Launchpad just got easier!
* Xfce Screensaver 0.1.3 Released
* Jonathan Riddell: www.kde.org
* Other Community News
* Canonical News
* In the Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Meeting Reports
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Google Code-in in KDE ===
Valorie Zimmerman updates us on the Google Code-in students working with the KDE project. Valorie writes about the new tutorials created by Pranam Lashkari that were created for Code-in students, but may also be used to KDE documentation.
Canonical pronounces their participation in the KubeCon and CloudNativeCon. The event is to be held between December 10th – 13th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle where the focus is Kubernetes, containers and highlighting what makes Ubuntu the platform of choice for developers.
Tiago Carrondo announces preparations are underway for the next Ubucon Europe. PT Local Community extends a welcome to the 10th to 13th October 2019 event, to be held at the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval (Sintra, Portugal).
Alan Griffiths writes about Mir 1.1, and that all intended features have landed, and with only some housekeeping to be done, it should get released in days. Alan updates us on Experimental X11 support using it as a chance to seek a fresh developer. Next we are told about Nvidia support and that EGLStream support has landed in Mir with some limitations, then told about the MATE migration to Mir status, before finishing up on the egmde desktop snap which now runs on Fedora and Arch.
William Wold tells us about the port of the MATE desktop to Wayland. Giving us a brief background of the task, and the largest expected hurdle was the MATE panel, which is now successfully running inside Mir. A video link is provided if you want to see it in action, but William is working with MATE devs in bug-chasing and to get initial Wayland support landed in master. Work on it continues, but as it will cause an API break, a merge is currently on hold.
William Wold (wmww) advises he continues polishing MATE panel on Mir and chasing other minor bugs in Mir. On other fronts Alan Griffiths (alan_g) is restructuring what is published to the various Mir kiosk snap channels while Chris Halse Rogers (RAOF) and Gerry Boland (greyback) have been testing NVIDIA related bug fixes. William concludes the update with the good news that "These are the last few issues we need to resolve before Mir 1.1.".
=== Migrating from Bazaar to Git on Launchpad just got easier! ===
Balint Reczey writes that Debian recently switched from Alioth to Salsa that only supports Git. Balint then notes Ubuntu and Debian still have many packages maintained in Bazaar, and believes supporting them in Git only will make life easier in the long run. As Launchpad already supports Git, Balint suggests projects move to Git when possible, with links provided which should help in the task, or for more details.
Sean Davis tells us the first Screensaver is now available in beta release. It has better event handling, upgraded preferences and a tidier codebase. Sean provides detail about the package and what was accomplished in the three week dedicated development, with an invitation for us to test it, and report any found bugs. A PPA for Xubuntu 18.04, 18.10 & 19.04 users is provided.
Mario Sánchez Prada in his announcement of the release of Frogr 1.5 relates what he has been doing else and life's circumstances that delayed this release. He notes some changes, some bug fixes and updates to the translations, with an Icelandic translation added. Links are provided to various means to obtain this latest release.
=== KDE Frameworks 5.53 Will Have An Important KIO Performance Fix ===
Michael Larabel reminds us KDE Frameworks 5.53 is due soon, and tells us the KDE team is working on fixing bugs & UI refinements. One fix especially caught Michael's attention, being the performance boost given to KIO as used by Dolphin & KDE programs dealing with various protocols/formats for I/O. Detail is provided on the legacy mistake that caused performance loss, and how this was corrected and is now in KDE Frameworks 5.53.
=== UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Is On The Way With Browser Improvements, Oneplus One Fixes ===
Michael Larabel informs us that UBports are rolling out a release candidate of OTA-6, with the expectation that OTA-6 will be officially released early December 7, 2018. Notably OTA-6 includes a number of Morph web-browser fixes & improvements, improvements for users of Oneplus One hardware, and more. Further details on fixes can be found on a provided UBports blog.
=== KDE Plasma 5.14.4 Desktop Environment Released with 45 Changes, Update Now ===
Marius Nestor writes that the KDE Project have announced KDE Plasma 5.14.4 is out with improved Flatpak support, updated Weather & more. Marius lists the updated components in this release, and provides a link to the official changelog. Users of KDE Plasma 5.14 are advised to update.
=== Blender 2.80 Beta Now Available With Many New & Improved Features ===
Michael Larabel writes that Blender 2.80 Beta, a huge update, is available and relates the changes, additions, and improvements. Michael advises that the Beta is a daily build with the goal of a final release sometime early in 2019. A video is provided to showcase the features with a link to Blender.org for more details.
=== KDE Applications 18.12 Release Candidate Available For Testing ===
Michael Larabel advises that testing is open for KDE Applications 18.12 Release Candidate for next month's final release. The RC brings new additions to its package collection, improvements to Konsole and MTP device support, a unified Kmail inbox, and other enhancements and new features. A link is provided to KDE.org for more details.
=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Now Rolling out to Ubuntu Phone Users, Here's what's new ===
Marius Nestor reports the UBports community release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-6. Marius lists the nine Ubuntu Phone devices that are supported in the roll out, to be completed by Wednesday, December 12. Morph web browser sees added supports and improvements, and now accepts self-signed certificates. There is a new Event dialog, new support in the Welcome wizard, headset control, improved phone calls and networking. As the release is focused on adding an extra layer of stability and reliability to Ubuntu Touch, it's a recommended update to all users. A link is provided to UBports announcement.
=== Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E13 – Festa da boa ===
“Na ressaca da Festa do Software Livre da Moita 2018, com a Ubuntu Party de Paris à porta e já com os olhos postos da Ubucon Europe 2019 que vai realizar-se no nosso país, mais precisamente em Sintra, o que não falta neste episódio é festa! Este que é também um marco importante nossa história, por ser o primeiro episódio a ser publicado apenas 2 dias após a sua gravação…”
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E39 - The Thirty-Nine Steps ===
"This week we’ve been flashing devices and getting a new display. We discuss Huawei developing its own mobile OS, Steam Link coming to the Raspberry Pi, Epic Games launching their own digital store and we round up the community news."
"This week we look at some details of the 32 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases and talk open source software supply chain integrity and how this relates to Ubuntu compared to the recent npm event-stream compromise."
=== Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E14 - Dos oito, aos oitenta ===
"Já com o pensamento em 2019, sem esquecer a quadra natalícia, neste episódio -que volta a sair à quinta-feira!!! – falamos sobre prendas, home automation e revivalismo. Já sabes: Ouve, subscreve e partilha!"
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