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=== KDE Plasma 5.14.90 (the beta for Plasma 5.15) is available for testing ===
The Kubuntu Team Has Plasma 5.14.90 available for 18.10 and the proposed 19.04 releases in their Beta PPA. They have an open call for testing to insure the release of Kubuntu 19.04 and what is added to backports. Install directions are provided and as well a short primer on the testing procedure.
Brian Murray writes about PPAs and users historically having issues upgrading releases. To help remedy this, Brian has made changes to the ubuntu-release-upgrader, outlining the changes made and where they should take effect, including use of the RELEASE_UPGRADER_ALLOW_THIRD_PARTY environment variable.
=== KDE Now Has Virtual Desktop Support On Wayland ===
Michael Larabel writes of the KWayland/KWin resolution for KDE virtual desktop support on Wayland, and as well a new UI for X11. The improvements include the digital clock widget, KDE Information Center's USB devices, wallpaper chooser, and more. A link is provided to Nate Graham's blog page for more details and screenshots.
=== Ubuntu Gets Snappier Video Playback With Chromium Snap For VA-API Acceleration ===
Michael Larabel advises on the availability of a testing Chromium Snap that features VA-API video acceleration support for GPU-based decoding. The caveat is that you must have the supporting hardware/driver and for YouTube videos one must have the h264ify extension. Links are given to Olivier Tilloy's patch and to the binary snap.
=== Qt 5.13 Slated To Deliver Many WebAssembly Improvements ===
Michael Larabel reports that the WebAssembly for Qt 5.13 in the next few months is bringing many improvements. Features planned are "optional multi-threading support, system clipboard access, local file access, binary packages, and platform documentation.
=== Wine 4.0 Officially Released with Vulkan & Direct3D 12 Support, HiDPI on Android ===
Marius Nestor reports that the Wine project proudly announced today the general availability of the Wine 4.0 release, a major version of the open-source software that lets Linux users install and use Windows apps on their computers.
=== Debian & Ubuntu Fix Man-in-the-Middle Attack in APT Package Manager, Update Now ===
Marius Nestor tells us that both Debian and Canonical have released updated APT packages to address a critical vulnerability. All users are urged to update APT immediately, with a link provided to the debian security advisory if you'd like to know more.
=== GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment to Launch with a "Radical New Icon Style" ===
Marius Nestor reports that the upcoming GNOME 3.32 desktop environment comes with a plethora of new features and improvements across its default apps, artwork, and core components, including a radical new icon style. The GNOME 3.32 release of the open-source desktop environment is used by numerous Linux-based operating systems, including Ubuntu.
=== GNOME 3.32 Gets Fixed Up For Buggy Zoom Mode ===
Michael Larabel writes that Canonical and Ubuntu developers having been tackling various performance problems, and issues with the GNOME desktop, and now the GNOME 3.32 has fixed Shell's zoom mode and resolved some usability issues.
“First episode of 2019! This week we look 'System Down' in systemd, as well as updates for the Linux kernel, GnuPG, PolicyKit and more, and discuss a recent cache-side channel attack using the mincore() system call.”
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