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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 16.04.6 RC images for testing ===
Lucasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Foundations Team informs us that due to the recently discovered and fixed apt vulnerability, new ISOs have been generated - 16.04.6, and testing of them is requested. The estimated release date is set for February 28, 2019.
The Ubuntu Studio team writes of the extensive updates coming to Ubuntu Studio 19.04. Noted are Updated Ubuntu Studio Controls, the Addition of Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA, New Features in Ubuntu Studio Installer, a New Tool: Carla, a New Boot Theme, and Telegram as an Additional Support Channel.
=== Kubuntu: Plasma 5.15.1 arrives in Cosmic backports PPA ===
The Kubuntu Team announces the first bugfix release to Plasma 5.15, 5.15.1. Available in the backports PPA for Cosmic 18.10; install directions are provided as well as links to the release announcement and changelog. Additionally, there is also an update to KDE Frameworks 5.54.
Colin Watson informs us of the changes over this past year in the kernel. Colin breaks the "brief" changlog down into eight categories of fourty-one items, to facilitate seeing these changes, and provides relevant links.
=== KDE Continues Overhauling System Settings, More Discover Improvements ===
Michael Larabel writes of developments for the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.16. Improvements to the KDE System Settings area and the networks widget, fixes in KDE's Discover app and GTK3 applications are noted. There are other random fixes and a link to Nate's blog is provided for more details.
=== Wine-Staging 4.2 Released - Now Less Than 800 Patches Atop Upstream Wine ===
Michael Larabel tells us that Wine 4.2 was released on Friday (15-Feb) with the latest Wine-Staging release now available carrying near 800 extra patches; the number of patches is reduced as many are now merged upstream. More information is available on provided WineHQ link.
=== It's Still Undecided Whether Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Will Support 32-bit x86 (i386) ===
Michael Larabel reminds us that Ubuntu dropped the x86 installer image back in 17.10, with flavors dropping the image too over the last year with Xubuntu and Lubuntu being the last. Michael writes that even the idea of x86 ports are now in discussion for Ubuntu 20.04 being started by Canonical's Steve Langasek, with decisions expected middle of 2019.
=== Mesa 19.0-RC5 Released As The Cycle Drags Into Overtime ===
Michael Larabel updates us on the Mesa 19.0 blocker bugs that have delayed it from release, telling us a RC6 is now also expected this week, and with luck the Mesa 19.0 full release a few days later if all goes well. Links and details are provided.
=== Unexpected Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS Coming Due To APT Security Issue ===
Michael Larabel reports that due to the recent APT vulnerability, Canonical will issue an Ubuntu 16.04.6 update. The vulnerability is a man-in-the-middle exposure. The release candidate is out now for testing and once validated the update will be available through normal updates.
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