* Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS released
* Welcome New Members and Developers
* Ubuntu Stats
* Hot in Support
* Canonical at NVIDIA GTC 2019
* LoCo Events
* Multipass snap: Upcoming switch to the core18 base
* What the bespoke Wayland extensions API might look like (update 1)
* Resource Scale for Fractional Scaling support in GNOME Shell 3.32
* Launchpad news, February 2019
* Canonical News
* In the Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* 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 ==
=== Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS released ===
Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu team, announces the release of Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS (Long-Term Support). This is a security-targeted release in response to APT vulnerability (USN-3863-1) and additional high-impact bug fixes are also included. Ubuntu support links are also provided.
=== Welcome New Members and Developers ===
wildmanne39, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, is delighted to
announce our newest Ubuntu Member:
Canonical attends Nvidia’s GTC Conference in San Jose, California March 18 – 21, 2019. Canonical's focus in the event is AI/ML, Kuberneters, and MicroK8s/Kubeflow with an emphasis on support offered in the K8 environment. A chat will be tendered at a hosting proffered at a happy hour Wednesday, March 20 from 7pm to 10pm at the Continental Bar Lounge & Patio.
=== What the bespoke Wayland extensions API might look like (update 1) ===
Alan Griffiths (alan_g) advises on his update pushes. The API parts are the “MirAL 2.5” inclusive of code to filtering protocol extensions, and adding protocol extensions. Alan also sketches his work in Implementing protocol extensions.
=== Resource Scale for Fractional Scaling support in GNOME Shell 3.32 ===
Marco Trevisan tells us that after some years in development, GNOME Shell now has fractional scaling. Reporting that last Friday, Jonas triggered the merge for GNOME 3.32, functional under the Wayland protocol. Example screenshots are provided, and details as to current limitations are explained - especially with legacy applications. It's still considered experimental, but the command needed to get it running is provided. Marco finally thanks the people who helped review and test the code.
Colin Watson gives a brief changelog. Included are notices of a change in the Build farm, code alterations, gpg key fingerprints in rocketfuel-setup, and Core18 base in build.snapcraft.io and Soyuz (package management).
=== Linux Kernel 5.0 Released, This is What’s New ===
Joey Sneddon reports on the release of Linux Kernel 5.0, with no grand changes but lots of improvements, new additions, and support for newer hardware. Joey details some of these and provides a link to Linus Torvalds' announcement for greater detail. Though the source code is available for Linux 5.0 and it is possible to install the mainline kernel it is not recommended, but rather await the arrival of the new kernel in the 19.04 final release.
=== GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.31.92 Bring Fractional Scaling, Updated Screen-Casting API ===
Michael Larabel reports on the GNOME Shell / Mutter 3.31.92 releases where there is now fractional scaling support as well as performance improvements. Mutter sees version two of the screen-casting API, adds cursor-mode support, and a number of crash fixes. The GNOME Shell update has some fixes for the sub-menus as well as other fixes and cleanup. Michael provides a link to gnome-announce-list for more details.
=== KDE Plasma 5.12.8 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 70 Improvements ===
Marius Nestor reports on the bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.12.8. Marius cites many of the changes, fixes, improvements, and feature refinements and new modules. It is recommended to update as soon as the new packages are in the stable software repository. Marius provides a link to the release announcement for more details with the advisory that KDE Plasma 5.12, with six month maintenance updates, will reach end of life in July 2020.
=== Meet the Official Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ Mascot ===
Joey Sneddon writes that the official mascot design for Ubuntu 19.04 has been revealed by Canonical. Reminding us what a dingo is, and what the artwork is for, he gives an opinion as to the possible influences into the chosen artwork. Joey remarks, in comparison to older release designs, "I am a fan of this logo" Pictures of the new logo of course are included.
=== Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have released new patches for Ubuntu, across all supported systems . Marius provides details of CVEs fixed for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and advises users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS & 14.04 LTS using the 4.15 (HWE) kernel to upgrade as soon as possible.
=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Released With Browser Improvements ===
Michael Larabel reports that the UBports community have released Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 update. Though primarily a maintenance release, It contains some fixes and other improvements, with the most significant being to the Morph browser. More details are available with the provided link.
=== Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 5.0 ===
Marius informs us that Canonical have decided to ship the Linux kernel 5.0 with Ubuntu 19.04. Linux kernel 5.0 contains not only new features for x86, but also for ARM which are covered briefly in the article. Marius reminds us Ubuntu 19.04 (and flavors) are scheduled for release 18 April 2019.
=== LibreOffice 6.2 Office Suite Gets First Point Release with More Than 150 Fixes ===
Marius Nestor writes of the Document Foundation's first point release for LibreOffice 6.2 Office Suite. With more than one-hundred-and-fifty bugs and issues addressed, still is not deemed as optimized for enterprise class deployments. Those whose priority is stability and reliability are urged to remain on LibreOffice 6.1 series. But for those who already run LibreOffice 6.2 they are urged to update. Links are provided for those that choose to update for a much-improved office experience.
=== Purism Announces Convergence for Its Linux Phones and Laptops ===
Marius Nestor informs us of the arrival of integrated support for linux-phones and laptops that allows a single set of apps, from the same PureOS release. This means one can turn the Librem 5 Linux phone into a computer and as PureOS is Gnome based one can create apps that work on both mobile phones and laptops. The Librem 5 mobile phone is scheduled for release Q3 2019; Marius provides links for more details.
=== Snap Apps Are More Popular Than You Think [Infographic] ===
Joey Sneddon writes that more than three million Snaps are installed each month. Reminding us of what snaps are and the advantages of snaps, Joey provides the range of devices that snaps can be installed on and notes a large number of developers that package using Snappy. Infographics from Canonical’s original post are provided as is the source link.
Michael Larabel reports on the progress to Weston 6.0 and Wayland 1.17 that is expected to debut around the 19th of March. This beta release is after the feature freeze for this cycle, but, brings support for internal server error messages and updates wl_seat protocol in Wayland 1.17. Weston 6.0 has XDG-Shell stable support, Meson transition, FreeRDP 2.0 updates. and IVI shell enhancements.
Michael Larabel informs us that Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS has been released with fixes to the recent APT security vulnerability. Providing details of this unscheduled update, a link is provided to the ubuntu-announce archive.
=== KDE Frameworks 5.56 Brings Another Month Worth Of Improvements ===
Michael Larabel reports of this monthly update for the add-on libraries complementing Qt5. The list includes: Baloo, new Breeze icons, mitigation against CVE-2013-0779, KFileMetaData improvements, KRun support improvements to the Kirigami framework, improvements in KTextEditor, added supports in KWayland, updates in Octave support and improved TypeScript/React. More details are in the provided KDE.org link.
“This week we cover security updates including Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenSSL and another Ghostscript regression, plus we look at a recent report from Capsule8 comparing Linux hardening features across various distributions and we answer some listener questions.”
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