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Alan Griffiths (alan_g) reports that though there was not much new code released in mir, ongoing efforts are continued. Michał Sawicz (saviq) works on automating Mir-snaps updates and has opened a discussion to make it easier to snap servers based on Mir, Chris Halse Rogers (raof) has been updating the wics tool for testing Wayland conformance, William Wold (wmww) continues with his efforts with mate-wayland to get the snap into the store, Gerry Boland (greyback) has a proof-of-concept web kiosk based on chromium that needs testing and feedback on results. Finally is a request for feedback of overall user experience in Mir.
=== Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Community Wallpaper Competition ===
Will Cooke tells us that wall paper entries are now closed and that the judging has begun, with the voting to close on 22nd March. A sample of the 57 entries is provided, with directions in the voting process to see all entries. The 10 favorites selected will forward to new wallpapers for 20.04 LTS. Will takes the opportunity to thank all who took the time to enter into the competition.
=== Call for Testing: OpenJDK 11 packages in bionic-proposed and cosmic-proposed ===
Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox) advises that "Ubuntu 18.04 LTS shipped with OpenJDK 10 with the intent to update to OpenJDK 11". With code fixes and build changes in place, the backports are currently available in the bionic-proposed and cosmic-proposed pockets. Upon successful testing of the OpenJDK 11 package, OpenJDK 11 will move to the security and updates pockets in the last week of March. Dimitri provides testing procedures and a dire warning that testing not be conducted in a production environment; "Some application packages that are known to be affected by OpenJDK API changes, and have had some manual testing but warrant additional testing are: jabref, jedit, jhove, libreoffice, mobile-atlas-creator, netbeans, tomcat8, tomcat9, sweethome3d, and virtualbox." The original call by Matthias Klose is linked.
=== Statement Regarding Infrastructure Data Loss ===
Simon Quigley reports that the Lubuntu Team were informed by their hosting provider that major data loss was suffered. It doesn't affect any code in Git repositories which are mirrored to GitHub, however losses still include all data on Phabricator, Weblate, Jenkins, and more. The Lubuntu team apologize for the inconvenience and advises that functionality is now refined for a faster and more secure experience.
=== Ubuntu Studio to Remain Officially Recognized Ubuntu Flavor ===
The Ubuntu Studio team tell us that at the recent Ubuntu Developer Membership Board two Ubuntu Studio developers were granted upload rights to Ubuntu Studio's core packages fulfilling the prescribed requirements for official Ubuntu flavor. Erich and Ross thank the community, and the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board. Ubuntu Studio 19.04 remains on-schedule.
=== Mesa 19.0 Released With Many Improvements To The Open-Source Vulkan/OpenGL Drivers ===
Michael Larabel reports on the quarterly feature update for Mesa 19.0. The improvements include: ransform feedback and many other additions in Intel's Vulkan driver, works done on FP64/INT64 - RadeonSI FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync - AMD Zen thread, OpenGL extensions, Vega RADV primitive binning; and with "a variety of performance improvements and other OpenGL/Vulkan driver tuning". Michael provides a link to FreeDesktop.org for the source code and the release announcement.
=== Canonical Releases Minor Linux Kernel Security Update for 14.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reports of Canonical's release of new kernel versions for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 ESM. The new version is prompted by security issue (CVE-2019-6133). links are provided to the security notice and update instructions. All affected users are urged to update immediately, from the stable software repositories.
“This week we look at security updates for the Linux kernel, PHP and NVIDIA drivers, revealing recent research into GPU based side-channel attacks plus we call for suggestions on hardening features and more.”
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