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* Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Beta released
* Welcome New Members and Developers
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* Kdenlive Devs Had a Sprint, Made This Awesome Vid
* Ubucon Portugal 2019
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* Mir News: 29th of March 2019
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* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10
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== General Community News ==
=== Nominations Open for UK Open Source Awards ===
Jonathan Riddell advises of the sixth UK Open Source Awards, to be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 12 June 2019. Nominations are now open for the awards ; Categories and criteria for nominations are provided.
Adam Conrad of the Ubuntu Release team announces the beta pre-release of the Ubuntu 19.04 Desktop, Server and Cloud products. This also includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu-Budgie, Ubuntu-Kylin, Ubuntu-MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavors. Instructions on reporting bugs are included, as all testing resulting in comments, bug reports or patches will help improve this release.
=== Kdenlive Devs Had a Sprint, Made This Awesome Vid ===
Joey Sneddon writes about Kdenlive as a great open-source video editor, and that the Kdenlive team recently had a Sprint in Lyon, France to improve buffering of the editor's refactoring branch ahead of the coming release. A video of some of the Sprint is included.
Diogo Miguel Constantino Dos Santos (diogoconstantino) writes to invite all to the first Ubucon Portugal 2019 event on the 6th of April. Additional help is requested to manage the event and the booth. Diogo provides links for more details and contacts.
Chris Halse Rogers (raof) reports of continuing fixes in non-standard build environments and Wayland extension support. While work also continues to merge the layer-shell branch into Mate snap, WLCS 1.0 is nearing release. We are advised of several threads opening for discussion for designs to make a MirAL framework snap work with snaps.
=== Canonical Reportedly Not Planning To Enable Wayland-By-Default For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ===
Michael Larabel reminds us of the short term Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME & Wayland defaults before switching back to X.Org, with X.Org looking to remain for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Michael provides some clues as to his sources, and views on where Fedora too is going with Wayland. Whilst we can still choose to use Wayland on Ubuntu, don't expect to see it the default before at least Ubuntu 20.10.
=== NVIDIA Lands Fix To Avoid High CPU Usage When Using The KDE Desktop ===
Michael Larabel reports on the the resolution by NVIDIA engineer Erik Kurzinger for the long standing high CPU load under the KDE desktop (Bug #322060) issue. The workaround will no longer be required in the next KDE Plasma release - Plasma 5.16, though the variable (GL_MaxFramesAllowed=1) can still be set in current KDE Plasma environments.
=== Asus Just Gave You 1 Million Reasons To Switch From Windows To Linux ===
Jason Evangelho reminds us of the recent Kaspersky ShadowHammer alert about Asus laptop users distributing malware through the Asus Live Update utility hidden as a legit-update. Jason explores why Ubuntu and Linux is safer and how Canonical's packaging of Ubuntu helps to achieve security.
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