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Jonathan Riddell affirms the UK Open Source Awards event to be held June 12, 2019. In the four categories recognizing contributions to open source Jonathan provides the names and contributions of those on the short list for the subject awards.
Jonathan Riddell advises that the new KDE Applications Website is now available. The new one scans builds in search of appstream appdata.xml files and makes the appropriate conversions. Links are provided for technical info, the Appstream in KDE guide, bug reporting for the Breeze icons, and a workboard for future work. The new site provides visibility to all of KDE’s applications, aiding support.
Further to the welcome update that it is hoped for 19.04 users, many bug fixes and new features will be landing for 19.10. Additionally a list is provided of what is being backported and made available in the backports PPA. Finally is an advisement that the 18.10 release is nearing End-Of-Life, users are urged to upgrade as soon as possible.
=== Ubuntu keeping up with GNOME stable updates ===
Sebastien Bacher writes in response to a recent blog about Epiphany and acknowledges that while the Ubuntu package was outdated, it is now resolved. Sebastien critiques Michael's [Catanzaro] blog over a few points, providing links to the argument. Sebastien relates the means in resolving the Epiphany update and explains why Ubuntu packages can be behind upstream, though actively maintained. We are advised if anyone has an issue with a component the team will do their best "to fix the situation".
=== Firefox starts blocking third-party cookies by default ===
Emil Protalinski writes about Mozilla Firefox's Enhanced Tracking Protection which blocks cookies from third-party trackers. Additionally, advisements are made of improvements to Mozilla's Facebook Container extension, a rebranded Lockwise password keeper desktop extension, and an updated Firefox Monitor for storing email addresses. Providing a brief history of Firefox's tracking protection, we are told Enhanced Tracking Protection will be on by default for new installs, its blocking based on Disconnect's tracking rules. It will be rolled out for existing Firefox users over the coming months. Details of the extension upgrades are also provided, along with screenshots and embedded video.
=== Firefox Now Available with Enhanced Tracking Protection by Default Plus Updates to Facebook Container, Firefox Monitor and Lockwise ===
Dave Camp reminds us of last year's planned approach to anti-tracking and the intention to block cookies from known third party trackers in Firefox. This feature is being rolled out to all new users, along with a few Firefox extensions with updated features. With links for those that need to know more provided, a quick overview of the new protection is provided using the Disconnect list, plus updated extensions.
=== Mendocino College to host free Cyber Camp this summer ===
The free CyberCamp, hosted by the Mendocino College Computer Science Program with the Air Force providing the curriculum, will be held from July 29-Aug 2. The program is in four described modules of which module four will be on the Ubuntu 16 demonstration image. Registration information is provided and the event is open for local middle- and high school students.
=== Ubuntu 19.10's ZFS TODO List Goes Public - A Lot To Of Work Left ===
Michael Larabel writes of the preparations for the ZFS file system's inclusion in the 19.10 release. Michael gives an action items list for what is currently in focus as well as a look at the agenda for what is in the pipe-line. A link is provided to the interactive TODO list, hosted on github.
=== Canonical Outs Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases ===
Marius Nestor reports the release of new kernels for all supported ubuntu versions and architectures, due to discovered security vulnerabilities and flaws. Updated Kernel versions are provided and all users are urged to update their systems immediately.
=== Ubuntu Moving Ahead With Compressing Their Kernel Image Using LZ4 ===
Michael Larabel writes of the move to the LZ4 compression scheme rather than Gzip for the kernel initramfs image. Michael provides a link to the discussion on the developer mailing list. The goal is to make the changeover for Ubuntu 19.10, to be polished for 20.04's release.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E09 – Great Giana Sisters ===
"This week we’ve been cabling and tinkering with RGB on Razer keyboards and mice. We discuss a new application for visually impaired users called Magnus, updates from Ubuntu MATE and LibreOffice plus a round up of news from elsewhere in the open source and tech world."
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