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== General Community News ==
=== i386 architecture will be dropped starting with eoan (Ubuntu 19.10) ===
Steve Langasek announces the resulting decision that from the 19.10 release forward, the i386 (32 bit) architecture will no longer be supported. Steve gives some background information, and links to mitigations for those affected by the removal of i386 packaging in the archives.
=== Rumour: Ubuntu NOT Dropping 32-bit App Support After All? ===
Joey Sneddon writes on a clarification of intent by Canonical’s Steve Langasek, Steve relates that rather than dropping 32 bit support in the 19.10 release, 32 bit libraries are to be frozen at the 18.04 LTS versions. Meaning that 32 bit libraries will continue to work on Ubuntu 19.10. A link to the Discourse discussion is given; Further information of how i386 applications "can be run on versions of Ubuntu later than 19.10” is pending.
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph relates some background on porting linux code to the mainframes with s390x architecture. Now we are advised that with the porting of the code we have access to an IBM Z server; this access allows the building of PPAs as well! Elizabeth produces a test and documents her procedure, pointing out there are IBM "mainframe-driven security products” in the cloud. Elizabeth concludes that those interested in a Ubuntu-based development platform on s390x can contact her via her email.
=== New vulnerabilities may let hackers remotely SACK Linux and FreeBSD systems ===
Dan Goodin writes of the Netflix's newly discovered vulnerabilities allowing hackers to remotely crash servers and disrupt communications. Dan explains the nature of the exploits and advises to update systems immediately as patches are available. Source links are provided as well as links for additional information.
=== Developers Devising Plan To Ship Newer NVIDIA Drivers On Ubuntu Stable Releases ===
Michael Larabel reports that there is a new stable release update (SRU) policy/exception for Nvidia drivers to land on existing Ubuntu stable releases. Though the new drivers will not be available immediately due to porting and testing; the PPA and OEM installs remain as an option for those seeking the latest drivers quicker. A link is provided to the developer's NVidiaUpdates WIKI for additional details.
=== Canonical Outs Important Linux Kernel Security Update for All Ubuntu Releases ===
Marius Nestor recounts the recent security vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-11477 and CVE-2019-11478). All users are urged to update systems as patched Linux kernel versions are available for all supported architectures. A link to Canonical's update instructions is provided.
=== Ubuntu Linux Gets Intel MDS Mitigations for Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, Update Now ===
Marius Nestor writes of the recent Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities in Intel Microcode; this latest patch mitigates for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor family. We are advised to make sure we have the latest Linux kernel for your Ubuntu Linux release installed when installing the updated intel-microcode firmware, available in the official software repositories. A link to Canonical's update instructions is provided.
=== Wine Developers Appear Quite Apprehensive About Ubuntu's Plans To Drop 32-Bit Support ===
Michael Larabel makes us aware of some of the impact of Canonical dropping 32-bit packages/libraries (19.10) , causing apprehension to continue an ubuntu affiliation. Of particular note is the reaction of the Wine and Steam developers for the gaming environments. Some possible alleviations are offered as we await what works out in the near future.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E11 – 1942 ===
"This week we’ve been to FOSS Talk Live and created games in Bash. We have a little LXD love in and discuss 32-bit Intel being dropped from Ubuntu 19.10. OggCamp tickets are on sale and we round up some tech news."
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