* 18.04.3 Point Release delayed to August 8th
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* An example snap confined “desktop”
* Ubucon Europe 2019: 3rd Batch of Calls Approved
* Ubucon Europe 2019: Call for Papers - deadline extended!
* Ubucon Europe 2019: Flight with discounts
* Ubucon Europe 2019: Ubucon EU registrations are open!
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== General Community News ==
=== 18.04.3 Point Release delayed to August 8th ===
Adam Conrad tells us that due to some kernel issues, the release of Ubuntu 18.04.3 (and flavors) has been re-scheduled to August 8, 2019. New near-RC ISOs are available and we are invited to help test them, and of course record any problems experienced in testing.
Daniel Llewellyn, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, announces that Carlo Lobrano has been granted official Ubuntu Membership! Carlo's qualifications are given as well as links to his submission.
=== Ubucon Europe 2019: 3rd Batch of Calls Approved ===
We are told how close Ubucon Europe 2019 is, and it's the final days for Papers. A link is provided if we'd like to read a short summary of the accepted speakers, with more being approved, a reminder is given that we'd better hurry up if we want to present a talk.
=== Ubucon Europe 2019: Call for Papers - deadline extended! ===
The Ubucon Europe inbox was full yesterday with submissions, so submitters are thanked. There were many requests for an extension to the deadline, which has been granted, so if you'd like to submit a presentation you now have ‘till 7 August, 2019.
TAP Air Portugal is now the Official Carrier Partner of Ubucon Europe 2019 with a link to view the information of what this offers. Introducing us to TAP if we aren't already familiar with the airline.
=== Ubucon Europe 2019: Ubucon EU registrations are open! ===
We are advised that Ubucon EU registration is now open; though the event is completely free and open to the public, the number of free entrance tickets is limited. Those choosing to register will be awarded "free entrance tickets to the cultural sites and free swag".
=== Proton 4.11 released, kernel packages available for testing ===
Pierre-Loup announces the release of Proton 4.11, based on Wine 4.11. The release features many fixes, a new Vulkan-based D3D9 implementation, and performance gains from reducing CPU overhead for multithreaded games. Of great note is the experimental replacement for esync that leads to proposing changes to the Linux kernel. Prepared packages are available to test fsync with Proton 4.11; a link is provided for additional information.
Simon Steinbeiß blogs about the final pre-release of Xfce 4.14 stable including a quick look at the various bug fixes it resolves, though noting many fixes were translation updates. Some details of 4.14 are provided, including notice of the new 4.14 documentation. Additional links are provided and the notice that we have less than two weeks for final release.
=== GNOME and KDE work together on the Linux desktop ===
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about the GNOME and KDE projects working together again in their sponsorship of the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019. Quotes are relayed from the heads of both projects for what they hope to achieve in pooling resources.
=== Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reports on Canonical's release of a Linux Kernel Live Patch directed to the Long Term Support releases. The patch fixes five security issues, a race condition, two memory issues, and a Bluetooth stack privacy issue. All users employing the Canonical Livepatch Service are encouraged to update now.
=== Blender 2.80 is Here – And It Blows the Pants Off Any Release Before It ===
Joey Sneddon touts this latest Blender release, 2.80. Joey lists various new Blender 2.80 features, noting they are "just a superficial overview". Links are provided to the full change log as well as to the project website and to the Snap application.
=== The Latest GNOME Performance Issue Being Addressed Are OpenGL Pipeline Stalls ===
Michael Larabel advises us of the work of Canonical's Daniel Van Vugt, particularly - OpenGL pipeline stalls. Michael explains the nature of the stalls as well as noting that Daniel is addressing various long-standing bugs in the GNOME Desktop in preparation for GNOME 3.34.
=== Canonical Releases Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reports on the Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update directed to the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) kernel as used in 18.04's Hardware Enablement Stack. Four CVEs are disclosed and we are urged to update systems and reboot immediately.
=== The MATE Desktop Is Becoming Quite Usable On Wayland Via Mir ===
Michael Larabel reports on the MATE Desktop on Wayland; a fork of GNOME 2. The effort follows the re-tooling of the display server from Ubuntu Touch and mobile/convergence. Michael notes the work of Canonical's William Wold on Mir and shares a video of the "MATE on Mir progress". The Mate Desktop is available via a Snap install and instruction is given.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E17 – The Secret of Monkey Island ===
"This week we’ve been doing more DIY, playing Slay the Spire and wrestling with CSS. We discuss a strictly confined snapped desktop environment, DNS over HTTPS as a snap, BT choosing Ubuntu for its 5G core and how the Ubuntu 19.10 development is progressing. We also round up some events and news from the tech world."
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