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== General Community News ==
=== IRC Council Call for Nominations (2019) ===
C de-Avillez tells us two IRC Council members are nearing their end-of-term, thus it's election season. Details of board members and those retiring are provided, along with links to learn more or cast your vote if eligible.
=== The Current State Of AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs And Radeon RX 5700 GPUs On Linux ===
Jason Evangelho writes on the state of the impressive Ryzen R9 3900X with Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards on Linux. Jason notes the downside in that currently only Ubuntu release 18.04.2 LTS has support out of the box, and AMD Navi Vulkan support is lacking. We are told of the work in the developer community, producing a means to install the needed drivers with Vulcan support. Jason advises "it's best to wait a few days to a few weeks to let these Ryzen 3000 and Radeon RX 5700 launch pains get resolved." for us normal users.
=== This Handy Nvidia Optimus Linux Tool Makes Switching Between GPUs Easy ===
Joey Sneddon informs of the mate-optimus indicator applet that allows offloading to the discrete NVIDIA GPU for laptops with Nvidia Optimus. The latest version is targeted to the 19.10 release, though available in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or 19.04 with reduced functionality through the software repository.
=== KDE Now Supports Fractional Scaling On Wayland ===
Michael Larabel reports that among the improvements and fixes in KDE Plasma 5.17's desktop on Wayland, fractional scaling is now supported. This gives a better HiDPI experience. A link to Nate Graham's blog is provided for details.
=== Ubuntu's Snapcraft Snap Creator Tool Will Soon Get a Windows Installer ===
Marius Nestor informs us of a new Snapcraft 3.8 tool used to package Linux apps as snaps. The ability to package snaps on windows will soon exist too. Reminding us of what snaps are, this release provides new goodies for existing users, including support for GNOME 3.28 via an extension. A link to the full changelog is provided.
=== Ubuntu 19.10 To Boot Faster Thanks To LZ4 Compression ===
Michael Larabel reports that the Ubuntu kernel team now uses the LZ4 compression starting with Ubuntu 19.10, making it boot faster. Canonical's Colin Ian King says "With decompression time, LZ4 is over 7 times faster than GZIP, and LZO being ~1.25 times faster then GZIP on x86... Even with slow spinning media and a slow CPU, the longer load time of the LZ4 kernel is overcome by the far faster decompression time."
=== Canonical Fixes Linux 4.15 Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reminds us of earlier kernel patches that caused a regression for some users using the 4.15 kernel. Providing a link to Canonical's security advisory, and apology, users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS users using the 4.15 kernel are advised to upgrade asap.
=== First Look: Here’s Ubuntu 19.10’s New Default Wallpaper ===
Joey Sneddon reveals the new Ubuntu 19.10 desktop background, reminding us of its coming scheduled release on 18 October 2019 and a few key features. With links to remind us of prior default wallpapers, a link is provided to download the 19.10 wallpaper from launchpad.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E23 – Wing Commander ===
"This week we’ve been playing Pillars of Eternity. We discuss boot speed improvements for Ubuntu 19.10, using LXD to map ports, NVIDIA Prime Renderer switching, changes in the Yaru theme and the Librem 5 shipping (perhaps). We also round up some events and some news from the tech world."
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