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William Wold (wmww) writes that in collaboration with the MATE Desktop team, work is progressing on porting MATE to Wayland with Mir. William advises there is a lot of work yet to be done and for those willing to address this volume of code in porting applications, William provides a technical guide.
We are warned that it's only three weeks before Ubucon starts and are given the schedule for the event. We are reminded to register to pre-ubucon cultural events, and that free swag is available if you register and go to the Sintra event. Thanks is given to the event sponsors and speakers, with links for more details.
Elizabeth K. Joseph blogs about visiting the IBM Poughkeepsie offices, recording on an episode of Terminal Talk,and visiting their mainframes. However, the focus is discussions about IBM LinuxONE, IBM's latest IBM z15 powerhouse mainframe running Linux and Ubuntu. Elizabeth relates of the many Ubuntu services such as MAAS KVM on s390 that are native and not just afterthoughts. Many links are provided for the many topics and personnel covered.
=== Plasma 5.16.90 (Plasma 5.17 Beta) Available for Testing ===
Users of Kubuntu 19.04 and 19.10 are told that Plasma 5.16.90 (Plasma 5.17 Beta) is available for testing via the Kubuntu Beta PPA. Instructions to add the PPA and upgrade your system are given. Testers are advised problems may be encountered, and 19.04 users should be aware they'll need to purge Plasma 5.17 prior to upgrading to 19.10, as 19.10 will ship with Plasma 5.16. Details and links are provided.
=== Linux 5.3 Kernel Released With AMD Navi Support, Intel Speed Select & More ===
Michael Larabel tells us that the Linux 5.3 kernel has been released with merges having already started for the next 5.4 kernel cycle. We are reminded that 5.3 had some issues with EXT4, with Linus Torvalds reverting the commit that caused the issue. The Linux 5.3 kernel includes Radeon RX 5700 Navi series support, better Intel Icelake graphics support, initial Intel HDR display support, and more, with links provided for more details.
=== The 32-Bit Packages That Will Continue To Be Supported Through Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ===
Michael Larabel reports that Canonical originally is taking out 32-bit support for 20.04 LTS, but they are providing select 32-bit packages like Wine, Quake, and so on. The list of 199 packages are officially listed, and packages which are not listed are going 64-bit only.
Joey Sneddon reports that the new KDE Plasma's website shows all features visually, and shows the current KDE Plasma version in a window. KDE developer Carl Schwan says that the new website is a "huge improvement [over] the old website, which didn’t show any screenshots and didn’t list any Plasma features.”
=== Steam Play's Proton 4.11-5 Released With Fixes & Optimizations ===
Michael Larabel reports on the latest Proton update to the Wine 4.11 series. In cooperation with CodeWeavers fixes are in for certain crash situations, as well as performance improvements for the AMDGPU kernel graphics driver and FSYNC. More details are available via a GitHub link.
=== Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for All Supported Ubuntu OSes ===
Marius Nestor alerts us to new kernel security updates available for all Ubuntu releases and all supported architectures. The fixes released by Canonical address three vulnerabilities impacting Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 ESM and Ubuntu 12.04 ESM. Users are advised to update as soon as possible, with links to CVEs fixed, plus how to upgrade provided.
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