Ubuntu Kernel Update to Cause Issues

As reported, users are advised to install the kernel update 4.18.0-15, bypassing 4.18.0-14
11 February 2019   811

Canonical has released an update (4.18.0-15) of packages with a kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, which eliminated the regressive change made in the proposed kernel a few days before this update with the elimination of vulnerabilities in the vsock implementation. Incorrect elimination of the vulnerability made it impossible to boot some systems from the Intel GPU (gen4 / gen5) - when using the updated kernel, the system hung at the stage of loading the i965 driver.

List of affected devices:

  • Samsung NP-R580 laptops
  • Lenovo X300
  • Lenovo 3000 g410
  • Thinkpad T510
  • ThinkPad T400
  • Sony Vaio VPCEB4E1E
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5000
  • PC with Asus P7H55-M PRO motherboard

Users are advised to install the kernel update 4.18.0-15, bypassing the release 4.18.0-14.

Elementary OS 5.1 Hera to be Released

The main goal of the project is high-quality design, of an easy-to-use system that consumes minimal resources and ensures high launch speed
05 December 2019   85

Elementary OS 5.1 "Hera" distribution released. It is positioned as a fast, open and privacy-conscious alternative to Windows and macOS. The main focus of the project is on high-quality design, aimed at creating an easy-to-use system that consumes minimal resources and ensures high startup speed. Users are offered their own desktop environment Pantheon. Bootable iso-images (1.47 GB) are available for download, available for amd64 architecture (when downloading from the site, you must enter 0 in the field with the donation amount for free download).

The original components of Elementary OS are developed using GTK3, Vala, and its own Granite framework. The distribution of the Ubuntu project is used as the basis of the distribution. At the package level and repository support, Elementary OS 5.1 is compatible with Ubuntu 18.04. The graphical environment is based on Pantheon's own shell, which combines such components as the Gala window manager (based on LibMutter), the WingPanel top panel, Slingshot lancer, the Switchboard control panel, the Plank lower taskbar (an analogue of the Docky panel rewritten to Vala) and the session manager Pantheon Greeter (based on LightDM).

The environment includes a set of applications that are closely integrated into a single environment and are necessary for solving user problems. Among the applications, most of this is made up of the project’s own development, such as the Pantheon Terminal emulator, Pantheon Files file manager, Scratch text editor and Music (Noise) music player. The project also develops the Pantheon Photos photo manager (a branch from Shotwell) and the Pantheon Mail mail client (a branch from Geary).