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Ubuntu 18.04 "bionic beaver" released

previous version: 17.10 https://plus.google.com/105395547687614433866/posts/b2z4bWh3P6n

It's been a few days, but 6 more months of development effort has ended in ubuntu land and a new version is released. It's a LTS release, which is kind of crazy since there was quite significant changes being pushed down the pipe right down to the very last few days. There's probably bugs hiding there somewhere but...I haven't really found any of them yet that weren't in previous releases, and at least a few bugs from previous releases have been fixed.

Updates include :

* tor 0.3.0 to 0.3.2
- including support for the new v3 onion addresses
- more changes to frustrate the kinds of attacks on the tor network we saw in dec-feb

* gcc 7.2 to gcc 8 (20180414)
- "We have significantly improved debug information on ELF targets using DWARF by properly preserving language-specific information"
- go supported up to 1.10

* linux 4.13 to 4.15
- some SPECTRE/MELTDOWN changes in here, not all of the linux changes to address it are in 4.15, but a lot of them are.
- "should have fewer 0days"[1]
- Raspberry Pi Zero W support

* golang 1.8 to 1.10

* python3 3.6.3 to 3.6.5
- The SHA-3 hash functions sha3_224(), sha3_256(), sha3_384(), sha3_512(), and SHAKE hash functions shake_128() and shake_256() were added. (Contributed by Christian Heimes in bpo-16113. Keccak Code Package by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen, Michaël Peeters, Gilles Van Assche, and Ronny Van Keer.) ...kind of makes me wonder what python-sha3 does now.
- generally quite a bit of little changes

* php 7.1 to 7.2

* python3-pycryptodome 3.4.6 to 3.4.7
* python3-pysha3 has been transitioned to python3-sha3
- fixing
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1734467

* python3-cryptography 1.9 to 2.1
* fix for bug #1682637 which borks the network in the recovery console https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/friendly-recovery/+bug/1682637
* gnupg 2.1 to 2.2
- looks like mostly bugfixes and better EC support

* systemd 234 to 237
- Support for the LUKS2 on-disk format for encrypted partitions has
been added. This requires libcryptsetup2 during compilation and
runtime.
- ipv6 changes
- systemd now depends on meson instead of automake
- A _netdev option is now supported in /etc/crypttab that operates in a
similar way as the same option in /etc/fstab: it permits configuring
encrypted devices that need to be ordered after the network is up.
- systemd-logind gained new Halt() and CanHalt() bus calls for halting
the system.

* nodejs 6.11 to 8.10
* golang-github-azure-azure-sdk-for-go-dev 2.1 to 10.3
* git 2.14 to 2.17
* openshot 1.4 to 2.4
- it looks like a ton of development has gone into the 2.x release, openshot no longer crashes within a minute or two of editing by the looks.

* signing-party 2.6 to 2.7
* vlc 2.2 to 3.0 (last major release was in feb 2012)
* ncurses 6.0 to 6.1
* ricochet-im 1.1.4-1 to 1.1.4-2build1
* vrms 1.17 to 1.20
* apparmor 2.11 to 2.12
* gstreamer 1.12 to 1.14
* bash-completion 2.1 to 2.8
* maxima/xmaxima 5.40 to 5.41
* vokoscreen, xkill and redshift work all of a sudden, which they weren't in artful
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1682544
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1650809
* gnome now shows what version it's running
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1682548

As usual, more details as I remember/encounter them.

New Bugs

1) Systemd issue means 'guest user' is not supported anymore[3] (confirmed this on my own). This means that you need to set up an 'anonymous' account in order to let meatspace randoms use a web browser ...unless you want them to have full access to your homedir. This is a step back in terms of the right to privacy, but let's face it, no one's going to use my computer so it's pretty minimal.

[1] https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/12/linux_4_14_released/
[2] https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-new-long-term-linux-kernel-linux-4-14-has-arrived/
[3] https://twitter.com/systemdsucks/status/930474969166950401

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