Linux Kernel 5.0-rc8 Released, Git v2.21.0 Now Available, 1TB MicroSD Cards Are in the Works, Sprint Launching 5G Service in Four Cities Soon, Emergency Point Release for Ubuntu 16.04.6

News briefs for January 25, 2019.

Linux kernel 5.0-rc8 was released yesterday. Linus writes "This may be totally unnecessary, but we actually had more patches come in this last week than we had for rc7, which just didn't make me feel the warm and fuzzies. And while none of the patches looked all that scary, some of them were to pretty core files, so it wasn't all just random rare drivers (although those kinds also existed). So I agonized about it a bit, and then decided to just say 'no hurry' and make an rc8. And after I had tagged the rc, I noticed a patch in my inbox that I had missed that was a regression from one of the very patches this last week, so that made me feel like rc8 was the right decision."

Git v2.21.0 is now available. New features include human-readable dates, detecting case-insensitive path collisions, multi-pack indexes, delta islands and more. See the GitHub Blog for details on the new features.

1-terabyte microSD cards are now available. The Verge reports that Micron and Western Digital's SandDisk both announced UHS-I microSDXC products at Mobile World Congress. The SanDisk card will be available in April for $449.00. No information yet on the pricing or availability of the Micron card.

Also at Mobile World Congress, Sprint announced it will be launching 5G service in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City in May 2019, and then in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix or Washington D.C. by the end of June 2019. See the TechCrunch post for more info on the 5G coverage.

An unplanned point release for Ubuntu 16.04.6 is in the works. According to the release announcement, "In the light of the recently discovered and fixed apt vulnerability, we have decided to re-build all our supported isos that could be potentially affected. We did not plan for another xenial point-release but oh well, what can you do. Security is important." The release will be available February 28th.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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