Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 515 for the week of August 1 - 7, 2017.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre: How to sign things for Secure Boot
  • Nish Aravamudan: git ubuntu clone
  • Didier Roche: Ubuntu @ GUADEC 2017 and plans for GNOME Shell migration
  • Paul White: A quick look at the decline of Ubuntu Membership
  • Canonical News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 17.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released

With security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, Ubuntu 16.04.3 is finally here. The release is aimed at providing a convenient set of images containing security updates and bugfixes for people to use when installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on their system.

The editors have also collected articles about the topic from around the Internet:

Interested in the Flavors? 16.04.3 LTS release announcements from the flavors' blogs are as follows:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (132196) +181 over last week
  • Critical (416) +2 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (66290) +130 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Most Active Questions

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Planet

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre: How to sign things for Secure Boot

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre writes about Secure Boot and its trust chain, and how it relates to Ubuntu. Mathieu then moves to showing how to create a certificate needed for UEFI Secure Boot, and ends by writing, "Signing things is complex -- you need to create SSL certificates ... You need to have a fair amount of prior knowledge of how Secure Boot works, and that the commands to use are. It's rather obvious that this isn't at the reach of everybody, and somewhat bad experience in the first place. For that reason, we're working on making the key creation, enrollment and signatures easier when installing DKMS modules. update-secureboot-policy should soon let you generate and enroll a key; and DKMS will be able to sign things by itself using that key.".

Nish Aravamudan: git ubuntu clone

Nish Aravamudan provides the second post in a series by the Ubuntu Server team showing how to use the git ubuntu clone command to work on Ubuntu packaging with a Git workflow. He goes into detail about the command, showing screenshots and writing about how the command works on the backend. He wraps up the blog post by telling readers about the next post, writing, "In this post, we have seen a new way to get the source for any given package, git ubuntu clone. Robie’s next post will discuss where the imported repositories are and what they look like. My next post will continue discussing the git ubuntu tooling, by looking at another relatively simple subcommand “tag”."

Didier Roche: Ubuntu @ GUADEC 2017 and plans for GNOME Shell migration

The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (or GUADEC) being held annually was recently concluded in Manchester, England. Didier Roche, one of the Ubuntu Developers from Canonical, writes about this year’s gala in his blog. With discussions on the GNOME based desktop experience in the forthcoming 17.10 release, he assures us that the release will certainly pack changes for the users. An upstream Vanilla session was also set up.

Paul White: A quick look at the decline of Ubuntu Membership

Paul White reminds us that Ubuntu Membership is best described as recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or its community. Paul then provides some figures on how membership has changed over the years, especially with regards new members or members sustaining membership. He notes, "I'll leave it to others to offer their explanations as to why an Ubuntu Membership may not be something that many of our users wish to work towards but membership applications are definitely no longer a regular occurrence. Most applications are successful as applicants tend to apply only when they are sure that they have met the necessary criteria for membership. Interestingly, there have been only five successful applications so far this year."

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S10E22 - Dazzling Fancy Beast

“It’s Season Ten Episode Twenty-Two of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

The week we’ve been making microbit robots, we review the Entroware Apollo and announce a competition where you can win it. Protect your bits with another virtual private lurve and we go over all your feedback.”

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 17.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2021

Ubuntu 17.04 Updates

End of Life - January 2018


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