Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 523 for the week of April 8 - 14, 2018.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Final Beta released
  • Announcing the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Free Culture Showcase winners
  • Upcoming Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • SCaLE16x with Ubuntu, CI/CD and more!
  • LoCo Events

  • Lubuntu Blog: This Week in Lubuntu Development #2
  • Didier Roche: Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: New WIP ubuntu theme as a snap
  • Launchpad News: Launchpad security advisory: cross-site-scripting in site search
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In The Press
  • 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 17.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Final Beta released

Steve Langasek, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 18.04 Final Beta. He lists the flavors that have participated in the release, tells us from where we can download the ISO images, and help with development of Ubuntu by providing bug reports and feedback.

Interested in the flavors? Final Beta release announcements for each are as follows, in chronological order:

Announcing the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Free Culture Showcase winners

To foster the assurance that 18.04 is a big, brilliant release that builds a bridge from 16.04 LTS the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase - from Community submissions - presents 12 new wallpapers that will ship with the release. In addition to the new wallpapers are 2 entertaining media selections.

Upcoming Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations

Jeremy Bicha announces that terms for five members of the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board are close to expiring, and puts out a call for nominations to fill the spots. Members of the ~ubuntu-dev team in Launchpad will be eligible to vote, with the vote commencing on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. They are seeking Ubuntu Developers who “should be well qualified to evaluate prospective Ubuntu developers and decide when to entrust them with developer privileges or to grant them Ubuntu membership status.”

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (136844)
  • Critical (438)
  • Unconfirmed (67165)

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

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

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LoCo News

SCaLE16x with Ubuntu, CI/CD and more!

Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about the recent Southern California Linux Expo and the talks of her fellow Ubuntu-focused attendees. Elizabeth reports on the various talks and presentations including Sriram Ramkrishna of System76, Nathan Haines, Jono Bacon, - and more - Microsoft and Amazon also made appearances. Elizabeth had two talks on security and Delivery Strategies for Containerized Applications from which she shares the links to slides as well as photos of the event.

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

Lubuntu Blog: This Week in Lubuntu Development #2

Simon Quigley advises on the state of the forthcoming 18.04 release, bugs that have been addressed and those yet outstanding. Of note is a proposal to discontinue the Alpha and Beta 1 milestones in favor of monthly coordinated testing of all ISOs intended to be shipped in the release.

Didier Roche: Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: New WIP ubuntu theme as a snap

Didier writes of the current status of the efforts to create the new Communitheme which will be the default Ubuntu theme in a near future. The polished Ambiance theme remains as default for the 18.04 release. For those interested he advises on some of the detail processes in the creation. Currently the new theme is available for testing in two snap packages. Testing and critique are most welcome.

Mohamed Alaa discovers a cross-site-scripting vulnerability in Launchpad’s site search when the search engine was changed from Google to Bing. Implementing an escape in the TAL code resolved the issue.

Other Community News

UBPorts: UT Tweak Tool

UBPorts writes about UT Tweak Tool, saying “This application offers you some advanced settings for your Ubuntu device - consider it the 'Toolbox for the Ubuntu Touch Adventurer’"

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In The Press

Linux is under your hood

As technology evolves, Linux too moves into the auto industry. In the mix of the hardware/software consortiums, Ubuntu plays major roles. From the introduction of Ubuntu in the Tesla to today’s incorporation within Lyft. Bosch and Continental increasingly use Ubuntu IoT in their components. In addition, the GPS device company TomTom uses Ubuntu on its backend.

Security things in Linux v4.16

It has landed with several changes and enhancements with the updates! Many people have poured over the code, presenting to Linus an acceptable working code base.

NVIDIA Publishes Reference Documentation For Volta's Display Hardware

Michael Larabel writes: “NVIDIA has today released the display hardware documentation for ‘GV100’ Volta graphics hardware.” Certainly a big help for our driver developers.

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 18.04 Makes it Easier to Install Kernel Updates without Rebooting

The long awaited ability for those who find rebooting the system inconvenient . “You can hold-off on rebooting without holding-out on the latest Linux kernel security patches.” Canonical Livepatch is here .

GNOME 3.28 Desktop Gets First Point Release

Receiving today its first point release with a plethora of various bug fixes and improvements for numerous of its core components, marking it as ready for mass deployments. Expected to arrive “shortly” to the software repository.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E06 - Six Feet Over It

“It’s Season 11 Episode 06 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

This week we review the Dell XPS 13 (9370) Developer Edition laptop, to bring you some command line lurve and 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 17.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2021

Ubuntu 17.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2018


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