Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 525 for the week of April 22 - 28, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) released
  • Call for votes: Developer Membership Board restaffing
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This Week in Lubuntu Development #4
  • How to video conference without people hating you
  • Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: Interviewing people behind Communitheme
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 17.10, and 18.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) released

On behalf of the release team, Adam Conrad announces the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. He shares with us the key new features of this version, including the 4.15 based Linux kernel, the switch to GNOME Shell in the LTS series, a new minimal installation option, and a tool to enable Canonical LivePatch to allow reboot-free kernel patching. The various Ubuntu flavors are also part of this release, of which more info can be obtained from a provided link.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Call for votes: Developer Membership Board restaffing

In the update Jeremy Bicha announces five candidates to fill the vacancies of those whose terms on the Developer Membership Board are expiring. Ballots are now being mailed for the vote that closes on May 1, 2018. The DMB is responsible for reviewing and approving new Ubuntu developers and granting upload rights to the Ubuntu repositories.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137165 (+200)
  • Critical: 431 (-6)
  • Unconfirmed: 67385 (+138)

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


  • Bosnian: 84.74% (36941/7)
  • Spanish: 84.25% (38124/1532)
  • German: 82.20% (43082/366)
  • Ukrainian: 81.15% (45628/16)
  • French: 81.12% (45704/5411)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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

This Week in Lubuntu Development #4

Simon Quigley gives his status report leading off that the work on the Lubuntu Manual continues and a call for help. Further he advises of bug fixes critical to the release, as well as Qt 5.9.5 and more SDDM updates landing in Bionic. The proposal to discontinue the Alpha and Beta 1 milestones has passed in favor of testing "weeks" (Tuesday through Thursday).

How to video conference without people hating you

Jorge Castro writes about the do's and don’ts to make quality participation in video conferencing.

Welcome To The (Ubuntu) Bionic Age: Interviewing people behind Communitheme

Didier Roche finishes his series of interviews with members of Communitheme team by querying Merlijn and Aaron about themselves and their participation in the development of the proposed new Ubuntu theme.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment Promises Much Better Wayland Support

Roman Gilg, a KDE developer, reports on the changes, improvements, and progress to have Plasma 5.13 ready for final release on June 12, 2018.

LibreOffice 6.1 Lands Mid August 2018, First Bug Hunting Session Starts April 27

Marius Nestor reports that development of the LibreOffice's next version has been announced to start next week. Leading off with a bug hunting session on April 27, with milestones for two betas and about three release candidates, the final is scheduled for mid-August 2018. Points of contact are provided for those interested in participating in the bug hunt.

Purism's Librem 5 Linux Phone Will Support Ubuntu Touch, Thanks to UBports

Marius Nestor advises that a partnership between Purism and the UBports Foundation will see the upcoming Librem 5 offer Ubuntu Touch as a third boot option, alongside the Debian-based PureOS with a variant of GNOME as the default, and PureOS with KDE Plasma Mobile. The mobile phone is expected to be on the market in early 2019.

Hands-On with Ubuntu's Brand New Welcome Screen in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Marius Nestor informs of the new welcome screen introduced in the 18.04 release. He shares a walk-through, with screenshots of the 4 stages: information, live patch, data share, and application promotions.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E08 – The 8th Circle

"This week we play with Windows 98 on a crusty Thinkpad from the past, interview David Britton from the Ubuntu Server team, bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback."

Featuring: Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, and Martin Wimpress.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

For upcoming meetings and events please visit:

Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 17.10, and 18.04

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

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023


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