Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 526 for the week of April 29 - May 5, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Migrating all seeds to Git
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Party - Ubuntu Myanmar
  • LoCo Events

  • The(ese) week(s) in Mir (4th Mar, 2018)
  • Congratulations Ubuntu and Fedora
  • Launchpad news, June 2017 – April 2018
  • Other Community News
  • 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

Migrating all seeds to Git

Simon Quigley writes to the Ubuntu Release mailing list about the decision to migrate all Ubuntu and flavor seeds from Bazaar to Git, having the required tooling in place, ideally before the new development cycle advances too far. Simon points to a wiki page with details, advising all seeds should be migrated within a week of his writing, unless any of the affected teams object to the change.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137366 (+201)
  • Critical: 432 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 67575 (+190)

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


  • Bosnian: 84.77% (36735/14)
  • Spanish: 84.20% (38111/1538)
  • German: 82.14% (43095/369)
  • Ukrainian: 81.54% (44527/43)
  • French: 81.05% (45710/5451)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Party - Ubuntu Myanmar

Ko Ko Ye from the Myanmar LoCo shares details and photos of the 18.04 LTS release party held there on Tuesday last week.

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 Hub

The(ese) week(s) in Mir (4th Mar, 2018)

Raof gives a brief of who is doing what where.

The Planet

Congratulations Ubuntu and Fedora

Jeremy Bicha tenders congratulations that Fedora 28 releases on time and compliments the Ubuntu team’s release of 18.04, citing the GNOME desktop as the greatest change. Jeremy concludes with an expectation that these two major releases maintain the coincidal beta release schedule.

Launchpad news, June 2017 – April 2018

Colin Watson posts a general update as a changelog within various departments, citing the many bug fixes in each.

Other Community News

Projects & release planning for GNOME

Carlos Soriano relates his proposal to use GitLab and other technologies to consolidate team efforts and as well the means to keep interested parties updated on GNOME’s status.

GNOME Calendar 3.28.2 released

Georges Stavracas announces a flatpack release resolving many crash issues, with some polishes too.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

AMDGPU Linux Kernel Driver Gets Patches For Vega M Support - Intel Kabylake G

Michael Larabel reports of AMD’s Alex Deucher mailing the Direct Rendering Manager driver patches and the uploaded Vega M microcode binaries. Awaiting merge, these will be available on Linux 4.18, Mesa 18.1, and the latest Radeon microcodes.

KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop to Get Overhauled Lock & Login Screens with New Features

Marius Nestor reports on the overhaul of Plasma’s login and lock screens, providing better usability and aesthetics, as well as other improvements and new features.

Here's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Running on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Marius Nestor reports on the procedure to install the latest release of Ubuntu seamlessly, and the out-of-the-box experience being flawless.

Mir Working On X11 Support Via XWayland

Marius Nestor reports on UBports developer Marius Gripsgard’s progress to migrate Mir onto Ubuntu Touch.

GIMP 2.10 Is Finally Here! Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

Joey Sneddon promotes the long awaited release as the “go-to Photoshop alternative” listing many of the features and changes. If you want to upgrade, Joey advises on three install methods.

Lubuntu Is Finally Moving to LXQt by Default with the Lubuntu 18.10 Release

Marius Nestor touts the lightweight operating system, following an interview with Lubuntu’s Simon Quigley on the Ask Noah Show. After three years of development, LXQt becomes a reality as the default desktop environment in the forthcoming 18.10 release.

NVIDIA Releases The 396.24 Linux Driver With X.Org Server 1.20 Support

Michael Larabel reports on the latest stable NVIDIA driver, adding support for new graphics devices as well as the new X.Org Server 1.20.

Ubuntu 18.10 Daily Build ISOs Are Now Available to Download

Marius Nestor hales the availability of Ubuntu 18.10 daily images with noted expectations of the default desktop and kernel.

The Shiny New Features Of X.Org Server 1.20

Michael Larabel assesses the enhancements, new features, and changes in the imminent release of the long-awaited X.Org Server 1.20.

Ubuntu MATE & Budgie Drop 32-bit ISOs

Joey Sneddon informs us that Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Budgie are both dropping the 32-bit installation images for the 18.10 release later this year, following Ubuntu main who already did so last year. He goes into detail of what exactly this means and the reasoning for the change.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E09 – Nine Lives to Die

“This week we made a snap of Linux Tycoon, one of us has been moonlighting on another podcast and went to UbuCon Europe 2018. We discuss the release of the AtariBox, the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider for Linux, Iran blocking Telegram and round up the community news.”

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

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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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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