Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 528 for the week of May 13 - 19, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Policy for rejoining the Ubuntu Members team
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This Week in Lubuntu Development #5
  • Ubuntu Studio Development News – May 14, 2018
  • Other Community 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, 17.10, and 18.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Policy for rejoining the Ubuntu Members team

Simon Quigley writing on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board tells us that it has established a policy for returning Ubuntu members without having to start from scratch.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137673 (+278)
  • Critical: 437 (+4)
  • Unconfirmed: 67502 (-106)

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


  • Bosnian: 84.77% (36730/359)
  • Spanish: 84.25% (37981/1523)
  • Ukrainian: 82.77% (41557/0)
  • German: 82.27% (42777/61)
  • French: 81.06% (45684/5600)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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

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The Planet

This Week in Lubuntu Development #5

Simon Quigley provides the weekly wrap-up of development in Lubuntu. 18.04 has been released, work continued on the Lubuntu Manual, work on Cosmic has started and more. He provides details on the switch to LXQt including a FAQ list. Simon finally provides some photos of LFNW 2018, which he and Walter Lapchynski took part in.

Ubuntu Studio Development News – May 14, 2018

Erich Eickmeyer tells us that Ubuntu Studio is going through something like a “reboot”. He provides a short history of the project and its use of desktop environments, before announcing the plan to provide alternative options on the latter, with KDE Plasma being the first. Erich then goes on to confront a few myths about Plasma before ending his post with further news and a call for contributions.

Other Community News

Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2018

Jim Hall, himself a former director, relates the deadlines for the upcoming Board of Directors elections on the GNOME Foundation. Results are due to be announced on June 12th.

Introducing the 1.8 freedesktop runtime in the gnome nightly builds

Alexander Larsson reminds us that the current Flakpak runtimes are based on 1.6, which is composed of two layers, one built using Yocto and the other using flatpak-builder. He tell us that, since Yocto wasn't a great fit, work has been done to provide a Yocto-free 1.8 runtime, which is now available in an unstable form. Alexander calls for testing and to report any found issues.

Canonical News

In the Press

The Nifty Dozen: 12 cool features in Ubuntu MATE

Dedoimedo writes about his experience with Ubuntu Mate 18.04, going into great detail on the features it ships and providing screenshots on them. He particularly highlights the flexibility with which it can be amended to look and work like various other popular desktop environments.

In the Blogosphere

Malware Found In The Ubuntu Snap Store

Logix tells us that at least two packages created by the user Nicolas were found in the Snap store containing a hidden cryptocurrency miner.

Canonical Says There's No Rules Against Mining Cryptocurrencies through Snaps

Marius Nestor writes about the discovery of cryptocurrency mining software hidden in Snaps created by Nicolas Tomb. He conveys Canonical’s statement that what Nicolas did was wrong because he did not inform users they would help mine cryptocurrencies, and the promise to enforce security with the implementation of verified publishers.

KDE Plasma Developers Collaborating With Sway On Wayland Support

Michael Larabel gives a quick note that a KDE Plasma Sprint was recently held which included collaboration with the lead Sway developer. Drew DeVault was at the sprint to begin talks of collaborating with KDE on Wayland support. Michael provides links to more information on the sprint and to Drew's summary.

Ubuntu 18.10 To Include Android Integration?

Joey Sneddon informs us that Ubuntu 18.10 could come with Android integration by including the GSconnect extension. He explains that it uses the KDE Connect protocol, while integrating with GNOME Shell and optionally the Nautilus file manager, as well as the Firefox and Chrome web browsers. Joey notes that GSconnect can be used in combination with the KDE Connect Android app, and details how to install and use it on Ubuntu 18.04.

GNOME Is Removing the Ability to Launch Binary Apps from Nautilus

Joey Sneddon writes that a commit to GNOME’s code indicates that its file manager will lose the ability to run binaries and launch apps directly. He then explores some reasoning behind this move and provides alternatives if you cannot forgo the feature.

AMD Publishes Open-Source Driver Support For Vega 20

Michael Larabel posts that AMD published their big set of patches bringing open-source kernel support for AMD's 'Vega 20' graphics processor. He relates that a total of 57 patches (almost 13,000 lines of new code) were made to the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver, for now a boot parameter is needed to use them, and they are expected to land in Linux 4.18.

Wine 3.0.1 Uncorks 60 Bug Fixes

Joey Sneddon provides a short post letting us know that Wine 3.0.1 is an important release because of the bugs it fixes and the software it extends support to. He links to more information on the release and the option to download it.

Mesa 18.0.4 Linux Graphics Stack to Squash Rendering Bugs in Trine & The Witcher

Marius Nestor updates us on the Mesa graphics stack which is reaching its fourth maintenance update to its 18th series, where a release candidate is now available for testing. He provides some details on fixes and improvements, and links to the announcement for a full changelog.

Avidemux 2.7 Open-Source Video Editor Adds FFmpeg 3.3 Support, VP9 Decoding Fix

Marius Nestor writes that Avidemux 2.7 has been released for various supported platforms. It makes use of FFmpeg 3.3 with many new features.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E11 – Station Eleven

“This week we reconstruct a bathroom and join the wireless gaming revolution. We discuss the Steam Link app for Android and iOS, the accessible Microsoft Xbox controller, Linux applications coming to ChromeOS and round up the community news.”

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

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

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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