Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 529 for the week of May 20 - 26, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Call for nominations for the Technical Board
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This week in Mir (25th May, 2018)
  • Plasma 5.12.5 bugfix update for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS – Testing help required
  • UbuCon Europe 2018: Analysing a dream

  • Xubuntu: New Wiki pages for Testers
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 17.10, and 18.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Call for nominations for the Technical Board

Walter Lapchynski reports the current term for the Technical Board is expiring and nominations are open until June 6th. From a shortlist decided on by Mark Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu Development Board will then make the final vote on.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137792 (-119)
  • Critical: 440 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 67626 (-124)

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


  • Bosnian: 84.77% (36730/544)
  • Spanish: 84.39% (37643/1529)
  • Ukrainian: 83.79% (39105/0)
  • German: 82.42% (42401/76)
  • French: 81.23% (45281/5663)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 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 Hub

This week in Mir (25th May, 2018)

Alan_g relates work of the UBports community to make Mir run on Arch Linux as a part of their effort to port Unity8 to other distributions. He also writes of greyback’s progress enabling EGLStreams, roaf’s progress on logind support, and wmww’s continued testing for Wayland support with major improvements for the next release.

The Planet

Plasma 5.12.5 bugfix update for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS – Testing help required

The Kubuntu team tell us that the Plasma 5.12.5 LTS bugfix release is available in the updates PPA in order to be included in the 18.04.1 point release due late July. To help get it ready for general use, the team asks for help in testing by users of Kubuntu 18.04.

UbuCon Europe 2018: Analysing a dream

Marcos Costales reports on the Ubucon in Xixon, Spain, detailing the background, efforts, people, and organizations involved in the successful event.

Xubuntu: New Wiki pages for Testers

Kev Bowring advises on the new pages developed from the perspective of a new tester.

Other Community News

Speak at Open Source Summit Europe – Submit by July 1

A call to participate in the Open Source Summit Europe in Edinburgh, October 22 – 24, 2018.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Tennibot is a really cool Ubuntu Linux-powered tennis ball collecting robot

Brian Fagioli reports on a bot powered by Ubuntu that seeks out and collects tennis balls.

Steam Controller Kernel Driver Is Landing In The Linux 4.18 Kernel

Michael Larabel relates that support for the Steam Controller is going to be included in the Linux 4.18 kernel this autumn.

KDE Plasma 5.13 Looks Like an Awesome Update

Joey Sneddon writes on the next major release of the Qt/Qml-based desktop environment due to be out on June 12, 2018. He concludes the many changes, redesigns, and enhancements make it less memory intensive, better, faster, and prettier.

Don’t expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

Frederic Lardinois talks on Mark Shuttleworth’s take on the preparation for Canonical’s possible public offering.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth takes aim at VMware and Red Hat at OpenStack Summit

Caroline Donnelly interviews Mark on the rationale of Ubuntu emerging and overtaking competitors in the realm to deliver public services.

LXQt 0.13 Desktop Environment Officially Released, It's Coming to Lubuntu 18.10

Marius Nestor reports on the final release of the Qt 5.11 open-source and cross-platform application framework. The change from LXDE brings a work from 2013 polished with better performance and flexibility.

UBports To Work On Unity 8 / Mir / Wayland After OTA-4

Michael Larabel lets us know the UBports team have put a new batch of answers to common questions regarding the Ubuntu Touch software stack. The UBports latest work includes getting QtWebEngine working on Mir and fixing Chromium crashes as they work towards the UBports OTA-4 (Xenial) update expected late June.

XWayland Gets Patches For Better EGLStreams Handling

Michael Larabel reminds us of limitations with the X.Org Server 1.20 that are changing with a new patch series. He details that Olivier Fourdan of Red Hat has submitted five patches to fix EGLStreams support. Michael adds the hope that these patches will make the X.Org Server 1.20.1 release.

Looks Like GNOME's Nautilus File Manager Will Allow Running of Binaries, Scripts

Marius Nestor updates us on the GNOME project's work on Nautilus with regards to running executables. He provides links to a use case on how scripts are useful to end users and why GNOME’s Carlos Soriano has decided to keep them working in the coming version.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E12 – Twelve Years a Slave

“This week we make an Ubuntu Core laptop, discuss whether Linux on the desktop is rubbish, bring you a virtual private love and go over your feedback.”

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

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, May 29, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, May 29, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 31, 3pm – 4pm

For more details and farther dates 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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