Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 533 for the week of June 17 - 23, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This week in Mir (23rd June, 2018)
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136588 (-50)
  • Critical: 438 (-2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67793 (-29)

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


  • Bosnian: 86.10% (33633/3)
  • Ukrainian: 85.81% (34343/0)
  • Spanish: 85.23% (35739/1712)
  • German: 83.94% (38854/290)
  • French: 81.30% (45244/5593)

Hot in Support

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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 (23rd June, 2018)

Michał Sawicz (saviq) gives the week’s developments: implemented support for internal clients using Wayland that also brings the spinner back, the final Logind integration bits are under review, graphical Snaps tutorials are getting their final polish and should be public soon, and EGLStream support is coming back. The next release, v0.32.0, will be out soon. Links are provided to the GitHub works.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Xfdesktop 4.13.2 Released As Another Step Towards Xfce 4.14

Michael Larabel tells us of more work towards Xfce 4.14 by means of Xfdesktop 4.13.2 being released. Briefly telling us what Xfdesktop does, we are then told the changes relate largely to migration to the Thunar-3 API, plus some fixes and icon changes, and translation updates.

Epiphany 3.29.3 Picks Up A Reader Mode, Finally Disables NPAPI Plugins

Michael Larabel informs us that Epiphany 3.29.3 is now available, being the GNOME web browser. It contains an experimental reader mode inspired by the one in Firefox. Also it now displays page sources directly instead of opening a text editor for it. NPAPI plugin support is now disabled by default. Michael provides a link to the full changelog.

KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release, over 20 Bugs Fixed

Marius Nestor writes that KDE Plasma 5.13.1 is now released. Beyond the more than 20 bug fixes, the point release includes support for newer Flatpak versions. Also released is Qt 5.11.1, the graphical toolkit Plasma is built on.

First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Here

Marius Nestor alerts us of a release candidate for Ubuntu Touch OTA-4, the operating system for smartphones. This version being based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is said to be a mammoth milestone for the project. While the upgrade improves its performance considerably, it also includes new features like a more simplified Phone app, as well as support for the Next 7 (2013) tablet. The update will be available to all devices running the OTA-3 version currently.

Radeon Software 18.20 Stable Released With Official Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Support

Michael Larabel tells us the Radeon Software AMDGPU-PRO 18.20 hybrid driver stack is now available with official support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and RHEL 7.5. He links to more information as well as the option to download the release.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Now Certified on Intel's NUC Mini PCs and IoT Boards

Marius Nestor reports of a partnership between Intel and Canonical in which course Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is now officially certified for many NUC devices. This move enables device manufacturers and developers alike to more easily deploy IoT. A listing of those NUCs certified is provided.

Canonical Releases AMD Microcode Updates for All Ubuntu Users to Fix Spectre V2

Marius Nestor explains the Spectre security vulnerability and why a processor microcode firmware update is required. Listing the updates, all AMD users of all supported releases are urged to update their systems. After the update a reboot of the system is required.

LibreOffice 6.0 Is Now Ready for Mainstream Users and Enterprise Deployments

Marius Nestor reports that with the release of LibreOffice 6.0.5, the Document Foundation deems its 6.0 series ready for a broader user base, with many bug fixes across the core components. Links to the changelogs are provided. As the 5.4 series is end-of-life, it is recommended to make the upgrade, support links are provided. Finally, the roadmap to LibreOffice 6.1 is given.

Ubuntu Is Used All over the World, Reveal Initial Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop Metrics

Marius Nestor informs us of the first results from the optional system data collection tool developed by Canonical to better tailor Ubuntu to its users and their hardware. Highlighting various details, he includes a link to the full report.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E15 – Fifteen Minutes

“This week we get the Hades Canyon NUC fully working and play Pillars of Eternity II. We discuss the falling value of BitCoin, backdoored Docker images and Microsoft getting into hot water over their work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Plus we round up the community news.”

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

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, June 25, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, June 26, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, June 26, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, June 28, 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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