Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 534 for the week of June 24 - 30, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This Week In Mir (29th June, 2018)
  • Mark Shuttleworth: Fraud alert – scams using my name and picture
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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: 736594 (-6)
  • Critical: 438 (+0)
  • Unconfirmed: 67280 (+513)

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


  • Ukrainian: 86.47% (32741/0)
  • Bosnian: 86.10% (33637/4)
  • Spanish: 85.24% (35719/1712)
  • German: 83.95% (38842/347)
  • French: 81.31% (45225/5588)

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 (29th June, 2018)

Chris Halse Rogers (raof) writes that Mir 0.32.0 has been released, featuring better Wayland support and initial Logind support. He notes that the mesa-kms platform currently doesn't work on Ubuntu Cosmic, but should soon be fixed.

The Planet

Mark Shuttleworth: Fraud alert – scams using my name and picture

Mark Shuttleworth warns us of a fraudulent investment scam that is using his name in order to promote the fraud. Mark tells us he is not involved and reminds us not to fall for such scams.

Other Community News

NetworkManager 1.12, ready to serve your networking needs

Lubomir Rintel, developer of GNOME’s NetworkManager, details the new version of the widely used daemon. He notes the libs and plugins that have been dropped, new features, and improved WiFi support. Lubomir links to the full changelog.

Canonical News

In the Press

Embracing Snaps: an Interview with Canonical and Slack

Petros Koutoupis starts by briefly reminding us of the history of Snaps and what they are. Petros then relays an interview he recently did with Evan Dandrew (Canonical) and Felix Risberg (Slack) on the topic. Links to learn more about Snaps and Slack are provided.

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Plans to Move App Menus Back Inside App Windows

Joey Sneddon reports of a proposal to move the menu of applications under GNOME back into their window. He goes into detail on the pros and cons and the timeline of the change, and links to the full proposal.

Making Use Of Ubuntu Graphical Snaps With Mir-Kiosk

Michael Larabel tells us that delivering graphical apps deployed on Ubuntu Core can be accomplished securely and reliably using Mir-Kiosk. He outlines the typical use case and links to a tutorial that has just been published by Alan Griffiths of Canonical on the matter.

Firefox 61 Releasing Today With Performance Improvements, Accessibility Inspector

Michael Larabel informs us that Firefox 61.0 is available, featuring improved Quantum CSS to speed up page rendering and page switching through parallelized parsing. It also includes a new Accessibility Inspector and TLS 1.3 support.

KDE Plasma 5.13.2 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 20 Improvements

Marius Nestor lets us know of the the second maintenance update to KDE Plasma 5.13. He lists many of the bug fixes and improvements, and links to the full changelog. Marius then provides an outlook through the remainder of the short release cycle.

GTK+ 3.94 Released As The Next Step Towards GTK4

Michael Larabel writes about the release of GTK+ 3.94, providing a brief summary of some of the highlights of this release, aiming towards the next major version of the graphical toolkit. For more details on the changes he links to a blog post about the release.

Python 3.7 Released With C API For Thread-Local Storage, Data Classes, Context Variables

Michael Larabel informs of the latest major Python release, highlighting some of the new features and improvements it includes. He provides links to downloads and the release notes.

Mesa 18.1.3 Is Coming This Week With Many RADV Fixes

Michael Larabel writes of the patches, fixes and updates for the Mesa stable release, providing links to the Git branch and the pre-release announcement. He gives the outlook of Mesa 18.2.0 being due to release in August.

Mir 0.32 Released With Much-Improved Wayland Support

Michael Larabel, with a slight background on the development, reports on the new features, improvements and bug fixes in the new version of the display server. He links to the release announcement for more details.

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E16 – Sixteen Cows

“This week we’ve been playing TrackMania Nations Forever as a Snap. We review the Purism Librem 13 laptop and go over most of your feedback.”

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

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 2, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, July 2, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 3, 5pm – 6pm
  • Documentation Team: Tue, July 3, 6pm – 7pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 3, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, July 5, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 5, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, July 5, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, July 5, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, July 5, 10pm – 11pm

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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