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Contents

  1. In this Issue
  2. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translations
  3. Hot in Support
    1. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions
    2. Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads
  4. LoCo Events
  5. The Hub
    1. This Week In Mir (6th July, 2018)
  6. The Planet
    1. Xubuntu Development Update July 2018
    2. Declaring the Commencement of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase for 18.10
    3. Michael Hall: Joining the Linux Foundation
    4. Marco Trevisan: I’m going to GUADEC (with Ubuntu Desktop team)!
    5. Launchpad news, June 2018
    6. This Week in Lubuntu Development #6
  7. Other Community News
    1. GNOME Foundation opens recruitment for further expansion
  8. Canonical News
  9. In the Blogosphere
    1. KDE Finally Offers An Easy Global Shortcut To Launch The Konsole
    2. Xubuntu 18.10 Is Landing More Xfce 4.13 Components
    3. Red Hat Making Progress On KDE/GNOME Wayland Screen-Sharing With WebRTC
    4. Mir Developers Ponder Their Approach For Supporting More Wayland Extensions
    5. Ubuntu Studio Have Released a Free Guide to Audio Production on Linux
    6. Dell Precision 7530/7730 Now Shipping With Ubuntu Linux Option
    7. ‘Next Gen’ Kdenlive Is Almost Here — But It Needs Your Help
    8. LibreOffice 6.1 Release Candidate Available Now for Final Bug Hunting Session
    9. Canonical Outs Major Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Linux OSes
    10. GIMP 2.10.4 Released with Faster Start Up Times, Auto-Straighten Tool
    11. Canonical Fixes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Regression Causing Boot Failures on AMD PCs
  10. In Other News
    1. SUSE Linux Sold in $2.5 Billion Deal
    2. Touch-panel computer for forklifts runs Android or Ubuntu
  11. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu Podcast: S11E17 – At Seventeen
  12. Meeting Reports
  13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  14. Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 17.10, and 18.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 16.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 17.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 18.04 Updates
  15. Subscribe
  16. Archive
  17. Further News
  18. Conclusion
  19. Credits
  20. Glossary of Terms
  21. Get Involved
  22. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 535 for the week of July 1 - 7, 2018.

In this Issue

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136602 (+8)
  • Critical: 434 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 67029 (-251)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 86.80% (31946/0)
  • Bosnian: 86.10% (33648/4)
  • Spanish: 85.29% (35596/1728)
  • German: 84.15% (38361/443)
  • French: 81.31% (45237/5592)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

* Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL): what can't I do with the Ubuntu application for Microsoft Windows? [closed] - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1051525/windows-subsystem-for-linux-wsl-what-cant-i-do-with-the-ubuntu-application-f

Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/

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: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

The Hub

Alan Pope (popey) announces that, to make the Ubuntu Discourse instance consistent with other projects, it is now available at the address “discourse.ubuntu.com” (again).

https://community.ubuntu.com/t/weve-moved/6878

This Week In Mir (6th July, 2018)

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) gives the post-release update, telling us that the mir-kiosk Snap has been updated and promoted to stable, Chris Halse Rogers (roaf) has fixed the bug for releasing to 18.10, and Alan himself got an example EGL code working on Wayland. Going forward, the team is converting some of its mir-kiosk applications from the legacy mirclient API to Wayland, and thinking about supporting Wayland extensions on Mir.

https://community.ubuntu.com/t/this-week-in-mir-6th-july-2018/6895

The Planet

Xubuntu Development Update July 2018

Sean Davis updates us on the work done by the Xubuntu team, including a brief preview of Xfce 4.13 which can be seen in 18.10, thanks to the hard of Unit 193. Progress continues moving from GTK+ 2 to 3, but it’s not readily visible as the team have done their job well. Sean also gives an outlook to the Catfish 1.4.6 and Xubuntu 18.04.1 releases.

https://bluesabre.org/2018/07/01/xubuntu-development-update-july-2018/

Declaring the Commencement of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase for 18.10

Nathan Haines opens the call to submit creations for the wallpapers to be included in the October release of Ubuntu 18.10. The contest ends August 13th and Nathan provides base requirements and links to the details.

https://www.nhaines.com/blog/2018/07/02/declaring-commencement-ubuntu-free-culture-showcase-18.10/

Michael Hall: Joining the Linux Foundation

In advising his joining the Linux Foundation, Michael gives us a resume of his work up to and through the Ubuntu Community Team to his role as developer advocate and community manager for the EdgeX Foundry. Expressly stated this experience will further the merging of IoT and common technology within the open source community.

https://mhall119.com/blog/joining-the-linux-foundation/

Marco Trevisan: I’m going to GUADEC (with Ubuntu Desktop team)!

Marco writes of his excitement to be attending his first GNOME Users And Developers European Conference, along with Ken VanDine, Sébastien Bacher, Didier Roche, Iain Lane, James Henstridge, and Robert Ancell of the Ubuntu Desktop team.

https://blog.3v1n0.net/informatica/linux/im-going-to-guadec-with-ubuntu-desktop-team/

Launchpad news, June 2018

In a brief changelog for the month, we are told of the bugs fixed, build farm work done, code work accomplished, infrastructure tweaks, a registry fix, and documentation improvements.

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/launchpad-news-june-2018

This Week in Lubuntu Development #6

Simon Quigley reminds us Lubuntu 17.10 reaches EOL on July 19, 2018, providing a link to a video made when 17.04 reached EOL as aid for those that need to upgrade. He then highlights some of the work done by the Lubuntu team, including the availability of nm-tray 0.4.0 and LXQt 0.13.0 in Cosmic, and Calamares installer fixes. Simon also updates us on the use of Phabricator and an IRC bot providing notifications on it. Finally he gives a summary on SouthEast LinuxFest which he took part in recently, and links to photos of the event.

https://lubuntu.me/this-week-in-lubuntu-development-6/

Other Community News

GNOME Foundation opens recruitment for further expansion

The GNOME Foundation announces there are four posts available to be filled thanks to a generous grant it has received. These posts are Development Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Devops/Sysadmin, and GTK+ core developer. Links are provided for more information on the posts and how to apply.

https://www.gnome.org/news/2018/07/gnome-foundation-opens-recruitment-for-further-expansion/

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Finally Offers An Easy Global Shortcut To Launch The Konsole

Michael Larabel writes of the usability improvements this brings. In addition to the shortcut is HiDPI support for KMag, easier handling of template entries, bug fixes, and other user interface work. Links are provided for more details.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Konsole-Global-Launch-Shortcut

Xubuntu 18.10 Is Landing More Xfce 4.13 Components

Michael Larabel gives a status update on the path to Xubuntu 18.10, and notes some changes in Xfce 4.13 as progress is made towards the release of Xfce 4.14 hoped for next year. He lists the applications that are affected in the move from GTK+ 2 to 3.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Xfce-4.13-Components-Xubuntu

Red Hat Making Progress On KDE/GNOME Wayland Screen-Sharing With WebRTC

Michael Larabel tells us that Jan Grulich and other Red Hat developers have been making progress on screen-sharing support using WebRTC under Wayland for GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma. He links to Grulich's blog which provides more information.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=WebRTC-Wayland-Screen-Share

Mir Developers Ponder Their Approach For Supporting More Wayland Extensions

Michael Larabel advises of the Wayland extensions that may be enabled by default and that methods are being developed to turn on desired extensions at run time. A link to Mir’s development page is provided.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Mir-Dynamically-Do-More-Wayland

Ubuntu Studio Have Released a Free Guide to Audio Production on Linux

Joey Sneddon informs us of a comprehensive guide to digital audio recording and production for a wide range of applications. He provides a link to obtain the audio handbook and notes that a PDF version will be available soon.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/07/ubuntu-studio-audio-handbook

Dell Precision 7530/7730 Now Shipping With Ubuntu Linux Option

Michael Larabel reports that the Dell Precision laptops 7530 and 7730 are now shipping with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as a factory option as announced back in May. He provides some specs and prices, including what is saved over the Windows 10 models.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Dell-Precision-7530-7730-Ubuntu

‘Next Gen’ Kdenlive Is Almost Here — But It Needs Your Help

Joey Sneddon tells us of the new beta Kdenlive video editor available for download. Quoting the developers announcement, it contains 1.5 years of work and is planned to be part of the KDE 18.08 Applications release. As it contains a lot of refactoring, a bug squashing day is being considered and testing of it is encouraged.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/07/kdenlive-video-editor-refactor-available-testing

LibreOffice 6.1 Release Candidate Available Now for Final Bug Hunting Session

Marius Nestor writes of the bug hunting sessions on the roadmap to the expected mid-August 2018 release. Marius links to the various aids for those choosing to participate and a download to the first Release Candidate version.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/libreoffice-6-1-release-candidate-available-now-for-final-bug-hunting-session-521850.shtml

Canonical Outs Major Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Linux OSes

Marius Nestor advises that kernel updates are now available to address 22 security vulnerabilities discovered across all supported Ubuntu releases. He provides details on the various issues and reminds us to update as soon as possible.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/canonical-outs-new-kernel-security-updates-for-all-supported-ubuntu-linux-oses-521853.shtml

GIMP 2.10.4 Released with Faster Start Up Times, Auto-Straighten Tool

Joey Sneddon informs us of a new release of GIMP 2.10.4, which includes asynchronous font loading that reduces load time. Other big changes include font tagging and a new auto-straighten option. Joey links to the release announcement for more details.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/07/gimp-2-10-4-released-with-faster-start-times-auto-straighten-tool

Canonical Fixes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Regression Causing Boot Failures on AMD PCs

Marius Nestor reports on side effects of the Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerability patch that caused some 14.04 systems to fail to boot. The July 20 patch requires a reversion for the 14.04 releases that is provided in the July 5 reversion.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/canonical-fixes-ubuntu-14-04-lts-regression-causing-boot-failures-on-amd-pcs-521868.shtml

In Other News

SUSE Linux Sold in $2.5 Billion Deal

Joey Sneddon tells us that SUSE has been sold to EQT Partners, a Swedish private equity firm, in a deal expected to close early next year. This is said to see the open-source company return to operate as an independent business, and no impact expected for the distribution.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/07/suse-linux-sold-in-2-5-billion-deal

Touch-panel computer for forklifts runs Android or Ubuntu

Eric Brown writes about the rugged FM10A VMC touch panel computer designed for forklifts that runs on Android 6.0 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. He notes it feels like Winmate is giving Linux a tryout in its June 29 announcement.

http://linuxgizmos.com/touch-panel-computer-for-forklifts-runs-android-or-ubuntu/

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E17 – At Seventeen

“This week we make a snap of Xonotic, interview Daniel Foré from elementary OS about the Beta release of ‘Juno’ and round up the news.”

Featuring: Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress.

http://ubuntupodcast.org/2018/07/05/s11e17-at-seventeen/

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

For more details and farther dates please visit: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

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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Conclusion

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