Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 536 for the week of July 8 - 14, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu Fest in Daejeon/Korea
  • LoCo Events

  • This Week in Mir (13th July, 2018)
  • KDE Plasma bugfix release 5.12.6 is now available for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • 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: 136704 (+82)
  • Critical: 440 (+6)
  • Unconfirmed: 66904 (-125)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.09% (31245/0)
  • Bosnian: 86.10% (33660/4)
  • Spanish: 85.32% (35543/1658)
  • German: 84.38% (37802/296)
  • French: 81.33% (45196/5516)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Ubuntu Fest in Daejeon/Korea

Eojin Kim of the Korea LoCo reports on the Ubuntu Fest recently held in Daejeon. He links to the slides and gives summaries of the four sessions it had: Plant Deep-Learning in Mobile, Social Media for Machines, Hardware Development Process in a Startup, and Code-based vs Model-based design. The event was concluded by a gift lottery and a dinner party.

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 (13th July, 2018)

Gerry Boland (greyback) gives this week's status report. He advises of improvements to libmiral and miral-shell, bugs fixed in mesa-kms and Wayland support, and that a Mir 0.32.1 bug fix release candidate is now available for testing. Further, proper xdg-shell stable support is now being worked on.

The Planet

KDE Plasma bugfix release 5.12.6 is now available for Kubuntu 18.04 LTS

The Kubuntu team announces the latest bug fix release, noting there are scores of fixes and polish. A link to the changelog is provided.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE's Dolphin File Manager Now Has A "Share" Menu

Michael Larabel tells us that Dolphin has a new share option. Available in the KDE Applications 18.08 release, the option is in the context menu for sharing files to integrated services. Michael provides a screenshot and a link to more information.

Recent Nouveau Improvements Thanks To A New Contributor

Michael Larabel reminds us that the Nvidia Nouveau driver continues to be mostly a community project, with only occasional updates from Nvidia, and Red Hat employing a few key contributors, some of which started as community developers. But this year has brought a new contributor to it: Rhys Perry. His first patch was back in April, with many more following and the latest only recently landed.

Canonical Announces the New Minimal Ubuntu OS for Public Clouds and Docker Hub

Marius Nestor tells us of a new Minimal Ubuntu variant optimized for public clouds and Docker Hub that has just been released. Compared to the Ubuntu Server image, this new variant is more than 50% smaller and boots up to 40% faster. Marius goes into detail what versions of it are available and links to download options.

KDE Plasma 5.13.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 30 Improvements

Marius Nestor alerts us to the third maintenance update to KDE Plasma 5.13. Highlights of it include a fix for the QtCurve settings crash, various stability improvements with Plasma Discover, and properly opening timelines in Places Runner. Marius links to the release announcement for more details, and concludes with an outlook to the next releases.

This Infographic Reveals the Sheer Scale of Ubuntu’s Success

Joey Sneddon writes about an infographic provided by Canonical that highlights the scale and success of Ubuntu in a number of IT sectors. He highlights some choice stats from the infographic, noting the dominance of the Ubuntu Desktop is overlooked, but that for every failed project Canonical has many successes.

Pre-AMDGPU xf86-video-ati X.Org Driver Sees A Round Of Improvements

Michael Larabel notes that it's rare to report on xf86-video-ati updates, but this week has seen a large batch of fixes and improvements for those using the DDX driver with pre-HD7000 series hardware. He says longtime Radeon Linux developer Michel Dänzer has been busy porting various xf86-video-amdgpu patches to the older xf86-video-ati driver, with most being fixes.

GTK+ 4.0 Likely Being Released In Spring Of 2019

Michael Larabel discusses the state of GTK+ in respect to the GNOME development. He notes what is currently being worked on in version 4.0 and projects the planning for version 5.0. Michael links to the project’s blog for more details.

Find Snap Apps Faster Using This Online Store

Joey Sneddon introduces a browser-based Snap store as an alternative to find and install Snap applications. He gives his reasoning for this and provides guidance and screenshots of its usage.

Mesa 18.1.4 Released With Fixes For Intel & Radeon Drivers

Michael Larabel reports on this stable release where the primary fixes are to the Intel i965, ANV, Gallium3D, and R600 drivers. He notes that most of the other patches are for Intel improvements and provides a link to the release announcement.

In Other News

Meet CIMON, an AI Assistant for Astronauts that Runs on Ubuntu

Joey Sneddon reports of CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompaniON), an Ubuntu-powered, space-faring colleague that is currently being tested aboard the International Space Station. Free floating and mobile with integration to the cloud through IBM Watson, it has a wide range of functions and abilities. Joey provides numerous links for greater details.

Low-profile Apollo Lake Mini-ITX board runs Linux

Eric Brown reports of Axiomtek’s MANO311 board for industrial IoT-related applications which runs on Fedora, Ubuntu, or Win 10. He summarizes the hardware specs as upgrades from previous models and provides a link to the product page.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E18 – Eighteen Summers

“This week we’ve been using GameMaker 1.4 on Windows to patch Spelunky for Linux. We interview some of the Ubuntu Communitheme team, round up the community news and go over your feedback.”

Featuring: Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 16, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 17, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 17, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 17, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, July 18, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 19, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, July 19, 5pm – 6pm

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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