Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 537 for the week of July 15 - 21, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) End of Life reached on July 19 2018
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • This week in Mir (20th July, 2018)
  • This Week in Lubuntu Development #7
  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) End of Life reached on July 19 2018

Adam Conrad announces that Ubuntu 17.10 is now End of Life. This means there will be no further updates and it will soon be archived to Adam advises that the supported upgrade path is to 18.04 and links to more information on it.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136730 (+26)
  • Critical: 438 (-2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66612 (-292)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.42% (30462/1)
  • Bosnian: 86.09% (33683/4)
  • Spanish: 85.82% (34343/1720)
  • German: 84.43% (37697/300)
  • French: 81.40% (45022/5756)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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The Hub

This week in Mir (20th July, 2018)

William Wold (wmww) gives this week’s status, reporting on developer documentation and updates to the Mir kiosk apps as well as continuing work on the stable XDG shell protocol. Marius Gripsgård (mariogrip) is collaborating to add XWayland support to Mir.

The Planet

This Week in Lubuntu Development #7

Simon Quigley updates us on the progress made by the Lubuntu team. It includes a list of work done on artwork, seed, Calamares, desktop, and more - with links to more details. He asks for help in testing the LTS to LTS upgrade path before 18.04.1 comes out later this month. Simon also specifically mentions the 32-bit images the flavor still produces, asking for help in testing it as well - otherwise this may change.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Catfish Search Utility Joins The Xfce Project

Michael Larabel reminds us what Catfish is, that it is now under the Xfce umbrella, and that version 1.4.6 has also been released - including a number of improvements and bug fixes. He links to the release announcement and notes the Xfce 4.14 release will probably occur next year.

Linux Audio Conference 2018 Videos Available For Your Enjoyment

In a short post, Michael Larabel tells us that the 16th Linux Audio Conference was held last month at Berlin's C-Base and that videos of all sessions are now available.

NVIDIA 390.77 Linux Driver Brings Updated Kernel Support, Fixes

Michael Larabel reports of the latest NVIDIA 390 driver release. Of note in the bug fixes are intermittent hang of Vulkan applications, addressing nvidia-modeset kernel messages, and a compositing crash. Support for integer format color attachments was added in OpenGL FBOs.

Lubuntu Needs Help Testing For 32-bit x86 Support To Continue

Michael Larabel reminds us that Lubuntu is one of a few Ubuntu flavors still offering 32-bit images and relays a call for help in testing them, since otherwise this may change. He links to the latest Lubuntu development update including this topic.

Canonical Needs Your Help to Test the Improved Ubuntu 18.04.1 Server Installer

Marius Nestor writes that Dimitri John Ledkov of Canonical has called for testing of the improved Ubuntu Server installer included in the Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS release soon to be released. The server team are looking for crash and critical bug reports related to the installer, requesting testing of LVM/RAID, vlans and bonds support using end-user setups. Marius observes not all intended server installer improvements will be seen until the 18.10 release.

NVIDIA 396.45 Linux Driver Fixes Vulkan Direct-To-Display & Multi-Threaded EGL Apps

Michael Larabel reports of the two listed bug fixes: Vulkan direct-to-display, and multi-threaded EGL. He gives amplifying info on the improvements and reminds us that the Vulkan beta driver with the newest extensions remains on version 396.24.10, awaiting the move to a new mainline driver series.

Microsoft Brings PowerShell to the Ubuntu Snap Store

Joey Sneddon writes that Microsoft has released PowerShell Core as a Snap. This will allow users and admins on various Linux distros to run the latest version of it. Joey quickly reminds us what PowerShell is, links to more information, and tells us how to run or test it.

GNOME 3.29.4 Released As Another Step Towards GNOME 3.30

Michael Larabel writes that GNOME 3.29.4 is released on the road to the anticipated September release of 3.30. He gives a summary of the changes, updates, and various improvements. Michael links to the release announcement and gives the schedule towards GNOME 3.30.

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E19 – Nineteen Minutes

“This week we recover from a failed disk in a ReadyNAS and get to grips with the Amazon Kindle Oasis E-reader. npm gets pwned, Debian 9.5 is released, the Snap Store get verified publishers, categories and other improvements. Humble Bundle offer a Linux Geek Book Bundle, we also round up the community news and events.”

Featuring: Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, and Ryan.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, July 23, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 24, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 24, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 26, 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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