Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 544 for the week of September 3 - 9, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News: 7th September 2018
  • Xubuntu Development Update September 2018
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136241 (-287)
  • Critical: 438 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65735 (-42)

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


  • Ukrainian: 90.25% (23843/2)
  • Spanish: 84.65% (37526/1741)
  • German: 83.97% (39195/356)
  • Bosnian: 83.83% (39521/5)
  • French: 79.89% (49173/5588)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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

Mir News: 7th September 2018

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) reports of the progress on revamping the Mir website, bug fixes and updates landing in master, the work on Snapcraft making it a lot easier to get, the egmde Snap has an “edge” branch tracking Mir development, and lastly is a UBports honorable mention with a screenshot of z5.

The Planet

Xubuntu Development Update September 2018

Sean M. Davis makes the September development update advising of visual improvements, bug fixes, and what is in the pipeline for the Cosmic release. Sean finishes with noting that anyone can make contributions and provides links for those interested.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

See Canonical’s Mockups for a Major ‘Software Center’ Revamp

Joey Sneddon informs us that Canonical has a proposal for a major redesign of the Ubuntu Software program. In explaining his view, Joey depicts the shortcomings in the current software discovery, though acknowledging it gets the job done. Referring to Canonical's Matthew Paul Thomas' redesign, which Joey likens to a magazine, the new design is to include 'editorial' content, curated lists of apps, as well as tutorials, interviews with developers, and general news of the distro itself. Joey briefly discusses the desirability of developers being in control of this power, before he finishes with the reminder that currently this is discussion only.

The Best New Features in GNOME 3.30

Joey Sneddon tells us the 35th stable release of GNOME is out. With more than 24k changes, GNOME 3.30 will ship with Ubuntu 18.10. Joey then outlines the significant differences he sees in this release and provides some detail of them, including screenshots. Finally he advises where we can grab its source code.

Canonical Needs Your Help to Test Nvidia GPU Support for Ubuntu 18.10 and 18.04

Marius Nestor writes that Canonical's Will Cooke has invited members of the Ubuntu community using Nvidia graphics cards to help in a testing program. Requiring a committed volunteer with dedicated Nvidia graphics to test both with proprietary and open-source drivers using either Ubuntu 18.04 or 18.10, in order to catch regressions early before patches go to the wider audience.

Mesa 18.2 Released With Vega 20 Support, OpenGL 4.4 Compat Profile & A Lot More

Michael Larabel reports on the third-quarter 2018 update. He notes many of the new features, improvements, and added support for newer Radeon and Intel hardware. Michael provides a link for the download and advises that 18.3 is in development with an expected release in late November or early December.

Mozilla Firefox 62 "Quantum" Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor informs us that Firefox 62 'Quantum' has been released, and introduces Canadian English (en-CA), and richer web pages (CSS Shapes support) and beautiful typography (CSS Shapes support) as well as a brand-new Shape Path Editor in the CSS Inspector. It also includes a setting to distrust certificates issues by Symantec, which will be default in Firefox 63. Firefox 62 is available as a Snap or binary from Mozilla, and will be available on Ubuntu in a few days through normal upgrade procedures.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E26 – Twenty-Six Roses

“We discuss upgrading RAM in a Lenovo Yoga 510-14st and getting punched in the face. We reminisce about our OggCamp road trip, bring you some GUI love and go over your feedback.”

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

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 3

Alex Murray, Ubuntu Security Tech Lead at Canonical, tells us about this week's security updates, plus brief discussion of the Security team's audit of packages and positions available for hire. The updates include 29 unique CVEs addressed, plus other updates across all supported Ubuntu releases.

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, September 10, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 10, 7pm – 8pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, September 10, 7pm – 8pm

  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 11, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 11, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, September 11, 6pm – 7pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, September 11, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 13, 3pm – 4pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023


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