Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 545 for the week of September 9 - 15, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Organizing Google Code-In 2018
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Please test chromium snap as a replacement for the deb
  • Mir News: 14th September 2018
  • Lubuntu Development Newsletter #11
  • 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!

General Community News

Organizing Google Code-In 2018

Walter Lapchynski reminds us what the Google Code-In is aimed at and bite-sized tasks and mentorships are required. Ubuntu has been involved for many years, this year Canonical hopes to have Snappy activity, plus community activity, but are having trouble putting together enough tasks in time for the deadline - Monday, 17th September.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136068 (-173)
  • Critical: 440 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 65704 (-31)

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


  • Ukrainian: 90.21% (23946/7)
  • Spanish: 84.98% (36733/2460)
  • German: 83.96% (39216/860)
  • Bosnian: 83.78% (39650/5)
  • French: 79.83% (49314/5604)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Please test chromium snap as a replacement for the deb

Olivier Tilloy (oSoMoN) calls for testing the Chromium Snap package, which is now being built directly from source rather than from the DEB package as previously. The stated goal is to replace the current DEB packaging with it. Olivier gives install instructions and links to report issues.

Mir News: 14th September 2018

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) writes that the focus this week has been on testing mir-kiosk to improve “graphical snaps”, and documentation preparation. A few bugs have been found in the testing that delay the next release. Alan cites two bug fixes, updates on Snapcraft, gives a link to Mir development, updates on Nvidia driver support, and a status on X11 support.

The Planet

Lubuntu Development Newsletter #11

Simon Quigley writes that though the focus has been on administration tasks the Desktop sees several exchanges of apps and a GTK 3 theme bug is fixed. In other areas Simon advises that Trojitá packaging continues, Calamares 3.2.2 is released, there is a new arrival in the Artwork Team, there is updated documentation with listed means to communicate and contribute. Translations are a work in progress and the Weblate instance link is provided as well as a list of those who have contributed so far. Finally, in the Roadmap are links to what is, what will be, and an interactive wishlist too.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Frameworks 5.50 Brings Big Updates For KTextEditor, Improvements To KWayland

Michael Larabel reports on the monthly update to the libraries that complement Qt5. He highlights improvements in KTextEditor and KWayland, with mentions of KXMLGUI, Kirigami UI framework, KI18n port, KNotification, Samba, and KIO. Michael provides a link to the release announcement for the complete list.

Libinput 1.12 Released With New Quirks System, Touchpad Improvements

Michael Larabel reports on this generic input handling library release comprising more than 300 patches that features the addition of the quirks system and new trackpoints code. The new version includes improved touchpad behavior, better palm detection, and new pointer jump detection code. A link is provided for more details.

OpenSSL 1.1.1 Released With TLS 1.3 Support, Better Fends Off Side-Channel Attacks

Michael Larabel tells us that the OpenSSL 1.1.1 stable release, having been worked on for two years, is now out. It Includes more than 5000 commits, which contain full TLS 1.3 support, a complete rewrite of the random number generator, support for new cryptographic algorithms from SHA3 to SipHash and more. Michael links to the release announcement for more details.

AMD Finally Rolls Out New Linux Patches For Adaptive-Sync / VRR (FreeSync)

Michael Larabel discusses the FreeSync support that is in this new set of patches. The patches are to reduce/avoid stuttering, tearing, and/or input lag and are directed toward the latest supported hardware. It is hoped that the functionality will be in the Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel. A link is provided to the dri-devel list.

LibreOffice 6.1 Gets First Point Release with More Than 120 Bug Fixes

Marius Nestor reports on the release of LibreOffice 6.1.1 for supported platforms, including more than 120 bug and regression fixes. For enterprise users the Document Foundation still recommends LibreOffice 6.0.6 which is still maintained, but for those wanting the latest features 6.1.1 is ready. Links are provided to the source code if you want to build it yourself, and to changelogs for more details.

KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Enters Beta with New Features, Improvements

Marius Nestor writes on the beta release of the Plasma 5.14 desktop. It will be a major release having taken three months of work and including a plethora of new features, many of which Marius lists in the article, along with many screenshots. Users are invited to test via the source packages or an available live image, with links to the announcement and live images provided.

NetworkManager 1.14 Officially Released With A Lot Of Networking Goodies

Michael Larabel advises that in this feature release there is now LLMNR configuration support, offloading support, interface detection improvements, and configuration for SR-IOV network devices. A link is provided to GitHub for 1.14 while 1.15 is now the new development version.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E27 – Twenty-Seven Bones

“This week we’ve been moonlighting on other podcasts and started using DuckDuckGo. Trend Micro get booted from the Apple Store, Intel adopts an AMD display standard, a cheesy history of Linux gaming is published, Amazon Echo now Looks at you and we round up the community news.”

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

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 4

Alex Murray, Ubuntu Security Tech Lead at Canonical, tells us about this week's security updates. A quieter week with regards security updates (9 unique CVEs addressed), with some discussion about some hardening guides for Ubuntu.

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 18, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 18, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, September 19, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 20, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, September 20, 5pm – 6pm

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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