Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 546 for the week of September 16 - 22, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 1.0.0 Release
  • Help needed to improve proposed migration
  • NVIDIA PRIME in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, and a call for testing
  • Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Wallpaper Contest Winners
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135926 (-142)
  • Critical: 439 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65774 (+70)

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


  • Ukrainian: 90.21% (23947/3)
  • Spanish: 84.98% (36729/1739)
  • German: 83.99% (39135/768)
  • Bosnian: 83.78% (39651/5)
  • French: 79.83% (49313/5604)

Hot in Support

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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 1.0.0 Release

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) announces the release of Mir 1.0.0 featuring support for the Wayland xdg-shell (stable) extension and improved facilities for customizing display layouts. Alan defines Mir and gives several use cases with some direction for setting up a development environment, inclusive of what Wayland extension protocols are presently available. He gives the install instructions and a detailed changelog.

The Planet

Help needed to improve proposed migration

In the effort to promote packages from proposed to release, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre has pushed a common developed code “ubuntu-archive-assistant” to lp:ubuntu-dev-tools. He gives a brief summary of the tool and asks for feedback as well as help to improve it further. Mathieu concludes that the tool is a great way to learn and quickly move packages through the system.

NVIDIA PRIME in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, and a call for testing

Alberto Milone writes giving the background of the difficulties in producing a functional hybrid laptop Nvidia driver. He has a probable fix for GDM3 and asks for testing and feedback. The next updates should have the fix for LightDM and SDDM as well.

Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Wallpaper Contest Winners

Ubuntu Studio announces the results of the contest, giving a link to the top five winners and a peak at the default wallpaper. Thanks are given to those who submitted entries as well as to those who voted on the new wallpapers.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Release Ubuntu 18.04.1 Desktop Image Optimized for Microsoft Hyper-V

Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have announced optimized Ubuntu Desktop images in the Hyper-V gallery for Windows 10 Pro users, pre-configured with xRDP server for communication with Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) protocol.

Canonical Announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Extended Security Maintenance

Marius Nestor reports that Canonical have announced Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will have its life extended starting May 2019 through commercial Extended Security Maintenance (ESM), as was done for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS already. Ubuntu 12.04 ESM users have received more than 60 critical security updates, some of which Marius lists.

Open-Source AMDGPU and ATI Linux Graphics Drivers Updated with New Features

Marius Nestor informs us that the xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-amdgpu graphics drivers have been released in version 18.1.0. These are not major updates but do bring new features, and are compatible with X.Org Server versions 1.13 to 1.20. Marius reports on some of the highlights and build fixes, with a recommendation that if you use the driver, you should upgrade.

NVIDIA 410.57 Linux Beta Released With RTX 2080 Support, OptiX/Vulkan Ray-Tracing

Michael Larabel highlights the NVIDIA 410 Linux driver where the focus is on Volta and Turing GPU cards, with some EGL and Vulkan updates. Other changes are a graphics API visual indicator, support for XRandR transformations, exposing EGL 1.5, adding the OptiX ray-tracing engine, and experimental support for VK_EXT_global_priority. A link is given for more details and the download.

Qt 5.11.2 Released With ~800 Changes, 250+ Bug Fixes

Michael Larabel reports of the bug, plug-in, and QtCore regression fixes, code improvements, updating SQLite, and build system work in this bug fix release. Michael advises that feature changes are reserved for 5.12, which is expected at the end of the year. A link is provided for the details on the Qt 5.11.2 release.

Mesa 18.2.1 Released With A Number Of Fixes For The Vulkan Drivers

Michael Larabel tells us that Mesa 18.2.1 is out, marking a safe point at which stability-minded users could switch to this release stream. The update contains many changes among which are Vulkan fixes for Radeon RADV and Intel ANV. A link is provided to the release announcement if you want more details.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E28 – Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

“This week we’ve been playing Two Point Hospital and experimenting with ChromiumOS. We bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback.”

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

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 24, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, September 24, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 25, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 25, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, September 25, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Thu, September 27, 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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