Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 548 for the week of September 30 - October 6, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Weave Scope and Weave Flux @Hacktoberfest
  • 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: 135726 (-95)
  • Critical: 406 (-34)
  • Unconfirmed: 65864 (+12)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.07% (35238/84)
  • Spanish: 84.87% (41256/2394)
  • German: 83.33% (45448/0)
  • Bosnian: 80.02% (54458/141)
  • French: 79.26% (56543/5677)

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 Planet

Weave Scope and Weave Flux @Hacktoberfest

Daniel Holbach writes about the Weave Scope and Weave Flux teams participating in Hacktoberfest. Starting with an explanation of Hacktoberfest and how Daniel feels it helps open source, before moving on to Weave Scope and Weave Flux, and his presentation at Hacktoberfest. Links are provided for more information.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Patch for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have released updates on the kernels 3.13, 4.4 and 4.15 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS. He provides details of 11 CVEs fixed with this update, with a request for 12.04 ESM users to update to the HWE kernel so as to use the fixed 3.13 kernel., but all users should update as soon as possible.

Xfce Picks Up Support For Monitor Profiles

Michael Larabel in a short post lets us know that a new release of xfce4-settings is out. The update includes support for display profiles, allowing to easily save display configurations. The tool uses the monitor’s EDID data to uniquely identify devices so as to simplify restoration of configurations. A link to the announcement is provided.

LibreOffice Qt5 Integration Sees Further Improvements

Michael Larabel reminds us that for the past year LibreOffice has used a Qt5 interface plug-in for a better integration in Qt-based desktops. He focuses on how this has been improved, but we won't really see it until LibreOffice 6.2 comes out early next year.

Valve Updates SteamVR AMD Requirements, Recommends Using PPAs On Ubuntu

Michael Larabel writes that Valve has updated their Linux graphics requirements for using SteamVR. They now require the proprietary 387 driver (or newer) for NVIDIA cards, though for those with AMD cards the requirement is RadeonSI/RADV from Mesa 17.3 (or higher) as well as a 4.13 kernel (or higher). To utilize VR direct mode for the best experience using the open-source AMD driver you'll need X.Org Server 1.20, Linux 4.15 and Mesa 18.2, which is achieved with Ubuntu 18.10. However, Michael provides some recommendations for users who want to use older releases of Ubuntu.

Mesa 18.2.2 Released With RADV GTA V Fix, Vulkan Additions & D3D9 Patches

Michael Larabel informs of some notable changes in this latest Mesa release. In addition to improved graphic drivers is support for protected memory properties, an increase in the number of temp registers, and that Polaris PCI ID is now available. There are various other fixes with more details in the linked announcement.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E30 – Thirty Seconds

“This week we’ve added VA-API support to the ffmpeg Snap, discuss installing all the distros in VirtualBox, bring you a new found love and go over your feedback.”

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 6

“This week we look at some details of the 17 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases and more.”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, October 8, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 8, 7pm – 8pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, October 8, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 9, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 9, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, October 9, 6pm – 7pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, October 9, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 11, 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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