Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 550 for the week of October 14 - 20, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News: 19th of October 2018
  • Xfce Screensaver 0.1.0 Released
  • Michael Zanetti: nymea
  • 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

Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released

Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 18.10. The many new features include the 4.18 based Linux kernel, an updated toolchain, and added TLS1.3 support. Leading the changes on the desktop are the new Yaru theme, GNOME 3.30, Firefox 63, and LibreOffice 6.1.2. The server includes the Rocky release of OpenStack, new network configuration tooling, updates to the new fast installer, and many updates to industry standard packages. Adam gives upgrade information and links to the release notes.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135418 (-71)
  • Critical: 411 (+6)
  • Unconfirmed: 65968 (+58)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.07% (35299/845)
  • Spanish: 84.89% (41266/2453)
  • German: 83.81% (44213/44)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54709/154)
  • French: 79.44% (56131/5766)

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 News: 19th of October 2018

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) advises on the status of Mir 1.0, work that continues on the Nvidia graphics platform, and mir-kiosk discussion. He ends with a congrats to the UBports developers for the OTA-5 release.

The Planet

Xfce Screensaver 0.1.0 Released

Sean Davis announces the release of Xfce Screensaver 0.1.0, noting it's targeted to testers and translators. He tells us what it is, its history, lists its features, provides screenshots, and links to the download - asking for users to test, report bugs, provide feedback, and even submit patches.

Michael Zanetti: nymea

Michael Zanetti tells us that nymea is an IoT platform based on Ubuntu consisting of three parts (core, app, and cloud), aimed at enabling easy integration of different devices. He describes how the various bits tie together, and links to more information.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Frameworks 5.51 Released

Michael Larabel informs us of the latest monthly update complementing the QT5 libraries. The update comprises Wayland server fixes, icon changes, improvements to the Kirigami UI framework, fixes to KIO and the Baloo file indexer, and added support for Code 128 barcodes. A link to the release notes is provided for more details.

X.Org Server 1.20.2 Released With A Bunch Of Bug Fixes

Michael Larabel tells us that Xorg Server 1.20.2 was released, with it being characterized as "lots of bugfixes all over the map." We are provided with a link to change details, with a note that fixes to XWayland are there too.

Qt 5.12 Beta 2 Brings Many Fixes

Michael Larabel writes of the second beta release of QT 5.12, noting there are more than 200 changes. The update is of affect to OpenGL ES 3.1, the Qt Wayland compositor, script support for QML, the Qt Virtual Keyboard, support for Qt Remote Objects, and the Qt WebEngine. Michael advises that depending on the results of the final beta, Qt 5.12 may be out at the end of November, though more likely sometime in December.

KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release

Marius Nestor informs us that the KDE Project have released Plasma 5.14.1, with a number of small but important bug fixes, and more translations. He expands on what's new in this update, which includes keyboard support for navigating desktop icons, better Flatpack and Snap support in Discover, and more.

Canonical Launch Ubuntu User Statistics Website

Joey Sneddon writes that Canonical have launched a webpage that allows us to view the Ubuntu user statistics returned by the Ubuntu report tool. We are reminded that we were provided with a few early findings months ago, but now we can view the whole dataset. Joey notes the data is broken up into user reports, desktop specs, and configurations, with the data presented along with colorful graphs and charts. We are provided with the website link.

Mesa 18.2.3 Released With Latest Driver Workarounds For Steam Play / Proton

Michael Larabel reports of the latest Mesa 18.2.3 point release, notable for several bug fixes and workarounds for Steam Play / Wine and various new games running on it. He lists the games that now have workarounds for toggling certain features. Otherwise the update includes fixes for a RadeonSI hang, Intel ANV Vulkan, and NV50/NVC0 Nouveau. A link is provided to the release announcement.

Canonical: Snaps Are Used Worldwide, over 3M Installs Monthly and 100K Daily

Marius Nestor, in explaining what Snap is and the ease of use, relates an infographic provided by Canonical depicting 4,100 Snaps available for download, 100,000 installs daily, making up more than three million installs monthly - across 41 operating systems residing in places all over the world.

Lubuntu 18.10 Is Out, First Release to Ship with the LXQt Desktop by Default

Marius Nestor relates the switch of Lubuntu from LXDE to LXQt as the desktop environment. It also now uses Calamares as the graphical installer and various new default applications. Marius gives details on the latter, mentions the improved Lubuntu Manual, includes a video overview, and links to the release announcement.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E32 – Thirty-Two Going on Spinster

“This week we interview Daniel Foré about the final release of elementary 5.0 (Juno), bring you some Android love and go over all your feedback.”

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 7

“This week we look at some details of the 78 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases including more GhostScript, ImageMagick, WebKitGTK, Linux kernel and more.”

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E05 – Vamos às compras!

“Neste episódio falámos de Pinebooks, Librem Key, SolusOS e muito mais. Um episódio repleto de informação relevante sobre os temas que têm dominado a actualidade.”

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E06 – Mestres no Open Source

“Revimos o valioso feedback dos ouvintes, voltámos a falar do Pinebook, Olimex e Pihole. Depois passámos apelos à participação da comunidade, mas o prato principal foi a entrevista à Professora Manuela Aparício do Mestrado em Open Source Software do ISCTE/IUL. No fim além da agenda ainda fizemos uma pequena digressão pelo Open Source Lisboa 2018.”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 22, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, October 22, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 23, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 23, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, October 23, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Thu, October 25, 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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