Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 551 for the week of October 21 - 27, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News 26th of October 2018
  • Plasma 5.14.2 available in Cosmic backports PPA
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135478 (+60)
  • Critical: 410 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66070 (+102)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.08% (35269/902)
  • Spanish: 84.89% (41266/2463)
  • German: 83.82% (44173/36)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54709/154)
  • French: 79.44% (56131/5790)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Mir News 26th of October 2018

William Wold (wmww) reports this week on his work in porting MATE components to Wayland and the particular problem of deciding on a Wayland protocol. William asks us to share any info that one has in this respect. Also that Chris Halse Rogers (raof) continues to work on NVIDIA support, and improvements to the platform system.

The Planet

Plasma 5.14.2 available in Cosmic backports PPA

The Kubuntu Team announces that the second bug fix release for Plasma 5.14 is now available in their backports PPA. Instructions are given to update as well as warnings for those who value stability. Feedback and support links are also provided.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Will Now Set Scale Factor For GTK Apps, Plasma Gets Other Scaling & UI Polishing Too

Michael Larabel recaps Nate Graham's weekly update. Addressed here are improvements in the GNOME/GTK scaling, Frameworks 5.52 icon placement, KMail notification icons, Discover update notification widget, NetworkManager widget, fixes to Spectacle, and user interface polish. A link is provided to the original summary for more details.

Coreboot's Flashrom Moves On To Flashing AMD GPUs Up Through Polaris

Michael Larabel writes of the Coreboot Flashrom Support updating to now include AMD GCN (Graphics Core Next) cards to reprogram the SPI blocks. Michael advises that Luc Verhaegen has the code working on the latter hardware, which supports around 240 AMD/ATI graphics processors. While the patches are still in review, they are available in Luc's development repository. A link to the repo is provided.

KDE Plasma 5.14.2 Desktop Environment Improves Firmware Updates, Snap Support

Marius Nestor writes of the second point release to Plasma 5.14, highlighting the included firmware updates and better Snap support. Further in the 44 changes are added accessibility information, a GTK theme typo fix, lowering of a Qt dependency, improvements to focus handling, and updates for the NetworkManager display. Additionally, fixing a Plasma shell freeze and better compatibility for Firefox bookmarks runner are mentioned.

X.Org Server 1.20.3 Released To Fix New Security Issue

Michael Larabel reports of the CVE-2018-14665 fix in X.Org Server 1.20.3 for files being arbitrarily overwritten from within the -modulepath argument and -logfile arguments.

NVIDIA 410.73 Linux Driver Released With Quadro RTX 5000/6000 Support

Michael Larabel reports that the latest NVIDIA 410.73 driver update supports the high-end Turing-based Quadro RTX 5000 and Quadro RTX 6000 graphics cards. The update includes proper identification of the USB-C display connections, fixes for a Vulkan bug in the device display properties and reporting the synchronization state for PRIME displays. A link is provided to obtain the driver.

UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Planned For Release In November

Michael Larabel shares UBports community's notice of the forthcoming over-the-air update to Ubuntu Touch OTA-6. The update will include browser work and hardware optimizations. Presently under discussion are dropping Oxide from their images as well as changing the release schedule to facilitate security updates and minor fixes. Michael echoes UBports' plea for more developers to get involved as he gives the link to the update notice.

In Other News

Intel's Hades Canyon NUC And Ubuntu Linux 18.10 Are Perfect Together

Jason Evangelho, in a personal accolade directed to Ubuntu developer Martin Wimpress, reports the success of the Ubuntu install. The system features the powerful Intel Hades Canyon NUC running an Intel Kaby Lake G processor and AMD Radeon Vega M GH graphics. In a collaboration between NUC resellers and Canonical, Martin obtained the NUC and was able to make it and Ubuntu 18.10 fully compatible and push these updates to the 18.10 release. Jason reports that it “runs flawlessly out of the box.”

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E33 – Thirty-Three Teeth

“This week we’ve been playing with DXVK and Volumio. We discuss Wifi getting a new naming scheme, interpreting the Linux CoC, Motorola partnering with iFixIt, KDE adding scaling for GTK applications and what’s been going on in the Ubuntu Community.”

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 8

“This week we look at some details of the 15 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases and discuss some of the security relevant changes in Ubuntu 18.10, plus a refresh of the Ubuntu CVE tracker and more.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, October 29, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 30, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 30, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 1, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, November 1, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, November 1, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 1, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 1, 10pm – 11pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10

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

Ubuntu 18.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2019


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