Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 555 for the week of November 18 - 24, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News 23rd of November 2018
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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: 135527 (+38)
  • Critical: 402 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 66205 (+6)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.27% (34751/901)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41230/2466)
  • German: 83.86% (44063/11)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54710/154)
  • French: 79.44% (56132/6129)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Mir News 23rd of November 2018

Chris Halse Rogers (raof) advises that NVIDIA GL support is near acceptance, pending additional testing. Polishing also continues on drag and drop support, Mir, MATE, GTK, and layer_surface. In conclusion Chris gives his link on how to help in development from within an LXD container.

Could bionic/vlc users help verifying the 3.0.4 SRU?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) makes a call for bionic users to test vlc. It is updated in SRU, but the update is presently blocked due to the difficulty to properly test. Comments are welcome on the provided bug report link.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma, Dolphin & Discover Pick Up More Features Ahead Of The Holidays

Michael Larabel tells of the changes in KDE Plasma 5.15 for network connections, the change in the Dolphin file manager to list of any active tags, that Discover restores the progress indication and control of mounting a storage volume is restored, and that work is proceeding on the VPN configuration interface for small screens. Further more, Flatpak extensions are now supported in Discover. There are a lot of other fixes and polishes that are detailed in the provided link.

LibreOffice 6.2 Branched, The Beta Dance Begins & x86 32-bit Builds Are Deprecated

Michael Larabel advises that the LibreOffice 6.2 Beta 1, the first of three, is now available from LibreOffice; this release marks the hard feature freeze.Some of the changes and enhancements that are included in LibreOffice 6.2 are listed and we are advised with LibreOffice 6.2, Linux x86 32-bit builds are now considered deprecated. More detail on the release is provided in the release notes link.

GNU OrgaDoc 1.0 Released For Managing Documents Between Computers

Michael Larabel tells us of GNU's OrgaDoc, a tool to maintain a pool of documents between a set of computers. OrgaDoc 1.0 is an extensive rewrite, and details are in the provided release announcement as well as the download link.

GNOME 3.32 Mutter Should Perform A Lot Better For DisplayLink/USB-Display Type Setups

Michael Larabel reports on the improvements of GNOME 3.32 Mutter / window manager. These enhancements in multi-GPU setups yield a significant performance benefit. A link is provided to Pekka Paalanen's patch that provides the details.

Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor reports on the Kernel Security Updates and the patches for the latest round of discovered vulnerabilities. The report addresses all the supported releases and architectures and relates the fixes for multiple issues. The relevant CVEs are given and all users are urged to keep their systems updated.

LibreOffice 6.2 Enters Beta with New User Interface Design Called "Notebookbar"

Marius Nestor informs us that Notebookbar has been added in the LibreOffice 6.2 beta release as a new feature in the user interface design. The February release of LibreOffice 6.2 will have additional enhancements and features and this beta release opens the second LibreOffice 6.2 bug hunting session. Marius provides the links for those participating.

AMDVLK 2018.4.2 Open-Source Vulkan Driver Brings Sparse Support, Degenerate Triangles

Michael Larabel reports on the AMDVLK 2018.4.2 Open-Source Vulkan Driver, the latest weekly public code push. The AMDVLK 2018.4.2 release adds support for sparse memory, VK_AMD_memory_overallocation_behavior, debug stack trace dumps, and enablement to compute shaders. As well, various other fixes. The new driver is available for 18.04 as a deb for easy deployment. Pertinent links are provided.

Qt 5.12 Release Candidate Available, Final Coming In Early December

Michael Larabel informs us that the Qt 5.12 Release Candidate has been released for last-minute testing. It contains many documentation updates, several bug/regressions fixes with more details on the provided mailing list link. The hope is Qt 5.12.0 will be released early December. Michael provides a summary of some of 5.12's improvements, plus a link to Qt Wiki page should you need more.

Mesa 18.3-RC4 Released With A Handful Of Fixes

Michael Larabel writes that the fourth release candidate for Mesa 18.3 is available for testing. Currently only one blocking-bug remains, which will dictate if we see a RC5 or the official release hopefully in what could be just days. Michael provides links if you want more details on Mesa 18.3, or the RC4 changes.

GNOME On Wayland Will Now Work Correctly For Non-60Hz Refresh Rates

Michael Larabel reminds us of the addition of GPU hot-plugging and DisplayLink Improvements, and tells us GNOME's Mutter will now behave when setup for non-60Hz refresh rates with the Wayland compositor. The year old bug on non-60Hz refresh rates is now closed. Michael provides links to the merge request, telling us the code is in Mutter Git for GNOME 3.3. It's looking good for single monitor use, but more code is yet to be merged for multi-monitor setups that will hopefully also be seen in GNOME 3.32.

Ubuntu Podcast: S11E37 – Thirty Seven: Essays On Life, Wisdom, And Masculinity

"This week we’ve been building a new home server using SnapRAID and upgrading a Thinkpad to Ubuntu 16.04. Samsung debut the beta of Linux on DeX, Wireframe Magazine is out, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is available, Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for 10 years and we round up community news."

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 12

“This week we look at some details of the 33 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases, including some significant updates for systemd and the kernel, plus we talk about even more Intel side-channel vulnerabilities and more.”

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E11 – Alta Coltura

“Esta semana o trio maravilha dedicou a sua atenção a sugestões de leitura, técnica ou não, porque a vida não são só podcasts… As novidades no mundo SolusOS, a parceria da Canonical e da Samsung e o projecto Linux on Dex, sem esquecer a Festa do Software Livre da Moita 2018, que está já aí!”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, November 26, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, November 27, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, November 27, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 29, 4pm – 5pm

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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