Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 557 for the week of December 9 - 15, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News: 14th of December 2018
  • Achievement of the Week
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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: 135671 (-9)
  • Critical: 392 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 66301 (-16)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (34716/843)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41235/2622)
  • German: 84.67% (41851/88)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54715/154)
  • French: 79.45% (56126/6140)

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: 14th of December 2018

Chris Halse Rogers (raof) makes this week's report that things progress well to the point that there is the possibility to release Mir 1.1 before Christmas. Pending are some fixes to the “internal clients”, the startup splash-screen spinner port to Wayland, and some polish to the simple splash.

The Planet

Achievement of the Week

Jonathan Riddell writes of his achievements for KDE: a KDE Frameworks web page, a rework of the KDE Applications 18.12 announcement, and proudly making up the screenshot for the new release of Konsole that displays the mojis.

Canonical News

In the Press

The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop

Scott Gilbertson showcases the Dell XPS Developer Edition model 9370 that ships with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. This latest build has added muscle, improvements, and Ubuntu 18.04. Scott gives us a rundown on the hardware and the software Dell included. He concludes with the acclaim that "the latest XPS 13 DE is the laptop you've been looking for".

Canonical Launches MicroK8s

Swapnil Bhartiya relates of Canonical's MicroK8s, a snap package of Kubernetes that supports more than 42 flavors of Linux. Swapnil explains what a snap is and the benefits of MicroK8s as a snap.

In the Blogosphere

Valve Rolls Out New Steam Play Proton 3.16 Beta, 29 More Games Supported

Michael Larabel writes that a new beta release of Proton 3.16 is now available that runs many Windows games on linux. Twenty nine games are added and in the enhancements is a rework of the audio support. Links are provided to GitHub for the code and to Twitter for more details.

Firefox 64.0 Released

Michael Larabel advises on the availability of Firefox 64.0. He tells us of changes, enhancements and improvements; notably that Firefox is now built using Clang across all platforms. Links are provided for more details.

Mesa 18.3.1 Released To Disable Botched Vulkan Extension

Michael Larabel advises the reason for the quick Mesa 18.3.1 release. In citing an oops in the VK_EXT_pci_bus_info extension, that will be fixed in the next Vulkan spec update, Michael tells us that the mistake was in the assumption that PCI domains are 16-bit. A link is provided to the Mesa announcement.

Mesa 18.2.7 Released With Several RADV Driver Fixes, Variety Of Other Updates

Michael Larabel writes of the latest fixes in Mesa 18.2.7 for those choosing to abstain from the Mesa 18.3 series. The fixes include RADV Radeon Vulkan driver corrections, EGL Wayland, VC4/V3D Broadcom drivers, Intel ANV Vulkan, NV50/NVC0 Nouveau, and a few other memory leak fixes. A link is provided to the Mesa-dev announcement for details.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 15

“Security updates for 29 CVEs including Perl, the kernel, OpenSSL (PortSmash) and more, plus in response to some listener questions, we discuss how to make sure you always have the latest security updates by using unattended-upgrades.”

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E40 – North Dallas Forty

“This week we’ve been playing on the Nintendo Switch. We review our tech highlights from 2018 and go over our 2018 predictions, just to see how wrong we really were. We also have some Webby love and go over your feedback.”

Ubuntu Podcast: S01E15 – Open Source Garden

“ In this episode Diogo Constantino was at the CMS Garden Unconference at the Unperfekthaus in Essen in conjunction with the speakers and organizers of Secure Open Source Day , and took the opportunity to record a pleasant conversation with the conference participants, making the event and the community known.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 17, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, December 17, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 18, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, December 18, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, December 18, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, December 19, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 20, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, December 20, 5pm – 6pm

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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