Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 559 for the week of December 23 - 29, 2018.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • security things in Linux v4.20
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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: 135717 (+78)
  • Critical: 393 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 66262 (+26)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (34715/901)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41233/2543)
  • German: 84.90% (41243/299)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54715/154)
  • French: 79.45% (56126/6174)

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

security things in Linux v4.20

Kees Cook writes " Linux kernel v4.20 has been released today! Looking through the changes, here are some security-related things I found interesting". The list includes stackleak plugin, raise faults for kernel addresses in copy_*_user(), spectre v2 userspace mitigation, jump labels read-only after init, and VLA removal finished.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Wine-Staging 4.0-RC3 Will Now Crash Less For Windows Games/Applications

Michael Larabel gives us some updates from last week's report on the latest release of Wine-Staging 4.0-RC3. These twenty plus new patches address different crash fixes and Michael provides a list of the applications, tools, programs, and the changes that are affected. A link is provided to the new Wine-Staging update and Michael advises that Wine-Staging will continue tracking upstream until the final that is expected in January.

Debootstrap 1.0.112 Released To Speed Up The Bootstrapping Of Debian

Michael Larabel reports that debootstrap author Thomas Lange has released Debootstrap 1.0.112. The release includes a set of patches that significantly decrease the boot time process on Debian systems. Michael provides the link to the release announcement for more details.

Ubuntu Mir Developer Creates New Wayland Debug Tool

Michael Larabel advises that a new Wayland debug tool has been developed by William Wold of Canonical's Mir team. "This Wayland Debug tool offers in-depth reporting of Wayland protocol messages, supports multiple connections, and also supports breakpoints on Wayland messages." Links are provided to the GitHub code and to for more details.

The xf86-video-ati X.Org Driver Receives Some EOY Updates Ported From AMDGPU

Michael Larabel reports on the back-porting of relevant fixes/updates to the legacy xf86-video-ati X.Org driver, as provided by AMD's Michel Dänzer. In the thirteen patches are maintenance works for gamma correction, TearFree, hardware cursor buffers, and other changes. Michael remarks that it is nice to see the TLC on this ageing driver when much of the present effort is devoted to kernel DRM/KMS drivers.

Mesa 18.2.8 Released With Driver Fixes To End Out The Series

Michael Larabel reports on the final point release in the Mesa 18.2 series. The release features many backports supporting Linux graphics driver stacks, fixes to its Meson build system, fixes to the Gallium "Nine" Direct3D 9 state tracker, a few VirGL driver fixes, a RADV hang fix, as well as other patches. However, Michael advises "In order to continue receiving OpenGL/Vulkan open-source driver updates, users are encouraged to transition to Mesa 18.3.". The complete list of the changes is available in a provided link to the release announcement.

Wine 4.0-RC4 Is Out For Testing While The Official Release Expected Next Month

Michael Larabel once more updates us on the state of Wine 4.0 in this the fourth weekly release candidate from lead Wine developer Alexandre Julliard. Though continuing in feature freeze several bugs have been addressed. A link is provided to for more details.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E42 – 42 Habits for Minimalism

"This week we have been writing Bash scripts and using Code page 437. We bring you our predictions for 2019 and also our listener predictions for 2019, plus a command line lurve and all your feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E17 - Between Parties

"Still with a full of dreams, still without David, but already heating up for entry in 2019, in this episode we talked about Fosdem gaming, networking, Nextcloud and Purism."

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 31, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 1, 2019, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 1, 2019, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 1, 2019, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, January 3, 2019, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 3, 2019, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, January 3, 2019, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, January 3, 2019, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, January 3, 2019, 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

None reported this week.

End of Life: April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

None reported this week.

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

None reported this week.

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 18.10 Updates

None reported this week.

End of Life: July 2019


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