Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 560 for the week of December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Refactor with Clang Tooling at code::dive 2018
  • Debian CoC Applies To Planet Debian Blog Posts & Other Updated Rules

  • 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: 135737 (+30)
  • Critical: 394 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66222 (-40)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (34710/901)
  • German: 84.95% (41105/236)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41233/2550)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54715/154)
  • French: 79.45% (56126/6183)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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The Planet

Refactor with Clang Tooling at code::dive 2018

Stephen Kelly blogs about his recent talk on his refactoring tool with Clang Tooling at code::dive last November. Stephen got to demo some features which had never been seen by anyone before. For people who are already familiar with clang-tidy and clang-query, the interesting content shows new features in the clang-query interpreter command line, such as syntax highlighting and portable code completion with scrolling through results selections. The post contains numerous usage clips, and links to Stephen's presentation.

Other Community News

Debian CoC Applies To Planet Debian Blog Posts & Other Updated Rules

Michael Larabel updates on a change to rules for DD blogs being aggregated on Planet Debian. Those of us who have their blog sites aggregated should ensure they follow Debian's Code of Conduct or risk having posts removed. More details available on the provided link.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

VLC 3.0.5 Released with Improved YouTube, HDR & BluRay Support

Joey Sneddon reports that a new release of VLC Media player, VLC 3.0.5, is out with lots of new features and changes. Improvements include format changes to MP4, MKV, CAF, AV1 media, better HDR support, improvements in image visuality, fixes for several bugs and includes security updates. VLC 3.0.5 is presently available via a Snap install for 16.04 LTS and above releases.

Xfce4-Panel 4.13.4 Released As Another Step Towards The Xfce 4.14 Desktop

Michael Larabel tells us the recent release of Xfce4-Panel 4.13.4 brings us closer to Xfce 4.14, which still has no firm release time-table. Michael lists some new features in this release noting there is a lot of fixed bugs. Michael includes a link to Simon Steinbeiß's blog should you need more details.

UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Is Being Prepared With On-Screen Keyboard Themes

Michael Larabel advises that OTA-7 is now available for testing with an expected release next week. In addition to support for themes there are also fixes for mobile network issues, memory management, and updates to Libhybris, Mir, and the web browser. Further, we are advised there is now support to install to the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi model. A link is provided to for more details.

NVIDIA 410.93 Linux Driver Released With Quadro RTX 8000 Support, 4.20 Kernel Compatible

Michael Larabel reports on the NVIDIA 410.93 "long lived" Linux driver release, supporting the Quadro RTX 8000 series cards. The issues addressed in this release are support of Linux 4.20 kernel compatibility, crash fixes in the KWin OpenGL, a Vulkan external semaphore issue, and some other minor fixes. A new option has been added for allowing restriction of GPU performance counters. More details and the download link is provided in a link.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E18 - This year is going to be!

"In the first episode of the year and the first we had the whole production team of the show, we did a retrospective analysis of the last year. Many things have changed and [...]"

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, January 7, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 8, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 8, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, January 8, 6pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 10, 4pm – 5pm

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

Security Updates

None reported this week

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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