Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 561 for the week of January 6 - 12, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Computer buffs flock to Ubuntu group to learn more about free OS
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir news: 11th January 2019
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • 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: 135519 (-218)
  • Critical: 395 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66111 (-111)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (34715/843)
  • German: 85.02% (40911/341)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41237/2624)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54720/154)
  • French: 79.44% (56131/6183)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Computer buffs flock to Ubuntu group to learn more about free OS

Debra Kaszubski informs of the Rochester Older Persons Commission that is dedicated to the Ubuntu operating system. Debra gives a brief introduction to the linux operating system and the merits of Ubuntu. Highlights and videos of the efforts of the group members Barry Parker, Scott Bicknell, and Don Ledwith are related in the article.

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: 11th January 2019

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) in reporting Mir's status relates that thus far this year there are no changes. Alan gives a run down on what respective members are working on and lists the fixes that have been implemented. Of particular note is the continued work to improve the integration of the Nvidia proprietary driver.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Developers Kick Off 2019 With More Fixes & Polishing

Michael Larabel reports that there are big improvements and other work of KDE Frameworks 5.54, Plasma 5.15, and KDE Applications. 19.04 will be in even better shape. KDE developer Nate Graham provides another look at the changes being made by KDE developers in enhancing the usability and productivity of the KDE desktop.

Intel Graphics Driver Working On FP16 Visual Support For Handling Wide Color Gamut

Michael Larabel writes about some interesting work conducted this weekend in the Intel open-source Linux graphics driver space. The FP16 visual and framebuffer configuration support, together with other extensions should allow for Android wide-color gamut support and other wide-color scenarios. It's at an initial stage and currently under review, with Kevin Strasser, leading the work.

Bash 5.0 Release Packing Many Changes & A Lot Of Fixes

Michael Larabel reports that the GNU Bash 5.0 shell is now available. Bash 5.0 debuts with quite a lot of bug fixes and brings a number of new features and improvements to better conform to POSIX specifications.

‘Cast to TV’ Lets You Stream Media From Ubuntu to Chromecast

Joey Sneddon reports of the GNOME extension that allows to cast content. Joey provides an overview of the extension, gives install instructions with links/screenshots, and usage pointers.

AMDVLK 2019.Q1.1 Radeon Vulkan Driver Build Now Available For Ubuntu

Michael Larabel advises on this first update from AMD for the VLK Vulkan 1.1.96 headers which adds GPU memory references, clean-ups, fixes, optimizations, and other changes. The package is now available for just the Vulkan driver and validated for at least 16.04/18.04 and possibly works for 18.10 also. Michael provides the download link to GitHub tag for those wanting to install this driver.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Rolls Out With Keyboard Improvements, Browser Fixes

Michael Larabel reports that OTA-7 has been officially released. OTA-7 introduces themes for the on-screen keyboard, plus many fixes and updates. An update to libhybris will also aid the porting of Ubuntu Touch to more Android devices. More details are provided on the UBports link.

GNOME 3.31.4 Released As A Big Step Towards GNOME 3.32

Michael Larabel reports on this development snapshot, GNOME 3.31.4. Highlights include additions to the Epiphany web-browser, supports within the Evince library, supports for mouse gestures, and added zoom levels, additions to the WebKitWebDriver, and support for narrow/mobile mode support. There are also improvements for GNOME File Roller, GNOME Boxes, GObject Introspection, Vala and a new applications panel. More details are available from the provided release announcement and a roadmap to the 13 March release of GNOME 3.32.0.

PHP 7.3.1 Lands A Bunch Of Fixes For This Fastest PHP Release Yet

Michael Larabel reports of the first bug-fix release for PHP 7.3. In the convenient improvements and language additions in 7.3 is of note the improving PHP performance. Michael advises that with "PHP 7.0 now being end-of-life, it's a good time to upgrade". The many bug fixes are detailed in the announcement.

In Other News

Entroware Launches Ubuntu Linux All-In-One PC With 6-Core Intel CPU

Jason Evangelho makes us aware of Entroware's latest offering that ships with ubuntu as the operating system. Designed for classrooms, home office, business use, and the more casual Linux users it packs plenty of punch. Specs and options are provided with links to the manufacturer for more details.

Entroware's New Linux Workstation Rocks Ryzen Threadripper And 4x Nvidia RTX GPUs

At the high end Entroware offers a beast of a system, per Jason Evangelho. Suitable for Deep Learning or animation projects, it comes with the muscel - " drool-worthy, ridiculously powerful glory" - and porting to get the job done. The system is available with ubuntu 18.04 or 18.10. A link is provided to the manufacturer for additional info.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E19 - Kernel novo procura-

"Este foi o primeiro episódio gravado em 2019! Falámos um pouco sobre as festas de ano novo, o que fizemos nas férias, desde a montagem de portáteis, bastante jogatana e novidades nas nossas vidas pessoais."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, January 14, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, January 14, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, January 14, 8pm – 9pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 15, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 15, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, January 16, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 17, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, January 17, 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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