Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 563 for the week of January 20 - 26, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • KDE Plasma 5.14.90 (the beta for Plasma 5.15) is available for testing
  • Upgrading releases with PPAs
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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: 134965 (-219)
  • Critical: 392 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66016 (-67)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.42% (34378/2212)
  • German: 85.27% (40252/116)
  • Spanish: 84.86% (41360/2634)
  • Bosnian: 79.93% (54836/154)
  • French: 79.41% (56250/6167)

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

KDE Plasma 5.14.90 (the beta for Plasma 5.15) is available for testing

The Kubuntu Team Has Plasma 5.14.90 available for 18.10 and the proposed 19.04 releases in their Beta PPA. They have an open call for testing to insure the release of Kubuntu 19.04 and what is added to backports. Install directions are provided and as well a short primer on the testing procedure.

Upgrading releases with PPAs

Brian Murray writes about PPAs and users historically having issues upgrading releases. To help remedy this, Brian has made changes to the ubuntu-release-upgrader, outlining the changes made and where they should take effect, including use of the RELEASE_UPGRADER_ALLOW_THIRD_PARTY environment variable.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Now Has Virtual Desktop Support On Wayland

Michael Larabel writes of the KWayland/KWin resolution for KDE virtual desktop support on Wayland, and as well a new UI for X11. The improvements include the digital clock widget, KDE Information Center's USB devices, wallpaper chooser, and more. A link is provided to Nate Graham's blog page for more details and screenshots.

Ubuntu Gets Snappier Video Playback With Chromium Snap For VA-API Acceleration

Michael Larabel advises on the availability of a testing Chromium Snap that features VA-API video acceleration support for GPU-based decoding. The caveat is that you must have the supporting hardware/driver and for YouTube videos one must have the h264ify extension. Links are given to Olivier Tilloy's patch and to the binary snap.

Qt 5.13 Slated To Deliver Many WebAssembly Improvements

Michael Larabel reports that the WebAssembly for Qt 5.13 in the next few months is bringing many improvements. Features planned are "optional multi-threading support, system clipboard access, local file access, binary packages, and platform documentation.

Wine 4.0 Officially Released with Vulkan & Direct3D 12 Support, HiDPI on Android

Marius Nestor reports that the Wine project proudly announced today the general availability of the Wine 4.0 release, a major version of the open-source software that lets Linux users install and use Windows apps on their computers.

Debian & Ubuntu Fix Man-in-the-Middle Attack in APT Package Manager, Update Now

Marius Nestor tells us that both Debian and Canonical have released updated APT packages to address a critical vulnerability. All users are urged to update APT immediately, with a link provided to the debian security advisory if you'd like to know more.

GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment to Launch with a "Radical New Icon Style"

Marius Nestor reports that the upcoming GNOME 3.32 desktop environment comes with a plethora of new features and improvements across its default apps, artwork, and core components, including a radical new icon style. The GNOME 3.32 release of the open-source desktop environment is used by numerous Linux-based operating systems, including Ubuntu.

GNOME 3.32 Gets Fixed Up For Buggy Zoom Mode

Michael Larabel writes that Canonical and Ubuntu developers having been tackling various performance problems, and issues with the GNOME desktop, and now the GNOME 3.32 has fixed Shell's zoom mode and resolved some usability issues.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 17

“First episode of 2019! This week we look 'System Down' in systemd, as well as updates for the Linux kernel, GnuPG, PolicyKit and more, and discuss a recent cache-side channel attack using the mincore() system call.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, January 28, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 29, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 29, 5pm – 6pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 29, 8pm – 9pm
  • Security Team: Wed, January 30, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 31, 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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