Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 566 for the week of February 10 - 16, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 1.1.1 - release candidate
  • 2019
  • Glasnost: yet another Gitlab's client.
  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS released

Adam Conrad on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team tells us Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS has been officially released for Desktop, Server and Cloud products, including flavors with LTS releases. 18.04.2 has HWE (Hardware enablement stack) enabled for newer hardware and includes a new Raspberry Pi 3 image for Ubuntu Server. A list of Ubuntu flavors with 18.04.2 plus a plethora of urls is provided in the article.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134766 (+25)
  • Critical: 389 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 65917 (+40)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.45% (34261/2391)
  • German: 85.38% (39922/10)
  • Spanish: 84.90% (41223/3813)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54731/155)
  • French: 79.45% (56106/6958)

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 1.1.1 - release candidate

Alan Griffiths writes that the Mir 1.1.1 release candidate is building with three known areas of known bugs. A few more fixes needed for Mali will be added in the coming days.

The Planet 2019

Robert Ancell reports his attendance to 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The conference covers general open source development, and this year's theme was "Linux of Things" - focusing on IoT connection. Bob gives a summary of the talks he attended and gives a YouTube link to videos of the conference.

Glasnost: yet another Gitlab's client.

Riccardo Padovani advises of a client development for Gitlab,  Glasnost. Though still in early development, the client features many tools to integrate with the workflow on Gitlab. Links are provided for feedback and suggestions, as well as a link to the source code hosted on Gitlab.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Apologizes for Boot Failure in Ubuntu 18.10 & 18.04, Fix Available Now

Marius Nestor reports that in addressing a Linux kernel regression Canonical releases a new kernel update for the 4.18 series. In the linked USN-3878-3 is noted Canonical's apology for the inconvenience. Marios explains the nature of the regression and advises those affected to update your kernel packages immediately to linux-image 4.18.0-15.16 on Ubuntu 18.10, or to linux-image 4.18.0-15.16~18.04.1 (HWE enabled) on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. A link to the update instructions is provided.

KDE Frameworks 5.55 Released With Android Notifications, KWayland Fixes

Michael Larabel writes on the monthly update to KDE Frameworks 5.55. Highlights in this QT5 library include added icons, Android build fixes/improvements, support for Android notifications, fixes in KWayland, and added AsciiDoc support. Other fixes and improvements are detailed in the linked release announcement.

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Working To Be Released This Week With New Hardware Enablement Stack

Michael Larabel reports that after the boot failures in last week's update, Ubuntu developers are working on getting out the 18.04.2 LTS point release this week. It will ship with Hardware Enablement "HWE" stack, with a provided link on bugs resolved in Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" meanwhile remains under development for expected debut on 18 April. The Ubuntu 19.04 feature freeze is coming up next week on 21 February, while the UI freeze is set for 14 March.

KDE Plasma 5.15 Released With Wayland Improvements, Fixes To "Annoying Problems"

Michael Larabel reports on the many changes, fixes, and improvements in this the first big update this year. Michael views the Plasma desktop as more polished and mature in wayland support; And perhaps forthcoming is Wayland-by-default. More details are in the provided link.

RadeonSI Picks Up Primitive Culling With Async Compute For Performance Wins

Michael Larabel advises of the twenty-six patches provided by Linux driver developer Marek Olšák. Performance improvements are the result of using async compute to do primitive culling. The patches are directed to GCN 1.1 through Radeon VII cards on professional/workstation graphics. Depending on feedback the code could be enabled for all GPUs and a possible whitelisting for games optimization. Michael provides a link to the patch series.

AMDGPU DC Gets Fixes For Seamless Boot, Disappearing Cursor On Raven Ridge

Michael Larabel reports on the latest thirty-five patches for the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver. These patches provide fixes for the black screen resuming issue on Kaveri APUs through Hawaii dGPUs, the disappearing cursor on Raven Ridge systems, fixes around the multi-plane commit support, and fixes for the new seamless boot functionality. A link is provided to AMD's commit.

Mesa 19.0-RC4 Released With More Fixes

Michael Larabel advises on Mesa 19.0-RC4 release that resolves the scripting failure of the RC3 release. Added in Mesa 19.0-RC4 are graphics driver fixes as well as other random fixes. However, with about a dozen bugs still open it is expected that there will be a RC5 next week. If the blocker bugs get resolved, it is expected to have a Mesa 19.0 release in about two weeks. Michael provides links to learn more.

Proton 3.16-7 Updates Against DXVK 0.96, New FAudio

Michael Larabel writes of the new update to proton that adds DXVK 0.96 support for Vulkan and better audio support from the FAudio 19.02 release. Proton 3.16-7 also has several fixes in some Direct3D 9 games, improved controller behavior, a new run-time option, better support for old SteamWorks SDKs, and various other fixes. More details are available in the provided ValveSoftware GitHub link.

Wayland's Weston 6.0 To Support XDG-Shell Stable, Helping Apps Like MPV Video Player

Michael Larabel advises on the merged support of XDG-Shell stable protocol where newer Wayland-supported apps like the MPV video player are explicitly looking for the stable version of the protocol. Michael provides links to the cgit commits.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 20

"This week we look at Linux kernel updates for all releases, OpenSSH, dovecot, curl and more. Plus we answer some frequently asked questions for Ubuntu security, in particular the perennial favourite of why we choose to just backport security fixes instead of doing rolling package version updates to resolve outstanding CVEs."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E23 - 2/3 do cluster de tiagos

“Neste episódio convidámos o Tiago Carreira, e assim conseguimos 2/3 do cluster de Tiagos presente na FOSDEM 2019, para nos falar sobre a sua experiência na FOSDEM, mas acima de tudo veio contar-nos como correu o Config Managment Camp em Ghent.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, February 18, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, February 19, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, February 19, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, February 20, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Thu, February 21, 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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