Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 568 for the week of February 24 - March 2, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Essential Certbot updates on 16.04: call for testing
  • Week 9 in Multipass
  • Mir News 1st March 2019
  • KDE Chat on Matrix
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS released

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak, on behalf of The Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS. This point release, fixing the APT vulnerability (USN-3863-1), also includes many other security updates. Also available are Kubuntu 16.04.6 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.6 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.6 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.6 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.6 LTS and Ubuntu MATE 16.04.6 LTS. Łukasz provides supporting links for downloads and to additional information.

Representative of the wider coverage of the release:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134911 (+188)
  • Critical: 389 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66158 (+173)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.61% (33838/2772)
  • German: 85.85% (38654/739)
  • Spanish: 85.22% (40349/1937)
  • French: 80.67% (52773/5923)
  • Bosnian: 79.96% (54734/154)

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

Essential Certbot updates on 16.04: call for testing

Robie Basak (rbasak) advises that updates for the Let’s Encrypt packages (Certbot) are available and puts forth a call for testing. The current primary Let’s Encrypt CA will turn off on 13 March 2019 affecting ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The proposed updates are in backports and with sufficient testing and validation will be moved to the usual update channels. Robie provides instructions to install, test, and the means to provide the feedback.

Week 9 in Multipass

Christopher Townsend (townsend) gives the update on Multipass. He reports briefly of the Sprint in Malta, relates numerous fixes, continuing works, and updates. Christopher advises of building the documentation library giving a link to add comments for guidance in the development. Instructions are given to install Multipass and lastly a link to the github page for feedback is provided.

Mir News 1st March 2019

William Wold (wmww) focuses this report on the outcome of the sprint. Noting that “Help wanted” and “Good first issue” are added to the issue list for assistance from outside developers. He advises of the advent of Mir 1.1.2, an update for Mir Snaps installation, and that UBPorts has their problem (linked) resolved and is now using  Mir 1.x on their edge builds.

The Planet

KDE Chat on Matrix

Jonathan Riddell introduces the modern and open communications integration that is the Matrix server. Talking to other Matrix servers, IRC servers and their channels, voice and video calling supporting emojis and stickerpacks are all incorporated. Jonathan gives install instruction and a brief guidance to usage with a link to the KDE Matrix wiki page for more docs.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.15.2 Desktop Environment Released with 23 Bug Fixes, Update Now

Marius Nestor reports the highlights of the second point release to KDE Plasma 5.15. There is added info on the About Distro page in Info Center, fixes in the Kickoff applications menu, and eight components have seen updates. Marius gives a roadmap of the Plasma series development and advises that KDE Plasma 5.15.2 will soon be in the software repository, and the update is recommended. A link is provided for more details.

Oranchelo - The Icon Theme To Beat On Ubuntu 18.10

Manuel Jose introduces an alternative flat-design icon theme for Ubuntu 18.10, Oranchelo. Manuel provides screen shots of the icon set and install instructions as well as a link to the artist's web page.

Ubuntu Icon Set Addresses its Biggest Complaint

Joey Sneddon reports on a developing new fork of the Yaru icon theme. The Suru remix aim is to address branded apps icons by a blend of squares, rectangles and circles to create a more cohesive appearance. Comparable screenshots are provided and Joey speculates on the icon set availability for the 19.04 release.

Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 Is Coming To The Raspberry Pi

Jason Evangelho tells us of some of the cool projects he has explored since purchasing a Raspberry Pi. Jason then informs us of Ubuntu-MATE 18.04.2 pi's upcoming release imaged by Canonical's Martin Wimpress. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments, Jason recommends Martins Wimpress' twitter feed which is provided. Presently the "bootable images are a thing" and we can look forward to a full desktop suite running on the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3/3+.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Coming to Ubuntu Phones on March 6th with More Improvements

Marius Nestor reports that the UBports developers have put out a call for testing. Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 pre-release builds are available via a GitHub Project for OTA-8 QA link, for testing and feedback. This release features enhancements to the Morph browser, improvements to other components and apps, code reduction, support for ARM64 builds, improves tests on the Ubuntu UI Toolkit (UITK), and updates the Android container pre-start script. Target date to release is March 6th, 2019.

No! Ubuntu is NOT Replacing Apt with Snap

Abhishek Prakash writes that he regularly sees rumours that Ubuntu is planning to replace Apt with Snap in Ubuntu 19.04, and that this is just not true. Abhishek provides some context and the original source for the rumor, and how it gained some 'heat'. Then we are advised of accurate clarification in this rumor’s dismissal as merely a proposal by some community member not affiliated with Ubuntu. Alan Pope of Canonical confirms the fact stating “not a thing we're doing”.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 21

"Double episode covering the security updates from the last 2 weeks, including snapd (DirtySock), systemd and more, plus we talk responsible disclosure and some open positions on the Ubuntu Security team."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E24 - Quase o melhor podcast de Ubuntu do mundo

“Neste episódio com bastante conversa da treta, para além de falarmos bastante sobre o UBports, Ubuntu no geral e Ubuntu Studio em particular, também tocámos brevemente nas noticias sobre a nova release do Bionic 18.04.2. Ao que parece também somos quase o melhor podcast de Ubuntu no Mundo… Ouve o episódio para saberes mais!”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, March 4, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 5, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, March 5, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, March 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, March 7, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, March 7, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, March 7, 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

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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