Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 572 for the week of March 24 - 30, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Nominations Open for UK Open Source Awards
  • Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Beta released
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Kdenlive Devs Had a Sprint, Made This Awesome Vid
  • Ubucon Portugal 2019
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News: 29th of March 2019
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Nominations Open for UK Open Source Awards

Jonathan Riddell advises of the sixth UK Open Source Awards, to be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 12 June 2019. Nominations are now open for the awards; Categories and criteria for nominations are provided.

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Beta released

Adam Conrad of the Ubuntu Release team announces the beta pre-release of the Ubuntu 19.04 Desktop, Server and Cloud products. This also includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavors. Instructions on reporting bugs are included, as all testing resulting in comments, bug reports or patches will help improve this release.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Rik Mills : MOTU Application

Eric Desrochers, on behalf of the Developer Membership Board, announces the granting to Rik Mills (acheronuk) MOTU privileges.

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134839 (-8)
  • Critical: 386 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 66324 (+53)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33949/2772)
  • German: 85.84% (38690/2)
  • Spanish: 85.26% (40264/1964)
  • French: 80.64% (52884/5861)
  • Bosnian: 79.92% (54849/155)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Kdenlive Devs Had a Sprint, Made This Awesome Vid

Joey Sneddon writes about Kdenlive as a great open-source video editor, and that the Kdenlive team recently had a Sprint in Lyon, France to improve buffering of the editor's refactoring branch ahead of the coming release. A video of some of the Sprint is included.

Ubucon Portugal 2019

Diogo Miguel Constantino Dos Santos (diogoconstantino) invites all to the first Ubucon Portugal 2019 event on the 6th of April. Additional help is requested to manage the event and the booth. Diogo provides links for more details and contacts.

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: 29th of March 2019

Chris Halse Rogers (raof) reports of continuing fixes in non-standard build environments and Wayland extension support. While work also continues to merge the layer-shell branch into Mate snap, WLCS 1.0 is nearing release. We are advised of several threads opening to discuss designs to make a MirAL framework snap work with snaps.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Reportedly Not Planning To Enable Wayland-By-Default For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Michael Larabel reminds us of the short term Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME & Wayland default before switching back to X.Org, with X.Org looking to remain for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Michael provides some clues as to his sources, and views on where Fedora too is going with Wayland. Whilst we can still choose to use Wayland on Ubuntu, don't expect to see it the default before at least Ubuntu 20.10.

NVIDIA Lands Fix To Avoid High CPU Usage When Using The KDE Desktop

Michael Larabel reports on the resolution by NVIDIA engineer Erik Kurzinger for the long standing issue of high CPU load under the KDE desktop (Bug #322060). The workaround will no longer be required in  the next KDE Plasma release - Plasma 5.16, though the variable (GL_MaxFramesAllowed=1) can still be set in current KDE Plasma environments.

In Other News

Asus Just Gave You 1 Million Reasons To Switch From Windows To Linux

Jason Evangelho reminds us of the recent Kaspersky ShadowHammer alert about Asus laptop users being distributed malware through the Asus Live Update utility hidden as a legitimate-update. Jason explores why Ubuntu and Linux is safer and how Canonical's packaging of Ubuntu helps to achieve security.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 25

“Ghostscript is back to haunt us for another week, plus we look at vulnerabilities in ntfs-3g, snapd, firefox and more.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, April 1, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 2, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, April 2, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, April 4, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 4, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, April 4, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, April 4, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, April 4, 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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