Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 573 for the week of March 31 - April 6, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir News: 5th April 2019
  • Snapcraft 3.3
  • Parole Media Player 1.0.2 Released
  • 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!

Welcome New Members and Developers

wildmanne39, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, is delighted to announce our newest members:

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134875 (+36)
  • Critical: 388 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66359 (+35)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33949/2712)
  • German: 85.84% (38690/1)
  • Spanish: 85.26% (40264/1965)
  • French: 80.64% (52883/5880)
  • Bosnian: 79.92% (54849/154)

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

Mir News: 5th April 2019

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) this week provides us several workarounds for some issues encountered with Ubuntu Core 18 on a RPi3. Alan advises of a fix in mir-kiosk-apps snap that was affected by a change in the flickr API. Work continues in server support for Wayland protocol extensions; WayLand Conformance Suite integration is completed and soon there will be a WLCS release. Additionally we are told of improvements and fixes in the Wayland debugging tool, and reworking the layer-shell support for MATE and Mir.

The Planet

Snapcraft 3.3

Sergio Schvezov tells us that Snapcraft 3.3 is now available in the stable channel of the Snap Store.  If you are using the stable channel for snapcraft, your system will update itself. Sergio provides a link to full release notes, plus some details on new features useful for developers using Snapcraft before ending with a detailed change list.

Parole Media Player 1.0.2 Released

Sean M. Davis announces the release of stable version Parole 1.0.2 with many fixes and updates listed. Included in Xubuntu 19.04, the source is made available to install now.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for Raspberry Pi Enters Beta Testing, Here's What's New

Marius Nestor writes that Martin Wimpress has announced the release of the beta version of Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for Raspberry Pi's. Providing details about what's new, users are invited to test it.

KDE Plasma 5.15.4 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 35 Changes

Marius Nestor informs us that the KDE Project has released KDE Plasma 5.15.4. The three weeks of work since last point release brings us loads of updates and improvements, many of which Marius lists. The next update in the series is due May 7th, with a reminder for us to update our systems when they land in our software repositories.

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Patch for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have released a major security update fixing more than 20 vulnerabilities in upstream kernels. Updates cover all supported Ubuntu releases, with details of many bug fixes provided. Users are advised to update immediately.

In Other News

Purism to Beef Up Privacy of Its Linux Devices with Private Internet Access VPN

Marius Nestor writes that Purism has partnered with Private Internet Access to implement a VPN solution by default on its devices.  Purism plans to integrate using PIA's VPN services by default in its PureOS which ship with its Librem laptops, and also in the Librem 5 phone that is expected later this year.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 26

"This week we look security updates for a heap of packages including Firefox & Thunderbird, PHP & QEMU, plus we discuss Facebook’s recent password storage incident as well as some listener hardening tips and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E00 – Frontier

"To ease ourselves into Season 12 we have a chat about what we’ve been up to since the end of Season 11. In this week’s show we have a chat about what we’ve been up to recently and an image taken from Frontier published in 1993 for the Amiga by GameTek."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E52 - Querida mudei para Ubuntu!

"Neste episódio para além da nossa conversa da treta e noticias, temos um convidado especial! Ele é o João Ribeiro, jornalista do Shifter e é um recém-convertido ao Ubuntu, que aceitou o nosso convite para uma entrevista e falar-nos sobre a sua experiência com a migração para a nossa distribuição favorita."

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, April 8, 3pm – 4pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, April 8, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, April 9, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, April 9, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 9, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, April 9, 7pm – 8pm
  • Security Team: Wed, April 10, 9:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 11, 3pm – 4pm

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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