Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 574 for the week of April 7 - 13, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Disco Dingo (19.04) Final Freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Ratings and Reviews moving to ODRS
  • Disco Disco (19.04) Release Candidate testing
  • Ubuntu MATE 18.04 and 19.04 for GPD Pocket & Pocket 2

  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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

Disco Dingo (19.04) Final Freeze

Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces that Disco Dingo (19.04) has entered the Final Freeze period. Adam gives the standard caveat for any software submissions as well as relating what can be accepted. Finally is the call for users to test for the final releases due this week.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Lukasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Foundations Team tells us to congratulate David Mohammed on gaining upload rights for the Ubuntu Budgie packageset.

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134869 (-6)
  • Critical: 384 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 66439 (+80)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33950/2712)
  • German: 85.84% (38691/7)
  • Spanish: 85.27% (40250/1980)
  • French: 80.65% (52872/5918)
  • Bosnian: 79.92% (54849/154)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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

Ubuntu Ratings and Reviews moving to ODRS

Will Cooke tells us about the Open Desktop Review System used by GNOME Software, KDE Discover and others. It's being used in Ubuntu 19.04, 18.10 and will soon be used by 18.04 LTS. The original Ubuntu Ratings and Reviews, used since 2010, will be shutdown with most reviews being for older versions of software. This will mean when the RnR servers are shutdown Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users will not be able to read or submit reviews, but if they still want reviews they are recommended to use the Snap store instead. Links are provided if you want more information.

Disco Disco (19.04) Release Candidate testing

Jean Baptiste Lallement (jibel) reminds us that Disco Dingo and its flavours are going to be released [this] week (Apr… 18th) with the need to test the current ISOs. Jean Baptiste provides the links for testing procedures as well as avenues to report any issues. Particularly, testing on bare metal would be great.

The Planet

Ubuntu MATE 18.04 and 19.04 for GPD Pocket & Pocket 2

Martin Wimpress reminds us that Ubuntu MATE 18.10 images were released for the GPD Pocket & Pocket 2 last October, before telling us that now Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 and Ubuntu MATE 19.04 are now also available. We are told what's in these releases, plus highlights of the improvements that have been made to Ubuntu MATE 18.10's image.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

GIMP 2.10.10 Now Available for Download on Linux, Windows, and Mac

Bogdan Popa reports on the latest update for GIMP, 2.10.10. Bogdan relates that the new version comes with new features, optimizations, and stability fixes. He highlights the Bucket Fill tool, Quick Color picking experience, transformation tools, and parametric brushes. Links to download are provided.

Ubuntu Still Working On ZFS Install Support, But Not In Time For 19.04

Michael Larabel informs on the progress of Canonical developers working on ZFS support, leveraging the Curtin work on the server installer. Desktop support could land in the Ubuntu 19.10 cycle in preparation for the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release next year. Links for more details are provided.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 27

"Carpe Diem for Apache HTTP Server, plus updates for Dovecot, PolicyKit and the Linux kernel, and we talk to Joe McManus about the recent Asus ShadowHammer supply chain attack and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E01 – Bombjack

"We’ve been playing with PCI Express to SATA SSD adapters and we discuss UBPorts becoming a foundation, Ubuntu 14.04 entering ESM, Ubuntu 19.04 beta, Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for the Raspberry Pi and GPD Pockets. Plus we round up some community events and news headlines."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E53 – Call me, maybe…

“Neste episódio trazemos bastantes novidades frescas e boas sobre o UBports e a criação da sua fundação e não só, Faiphone, Necuno OS, Ubuntu Mate a correr em Raspberry PI e muito mais!”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, April 15, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, April 16, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 16, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, April 17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 18, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, April 18, 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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