Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 585 for the week of June 23 - 29, 2019.

In this Issue

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

  • Work in progress: Developing Wayland extension protocols for Mir servers
  • I am running Steam/Wine on Ubuntu 19.10 (no 32-bit on the host)
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 18.10, and 19.04
  • And much more!

Welcome New Members and Developers

Iain Lane announces the acceptance of Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) to the Ubuntu Desktop team.

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135287 (+52)
  • Critical: 375 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 66703 (+50)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.56% (33980/2726)
  • German: 85.90% (38515/21)
  • Spanish: 85.26% (40260/2661)
  • French: 80.70% (52743/5904)
  • Bosnian: 79.91% (54876/155)

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

Work in progress: Developing Wayland extension protocols for Mir servers

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) follows through and provides a means for a shell developed with Mir to add its own extensions. The last piece of code has been merged to allow testing extensions in a downstream shell.

The Planet

I am running Steam/Wine on Ubuntu 19.10 (no 32-bit on the host)

Simos Xenitellis writes on the setup of a LXD container to run graphical programs. Simos details the installation of Steam in a 64-bit system, wherein the method to also install Wine is given.

Other Community News

Update on Steam, Ubuntu, and 32-bit support

Valve’s Pierre Loup gives us some background on the 32-bit support situation, explaining why it's determined to stick with archaic 32-bit software. Foremost is customer support. With Canonical's clarification, they will likely be able to continue supporting Steam on Ubuntu moving forward.

Background and initial responses:

Current Expanded Coverage:

Moving webchat to Kiwi IRC

Fuchs, ilbelkyr advise of the migration of the old qwebirc based webchat to a new Kiwi IRC based solution for freenode. Listing some of the enhancements and changes is an advisement that "we will no longer apply gateway cloaks". Thanks are extended to the many who supported the migration, in particular is noted Kiwi's developer, prawnsalad. The old webchat will no longer be available after the migration.

Canonical News

In the Press

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines

Tim Anderson gives a rehash of the 32-bit controversy, sharing Steam and Wine's stated positions in respect to Canonical's announcements. It is not clear what the results of negotiations will render.

Steam and Ubuntu clash over 32-bit libs

Jim Salter writes of the lively week starting with Steve Langasek's announcement on 32-bit libs which may have been unclear. Two days later a new announcement was out which settled things a bit. Jim acknowledges the difficulties in maintaining 32-bit code and provides quotes of Canonical's mitigations to continue to run 32-bit applications. Finally is speculation as to Steam moving to another distribution.

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Releases Linux Kernel Security Patch for 64-Bit PowerPC Ubuntu Systems

Marius Nestor tells us of new kernel patch that has landed to fix CVE-2019-12817 for ppc64el systems, and that users of Ubuntu 19.04, 18.10 & 18.04 LTS should upgrade asap. A link is provided for more detail and a reboot is required.

Ubuntu Has Started Work On A New Desktop Snap Store

Michael Larabel informs us of a new Snap Desktop store under development at Canonical. Began only last week there isn't anything yet to see. However, we should see it in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. A link to the GitHub code base is provided.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 37

"The big new this week is SackPANIC! updates for the Linux kernel, plus we look at vulnerabilities in, and updates for, Samba, SQLite, Bind, Thunderbird and more, and we are hiring!"

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E12 – Nemesis

"This week we’ve been at the Snapcraft Summit in Montreal, we bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 1, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, July 1, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 2, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 2, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 2, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, July 4, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, July 4, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, July 4, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: hu, July 4, 10pm – 11pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 18.10, and 19.04

Security Updates

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

Ubuntu 19.04 Updates

End of Life: January 2020


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