Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 590 for the week of July 28 - August 3, 2019.

In this Issue

  • 18.04.3 Point Release delayed to August 8th
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • An example snap confined “desktop”
  • Ubucon Europe 2019: 3rd Batch of Calls Approved
  • Ubucon Europe 2019: Call for Papers - deadline extended!
  • Ubucon Europe 2019: Flight with discounts
  • Ubucon Europe 2019: Ubucon EU registrations are open!
  • 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, and 19.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

18.04.3 Point Release delayed to August 8th

Adam Conrad tells us that due to some kernel issues, the release of Ubuntu 18.04.3 (and flavors) has been re-scheduled to August 8, 2019. New near-RC ISOs are available and we are invited to help test them, and of course record any problems experienced in testing.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Daniel Llewellyn, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, announces that Carlo Lobrano has been granted official Ubuntu Membership! Carlo's qualifications are given as well as links to his submission.

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135343 (+36)
  • Critical: 379 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66676 (+33)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.56% (33979/2676)
  • German: 85.93% (38442/0)
  • Spanish: 85.26% (40260/2846)
  • French: 80.73% (52661/5949)
  • 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

An example snap confined “desktop”

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) gives a brief explanation of what a snap confined desktop is and demonstrates some use cases in the gmde-confined-desktop environment.

The Planet

Ubucon Europe 2019: 3rd Batch of Calls Approved

We are told how close Ubucon Europe 2019 is, and it's the final days for Papers. A link is provided if we'd like to read a short summary of the accepted speakers, with more being approved, a reminder is given that we'd better hurry up if we want to present a talk.

Ubucon Europe 2019: Call for Papers - deadline extended!

The Ubucon Europe inbox was full yesterday with submissions, so submitters are thanked. There were many requests for an extension to the deadline, which has been granted, so if you'd like to submit a presentation you now have ‘till 7 August, 2019.

Ubucon Europe 2019: Flight with discounts

TAP Air Portugal is now the Official Carrier Partner of Ubucon Europe 2019 with a link to view the information of what this offers. Introducing us to TAP if we aren't already familiar with the airline.

Ubucon Europe 2019: Ubucon EU registrations are open!

We are advised that Ubucon EU registration is now open; though the event is completely free and open to the public, the number of free entrance tickets is limited. Those choosing to register will be awarded "free entrance tickets to the cultural sites and free swag".

Other Community News

Proton 4.11 released, kernel packages available for testing

Pierre-Loup announces the release of Proton 4.11, based on Wine 4.11. The release features many fixes, a new Vulkan-based D3D9 implementation, and performance gains from reducing CPU overhead for multithreaded games. Of great note is the experimental replacement for esync that leads to proposing changes to the Linux kernel. Prepared packages are available to test fsync with Proton 4.11; a link is provided for additional information.

Xfce 4.14pre3 released!

Simon Steinbeiß blogs about the final pre-release of Xfce 4.14 stable including a quick look at the various bug fixes it resolves, though noting many fixes were translation updates. Some details of 4.14 are provided, including notice of the new 4.14 documentation. Additional links are provided and the notice that we have less than two weeks for final release.

As the release is widely covered the editors have selected these for additional information:

Canonical News

In the Press

GNOME and KDE work together on the Linux desktop

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about the GNOME and KDE projects working together again in their sponsorship of the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019. Quotes are relayed from the heads of both projects for what they hope to achieve in pooling resources.

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor reports on Canonical's release of a Linux Kernel Live Patch directed to the Long Term Support releases. The patch fixes five security issues, a race condition, two memory issues, and a Bluetooth stack privacy issue. All users employing the Canonical Livepatch Service are encouraged to update now.

Blender 2.80 is Here – And It Blows the Pants Off Any Release Before It

Joey Sneddon touts this latest Blender release, 2.80. Joey lists various new Blender 2.80 features, noting they are "just a superficial overview". Links are provided to the full change log as well as to the project website and to the Snap application.

The Latest GNOME Performance Issue Being Addressed Are OpenGL Pipeline Stalls

Michael Larabel advises us of the work of Canonical's Daniel Van Vugt, particularly - OpenGL pipeline stalls. Michael explains the nature of the stalls as well as noting that Daniel is addressing various long-standing bugs in the GNOME Desktop in preparation for GNOME 3.34.

Canonical Releases Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Marius Nestor reports on the Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update directed to the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) kernel as used in 18.04's Hardware Enablement Stack. Four CVEs are disclosed and we are urged to update systems and reboot immediately.

The MATE Desktop Is Becoming Quite Usable On Wayland Via Mir

Michael Larabel reports on the MATE Desktop on Wayland; a fork of GNOME 2. The effort follows the re-tooling of the display server from Ubuntu Touch and mobile/convergence. Michael notes the work of Canonical's William Wold on Mir and shares a video of the "MATE on Mir progress". The Mate Desktop is available via a Snap install and instruction is given.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E17 – The Secret of Monkey Island

"This week we’ve been doing more DIY, playing Slay the Spire and wrestling with CSS. We discuss a strictly confined snapped desktop environment, DNS over HTTPS as a snap, BT choosing Ubuntu for its 5G core and how the Ubuntu 19.10 development is progressing. We also round up some events and news from the tech world."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Security Team: Mon, August 5, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 6, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 6, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 8, 3pm – 4pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, and 19.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 19.04 Updates

End of Life: January 2020


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