Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 591 for the week of August 4 - 10, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Yaru next move
  • Launchpad news, March 2019 – July 2019
  • Xfce Screensaver 0.1.7 Released
  • Ubuntu ZFS support in 19.10: introduction
  • Fixes for recent KDE desktop vulnerability
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS released

Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, makes the announcement that "the release of Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support" is available. The desktop version incorporates HWE, while the server install has HWE as an option. The upgrade path from 16.04 is open for an automatic upgrade, and Adam provides many helpful links to additional information.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135334 (-9)
  • Critical: 378 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66692 (+16)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.56% (33979/2677)
  • German: 85.93% (38442/2)
  • Spanish: 85.36% (39986/2846)
  • French: 80.73% (52661/6191)
  • 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

Yaru next move

Carlo Lobrano (c-lobrano) gives us the the status update for the new Yaru theming where developing and testing a huge rebase on the newest Adwaita theme is underway. Testing is welcomed and feedback requested. Carlo Writes "We kept the distinctive Yaru traits and reduced some big differences from Adwaita, where major credits are given to Frederik.

The Planet

Launchpad news, March 2019 – July 2019

Colin Watson gives us an update in a brief changelog. Colin provides a list and links that include: Bugs, Build farm, Code, Infrastructure, Registry, Snappy, and Soyuz (package management).

Xfce Screensaver 0.1.7 Released

This release of Xfce Screensaver is included in Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine. It adds support for on-screen keyboards and the long-awaited feature called per screensaver configuration. It also improves background drawing when using 2x scaling, removes unused/legacy codes and dependencies, and fixes many bugs.

Ubuntu ZFS support in 19.10: introduction

Didier Roche (DidRocks) writes on the development of ZFS on ubuntu; providing some dedicated tutorials. ZFS on root support is available, as an experimental installer option, in Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Desktop and Didier provides a list of the enhancements and improvements. Of special note is the development of a new user space daemon, named zsys.

Fixes for recent KDE desktop vulnerability

The Kubuntu Team makes us aware of the recently discovered vulnerability and the actions taken in response. "KDE have responded quickly and responsibly and have now issued an advisory with a ‘fix’". The fix is now in the KDE PPA; instructions are provided to install the patch.

Other Community News

App Grid in GNOME Shell

Georges Stavracas tells us that GNOME Shell is the cornerstone of the GNOME environment and discusses the lack of customization. Georges introduces an user-customizable application grid, while still under design, code review, and testing, with the developers attempting to have ready for the 3.34 release. Videos are provided to see the App grid in action.

Canonical News

In the Press

Canonical set to bring ZFS improvements over the coming Ubuntu cycles

Paul Hill reports on Canonical's announcement of ZFS improvements, beginning with Ubuntu 19.10. "19.10 will be the first release with improvements but it’ll be a multi-cycle effort until a time when Canonical feels that it’s production-ready". Paul notes that Theodore Ts’o relates of the Ext file system that it is "a conservative short-term solution until something more suitable, like ZFS, is ready for use."

In the Blogosphere

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Final Release Lands on September 11

Marius Nestor tells us the GNOME Project has released the first beta of GNOME 3.34 for public testing. Now GNOME 3.34 is in API/ABI and feature freeze, with the expectation of full release due on 11 September. Links are provided for more source or the BuildStream snapshot.

GNOME 3.34 Now Supports Starting XWayland On-Demand

Michael Larabel writes that in time for the coming GNOME 3.34 release, Mutter will start allowing XWayland on-demand; meaning only running when needed to handle X11 client/applications. It will not be enabled by default as some bugs are still to be resolved, keeping it experimental for now.

NVIDIA Starts Publishing GPU Hardware Documentation To Help Open-Source Drivers

Michael Larabel reports of Nvidia's cooperation for support of open-source, directed to the Nouveau project. The documentation published covers a wide range and is only exclusive of the latest NVIDIA graphics. Fulfilling their long standing promise, Nvidia is "outing their documentation under a unified repository/project/space with more documentation in tow". A link is provided to the open-source documentation.

LibreOffice 6.3 Released, Up to 97% Faster At Opening Files

Joey Sneddon introduces us to the new features found in LibreOffice 6.3 providing detail on some, and listing others. We are provided with a download link, plus a PPA to allow installation on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS when it's uploaded.

System76's First 4K OLED Linux Laptop Is Now Available to Order

Marius Nestor tells us that System76 has launched a new Adder WS laptop with 4K OLED display. With detail about the specs of the new laptop, numerous pictures plus links, it is available with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to order.

Libinput 1.14 Released With Dell Canvas Totem Support, Touchpad Improvements

Michael Larabel writes that version 1.14 of the libinput library is available. It includes better thumb detection on trackpads and touch-capable tablets, plus other features with links for more information.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 41

“ With Alex and Joe having been away at a Canonical sprint last week, we look back at the past fortnight’s security updates including new Linux kernel releases, MySQL, VLC, Django and more plus we discuss a recent Citrix password spraying attack."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E18 – Pilotwings

"This week we’ve been running Steam in the cloud via an NVIDIA SHIELD TV. We discuss if we even need new distros and whether its more Linux apps we need. Plus we bring you some GUI love and go over all your feedback."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, August 12, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 12, 7pm – 8pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, August 12, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 13, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, August 13, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, August 13, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 15, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, August 15, 5pm – 6pm

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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