Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 593 for the week of August 18 - 24, 2019.

In this Issue

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

  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • Cyber Patriot Camp
  • 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!

Welcome New Members and Developers

New Kernel Uploaders:

Andy Whitcroft, on Behalf of the Kernel Uploaders Team, announces that Andrea Righi's (~arighi) application for Kernel Upload rights was warmly received and the application is granted without objection. Participating panel members are provided and links to Andrea's qualifications.

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135356 (-1)
  • Critical: 378 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66549 (-35)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.56% (33977/2667)
  • German: 85.93% (38433/31)
  • Spanish: 85.36% (39986/2865)
  • French: 80.73% (52660/5793)
  • Bosnian: 79.91% (54876/155)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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:

Canonical News

In the Press

Cyber Patriot Camp

Dwight Harp writes of the eleventh year of the Air Force Association’s sponsored Cyber Patriot Camp, in which 6,387 teams participated. The event focuses on finding cyber-system vulnerabilities and hardening the defense against them. Dwight informs us of the topics of the event in which the students were also introduced to Linux through the Ubuntu operating system.

In the Blogosphere

Skype Snap App Finally Updated, Gets a New Icon

Joey Sneddon advises that after a long delay the popular VoIP Skype Snap app sees an update to version In addition to improvements and bug fixes is an updated icon that conforms to Microsoft’s new ‘fluent’ design language. Joey concludes with lauding the update packaging format of Snaps with the hope of continued support for related apps.

Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS Released for GPD Pocket, Ubuntu MATE 19.04 for GPD WIN 2

Marius Nestor informs us that Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS now has support for SOFTWIN's GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 gaming computers, as well as for the Topjoy Falcon mini laptop. Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) is also available for the GPD WIN 2. The download link is provided that also includes the early development release of Ubuntu MATE 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) for the GPD MicroPC. Lastly, we are informed that Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 LTS is available for the Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ single-board computers.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Officially Released for Ubuntu Phones, Here's What's New

Marius Nestor announces that Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 for supported phones is released, and it ensures better compatibility for some devices like Nexus 5 by fixing camera orientation and other things. It also improves WiFi based location by removing the "wolfpack" tool. It also adds PulseAudio support for Android 7.1 devices or newer.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 43

"This week we cover vulnerabilities in Ghostscript, the Linux kernel, nginx and more, and we follow up last weeks interview with another interview with Jamie Strandboge, this time talking about the history of the Ubuntu Security team."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E20 – Outrun

"This week we’ve been experimenting with lean podcasting and playing Roguelikes. We discuss what goes on at a Canonical Roadmap Sprint, bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 26, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, August 26, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 27, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, August 27, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 29, 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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