Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 594 for the week of August 25 - 31, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • polkit-qt-1 0.113.0 Released
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135370 (+14)
  • Critical: 376 (-2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66576 (+27)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33967/2666)
  • German: 85.93% (38432/0)
  • Spanish: 85.36% (39986/2695)
  • French: 80.77% (52528/5736)
  • 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:

The Planet

polkit-qt-1 0.113.0 Released

After 5 years, Jonathan Riddell reports that the KDE team has released polkit-qt-1, which is the Qt5 GUI version of system-wide permission management. This version has two notable changes, the addition of passing details to polkit, and the removal of Qt4 support.

Canonical News

In the Press

What To Expect From The Ubuntu 19.10 'Eoan Ermine' Beta On September 26

Jason Evangelho gives us a "a brief rundown of what to expect, and a few features that might make it worth the upgrade". In addition to the interface and software tweaks, there are added features, improvements, and enhancements. With an expected release date of October 17, Jason provides a link to the daily builds for all the supported releases, the release schedule, and the WIKI for more information.

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Makes It Easier to Patch the Linux Kernel without Rebooting

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS new Livepatch update now makes it easier to patch the Linux kernel without requiring a system reboot. It adds the tray support to easily manage updates, and allows users to read more about specific CVEs. It also notifies users of patches ready for install, or just applied.

Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" Enters Feature Freeze, Beta Available September 26th

Marius Nestor reports that Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine enters feature freeze, as of August 22nd, which means that no new features will be accepted into applications. Additionally, Marius reports that the Alpha development cycle is dropped, and the Beta version will be released on September 26th.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 44

"This week Joe and Alex discuss a recently disclosed backdoor in Webmin, plus we cover security updates from the past week, including for Nova, KDE, LibreOffice, Docker, CUPS and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E21 – Rebelstar Raiders

"This week we’ve been using Unity and learning about code of conduct incident response. We bring you a bumper crop of news and events from the Ubuntu community plus we round up some of our favourite stories from the tech world."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 3, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, September 4, 9:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, September 5, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 5, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, September 5, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, September 5, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, September 5, 10pm – 11pm

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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