Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 596 for the week of September 8 - 14, 2019.

In this Issue

  • IRC Council Call for Nominations (2019)
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • server guide
  • 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

IRC Council Call for Nominations (2019)

C de-Avillez tells us two IRC Council members are nearing their end-of-term, thus it's election season. Details of board members and those retiring are provided, along with links to learn more or cast your vote if eligible.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135480 (+37)
  • Critical: 374 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66695 (+85)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33967/2681)
  • German: 85.93% (38432/13)
  • Spanish: 85.36% (39986/2705)
  • French: 80.78% (52521/5752)
  • Bosnian: 79.91% (54876/155)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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

Online publishing of the Ubuntu documentation

Joshua Powers (powersj) advises that online server documentation and support is available on the new page. The page features automatic updates.

The page location:

Canonical News

In the Press

The Current State Of AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs And Radeon RX 5700 GPUs On Linux

Jason Evangelho writes on the state of the impressive Ryzen R9 3900X with Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards on Linux. Jason notes the downside in that currently only Ubuntu release 18.04.2 LTS has support out of the box, and AMD Navi Vulkan support is lacking. We are told of the work in the developer community, producing a means to install the needed drivers with Vulcan support. Jason advises "it's best to wait a few days to a few weeks to let these Ryzen 3000 and Radeon RX 5700 launch pains get resolved." for us normal users.

See too this install tutorial:

In the Blogosphere

This Handy Nvidia Optimus Linux Tool Makes Switching Between GPUs Easy

Joey Sneddon informs of the mate-optimus indicator applet that allows offloading to the discrete NVIDIA GPU for laptops with Nvidia Optimus. The latest version is targeted to the 19.10 release, though available in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or 19.04 with reduced functionality through the software repository.

KDE Now Supports Fractional Scaling On Wayland

Michael Larabel reports that among the improvements and fixes in KDE Plasma 5.17's desktop on Wayland, fractional scaling is now supported. This gives a better HiDPI experience. A link to Nate Graham's blog is provided for details.

Ubuntu's Snapcraft Snap Creator Tool Will Soon Get a Windows Installer

Marius Nestor informs us of a new Snapcraft 3.8 tool used to package Linux apps as snaps. The ability to package snaps on windows will soon exist too. Reminding us of what snaps are, this release provides new goodies for existing users, including support for GNOME 3.28 via an extension. A link to the full changelog is provided.

Ubuntu 19.10 To Boot Faster Thanks To LZ4 Compression

Michael Larabel reports that the Ubuntu kernel team now uses the LZ4 compression starting with Ubuntu 19.10, making it boot faster. Canonical's Colin Ian King says "With decompression time, LZ4 is over 7 times faster than GZIP, and LZO being ~1.25 times faster then GZIP on x86... Even with slow spinning media and a slow CPU, the longer load time of the LZ4 kernel is overcome by the far faster decompression time."

This addition has seen wide coverage in the media, see too:

Canonical Fixes Linux 4.15 Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor reminds us of earlier kernel patches that caused a regression for some users using the 4.15 kernel. Providing a link to Canonical's security advisory, and apology, users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS users using the 4.15 kernel are advised to upgrade asap.

First Look: Here’s Ubuntu 19.10’s New Default Wallpaper

Joey Sneddon reveals the new Ubuntu 19.10 desktop background, reminding us of its coming scheduled release on 18 October 2019 and a few key features. With links to remind us of prior default wallpapers, a link is provided to download the 19.10 wallpaper from launchpad.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 46

"A massive 85 CVEs addressed this week, including updates for Exim, the Linux Kernel, Samba, systemd and more, plus we discuss hacking BMCs via remote USB devices and password stashes."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E23 – Wing Commander

"This week we’ve been playing Pillars of Eternity. We discuss boot speed improvements for Ubuntu 19.10, using LXD to map ports, NVIDIA Prime Renderer switching, changes in the Yaru theme and the Librem 5 shipping (perhaps). We also round up some events and some news from the tech world."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, September 16, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 17, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 17, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, September 18, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Thu, September 19, 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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