Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 599 for the week of September 29 - October 5, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • ROSCon Japan 2019!
  • LoCo Events

  • Using mir-kiosk
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135147 (-431)
  • Critical: 381 (+4)
  • Unconfirmed: 66728 (-4)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33959/2667)
  • German: 85.95% (38393/17)
  • Spanish: 85.37% (39985/2889)
  • French: 80.86% (52289/5837)
  • Bosnian: 79.91% (54876/155)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

ROSCon Japan 2019!

Rhys Davies writes that "ROSCon Japan 2019 was a resounding success." The event Starts with the keynote speech of building autonomous vehicles and robots safely. Details of a robotic arm snap demo are provided, along with a ROS2 Lightning talk, and mention of the ROSCon Japan community. Links and pictures are provided.

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

Using mir-kiosk

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) relates to us mir-kiosk running graphical applications on Ubuntu Core. Alan reminds us that Mir supports the Wayland protocol and the application toolkits, with links provided for several use cases.

Canonical News

In the Press

IBM and Canonical work together in financial services

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols mentions that Red Hat is still a separate entity from IBM, with IBM's working with Canonical as evidence of that. Steven tells us of a joint event held by Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth and IBM's Ross Mauri, telling attendees of the advantages of running financial services on cloud-based mainframes based Ubuntu systems, with real life examples. The article exemplifies the collaboration with the flexibility of Ubuntu in the cloud and the new style of DevOps within such active projects as Z, LinuxOne, Power, and IBM Cloud.

In the Blogosphere

Xfce's xfce4-panel Says Farewell To GTK2 Support

Michael Larabel reports that following Xfce 4.14's release last month, old remnants of GTK2 support are being removed. With GTK2 support now gone, GTK2 plug-ins will no longer function. Development for 4.16 is underway with release expected in 2020.

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor informs us of a new security update fixing two vulnerabilities in the 4.15 kernel. Providing details of the fixes included and CVEs addressed, and plenty of links, impacted users are urged to upgrade their system asap.

Watch: Ubuntu Touch Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Marius Nestor updates us on a tweet from UBport's Marius Gripsgard showing another groundbreaking advancement for Ubuntu Touch. We are told Ubuntu Touch has been ported to PINE64's PinePhone. Video and screenshots are included, as well as details and links to the PinePhone.

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.04 and 18.04 LTS

We are told by Marius Nestor, that Canonical have released major security updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & 19.04, fixing vulnerabilities in the 5.0 kernel. Users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS using the HWE kernel, or Ubuntu 19.04 are urged to upgrade asap.

Ubuntu Desktop ZFS Install Support Lands In Ubiquity Installer

Michael Larabel reports that the experimental ZFS root file-system install support has been merged into the Ubuntu desktop "Ubiquity" installer for the 19.10 release. While EXT4 remains the default Ubuntu file system, users are now able to deploy a root ZFS file-system. Michael advises, however, it is still a work-in-progress.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 47

"We catch up on details of the past few weeks of security updates, including Python, curl, Linux kernel, Exim and more, plus Alex and Joe discuss the recent Ubuntu Engineering Sprint in Paris and building a HoneyBot for Admin Magazine."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E25 – Wings

"This week we have been syncing Google Photos to a local server. We discuss the Ubuntu 19.10 beta release including the flavours, updates on 32-bit package commitments in Ubuntu, porting MATE to Wayland, and round up some community events."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E26 - Interstate ’76

"This week we’ve been tourists in our home town, we review the Dell Precision 3540 Developer Edition laptop, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, October 7, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 7, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 8, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, October 8, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 8, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, October 8, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 10, 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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