Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 601 for the week of October 13th - 19th, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubucon Europe 2019 | Sintra edition
  • Grace Hopper Conference 2019
  • LoCo Events

  • Stress testing CPU temperatures
  • 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, 19.04 and 19.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released

Canonical announces that Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine has been released with many changes to the user experience, including GNOME 3.34, which has a significant performance improvement. Also, it is based on Linux 5.3 kernel with the toolchain of GCC 9.2 and glibc 2.30. It also introduces the recent innovations from open infrastructure projects like Kubernetes, OpenStack Train, etc. It is supported for 9 months for Ubuntu and all flavors.

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

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open:135039 (+117)

  • Critical:374 (-4)

  • Unconfirmed:66740 (+42)

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


  • German: 86.15% (40980/164)
  • Spanish: 83.27% (49487/2918)
  • Ukrainian: 81.90% (53557/2595)
  • French: 80.53% (57615/5883)
  • Swedish: 73.92% (77161/435)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Ubucon Europe 2019 | Sintra edition

In his Portuguese blog Marcos Alvarez Costales relates his experiences in the four day multi-national event. Marcos denotes the events he attended and notes those he led as well as the cultural activities in the evenings. Screenshots are provided of the events and the speakers; Marcos finalizes his reports as "another example that the best thing about Ubuntu is its community".

Grace Hopper Conference 2019

The Ubuntu blog tells us that 24 Canonical employees from various teams attended the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando Florida, promoting Canonical. With more than 26,000 people attending, we are given a brief history of the Grace Hopper Conference from its humble beginning. The author discusses the activities of this year’s Canonical booth, and other Conference sessions, all with numerous photos.

LoCo Events

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Planet

Stress testing CPU temperatures

Colin King helps educate us on stress testing CPU temperatures. Providing a study he made on various devices, from a r.pi.2 through to xeon cpus, he gives a very detailed table of how hot various cpu configurations got during 60 seconds of specific types of processing. Colin's conclusion from the detail provided in his study is there is no one way that can be used to stress test CPUs for all architectures, but stress-ng provides the flexibility, with its large suite of methods, to do it for you with the right choice.

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 19.10 Promises an Improved Experience for AI/ML Developers

Jack Wallen conveys what a game changer the 19.10 release is on the desktop. In addition to the UI/UX improvements, the big changes are "under the hood". Jack tells us of ZFS, MicroK8s add-ons, Kubeflow, Kubernetes, and Train - Charmed OpenStack. All these, he explains, is in support for developers in the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) and new edge computing capabilities.

In the Blogosphere

Debian and Ubuntu Patch Critical Sudo Security Vulnerability, Update Now

Marius Nestor writes that Debian and Canonical were quick to patch a critical security vulnerability affecting sudo telling us to update our systems immediately. We are given details on CVE-2019-14287 and Joe Vennix's discovery of it.

Ubuntu's ZFS Trajectory Is Going From Exciting To Even More Exciting

Michael Larabel writes about ZFS support being added to Ubiquity installer that comes with Ubuntu 19.10. Michael directs our attention to Canonical employee Didier Roche's recent blog about Zsys and its possibilities for the future. Links for more detail and sources are provided.

KDE Plasma 5.17 Released With Wayland Improvements, Better HiDPI

Michael Larabel announces the release of KDE Plasma 5.17 with several Wayland improvements, better HiDPI support, faster start-up performance, slight RGB hinting for fonts, settings improvements, better Thunderbolt support, and more. Wayland users will notice a change about the fractional scaling for KWin.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codenamed The Focal Fossa, Arriving On 23 April

Michael Larabel reports that the next release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS has the codename "Focal Fossa" which will be arriving on 23 April. The development starts after a few weeks, and the release schedule is made. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS includes GNOME 3.36 as the default desktop environment, GCC 9, and the very latest versions of the programs.

NVIDIA 440.26 Beta Linux Driver Brings HDMI 2.1 VRR, VP9 VDPAU Decode + Much More

Michael Larabel tells us NVIDIA have released their first beta driver for the 440 Linux branch. It contains VP9 video decoding and many new details which are listed. Links are provided.

Canonical Outs Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.04 to Patch 9 Flaws

Marius Nestor informs us that a new security kernel security patch was released for Ubuntu 19.04 just prior to 19.10's release. Seven security flaws are fixed, with details provided, and all users are advised to upgrade their systems asap.

Wine 4.18 Released With Many Bug Fixes, Some Feature Work

In a short post, Michael Larabel tells us Wine 4.18 is out. Listing a few improvements and 38 known bug fixes, more details are provided via the WineHQ link.

  • Shuttleworth sees the Linux desktop living on with Ubuntu 19.10 -

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 49

"This week we look at updates for Sudo, Python, OpenStack Octavia and more, plus we discuss a recent CVE for Python which resulted in erroneous scientific research results, and we go over some of your feedback from Episode 48."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E28 – Super Sprint

"This week we’ve been doing ITIL Foundation training. Following the release of Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), we discuss our wish list items for Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 (Focal Fossa), bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E61 - Ubucon Europe 2019 Mashup show

"Fizemos um mashup show com o Marius Quabeck do, Jan Sprinz Ubports e a Rute Correia do White Market Podcast na Ubucon Europe 2019."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 21, 3pm – 4pm
  • Security Team: Mon, October 21, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 22, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, October 22, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 24, 3pm – 4pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 19.04 and 19.10

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

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2020


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