Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 603 for the week of October 27 - November 2, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • The masters speak: Forward-thinking Ubuntu users gather to share their experiences
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir graphics support
  • New tags on the block: update-excuse and friends!
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135295 (+119)
  • Critical: 378 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66815 (+35)

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


  • German: 86.29% (40573/572)
  • Spanish: 83.27% (49487/2922)
  • Ukrainian: 81.90% (53547/2605)
  • French: 80.53% (57615/5959)
  • Swedish: 73.92% (77159/446)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

The masters speak: Forward-thinking Ubuntu users gather to share their experiences

Katie Elston makes a report of the inaugural Ubuntu Masters event; held this year at the NVIDIA campus in Santa Clara, CA, on October 8th. The event saw speakers from Netflix, Adobe, Roblox, NVIDIA, and Canonical. She gives a summary of the presentations where Ubuntu is featured in infrastructure challenges and how they’re relying on open-source innovation to solve them.

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

Mir graphics support

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) advises on the many platforms that Mir supports and the works to expand the graphics platform support.


The Planet

New tags on the block: update-excuse and friends!

Balint Reczey in giving a primer on Ubuntu’s development process advises of a recent addition, the update-excuse tag. The tag aids in migrating packages from the -proposed pocket to the release pocket. Balint explains the update-excuse's purpose for bug fixing and its use case.

Other Community News

KDE Decides the Three New Challenges: Wayland, Consistency, and Apps

Paul Brown writes of a determination of the Akademy 2019 event through community vote in setting new goals: Finalize the transition to Wayland, Improve consistency, and KDE's app ecosystem.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.17.1 To Fix Wallpaper Slideshow From Crashing Your Lock Screen

Michael Larabel tells us of Nate Graham's latest blog on KDE's development, including an 'edit mode' for editing widgets and panels. Wallpaper slideshows no longer crash the lock screen, and other improvements are mentioned, with links provided.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" Formally Opens For Development

Michael Larabael writes that the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS cycle is now underway using Python 3.8, Perl 5.30, and targeting z13 for IBM s390. Work progresses on removing Python 2 packages, improvements to ZFS/Zsys, GNOME 3.36 and more, with links provided.

KDE Plasma 5.17.2 Desktop Environment Brings More Than 25 Bug Fixes, Update Now

Marius Nestor informs us of Plasma 5.17.2's release with 27 bug fixes. Most bug fixes are small, but important and many highlights are provided, plus a schedule for the release of 5.17.3 and links for more details.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 51

"In this Halloween Special, Joe and Alex talk about what scares them in security, plus we look at security updates for Firefox, PHP, Samba, Whoopsie, Apport and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E30 – Quadralien

"This week we’ve been live streaming, we discuss our time at OggCamp 2019, bring you some command line love and go over all your amazing feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E62 - De volta à terra

"Estamos de volta aos nossos estúdios! Neste episódio o Diogo e o Tiago fazem o rescaldo da Ubucon Europe 2019 em Sintra, numa conversa descontraída sobre os momentos altos em redor da da organização da melhor Ubucon Europe de 2019!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, November 4, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, November 4, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, November 5, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, November 5, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, November 5, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, November 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, November 7, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 7, 10pm – 11pm

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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