Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 605 for the week of November 10 - 16, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019: the highlights
  • Growing the Linux app Ecosystem at LAS 2019
  • LoCo Events

  • security things in Linux v5.3
  • 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: 135403 (+50)
  • Critical: 377 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 66826 (+1)

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  • German: 86.51% (39903/29)
  • Spanish: 83.29% (49440/2910)
  • Ukrainian: 82.45% (51922/1192)
  • French: 80.55% (57536/5915)
  • Swedish: 73.92% (77159/446)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019: the highlights

Tytus Kurek reports on Canonical's participation in the Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai 2019; where Canonical featured OpenStack and Kata containers. Tytus gives us brief explanations and informative details; advising us on the four presentations. Tytus provides supporting links for complete disclosure.

Growing the Linux app Ecosystem at LAS 2019

Alan Pope tells us the third Linux Application Summit (LAS) in Barcelona is a joint effort by KDE and GNOME projects. Canonical, as a sponsor, sent a team to represent Ubuntu and Snapcraft. Alan had discussions with members of the organising committee: Aleix Pol of KDE, Sri Ramkrishna, and Nuritzi Sanchez, outlining what they said LAS means to them. If we couldn't be there, a youtube channel is provided which will have recordings.

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

security things in Linux v5.3

Kees Cook writes on seven security-related issues, noting the persons and means of making the alleviations. Kees relates that if other things need his attention to contact him, as "Linux v5.4 is almost here…".

Other Community News

Python2 removal for focal …

Matthias Klose (doko) writes on the current progress of removing python2 for focal. He notes some problem areas and gives some guidance for those whose packages must maintain python2 support.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Continuing To Work On Python 2 Removal

Michael Larabel reports on Canonical’s work of removing Python 2 for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. He says that if Python 2 packages are not converted to Python 3, they will be deleted from the archives. He also acknowledges that software no longer maintained using Python 2 is a concern.

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 Open-Source Software Suite Released with over 200 Changes

Marius Nestor reports that the KDE project releases KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 with 200 changes, including performance improvements, bug fixes, support for Qt 5.15, and more. He also reports that the new version of NetworkManagerQt is going to connect to WPA3 WiFi networks, and that it will be released on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Updates to Mitigate Latest Intel Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor tells us Canonical have released updates for all supported releases to mitigate the latest Intel vulnerabilities. Listing some of the CVEs patched, it includes discussion with Alex Murray of Canonical on the TSX Asynchronous Abort which impacts some intel processors. Links for more details are provided, with users advised to update their systems.

Here's KDE Plasma Mobile Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Marius Nestor reports that Bhushan Shah has the latest KDE Plasma Mobile running on the PINE64, on top of the recommended KDE neon interface. Available for preorder now, it is expected that the PinePhone will ship through December, 2019 and January, 2020 with mass production in early March.

Canonical Donates More Ubuntu Phones to UBports and You Can Get One Right Now

Marius Nestor reports that Canonical have donated several touch devices to UBports. UBports will pass them on to those who offer to join the Ubuntu Phone movement and contribute to the development of Ubuntu Touch. A tweet link is provided for those wishing to apply and Marius admonishes to hurry as "you might get an Ubuntu Phone for free."

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 53

"This week we look at the details of the latest Intel hardware vulnerabilities, including security updates for the Linux kernel and Intel microcode, plus Bash, cpio, FriBidi and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E32 – Dungeon Keeper

"This week we’ve become addicted to Sedna SSD to PCIe controller cards. We discuss why distro hoppers are the worst, bring you some GUI love and round up our listener feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E64 - Castanhas e água-pé

"Num dia negro para o mundo dos podcasts em geral, e para o Ubuntu Podcasting em particular, entregamos nesta noite fria e ventosa, mais um episódio do fantástico Podcast Ubuntu Portugal com os habituais Diogo Constantino e Tiago Carrondo."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, November 18, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, November 19, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, November 19, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, November 19, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, November 20, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, November 20, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 21, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, November 21, 5pm – 6pm

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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