Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 607 for the week of November 24 - 30, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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: 135644 (+94)
  • Critical: 376 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66944 (+56)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.62% (36641/701)
  • German: 86.56% (39757/144)
  • Spanish: 83.40% (49112/2794)
  • French: 80.67% (57194/6121)
  • Swedish: 73.96% (77041/453

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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:

Other Community News

Ubuntu mirror "Kamatera Inc."

Launchpad adds a new Public Mirror, for Rosh HaAyin Second Datacenter - Israel.

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 19.10: It’s fast, like “make old hardware feel new” fast

Scott Gilbertson lauds 19.10, nicknamed Eoan Ermine, as "it's the best non-LTS Ubuntu release Canonical has ever put out... and it is quite simply the best Ubuntu Canonical has ever released". Scott, a 10 year reviewer of Ubuntu and a ~14 year user, relates the reasons why he is so impressed with this release. Notably: faster - making old hardware feel newer, new features, and the improvements in GNOME.

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run on Raspberry Pi 3 with the Official 7" Touch Screen LCD

Marius Nestor reports on the Ubuntu Touch development progress that now brings touch to the Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer (SBC). This development enhances the development platform for much wider bases. Marius advises of bluetooth support, and Mir's display server running on Wayland. He also provides a video link to a Q&A session and informs us that next month's Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 update will have cool new features and improvements.

Canonical Formulates The 32-Bit Support Strategy For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Michael Larabel reports on the status of Canonical's support for 32-bit packages in the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release. Michael links to the post that details the additions and removals that are planned and notes that prominent 32-bit packages will still be accessible.

Steve Langasek’s post:

The Linux Kernel Disabling HPET For More Platforms - Including Ice Lake

Michael Larabel informs on the state of disabling HPET, the High Precision Event Timer, for Intel Coffee Lake systems. Michael relates the work-a-round to avoid the problem, and adds that the new Intel Ice Lake platform is also affected. As this appears to be a firmware issue a software solution is pending, while for now the kernel is blacklisting affected platforms.

In Other News

PinePhone goes on sale for $150 and Ubuntu Touch ports to the Pi

Eric Brown reports on Pine64’s open source PinePhone launch. Eric gives a short background of Linux-based phones development culminating in a new version of Ubuntu Touch that can run on the Raspberry Pi. However, Eric gives focus to Pine64’s offering of the "Braveheart” Limited Edition PinePhone wherein the specs are provided. Other platforms are also discussed, including Raspberry Pi 4 support, with many supporting links provided for additional information

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 54

"Security updates for DPDK, Linux kernel, QEMU, ImageMagick, Ghostscript and more, plus Joe and Alex talk about how to get into information security."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E34 – Buggy Boy

"This week we’ve been in Vancouver and planning for Ubuntu 20.04. We respond to all your distro hopping feedback and bring you a command line love."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E66 - Bestas à solta!

"Mais um episódio em que contámos novamente com a companhia do Luís da Costa, director da Libretrend, e domador de Wildbeests nos tempos tempos livres para partilhar com os nossos ouvintes os pormenores dos seus novos equipamentos."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, December 2, 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 2, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, December 3, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 17, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, December 3, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, December 5, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 5, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, December 5, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, December 5, 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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