Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 608 for the week of December 1 - 7, 2019.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 1.6.0 Release
  • 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: 135649 (+5)
  • Critical: 369 (-7)
  • Unconfirmed: 66943 (-1)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.64% (36579/695)
  • German: 86.59% (39693/161)
  • Spanish: 83.49% (48847/2862)
  • French: 80.67% (57194/6189)
  • Swedish: 73.97% (77031/423)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Mir 1.6.0 Release

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) announces the release of Mir 1.6.0, supporting all ubuntu versions via PPAs or source tarball. This release sports improved diagnostics and added tooling, a new “wayland” graphics platform, initial work on the dispmanx platform3 for Raspberry Pi, and fixes for Arch; As well as enhancements and bug fixes.

Other Community News

Focal Fossa 20.04 LTS Wallpaper Competition

Dan Simmons (kc2bez), on behalf of the Lubuntu Team, announces a Focal Fossa wallpaper competition. Entry details and rules for the competition are provided. Entries will be accepted until February 25th, 2020 when the judging begins.

Ubuntu mirror "CodecCloud(HK)Limited"

Launchpad adds a new Public Mirror, for CodecCloud(HK) Limited - United States

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

GTK Apps Now Look MUCH Better on the KDE Plasma Desktop

Joey Sneddon writes about problem theming with the various toolkits being used. Work reported by KDE dev Nate Graham means GTK header bars no longer look unruly on KDE Plasma. Joey reports on Nate's work, providing screendumps. The changes are incorporated in Kwin which will ship with Plasma 5.18 LTS affecting Xorg sessions.

New GNOME Design Team Mockups: Extension Tool, Font Manager & Revamped Clock App

Joey Sneddon tells us how GNOME works very much in the open, and how he keeps up to date on their work. Joey lets us in on new GNOME App Mockups, reminding us of what they may represent, but also what excites him. Detailed are a new GNOME Extensions App, improvements to Font Manager and Clocks App. Links for more details, and pictures are provided.

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 LTS

Marius Nestor updates us on security fixes for Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS telling us what is fixed by the patches. Fixes were made also to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (4.4 kernel) with detail provided. Users are urged to update their systems asap.

Canonical Patches Intel Microcode Regression on Ubuntu PCs with Skylake CPUs

Marius Nestor writes that a security advisory has been released by Canonical, in which Canonical apologizes for a regression introduced in an Intel microcode firmware update. Reminding us what the vulnerabilities were, the fix also introduced the regression impacting all releases; which can be fixed by installing intel-microcode 3.20191115 asap. Users are advised to update, then reboot their systems.

Some Of The Possible Changes Coming For The Desktop With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Michael Larabel discusses what the Ubuntu Desktop Trello board has talked about recently, which gives us clues of what we'll see in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This includes continuing to improve GNOME desktop performance, work on fingerprint driver/support on behalf of an unnamed OEM, more work on ZFS, improving ubiquity's support of RAID arrays, and more. A amplifying Link is provided.

Systemd-homed Looks Like It Will Merged Soon For systemd 245

Michael Larabel gives an update on Systemd-homed functionalities; namely: migration of home directories, containment, and password/encryption handling. As well Lennart adds there is to be "lots of other fancy features". The code is presently under review and testing with the expectation of inclusion in systemd 245 for the Ubuntu 20.04 release. Details and current works progress are in a provided GitHub link.

Wine 5.0 Code Freeze To Begin Next Week

Michael Larabel advises that Wine 5.0 enters code freeze for the next stable Wine release. Wine 5.0 features a number of Vulkan improvements, better LLVM MinGW support, DXTn compressed textures support, FAudio support, debugging improvements, and other fixes and improvements. Release is likely early next year.

Canonical Announces Ubuntu AWS Rolling Linux Kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs

Marius Nestor tells us of a new rolling model for Ubuntu AWS kernels, where they'll get all security patches and performance tweaks as soon as available. It's included on new Ubuntu AWS images, or can be applied through provided commands.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E35 – Feud

"This week we’ve been talking to the BBC about Thinkpads and Ubuntu goes Pro. We round up the news from the Ubuntu community and discuss our picks from the wider tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E67 - PicoHoHoHo

"Neste episódio estivemos novamente em dupla, com actualizações sobre os trabalhos da Comunidade UBPorts, PicoCMS um poderoso CMS, voltaram também as impressões 3D, enfim… mais 1 semana normal."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Loco Council: Mon, December 9, 8pm – 9pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, December 10, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, December 10, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 10, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, December 11, 10:00pm – 10:45pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 12, 4pm – 5pm

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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