Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 612 for the week of December 29, 2019 - January 4, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Catfish 1.4.12 Released
  • Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Status
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • 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: 135911 (+11)
  • Critical: 368 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67162 (+51)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.65% (36542/647)
  • German: 86.71% (39315/159)
  • Spanish: 83.50% (48827/3247)
  • French: 80.70% (57106/6277)
  • Swedish: 73.97% (77031/657)

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:

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The Planet

Catfish 1.4.12 Released

Sean Davis reports the release of Catfish 1.4.12 which now supports Wayland. This release of Catfish also utilizes client-side decorations that are modal, has improved Preferences and Search index dialogs, and other fixes that will aid packaging for distributions. A list of 17 translation updates is provided, a link to the source tarball, plus we're told it'll be in Xubuntu 20.04.

Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Status

The Ubuntu Studio team have posted to calm some fears that Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS won't be a long-term-support release; we are told it will be. We are updated on the strength of the Ubuntu Studio team, the upload privileges of core members, ie. Erick Eickmeyer, Ross Gammon and Thomas Ward. We are given the impression of strength in the Ubuntu Studio team & of their development. A new web site is coming for Ubuntu Studio, along with improvements to the Ubuntu Studio Controls for 20.04 LTS, additional audio/instrument plugins, and more polish compared to 19.10. If we'd like to help the team, supporting other users via Ask Ubuntu, or IRC is needed.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Libinput 1.15 Released For Improving Input On X.Org + Wayland Desktops

Michael Larabel in a short post, tells us Libinput 1.15 has been officially released. We are told of a few changes, and given a link to the mailing-list if we need detailed information.

Kubuntu Focus Linux Laptop Announced for 2020 with 6GB Nvidia GTX 2060, 32GB RAM

Marius Nestor writes that the Kubuntu team in collaboration with Tuxedo Computers and MindShareManagement Inc. have announced the first-ever officially recognized Kubuntu laptop; the Kubuntu Focus. The Kubuntu Focus comes with powerful components and the latest Kubuntu release. It also comes pre-loaded with video and image editing software, web development tools, deep learning, and support for Steam games. We are given specs of the laptop, some images plus a link to the announcement.

In Other News

ODROID-GO Advance is a $55 handheld game system running Ubuntu

Brad Linder tells us Hardkernel has introduced a new ODIOD-GO Advance which runs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and will run 16-bit and 32-bit retro games. Available in late January for $55, Arduino support compatibility has been dropped but new features have been added. Specs, photographs and an embedded youtube link are provided.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E71 - 2020

“Para nós, o último episódio de 2019, para vocês o primeiro de 2020, este é o episódio em que contabilizámos os nossos palpites feitos há 1 ano e nos lançámos para a competição de palpites para o ano de 2020.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 7, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, January 8, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 9, 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

None reported this week. (last:026421)

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

None reported this week. (last:026421)

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

None reported this week. (last:024136)

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 19.04 Updates

None reported this week. (last:013084)

End of Life: January 2020

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

None reported this week.(last:011468)

End of Life: July 2020


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