Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 613 for the week of January 5 - 11, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) reaches End of Life on January 23 2020
  • First Focal Fossa test rebuild
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) reaches End of Life on January 23 2020

Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, gives notice that Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) will reach End of Life on January 23, 2020. The release reaches its nine month cycle end and will no longer receive security notices or updates. A link to the supported upgrade path to 19.10 is provided.

First Focal Fossa test rebuild

Matthias Klose advises of the results of the first test rebuild of Focal Fossa, encompassing all architectures, all components. The results show missing dependencies, and packages stuck in the proposed pocket. Further, Matthias provides a link to additional build failures; he requests help in fixing the build failures. Finally is an advisement that focal will ship with binutils 2.34, and GCC 10.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135820 (-91)
  • Critical: 364 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 67188 (+26)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.65% (36542/647)
  • German: 86.75% (39209/156)
  • Spanish: 83.52% (48753/3194)
  • French: 80.70% (57106/6238)
  • Swedish: 73.99% (76959/656)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

AMD To Restore Retry Faults Behavior To Help With Raven Stability

Michael Larabel reports of a "temporary default in dealing with stability issues on Raven APUs". While Alex Deucher's reverting patch is pending to merge to mainline and backports, affected users are advised to use the boot parameter "amdgpu.noretry=0".

Radeon GPU Profiler 1.7 Released With RX 5300/5500 Support, New Visualizations

Michael Larabel informs us that this first update to the open-source Radeon GPU Profiler adds support for the Radeon RX 5300 and RX 5700 series and captures OpenCL profilers for the Radeon RX 5700. Also added is a new "pipelines overview" pane, better indications of Wave32 usage, more detailed cache information, user-interface improvements, and a variety of other enhancements. A link is provided to for more details.

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Update for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor reports of the Linux Kernel Update for 30 security vulnerabilities affecting all releases. Marius list the individual patches and prompts us to update systems immediately, as new kernels are in the software repository.

Intel Media Driver Q4-19 Brings Tiger Lake, Jasper Lake, Better Encode/Decode

Michael Larabel reports on Intel's quarterly update to the Intel Media Driver. Support is added for Tiger Lake / Jasper Lake / Elkhart Lake graphics hardware. Michael notes added general support features, enhancements and improvements; with links for details.

GRUB Boot Loader Adds Support For LUKS2 Encrypted Disks

Michael Larabel informs us that the GNU GRUB boot-loader now has LUKS2 disk encryption support. This merge has greater security hardening, extensibility improvements, in-place upgrades, and other improvements. A link is provided to's git commit for details.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 58

"In the first episode for 2020, we look at security updates for Django and the Linux kernel, plus Alex and Joe discuss security and privacy aspects of smart assistant connected devices."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E72 - Tangerina Canivete!

De volta ao nosso registo mais tradicional, neste episódio escolhemos alguns dos assuntos que captaram a nossa atenção no início de 2020. Novos snaps, phones e portatéis mas não só. Tudo isto e muito mais neste novo episódio do fantástico Podcast Ubuntu Portugal."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, January 13, 3pm – 4pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, January 13, 8pm – 9pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 14, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, January 14, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 14, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 14, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, January 15, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, January 15, 5:15pm – 6:00pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 16, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, January 16, 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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