Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 618 for the week of February 9 - 15, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS released
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.4.2 released
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04 and 19.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS released

Lukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, reports the release of Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS for Desktop, Server and Cloud products, including flavors. The release Includes hardware enablement stack by default, except Ubuntu Server where it is an option. Many links for more details are provided.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136221 (+155)
  • Critical: 363 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 67447 (+107)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.80% (36107/652)
  • German: 86.86% (38880/12)
  • Spanish: 83.54% (48694/2849)
  • French: 80.82% (56749/6062)
  • Swedish: 74.08% (76698/617)

Hot in Support

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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

xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.4.2 released

Graeme Gott announces the availability of xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.4.2, an alternate menu. While release 2.4.0 saw many additions, bug fixes, and updates; 2.4.2 addresses a crash fix and adds additional translation updates. A link to is provided for the download and details of the release.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

OpenShot Video Editor Just Got a Massive Update

Joey Sneddon tells us a major new update to OpenShot has been released, and outlines the OpenShot 2.5.0 features including 'experimental' hardware acceleration and more. A link for the new .appimage is provided, as well as a PPA for supported releases of Ubuntu.

KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Released After A Lot Of Polishing, New Features

Michael Larabel reports the KDE community has released Plasma 5.18, which is a LTS release. It brings better integration with GTK/GNOME applications, a new opt-in feedback feature, an emoji selector has been added, and more. A video and link to is provided.

KDE Applications Start Conquering the Windows 10 World

Bogdan Popa writes that a lot of Linux apps are migrating to the world of WIndows 10. Bogdan provides a number of examples of KDE applications migrations and the number of acquisitions from the Microsoft Store.

MATE Desktop 1.24 Release Arrives with a Slew of Improvements

Joey Sneddon alerts us to the new MATE desktop 1.24 release. After a brief history of the MATE desktop, we are soon led into MATE's new features. We are also told we'll see it in Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS. A link is provided to download the source code.

PHP 7.4 Slated To Land In Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Michael Larabel writes that PHP 7.4 should very soon land in Ubuntu 20.04's archive. Briefly listing some key benefits of PHP 7.4, Michael provides a link to Canonical's Bryce Harrington's mailing list notification for greater disclosure.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 62

"This week Alex and Joe take an indepth look at the recent Sudo vulnerability CVE-2019-18634 plus we look at security updates for OpenSMTPD, systemd, Mesa, Yubico PIV tool and more. We also look at a recent job opening for a Robotics Security Engineer to join the Ubuntu Security team."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E77 - Passwords, pela trigésima oitava vez!

"O Diogo chegou da FOSDEM, o Tiago continua a tentar optimizar a gestão das suas passwords, e a terra continua a girar à volta do Sol…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, February 18, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, February 18, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, February 19, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, February 19, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, February 20, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, February 20, 5pm – 6pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04 and 19.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2020


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