Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 564 for the week of January 27 - February 2, 2019. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Monitoring your snaps for security updates
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10
  • And much more!

Welcome New Members and Developers

Ryan Harper (raharper), as part of the Ubuntu Server Team, has been granted PPU rights by a DMB vote for the packages cloud-init and curtin (on January 28th).


Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134929 (-36)
  • Critical: 393 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65875 (-141)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad


  • Ukrainian: 87.41% (34380/2386)
  • German: 85.32% (40114/118)
  • Spanish: 84.89% (41282/2644)
  • Bosnian: 79.93% (54838/154)
  • French: 79.42% (56216/6139)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/

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: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

The Planet

Monitoring your snaps for security updates

Jamie Strandboge advises of added functionality in the latest stable revision of the review-tools that allows direct management of security updates for Snap stage-packages. Jamie provides two example scripts to generate machine readable reports.


Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.16 Getting Rewritten System Settings' Colors Page

Michael Larabel reports that Nate Graham, now hired by Blue Systems to work on KDE full-time, shared many of both the large and small improvements made in the KDE space, which includes a
rewritten System Settings Colors page, Fixing tooltips for GTK2 apps, and improvements to the analog clock configuration window. The Kate text editor now has a cancel button for log-running tasks.


LXQt Desktop Adds Split View to File Manager, More in Latest Release

Joey Sneddon reports that the latest release update of LXQt Desktop gives a lot of improvements, enhancements, and added features. Joey also shows some images and gives some instructions on where to download and how to install it. The LXQt 0.14.0 release is available through downloads at lxqt.org or Github while LXQt 0.14.x is expected in the 19.04 Ubuntu release.


Firefox 65 Enhances Security on Linux via Stronger "Stack Smashing" Protection

Marius Nestor advises that Mozilla's release of Firefox 65 features enhancements for security through "Stack smashing" protection by default and tracking protection. Additionally, there is multilingual support in Preferences, support for the WebP image format, improvements in the built-in pop-up blocker, and enhancements to the Task Manager page.


Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Update for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to Patch 11 Flaws

Marius Nestor reports of Canonical's release of the linux-image 4.15.0-44.47 kernel, or the alternate linux-image 4.18.0-14.15~18.04.1. The eleven patches encompass the seven flaws uncovered by Wen Xu, a race condition, two security issues discovered by Cfir Cohen and Wei Wu, and two security vulnerabilities discovered by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, and a fix in the HID subsystem debug interface,. All users are encouraged to update immediately. Instruction/links are provided to update your system.


NVIDIA Linux Beta Rolling Out "G-SYNC Compatible" FreeSync Monitor Support

Michael Larabel reports the release of the 418.30 driver that now has FreeSync support to reduce tearing and stuttering. The driver supports GeForce GTX 1000 series graphics card or newer. The driver is not generally available but must be obtained by a direct download from the Nvidia site. Michael gives links to the release notes for more details as well as a link to his testing results.


Canonical Releases Snapcraft 3.1 Snap Creator Tool with Various Improvements

Marius Nestor reports of the first point release in the Snapcraft 3.x series tool. Application developers now have the ability to clean parts, the "cmake" and "rust" plugins have been updated, there are improvements to the appstream metadata extractor, and improvements to enhance the Mac OS X platform. Links are provided to download Snapcraft 3.1.


Mesa 19.0-RC1 Released With FreeSync Bits, Soft FP64, Many Vulkan Improvements

Michael Larabel reports on the first weekly release candidate for the Mesa 19.x series, supporting the latest OpenGL/Vulkan/video open-source graphics drivers. The release has many added features, improvements, new extensions and performance enhancements, soft FP64 emulation, and much more. Links are provided to a feature overview, as well as to the download.


$79 PineTab: The First Real Linux Tablet?

Joey Sneddon introduces Pine64's forthcoming PineTab, a tablet running a linux operating system. Joey gives the system specs and supported peripherals, stating it should "offer a decent experience".


Mesa 18.3.3 Released With Fixes For RadeonSI/RADV, OpenGL Driver Bugs

Michael Larabel relates the updates for the newest stable release, Mesa 18.3.3. Michael notes the addressing of a system freeze, OpenGL driver issues, Meson build system updates, Intel ANV and NIR fixes, and that there are other random fixes. A link is provided to Mesa3D.org for the complete list. Michael advises on the expected point releases until 19.0.1.


Qt 5.12.1 LTS Released With Around 300 Bug Fixes

Michael Larabel tells us that Qt 5.12.1 LTS has been released containing nearly 300 fixes. Links are provided for a list of fixes and to the Qt blog release announcement. Qt 5.13 is now under development with release due around May 2019.


4 Stunning Icon Themes for Your Linux Desktop

Joey Sneddon writes about four new icon themes: Newaita, Emerald, Tele, and Zafiro Icon themes. Sample pictures of the icons, where they come from and intended use, plus links to download from gnome-look or github are provided. As a bonus Joey provides the same for another School Material Icons that is still under development.


In Other News

Railway computer runs Ubuntu on Apollo Lake

Eric Brown reports that Adlink has a rugged Linux-ready DMI-1210 touch-panel PC for train drivers. Compliant with EN 50155 railway standard it can be used for passenger information systems, surveillance, or railway diagnostic and communications purposes also. Specs are provided including that it runs Windows 10 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. More details are on provided links.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 18

"This week we look at some details of the 46 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases and take a deep dive into the recent apt security bug."


Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E99 – Listener Get Together
"We’re having a Get Together in Reading, UK on Saturday March 16th 2019. The exact venue is not decided yet, but will be in Reading town centre.
We’d like to gauge how many people might come, so please sign in and mark yourself as wanting to come."


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E21 -O famoso eixo Sintra Bruxelas

"Neste episódio além de notícias de hardware, da release do Ubuntu Core, mudanças na gestão do Lubuntu, falámos dos nossos planos para a FOSDEM 2019."


Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, February 4, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, February 5, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, Tue, February 5, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, February 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, February 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, February 7, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, February 7, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, February 7, 10pm – 11pm

For more details and farther dates please visit: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 18.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2019


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