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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 569

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 569 for the week of March 3 - 9, 2019. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

    In this Issue

    • Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS released
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Hot in Support
    • Canonical at NVIDIA GTC 2019
    • LoCo Events
    • Multipass snap: Upcoming switch to the core18 base
    • What the bespoke Wayland extensions API might look like (update 1)
    • Resource Scale for Fractional Scaling support in GNOME Shell 3.32
    • Launchpad news, February 2019
    • Canonical News
    • In the Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Meeting Reports
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, and 18.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS released

    Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu team, announces the release of  Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS (Long-Term Support). This is a security-targeted release in response to APT vulnerability (USN-3863-1) and additional high-impact bug fixes are also included. Ubuntu support links are also provided.

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    wildmanne39, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, is delighted to
    announce our newest Ubuntu Member:

    Frederik Feichtmeier (Wiki Page: | Launchpad Page:

    Congratulations to Frederik Feichtmeier!

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open: 134674 (-237)
    • Critical: 390 (+1)
    • Unconfirmed: 66077 (-81)

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


    • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33962/2710)
    • German: 85.84% (38686/14)
    • Spanish: 85.22% (40380/1907)
    • French: 80.64% (52886/5850)
    • Bosnian: 79.92% (54846/154)

    Hot in Support

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

    Ask (and answer!) questions at:

    Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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    LoCo News

    Canonical at NVIDIA GTC 2019

    Canonical attends Nvidia’s GTC Conference in San Jose, California March 18 – 21, 2019. Canonical's focus in the event is AI/ML, Kuberneters, and MicroK8s/Kubeflow with an emphasis on support offered in the K8 environment. A chat will be tendered at a hosting proffered at a happy hour Wednesday, March 20 from 7pm to 10pm at the Continental Bar Lounge & Patio.

    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:

    The Hub

    Multipass snap: Upcoming switch to the core18 base

    Christopher Townsend (townsend) advises that the Multipass snap will be switching over to core18 base. Currently there are some known glitches and a workaround is given.

    What the bespoke Wayland extensions API might look like (update 1)

    Alan Griffiths (alan_g) advises on his update pushes. The API parts are the “MirAL 2.5” inclusive of code to filtering protocol extensions, and adding protocol extensions. Alan also sketches his work in Implementing protocol extensions.

    The Planet

    Resource Scale for Fractional Scaling support in GNOME Shell 3.32

    Marco Trevisan tells us that after some years in development, GNOME Shell now has fractional scaling. Reporting that last Friday, Jonas triggered the merge for GNOME 3.32, functional under the Wayland protocol. Example screenshots are provided, and details as to current limitations are explained - especially with legacy applications. It's still considered experimental, but the command needed to get it running is provided. Marco finally thanks the people who helped review and test the code.

    Launchpad news, February 2019

    Colin Watson gives a brief changelog. Included are notices of a change in the Build farm, code alterations, gpg key fingerprints in rocketfuel-setup, and Core18 base in and Soyuz (package management).

    Canonical News

    In the Blogosphere

    Linux Kernel 5.0 Released, This is What’s New

    Joey Sneddon reports on the release of Linux Kernel 5.0, with no grand changes but lots of improvements, new additions, and support for newer hardware. Joey details some of these and provides a link to Linus Torvalds' announcement for greater detail. Though the source code is available for  Linux 5.0 and it is possible to install the mainline kernel it is not recommended, but rather await the arrival of the new kernel in the 19.04 final release.

    GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.31.92 Bring Fractional Scaling, Updated Screen-Casting API

    Michael Larabel reports on the GNOME Shell / Mutter 3.31.92 releases where there is now fractional scaling support as well as performance improvements. Mutter sees version two of the screen-casting API, adds cursor-mode support, and a number of crash fixes. The GNOME Shell update has some fixes for the sub-menus as well as other fixes and cleanup. Michael provides a link to gnome-announce-list for more details.

    KDE Plasma 5.12.8 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 70 Improvements

    Marius Nestor reports on the bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.12.8. Marius cites many of the changes, fixes, improvements, and feature refinements and new modules. It is recommended to update as soon as the new packages are in the stable software repository. Marius provides a link to the release announcement for more details with the advisory that KDE Plasma 5.12, with six month maintenance updates, will reach end of life in July 2020.

    Meet the Official Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ Mascot

    Joey Sneddon writes that the official mascot design for Ubuntu 19.04 has been revealed by Canonical. Reminding us what a dingo is, and what the artwork is for, he gives an opinion as to the possible influences into the chosen artwork. Joey remarks, in comparison to older release designs, "I am a fan of this logo" Pictures of the new logo of course are included.

    Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

    Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have released new patches for Ubuntu, across all supported systems . Marius provides details of CVEs fixed for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and advises users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS & 14.04 LTS using the 4.15 (HWE) kernel to upgrade as soon as possible.

    Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Released With Browser Improvements

    Michael Larabel reports that the UBports community have released Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 update. Though primarily a maintenance release, It contains some fixes and other improvements, with the most significant being to the Morph browser. More details are available with the provided link.

    Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 5.0

    Marius informs us that Canonical have decided to ship the Linux kernel 5.0 with Ubuntu 19.04. Linux kernel 5.0 contains not only new features for x86, but also for ARM which are covered briefly in the article. Marius reminds us Ubuntu 19.04 (and flavors) are scheduled for release 18 April 2019.

    LibreOffice 6.2 Office Suite Gets First Point Release with More Than 150 Fixes

    Marius Nestor writes of the Document Foundation's first point release for LibreOffice 6.2 Office Suite. With more than one-hundred-and-fifty bugs and issues addressed, still is not deemed as optimized for enterprise class deployments. Those whose priority is stability and reliability are urged to remain on LibreOffice 6.1 series. But for those who already run LibreOffice 6.2 they are urged to update. Links are provided for those that choose to update for a much-improved office experience.

    Purism Announces Convergence for Its Linux Phones and Laptops

    Marius Nestor informs us of the arrival of integrated support for linux-phones and laptops that allows a single set of apps, from the same PureOS release. This means one can turn the Librem 5 Linux phone into a computer and as PureOS is Gnome based one can create apps that work on both mobile phones and laptops. The Librem 5 mobile phone is scheduled for release Q3 2019; Marius provides links for more details.

    Snap Apps Are More Popular Than You Think [Infographic]

    Joey Sneddon writes that more than three million Snaps are installed each month. Reminding us of what snaps are and the advantages of snaps, Joey provides the range of devices that snaps can be installed on and notes a large number of developers that package using Snappy.  Infographics from Canonical’s original post are provided as is the source link.

    Wayland 1.17 + Weston 6.0 Reach Beta

    Michael Larabel reports on the progress to Weston 6.0 and Wayland 1.17 that is expected to debut around the 19th of March. This beta release is after the feature freeze for this cycle, but, brings support for internal server error messages and updates wl_seat protocol in Wayland 1.17. Weston 6.0 has XDG-Shell stable support, Meson transition, FreeRDP 2.0 updates. and IVI shell enhancements.

    Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS Released

    Michael Larabel informs us that Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS has been released with fixes to the recent APT security vulnerability. Providing details of this unscheduled update, a link is provided to the ubuntu-announce archive.

    KDE Frameworks 5.56 Brings Another Month Worth Of Improvements

    Michael Larabel reports of this monthly update for the add-on libraries complementing Qt5. The list includes: Baloo, new Breeze icons, mitigation against CVE-2013-0779, KFileMetaData improvements, KRun support improvements to the Kirigami framework, improvements in KTextEditor, added supports in KWayland, updates in Octave support and improved TypeScript/React. More details are in the provided link.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 22  

    “This week we cover security updates including Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenSSL and another Ghostscript regression, plus we look at a recent report from Capsule8 comparing Linux hardening features across various distributions and we answer some listener questions.”

    Meeting Reports

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • Developer Membership Board: Mon, March 11, 3pm – 4pm
    • Loco Council: Mon, March 11, 8pm – 9pm
    • Security Team: Mon, March 11, 10:30pm – 11:30pm
    • Desktop Team: Tue, March 12, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
    • Kernel Team: Tue, March 12, 5pm – 6pm
    • Ubuntu Women: Tue, March 12, 6pm – 7pm
    • Technical Board: Tue, March 12, 8pm – 9pm
    • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 14, 3pm – 4pm

    For more details and farther dates please visit:

    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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