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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 600

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 600 for the week of October 6 - 12, 2019. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

    In this Issue

    • Eoan Ermine (19.10) Final Freeze
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Hot in Support
    • LoCo Events
    • Mir 1.5.0 Release
    • Other Community News
    • Canonical News
    • In the Press
    • In the Blogosphere
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Meeting Reports
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, and 19.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Eoan Ermine (19.10) Final Freeze

    Adam Conrad of the Ubuntu release team reports that the next version of Ubuntu, the Eoan Ermine (19.10), has entered the Final Freeze period in preparation for the final release [this] week. With much anticipation, the current uploads in the queue will be reviewed and either accepted or rejected as appropriate by pre-freeze standards. Acceptance pertains to two broad categories: release-critical bugs, and bug fixes that would be suitable for post-release SRUs. We are asked if we have time to help test Ubuntu or our particular flavor while there's still time.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open:134922 (-225)
    • Critical: 377 (-4)
    • Unconfirmed: 66698 (-30)

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


    • Ukrainian: 87.57% (33959/2726)
    • German: 85.96% (38351/2)
    • Spanish: 85.37% (39980/2872)
    • French: 80.89% (52221/5777)
    • Bosnian: 79.91% (54876/155)

    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:

    The Hub

    Mir 1.5.0 Release

    Alan Griffiths (alan_g) announces Mir 1.5.0's release. We are told where to find the release in Mir’s PPAs or a tarball. Some major enhancements are touched on, as are bugs fixed and a listing of community contributions, with many links provided.

    Other Community News

    This week in KDE: apps, apps apps!

    Nate Graham tells us it's been a big week with many new features, bugfixes and performance improvements, and user interface improvements. The works focuses on Dolphin, Kate, System Settings UI improvements - such as new scale factors of 1.25x & 1.75x, and others. With some detail, screencaptures, and video, we are encouraged to come and help, even if you're not a programmer.

    Incremental present in GTK4

    Georges Stavracas talks of the compositor's regional rendering and tells how the Vulkan renderer in GTK4 utilizes VK_KHR_incremental_present function to only redraw parts of the window that actually change. Georges advises that the code has now been merged for GTK 4.

    Canonical News

    In the Press

    A detailed look at Ubuntu’s new experimental ZFS installer

    Jim Salter tells us of the ZFS root support added to Ubuntu 19.10 builds. With many screendumps provided, we are given a quick intro to ZFS for newbies, before moving to more detail for those familiar with the topic. In a detailed report, we are reminded that whilst ZFS is stable, Ubuntu's ZFS-installer is still experimental and a great addition.

    In the Blogosphere

    Ubuntu 19.10 Makes It So Easy To Have Your Desktop Running Off A ZFS File-System

    Michael Larabel writes about the new ZFS support in Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer, made available on Ubuntu 19.10. We are reminded that it's currently experimental, with development work continuing which we should see when 20.04 is released. Many screencaptures are provided along with links for more information.

    KDE + Qt 5.14 To Better Behave With Context Loss Around NVIDIA's Driver

    Michael Larabel tells us of a prior leakage/corruption condition, seen by some on waking their systems when using NVIDIA's driver, that is being addressed with KDE & Qt 5.14. Better handling of OpenGL content loss, and the use of a signal emitted by the NVIDIA driver to deal with it gracefully are mentioned, with a link to David Edmundson's blog post for more detail.

    Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Now Available for Testing with Improved, Smarter Keyboard

    Marius Nestor informs us the UBports community have announced the availability of Ubuntu Touch OTA-11. Expected to include only minor fixes, it's more significant than anticipated with a Dvorak keyboard layout option, Morph browser now having page-specific zoom setting, push notifications, and more. Links are provided.

    AMD Linux Driver Bringing BACO Support To Older Sea Islands / Volcanic Islands GPUs

    Michael Larabel writes that AMD have released improved open-source driver support for Sea Islands and Volcanic Islands generation of GPUs. BACO or Bus Active, Chip off allows the GPU to mostly turn off when idle, and will now work for Volcanic Island GPUs, and with some tweaking with Sea Islands too. Links are provided.

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 48

    "This week we look at security updates for the Linux kernel, SDL 2, ClamAV and more, plus Alex and Joe talk security and performance trade-offs, snaps and OWASP Top 10 Cloud Security recommendations, and finally Alex covers some recent concerns about the security of the Snap Store."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E27 – Exile

    "This week we’ve been playing LEGO Worlds and tinkering with Thinkpads. We round up the news and goings on from the Ubuntu community, introduce a new segment, share some events and discuss our news picks from the tech world."

    Meeting Reports

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • Security Team: Mon, October 14, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    • Loco Council: Mon, October 14, 7pm – 8pm
    • Kernel Team: Tue, October 15, 5pm – 6pm
    • Desktop Team: Tue, October 15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, October 16, 12pm – 1pm
    • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 17, 3pm – 4pm
    • Community Council: Thu, October 17, 5pm – 6pm

    For more details and farther dates please visit:

    Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, and 19.04

    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


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    Last edited by Bashing-om; October 14th, 2019 at 09:09 PM.
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 600

    Nice read about ZFS. Thanks

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 600

    cruzer001; Hey hey !

    Feed back on our efforts is always welcome
    And yep - ZFS looks to be the future. Get ready for here it comes.

    Given the personnel there is so much more going on that "should" be reported.

    there is only so much the team can do
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 600

    Feed back on our efforts is always welcome
    I 2nd that.


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