Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 602 for the week of October 20 - 26, 2019. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • 2019 Ubuntu IRC Council has started
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu at Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai
  • Canonical at ROSCon Macau 2019
  • LoCo Events
  • Boosting the Real Time Performance of Gnome Shell 3.34 in Ubuntu 19.10
  • OpenStack Train for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 19.10 Released
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

2019 Ubuntu IRC Council has started

C de-Avillez (hggdh2) announces, on behalf of The Ubuntu IRC council, that the terms of flannel and elky/el are ending and the three candidates to fill the seats are elky/el, wildmanne39, and dax/rww. Voting is open for all IRC team members and the voting is expected to end on 2019-11-08.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135176 (+137)
  • Critical: 376 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66780 (+40)

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


  • German: 86.24% (40727/74)
  • Spanish: 83.27% (49487/2920)
  • Ukrainian: 81.90% (53547/2605)
  • French: 80.53% (57615/5941)
  • Swedish: 73.92% (77161/435)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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

LoCo News

Ubuntu at Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai

Thibaut Rouffineau provides the itinerary of Canonical's participation in this year's Open Infrastructure Summit. Held this year in Shanghai, On November 4-6, the event features key projects from the Openstack Foundation. Canonical will focus on presenting its open infrastructure products and projects. Thibaut gives a short explanation of these presentations.


Canonical at ROSCon Macau 2019

Rhys Davies reports on Canonical's activities at ROSCon Macau 2019. The event's focus is robotic development and a vast list of companies and individuals are attending. Rhys gives the agenda and a brief summary of the tracks Canonical will present with links for amplifying informations.


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 Hub

Boosting the Real Time Performance of Gnome Shell 3.34 in Ubuntu 19.10

Daniel van Vugt's detailed blog tells us what Gnome Shell really is, and of the other parts that make Gnome shell work, including mutter. Daniel gives some background of cold spots, hot spots and real time, and stuttering issues; before moving to real time bugs found and fixed in Gnome 3.34. Next Daniel covers bugs found but not yet fixed (some should be fixed by 3.36 for Ubuntu 20.04). He notes mistakes made that ideally won't be repeated, why Gnome is faster on newer hardware, making it faster for older machines, and a rough timetable for when Ubuntu users should see these results.


The Planet

OpenStack Train for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Corey, on behalf of the Ubuntu OpenStack team at Canonical, is pleased to announce the OpenStack Train on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS via the Ubuntu Cloud Archive. Details of where and how to make use of it are provided, along with links for more information.


Ubuntu 19.10 Released

Joshua Powers writes about last week's release of Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine. He Lists some highlights found in 19.10, with a link to the release notes for more details. Joshua then provides some detail on what Ubuntu Server offers, plus his experience with the Ubuntu 19.10 desktop.


Other Community News

Plasma 5.17 for Kubuntu 19.10 available in Backports PPA

Plasma 5.17.1 is now available for Kubuntu 19.10 through the use of the backports PPA. Instructions for using it are provided, with a warning that whilst more fixes are expected, users who want stability should stick with the KDE 5.16 that shipped with 19.10. Links are provided.


Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu MATE 19.10 Packs Two Awesome New Features For Linux Users

Jason Evangelho writes about his experiences with Ubuntu-MATE 19.10 and its enhancements over prior releases. Jason highlights and discusses easy hybrid graphics switching, plus he introduces the desktop style chooser that greets new installs.


In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 19.10 Doesn't Ship With AMD Navi / Radeon RX 5700 Support Working, But Easy To Enable

Michael Larabel reminds us that last week's Ubuntu 19.10 release didn't ship with AMD Navi/Radeon RX5700 Support working out of the box due to the latest firmware binaries being too late. Michael comes to the rescue with the commands necessary to fix this. Links are provided.


AMDVLK 2019.Q4.1 Vulkan Driver Brings Performance Tuning, Reworked Pipeline Cache

In the fourth quarter source drop are many work items, changes/improvements, and updates. Michael notes the support for host mapped foreign memory, cache improvements, shader performance improvements, as well as an image corruption fix on screens with multiple GPUs. A link is provided to GitHub for the details on resolutions for conformance test suite failures and bug fixes.


Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Gets First Linux Kernel Security Patch, Update Now

Marius Nestor informs us of a security patch available for Ubuntu 19.10 systems. Marius provides details of CVE-2019-18198, which is fixed with the patch. We are urged to upgrade asap, with links for more details provided.


Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Daily Build ISOs Are Now Available to Download

Marius Nestor reminds us that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is named Focal Fossa and is expected for release 23 April 2020. We are also told that daily images for Ubuntu 20.04 are now available to test. A link to download the daily is provided.


Canonical Has a New Ubuntu Desktop Director

Joey Sneddon reports on the departure of Will Cooke as the Ubuntu desktop director/manager. We are told that Martin Wimpress will assume the role. Joey extols Will's accomplishments and lists Martin's credentials that qualify his assumption.


Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical has released Linux kernel security updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Fixing a number of CVE vulnerabilities, the updates are also available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users using the HWE stack. Users are advised to upgrade their systems.


Will Cooke Steps Down As Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop Director

Michael Larabel reports on Will Cooke's announcement of his departure from Canonical. Michael relates many of Will's historic efforts and points out that Martin Wimpress will take over the leadership of the Ubuntu desktop.


UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Released

Michael Larabel writes that the UBports community have released the eleventh over-the-air update to Ubuntu Touch. The release is described as small but incorporates on-screen keyboard improvements, the Morph browser, improved push notifications and other updates/fixes. OTA-12, under development, should include Mir 1.x support, and Canonical's last version of Unity 8. Links are provided for more information, including details on the state of the Librem 5 port.


Intel Icelake "Gen11" Graphics Are A Huge Upgrade Over Gen9 With Good Linux Support

Michael Larabel extensively reports and compares the Icelake Linux performance improvements. He notes they are significant in many areas and provides his testing results.


How Ubuntu Helped Make GNOME Shell Faster (And Why The Work Continues)

Joey Sneddon attributes the performance increases as a result of "some serious technical sleuthing" on the part of Daniel Van Vugt. Joey points out that the performance efforts continue with the goal that Ubuntu runs just as smoothly on old hardware in the 20.04 release. Joey's links provide amplifying details and he advises, as they are lengthy, that one gets comfortable.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 50

"Alex and Joe discuss the big news of this week - the release of Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine - plus we look at updates for the Linux kernel, libxslt, UW IMAP and more."


Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E29 – DOOM

"This week we’ve been to UbuCon Europe and preparing for a new baby. We round up the community news including updates from Regolith, Xubuntu, ZFS on Ubuntu, GNOME fighting patent trolls and we discuss some of our news picks from the tech world."


Ubuntu y otras hierbas S04E01 - UbuCon Europe 2019 y análisis de Ubuntu 19.10

"Paco Molinero, Fernando Lanero, Javier Teruelo y Marcos Costales entrevistamos a Joan CiberSheep sobre la Ubucon Europe y analizamos la nueva versión de Ubuntu 19.10."


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Security Team: Mon, October 28, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 29, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 29, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 31, 3pm – 4pm

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

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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