Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 614 for the week of January 12 - 18, 2020. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Mir 1.7.0 Release
  • Plasma 5.18 LTS Beta (5.17.90) Available for Testing
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • 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!


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135946 (+126)
  • Critical: 367 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 67243 (+55)


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

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 87.67% (36493/653)
  • German: 86.82% (39003/0)
  • Spanish: 83.53% (48730/2894)
  • French: 80.72% (57045/6150)
  • Swedish: 73.99% (76959/624)


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 Hub

Mir 1.7.0 Release

Alan Griffiths reports the release of Mir 1.7 telling us it's primarily a bugfix release. Mir 1.7 retains optional support for mirclient based apps, with hope the 'experimental' status on X11 support (via Xwayland) will be removed shortly. Details and enhancements are listed.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/mir-1-7-0-release/14048

Additional commentary:


The Planet

Plasma 5.18 LTS Beta (5.17.90) Available for Testing

We are told the 5.18 beta is available for testing using the 20.04 daily ISO images, or available via Beta PPA for Kubuntu 19.10 users. We are reminded it's a beta release, so all testing is helpful, with details provided for reporting packaging bugs or upstream KDE bugs.

https://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-18...e-for-testing/

Other Community News

Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Switches to Client-Side Decorations

Marius Nestor reports on the continuing development work being done on XFCE 4.15 as reported by Simon Steinbeiß in a linked blog. Dark panels are now the default, along with other improvements available in unstable repositories. We are reminded XFCE 4.16 will not have GTK2 support, and Marius provides many screenshots.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/xfce...s-528886.shtml

Ubuntu mirror "Telkom University"

Launchpad adds a new Public Mirror, for Telkom University - Indonesia.

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+mirror....ac.id-archive

Canonical News



In the Blogosphere

Linux In 2020 Can Finally Provide Sane Monitoring Of SATA Drive Temperatures

Michael Larabel reminds us that the linux kernel hasn't been able to get SATA/SCSI drive temperature details, thus it's been up to user space tools to do it for us. Well, not so with Linux kernel 5.6. With detail on how this is accomplished, we are provided links should we need more details.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...nel-SATA-Temps

First Look: Ubuntu is Making Changes to its Appearance Ahead of 20.04

Joey Sneddon tells us the community team working on Yaru GTK theme spent a week at Canonical's London HQ working on Ubuntu's desktop appearance. A number of issues were resolved and some changes were added that will go into 20.04; including purple. The purple will be seen in sliders and check boxes, and is shown in numerous screen pictures. Contrast and other improvements have also been made that we should see in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS; though some may get pushed to 20.10.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/01/...-theme-changes

Intel Gen7 Graphics Mitigation Will Try To Avoid Performance Loss In Final Version

Michael Larabel writes that Intel's open-source developers have been working on the Gen7 graphics mitigation, and released it under a "request for comments" flag. Intel hopes it eliminates the huge performance hit caused by the mitigation of CVE-2019-14615. Michael suspects Intel have known about the performance hit since August, with links provided and some mention of Gen9 graphics mitigation.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ry-For-No-Loss

Other Articles of Interest



Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E73 - WSL por Nuno do Carmo (parte 1)

"2 Ubuntus e 1 Windows entram num bar e… Isto podia ser o início de mais uma anedota, mas o que realmente aconteceu foi mais 2 Ubuntus e 1 Windows entram num podcast e começam a falar sem parar sobre WSL, e não só, de tal maneira que a ocnversa ficou a meio e terá de ser cotinuada no próximo episódio."

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/ep73/

Meeting Reports



Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, January 21, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, January 22, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 23, 4pm – 5pm


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 23, 2020

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates



End of Life: July 2020

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