* Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS released
* Ubuntu Stats
* Hot in Support
* LoCo Events
* Ubuntu Server development summary – 31 July 2018
* Xubuntu Development Update August 2018
* Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Wallpaper Contest
* In the Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Featured Audio and Video
* Meeting Reports
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS released ===
Lukasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of
Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS for the desktop, server and cloud. The hardware
enablement stack is installed in new installs by default on all
architectures except for 32-bit powerpc and server. Ubuntu flavors have
also updated to 16.04.5, with users encouraged to read the release
notes, with many links provided.
=== Ubuntu Server development summary – 31 July 2018 ===
Joshua Powers provides us with a status update from the Ubuntu Server
Team. We are told of the new 18.04.1 ISO which includes an updated
installer. A link is provided for more details. Fixes have been made to
cloud-init, and curtin, with stats on bug & triage work done. Links to
updated packages, including debian to ubuntu merges, are provided in the
call to help testing proposed changes.
Sean Davis updates us on the Xubuntu Team’s accomplishments for July
2018. Sean starts with the Xubuntu 16.04.5 release noting it has no
major changes, then moves on to the work directed at the 18.04.1
release. The updates and changes include: Exo 0.12.2, Xfce Settings
4.12.4, fixes to Thunar - in relation to USB devices, and with more
improvements to come including Catfish 1.4.6 and Xfce terminal 0.8.7.4.
Special attention is given to Catfish 1.4.6, as it's the first release
under the Xfce banner, and Xfce4 Panel Profile 1.0.8 which was
previously known as Xfpanel Switch. The project notes seven releases
this month, provides a list of updates for Cosmic, and finally a list of
what to expect in August from the Xubuntu Team.
Ubuntu Studio announces a wallpaper contest for the next release, 18.10.
Criteria for the submissions are given as well as where to submit your
images and the selection process for those that the community will vote on.
=== UK's National Cyber Security Centre Give Advice on Securing Ubuntu
18.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reports of the latest NCSC - defined within the article -
publication that gives advice on best practices for maximum security to
meet the twelve End User Device (EUD) principles. Even as Ubuntu 18.04
LTS Desktop is already a secure operating system, instruction is
provided for strengthening security in a number of areas. A link is
provided to Canonical's Will Cooke's endorsing announcement of the
=== Here's the New Login Screen of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) with
Yaru Theme ===
Marius Nestor details in screenshots the new Yaru theme that will bring
a new look and feel to the upcoming release of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic
Cuttlefish). He advises that this new theme is also available for 18.04
through a snap install, providing install directions.
=== The Current Happenings Within LXQt As Of Summer 2018 ===
Michael Larabel tells us what's occurring on the road from LXDE to LXQt.
Referencing Hong Jen Yee's recent presentation at DebConf 18, Michael
talks about the challenging task in the collaboration between the LXDE
and Razor-qt efforts. The merging of KDE, LXQt, and GTK+ provides for
re-using programs of the GTK+ (LXDE) code in the move to Qt5. Currently
the team is focused only on X11, with Wayland a future goal. A video of
Hong Jen Yee's youtube presentation is provided.
=== LibreOffice 6.0.6 Office Suite Released with 55 Bug Fixes, Download
Marius Nestor reports on The Document Foundation's release and general
availability of the sixth point release encompassing the bug fixes and
issues as reported by users. The last point release is expected at
October's end with end of life for the 6.0 series on November 26, 2018.
Download links to the update are provided.
=== Opera Web Browser Is Now Available as a Snap on Ubuntu, Other Linux
Marius Nestor tells us of the Opera Browser being available as a snap
for all supported Ubuntu releases, plus other distributions that have
snap enabled. Instructions for installing both stable and 'edge' release
snaps are provided.
=== Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS Released, Available to Download Now ===
Joey Sneddon alerts us to the release of Ubuntu 16.04.5 being available,
which includes all official flavors. Joey notes that there may not be a
lot of 'new', but there is "plenty of newness to feel" as this release
includes prior patches and the final HWE kernel for Ubuntu 16.04. If you
aren't running the HWE kernel, Joey provides the command needed to
install it, plus links for full details, and to download Ubuntu 16.04.5.
Simon Quigley starts by thanking all contributors to the Lubuntu
project, then announces the release of Lubuntu 16.04.5. Providing a
brief explanation of the project, where Lubuntu can be downloaded, plus
key differences between 16.04.5 and the prior 16.04.4. Simon also points
you to where you can get support, and where and how you can help the
team. Finally Simon alerts us to a known issue, pointing to the bug
reports for more detail, and of course the work-around.
=== GNOME 3.30 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Final Release Arrives
September 5 ===
Marius Nestor writes on the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment entering beta
as announced in Javier Jardón's release notice. The beta is released as
GNOME 3.29.90, meaning 3.30 is in feature, UI and API freeze allowing
only bug and stability fixes to occur. More information on new features
can be found via links, including the changelog. Marius notes the 2nd
beta is expected to land on August 15th, the final RC (3.29.92) on
August 29th, and 3.30 on September 5th.
=== Mark Shuttleworth’s next mission: making private clouds affordable ===
Martin Veitch relates his interview with Mark Shuttleworth giving a
brief biography and a history of Mark's rise as CEO of Canonical. In the
phone conversation the point of reference is the analysis by 451
Research, that leads to utilize cloud assets in a private cloud sector
for IoT. The result is a plan for Canonical to manage the infrastructure
of private clouds, but the execution is done in the private domain (ie.
your own servers). As Canonical surpasses competition in IoT, Martin
speculates that there may be an IPO as soon as next year. If private
cloud is successful, Marin remarks another "change in the way the world
makes IT work".
=== How to upgrade from Ubuntu Linux 16.04 to 18.04 ===
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes that since Ubuntu 18.04.1 has been
released; it is now easier to upgrade from 16.04 LTS to 18.04 LTS, but
Steven asks the reader if they are really ready for this jump, noting
the significant change to GNOME from Unity. If you wish to proceed,
Steven goes through the steps required to upgrade your 16.04 LTS box.
The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on
different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical
support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No
contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get
in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting
Ubuntu. More on this at: https://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/