* Ubuntu Stats
* Hot in Support
* LoCo Events
* Mir News: 31th August 2018
* Display Configuration for mir-kiosk
* Google Code-In 2018
* Lubuntu Development Newsletter #10
* Canonical News
* In the Press
* In the Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Meeting Reports
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
* And much more!
Chris Halse Rogers (raof) gives the report this week. He gives a status
on the static display configuration file format, infrastructure
improvements, documentation efforts, UBports works to get Unity8 on the
phone, the work that continues on the logind integration and also the
eglstream-kms platform for the NVIDIA binary drivers.
Alan Griffiths (alan_g) gives a brief tutorial on display configuration
that is available via the “edge” channel. Work is in progress to provide
the file “/var/snap/mir-kiosk/common/miral-kiosk.display” at startup, in
the meantime a workaround is provided to create the file.
Alan Pope (popey) makes us aware of the project for youths to make
contributions to open-source projects. He provides the timeline and
criteria and makes a call to the community for submissions of tasks for
the students to complete.
Simon Quigley's lengthy weekly update contains more than "A lot of the
polish changes". He goes into the changes in the Desktop Experience,
what's been happening in Calamares, and Infrastructure and Project
Changes. He cites the flavor's presence in the social media, with a
request for user support and help in administration, and that the
support and off-topic Telegram channels are now open to the public.
Simon again addresses questions in respect to Wayland and in the Roadmap
provides links to all relevant info.
=== Minimal Ubuntu for the cloud delivers some maximum benefits ===
In a glowing review of the Ubuntu ecosystem, Twain Taylor debuts Minimal
Ubuntu. The new variant is designed for automated deployment at scale
that is available across a wide range of cloud substrates. Twain goes
into detail of the difference and proponents of this minimal install and
notes that it contains all the tools of the standard Ubuntu and remains
fully compatible with the Ubuntu archive. He points out the huge cloud
market and remarks that Ubuntu Minimal, for many seeking a fast
lightweight alternative, will hit that sweet spot.
=== How Canonical Is Improving Ubuntu Linux Security ===
Sean Michael Kerner tells us of his interview with Mark Shuttleworth on
the subject of security issues where the focus is on the Snaps
cryptocurrency mining incursion and recent Meltdown/Spectre CPU security
vulnerabilities. We are assured the technologies in place mitigate the
risks. A short primer is given of the measures employed.
=== KDE Picks Up New Screen Layout Switcher Plasmoid, Other Enhancements ===
Michael Larabel relates the contents of Nate Graham's weekly update,
featuring various usability and productivity enhancements. Michael links
to the blog post for more details. These updates will land in Plasma
5.14 or Frameworks 5.50.
=== UBports Releases Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 for Ubuntu Phones, Based on
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor reports on the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 by the
UBports team. Now based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Qt 5.9 LTS, the update
is a big step forward. It includes up-to-date firmware, new power saving
features, a new upgrade wizard and more. Marius provides a list of
supported devices and instructions on how to download and install the
=== Linus Torvalds kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 4.19, First RC
Is Out Now ===
Marius Nestor lets us know that the first release candidate for testing
the Linux kernel 4.19 is out. The version will ship with Terminal Fault
(L1TF aka Foreshadow) fixes, as well as the usual updated drivers for
graphics, networking and other improvements. Linux 4.19 is expected to
arrive mid-October 2018, with links provided to download.
=== Ubuntu 18.10 Will (Once Again) Ship with an Older Version of
Joey Sneddon, in giving a bit of background, reports that Ubuntu will
continue with version 3.26 of the file manager in GNOME 3.30's desktop
because 3.26 still supports desktop icons. Though 18.10 will ship
without the enhanced Nautilus 3.30, Joey tells of a possible Flatpak
=== Canonical Outs Intel Microcode Security Update for All Supported
Ubuntu Releases ===
Marius Nestor informs us that Canonical has published a security
advisory letting us know of an Intel microcode update that helps
mitigate the L1 Terminal Fault vulnerability (L1TF, CVE-2018-3646). The
update also fixes Spectre Variant 4 (CVE-2018-3639) and Rogue System
Register Read (RSRE, CVE-2018-3640). If you are using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS,
16.04 LTS, or 18.04 LTS you are advised to update, with links to
=== Ubuntu Podcast: S11E25 – The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five ===
“This week we’ve been upgrading a Steam box. We discuss Steam Play beta
and Proton, Google’s salty disclosure of security issue in the Android
installer for Fortnite, and Windows 95 being available for all the
things. We also round up the community news.”
Featuring: Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, and Martin Wimpress.
Alex Murray, Ubuntu Security Tech Lead at Canonical, tells us about this
week's security updates and fixes, which include 83 unique CVEs
addressed, plus other updates across all supported Ubuntu releases.
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/