Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 620 for the week of February 23 - 29, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Focal Fossa (to be 20.04 LTS) Feature Freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 1.7.1 Release
  • Xubuntu 20.04 community wallpaper contest
  • 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 and 19.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Focal Fossa (to be 20.04 LTS) Feature Freeze

Steve Langasek confirms Focal Fossa has entered feature freeze. As such, from this point the focus is on bug fixes, any additional features will require an exception. Steve points out that care is the concern for the content of the archive.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136408 (+151)
  • Critical: 363 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67555 (+83)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (35473/648)
  • German: 86.89% (38788/66)
  • Spanish: 83.55% (48667/3350)
  • French: 80.85% (56652/6087)
  • Swedish: 74.14% (76507/633)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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 1.7.1 Release

Alan Griffiths writes about the release of Mir 1.7.1, with links to the Mir PPAs, source tarball, along with a brief list of improvements, and a list of bugs fixed.

Amplifying info:

The Planet

Xubuntu 20.04 community wallpaper contest

We are invited to submit wallpapers for the Xubuntu 20.04 community wallpaper competition, with terms and guidelines provided by links. Submission deadline is March 13, 2020 with six entries being included in the Xubuntu 20.04 ISO. Plus, they will be available via package for users of other xubuntu versions.

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu Touch Mobile OS Drops “8” From Its Desktop Environment Unity8

Sarvottam Kumar writes that UBPorts, the company behind the Ubuntu Touch project, has announced the renaming of Unity 8; the name has changed to Lorimi. Developers will need to update to a new API before packaging apps, with many links for additional details provided.

In the Blogosphere

GIMP 2.10.18 Released With Many Improvements Before GIMP 3.0

Michael Larabel reports the release of GIMP 2.10.18 with a new tool for performing transformations in a 3d space and other enhancements. We are reminded that GIMP 3.0 is still a while away, with link to the release announcement.

Ubuntu 20.04’s Default Wallpaper is Revealed…

Joey Sneddon tells us the new Ubuntu 20.04 LTS default wallpaper has been revealed. We get to see the image, along with Joey's thoughts on that design.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 64

"This week we look at security updates for ppp, Squid, rsync + more, and Joe and Alex discuss the wide scope of the Ubuntu Security Team including some current open positions."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E78 - Duelo de podcasters

"Os nossos podcaster aventuros, contam-nos as suas aventuras com podcasts, podcasting, dot files (adoptem os vossos) e Nextcloud."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E79 - Bansko Loves you

"Um está em peregrinação, outro não. Um andou a ler umas coisas, o outro não. Os 2 juntos trazem esta semana toda a actualizade relacionada com os vossos temas preferidos."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, March 3, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, March 4, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, March 5, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 5, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, March 5, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, March 5, 10pm – 11pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04 and 19.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Life: April 2023

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2020


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