Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 621 for the week of March 1 - 7, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Focal Fossa - Mascot & Wallpapers

  • APT 2.0 released
  • Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Wallpaper Contest Winners
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • BluFire Team

  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04 and 19.10
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136273 (-135)
  • Critical: 364 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 64421 (-3134)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.07% (35305/453)
  • German: 86.89% (38782/14)
  • Spanish: 83.56% (48639/3332)
  • French: 80.86% (56634/6386)
  • Swedish: 74.14% (76506/631)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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

Focal Fossa - Mascot & Wallpapers

Martin Wimpress introduces us to the new Ubuntu 20.04 LTS feline mascot that some members of the community have named Felicity. Felicity is found on the new wallpapers with pictures provided. Art assets are provided so the community can alter the templates. Martin gives links should we want to download the images and look for ourselves in more detail.

Additional commentary:

The Planet

APT 2.0 released

Andres Klode, in the release announcement, advises that 2.0 is now landing in unstable. Andres says "APT 2.0 series features several new features, as well as improvements in performance, hardening. A lot of code has been removed as well, reducing the size of the library." He lists new features, performance improvements, a change in regular expressions or wildcards arguments, hardening, and developer changes.

Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Wallpaper Contest Winners

Ubuntu Studio advises that ten entries have been selected to be included on the daily Focal Fossa (future 20.04 LTS) daily ISO images. Imgur pics are provided.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Shell To Ship New App For Managing Extensions

Michael Larabel tells us GNOME 3.36 will ship with a new app to manage desktop extensions. Michael also mentions other improvements made by the GNOME team that will make it into GNOME 3.36's release next week with links provided.

First Look at the GNOME 3.36 Desktop in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Marius Nestor takes Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for a spin telling us what he found. Marius finds the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS more polished, some new features, some changed and made easier and even something gone. We are provided with many screenshots.

Canonical Cancels Physical Windows Subsystem for Linux Event, Now Online-Only

Bogdan Popa informs us that Canonical has announced the WSLConf scheduled for this month is now an online-only event due to coronavirus. Originally planned for the Microsoft Campus in Redmond WA [], presentations will now be streamed, with online interactions catered for.

Ubuntu 20.04 Atop ZFS+Zsys Will Take Snapshots On APT Operations

Michael Larabel makes us aware of new features within the desktop ZFS support in Ubuntu 20.04. Notably is auto snapshots that enable system rollback.

APT 2.0 Released For Debian Package Management

Michael Larabel highlights the work completed over the past year on Apt 2.0, it is officially released. Michael briefs us of it's aptitude-style patterns, new lock handling, a new satisfy sub-command and use of libgcrypt for hashes. We are given a link to the release announcement should we need to know more.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 65

"Whilst avoiding Coronavirus, this week we look at updates for libarchive, OpenSMTPD, rake and more, plus Joe and Alex discuss ROS, the Robot Operating System and how the Ubuntu Security Team is involved in the ongoing development of secure foundations for robotics."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E80 - Motor de Arranque

"Episódio marcado pela actualizade ligada à Fundação UBPorts, LibreOffice no Android e a nova versão Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa, sobrou ainda algum tempo para descrever peripécias envolvendo uma partição /boot."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, March 9, 3pm – 4pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, March 9, 8pm – 9pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, March 10, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, March 10, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 10, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, March 10, 8pm – 9pm
  • Security Team: Wed, March 11, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 12, 3pm – 4pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

BluFire Team

The Rolling Release strategy has since long ago been thought to be included in Ubuntu. However, a user of the community @rs2009 has decided to get it into action. Join at -

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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