Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 623 for the week of March 15 - 21, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop World Cup
  • Canonical managed services and Ubuntu support during COVID-19 outbreak
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04 and 19.10
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136357 (-82)
  • Critical: 365 (-6)
  • Unconfirmed: 64509 (+4)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.27% (34719/8)
  • German: 86.92% (38694/35)
  • Spanish: 83.56% (48636/3334)
  • French: 80.88% (56577/6393)
  • Swedish: 74.16% (76452/635)

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

Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop World Cup

Alan Pope tells us the 2020 Desktop World Cup has been started, commemorating 15 years of Ubuntu. We are told 30 experts have picked their favorite Ubuntu wallpapers from those that have shipped in the past releases. With the poll’s completion, on twitter, we are told “Thousands of votes cast, and the winner is... The Ubuntu 8.04 LTS wallpaper - Hardy Heron!”

Other Community News

Canonical managed services and Ubuntu support during COVID-19 outbreak

Mark Shuttleworth writes about how COVID-19 is expected to impact Canonical/Ubuntu’s support; in that it isn't. Due to the remote work environment already in place for most teams, there are minor impacts. Those who worked in offices are now also working from home. Finally Mark reminds us that it's a testing time, he provides links where updates will be provided, and where team members can be contacted.

Canonical News

In the Press

Windows Subsystem for Linux is making inroads with developers

Jim Salter reminds us that Microsoft and Canonical cancelled the scheduled WSL for Linux developer conference at Microsoft's Redmond campus. Instead the conference was held online, comprising 22 speakers with 21 talks given: included topics focused on infosec, Devops automation, Kubernetes, and more. Recorded sessions will be available soon. Providing many pictures, we are then led into a tutorial and installation procedure, before speculating future developments for WSL2.

In the Blogosphere

New Webpage Intros the Benefits to using Ubuntu and WSL on Windows 10

Joey Sneddon writes about's new page to help WSL users get started. Canonical lists some of the benefits Windows users will have running Ubuntu on their Windows systems, plus differences between WSL and WSL2. Of course, the link is provided so we can view the page ourselves.

Forking Great: the Arc GTK Theme Lives!

Joey Sneddon blogs that a fork of the Arc GTK theme has picked up exactly where previous authors had left off. We are reminded the Arc GTK theme had died, lacking maintainers, and this new fork is an unofficial continuation. We are given details of the developer, jnsh, behind the fork. Joey provides a link to the theme on GitHub, and tells us a how-to use it for Ubuntu is to come.

Some Fabulously Faithful Focal Fossa Fashion

Joey Sneddon informs us that the Ubuntu France team has created custom artwork to showcase the past few Ubuntu releases. Next Joey reminds us of the great wallpapers that have been shown on the thread since the release of the Ubuntu 20.04 artwork assets. Latest is a new Focal Fossa t-shirt which Joey thinks is their best work yet. We are provided a photo of the t-shirt, plus prices and where it can be ordered very soon.

New Ubuntu Linux Security Updates Arrive for All Supported Releases

Marius Nestor advises of the latest security issues affecting all releases. He provides the CVEs, the discoverers of the vulnerabilities for each affected release, and the updated kernel versions. We are urged to update the kernel package as soon as possible.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 67

"A big week in security updates, including the Linux kernel, Ceph, ICU, Firefox, Dino and more, plus Joe and Alex discuss tips for securely working from home in light of Coronavirus."

Ubuntu Y Otras Hierbas: S04E06 - Teletrabajo con Software Libre

"El coronavirus ha marcado un antes y un después, llegando al punto de que hasta los gobiernos piden que se teletrabaje. Aparecen muchas guías estos días sobre qué herramientas usar para teletrabajar, pero ¿y si quieres teletrabajar fomentando el software libre? Voy a repasar qué software libre y estable disponemos para trabajar desde nuestra casa como si estuviéramos en la empresa."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, March 23, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, March 24, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 24, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, March 24, 8pm – 9pm
  • Security Team: Wed, March 25, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 26, 3pm – 4pm

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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