Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 625 for the week of March 29 - April 4, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Final Beta released
  • Reminder -- Focal kernel freeze is Apr 9
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu 20.04 Testing week
  • Call for Beta Testing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS & official Ubuntu flavors

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Beta Testing
  • LXD 4.0 LTS stable release is now available
  • Canonical News
  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Final Beta released

Iain Lane reports the Beta release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS desktop, server and cloud products, and the various Ubuntu flavors. In reminding us of what beta images are, we are provided with many links should we wish to download, upgrade to it, or get more information.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Reminder -- Focal kernel freeze is Apr 9

Seth Forshee reminds us that after April 9 that with the kernel freeze all changes in release 20.04 are subject to SRU policy.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136602 (+242)
  • Critical: 364 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 64620 (+132)

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


  • Ukrainian: 89.22% (31892/39)
  • German: 86.94% (38656/32)
  • Spanish: 83.56% (48666/3324)
  • French: 80.88% (56589/6583)
  • Swedish: 74.17% (76444/740)

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 Testing week

Alan Pope informs us that it's Ubuntu Testing Week (April 2-8th), with an invitation to download and test the Ubuntu beta, run tests cases on the ISO tracker, with links where we can get help (IRC, Telegram); as well are links to videos where Alan shows us how.

Call for Beta Testing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS & official Ubuntu flavors

Mike Royal tells us the Beta is out with three weeks before full release. We are reminded it's beta software, but are invited to test and thus help make Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the best release ever. Mike provides many links to get you started, to download your favorite flavor, and more.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Beta Testing

Joshua Powers reminds us the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) beta images are out, which includes the server products. We are invited to test, especially the new live installer if we're creating a fresh install. Joshua highlights some of the new features found in the live Server installer, provides a link to the new Ubuntu Server guide, and provides numerous ways users can get help from team members, or other users.

The Planet

LXD 4.0 LTS stable release is now available

Alex Chalkias notifies us of the stable release of LXD 4.0, the machine container hypervisor; a LTS release with support for five years. Alex discusses the new features and improvements and provides links to the get started guide, the on-line portal, and to the LXD website.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Critical Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04.4 LTS

Marius Nestor reports on a Linux kernel security update for Ubuntu 19.10 and Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS releases. The vulnerability, discovered by Manfred Paul, allowed a local attacker to either expose sensitive information (kernel memory) or gain administrative privileges and run programs as root user. All instances of systems running Linux kernel 5.3 are affected and a mitigation is provided until the systems can be updated to the new versions available on the stable software repositories.

PinePhone Ubuntu Touch Edition Now Available for Pre-Order

Marius Nestor reports on UBports release where "you can now finally buy a working Linux phone that doesn’t require you to install an OS." It comes pre-installed with Ubuntu Touch.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 69

"This week we cover security updates for a Linux kernel vulnerability disclosed during pwn2own, Timeshift, pam-krb5 and more, plus we have a special guest, Vineetha Kamath, to discuss security certifications for Ubuntu."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E83 - 1 2 3 experiência som

"Ainda um pouco do que temos feito por casa nas últimas semanas e notícias do projecto UBports."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E84 - Zoom out

"Apesar do isolamento a que o momento obriga, o duo maravilha preparou mais uma edição do vosso podcast preferido. UBports, Jitsi, impressões 3D e muito mais."

Linux Spotlight EP42 - Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical

"In this episode of Linux Spotlight, it is my pleasure to sit down and talk with Mark Shuttleworth about his journey into Linux. We talk about his thoughts on Ubuntu and Canonical and his excitement for the future. I hope you enjoy this because I sure did!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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