Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 626 for the week of April 5 - 11, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • CIS hardened Ubuntu: cyber attack and malware prevention for mission-critical systems
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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: 136818 (+216)
  • Critical: 371 (+7)
  • Unconfirmed: 64732 (+112)

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


  • Ukrainian: 89.22% (31890/38)
  • German: 86.94% (38643/57)
  • Spanish: 83.56% (48660/3322)
  • French: 80.89% (56546/6531)
  • Swedish: 74.18% (76402/774)

Hot in Support

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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 Planet

CIS hardened Ubuntu: cyber attack and malware prevention for mission-critical systems

Vineetha Kamath tells us about the Centre for Internet Security (CIS) and how they help keep systems secure via configuration checklists. Canonical, through Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure, has made CIS automation tooling available to help make it easier for customers to safeguard against cyber attacks. Contained with two levels, it is available for server and workstation deployments, and is available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for Ubuntu to Fix 4 Flaws

Marius Nestor informs us of new kernel upgrades being available for supported releases of Ubuntu to fix various CVE flaws. Outlining the various CVEs and releases impacted, we are urged by Canonical to update our systems and reboot our systems to remain fully protected.

Canonical Contributing Upstream Improvements To Plymouth Ahead Of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Michael Larabel writes about boot splash screen improvements on booting Ubuntu 20.04 in UEFI mode. He notes the leveraging work performed by Red Hat on a flicker free boot, the polishing by Canonical's Daniel van Vugt, and other works that are pushing. Links for more details are provided.

First Look: Linux Desktops Can’t Be Sexy? Ubuntu Kylin Prove Otherwise

Joey Sneddon declares that Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 contains "wow factor". The upcoming release provides the new Qt-based UKUI 3.0 desktop, replacing the older MATE_based UKUI desktop. Joey provides many screenshots, along with commentary on the different programs, changes, and enhancements included, some of which have been ported to Qt. Links are provided to download and try the Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 Beta, or view the UKUI project on Github.

Google Chrome 81 Now Available for Download on Linux, Windows, and Mac

Bogdan Popa writes that Google has released Chrome 81 with several new improvements. He provides a quick scan of new NFC features, and notes 32 security vulnerabilities are also fixed. We are told Chrome 82 will be skipped, however Chrome 83 will ship slightly early in May, with this including Chromium-based browser developers doing the same.

Ubuntu 20.04 Makes It Easy to Enable Fractional Scaling (But You Won’t Want To)

Joey Sneddon declares that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is easier to enable fractional scaling because of the new system setting option. Providing a screen-capture of the new setting window, we are given a preview of how to use it, with a note that it's turned off by default as is still classed as experimental. Joey gives us his thoughts on the feature.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 70

"This week we have a great interview between Joe McManus and Emilia Torino from the Ubuntu Security team, plus we cover security updates for Apport, Firefox, GnuTLS, the Linux kernel and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E02 –Walking under ladders

"This week we’ve been live streaming Ubuntu development and replacing VirtualBox with Bash. We discuss Mark’s new Linux Steam PC set-up, bring you some musical command-line love and go over all your feedback!"

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E85 - Pinheirinho de Páscoa

"O Tiago continua a tomar controlo dos meios de impressão, para ajudar os verdadeiramente heróicos trabalhadores que sustentam a nossa a sociedade nestes difíceis tempos. O Diogo anda a montar Wifi Access Points com Ubuntu. Nas notícias temos a nova release do LXD, o port de Ubuntu Touch para o Redmi Note 7, o anúncio da pré-venda do Pine64 PinePhone UBports Community Edition."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Loco Council: Mon, April 13, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, April 14, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, April 14, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 14, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, April 15, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, April 15, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 16, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, April 16, 5pm – 6pm

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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