Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 627 for the week of April 12 - 18, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Focal Fossa (20.04 LTS) Final Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 1.8.0 Release
  • Focal Fossa (20.04 LTS) Final Release Status Tracking
  • dl-ubuntu-test-iso : An easy way to download latest daily images
  • Ubuntu and the new IBM LinuxONE III LT2
  • 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

Focal Fossa (20.04 LTS) Final Freeze

Brian Murray, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces Focal has reached final freeze. Brian relates the criteria for any packages and bug fixes henceforth to be considered for acceptance in the release. Once the RC images are spun up it is requested of the community to test to insure "another uneventful release next week".

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136951 (+133)
  • Critical: 364 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 64837 (+105)

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


  • Ukrainian: 89.22% (31890/37)
  • German: 86.97% (38550/11)
  • Spanish: 83.57% (48623/3470)
  • French: 80.91% (56490/6660)
  • Swedish: 74.18% (76402/814)

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 Hub

Mir 1.8.0 Release

William Wold (wmww) reports the release of Mir 1.8.0. Highlights include focused HiDPI support for Wayland, portability fixes, adds a new “Mir Shell” login to the greeter, several enhancements, and eight bug fixes.

Focal Fossa (20.04 LTS) Final Release Status Tracking

Alan Pope (popey) notifies us of Canonical's live tracking document, updated by the Ubuntu release team. Alan provides a status summary and the current blockers. There are no bugs on the watch list.

dl-ubuntu-test-iso : An easy way to download latest daily images

Jean Baptiste Lallement (jibel) relates his port of Steve Beattie's download script to a snap package to obtain the latest daily images. He gives usage instructions and a link to report any bugs.

The Planet

Ubuntu and the new IBM LinuxONE III LT2

Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about the release of the new IBM LinuxONE III LT2. Targeted at the mid-range market, Elizabeth provides some pictures, plus details of the machine as well as various links to technical overviews. We're told it runs Ubuntu 19.10, but will also use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, supporting Secure Execution for both LinuxONE III models.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

First Look: Discover Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in 20 Screenshots

Joey Sneddon provides a set of screenshots as a quick tour of  Ubuntu 20.04 without you needing to download or boot an ISO. Along with some narration and personal feelings on what he sees, we are of course provided with loads of screenshots showing the alterations and additions.

AMDVLK 2020.Q2.1 Released With AMD Renoir Support

Michael Larabel writes about AMD's update to the open-source AMDVLK Vulkan Linux driver. He notes the support for Renoir hardware, updates for Vulkan 1.2.135, and other improvements; that support new hardware. We are provided a GitHub link if we need more details.

LibreOffice 6.4.3 Released with More Than 50 Fixes

Marius Nestor alerts us to the maintenance update that is LibreOffice 6.4.3 for all supported platforms. We are told 58 bugs have been fixed, and reminded that 6.4 is not recommended for enterprise deployments, however LibreOffice 6.3.6 will be coming out very soon. Links to changelogs and the official website are provided.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 71

"This week Joe discusses Ubuntu’s involvement in ZDI’s Pwn2Own with special guests Steve Beattie and Marc Deslauriers from the Ubuntu Security team, plus we do the usual roundup of fixed vulnerabilities including libssh, Thunderbird, Git and a kernel Livepatch."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E03 – Spilling salt

"This week we’ve been auditing Thinkpads and making beta releases of Ubuntu. We round up some of what’s new in the Ubuntu flavours Focal Fossa beta releases and discuss stories from the tech world."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, April 20, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, April 21, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, April 21, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Wed, April 22, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 23, 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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