Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 629 for the week of April 26 - May 2, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Groovy Gorilla is now open for development
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Updatable Ubuntu Server Live Installer
  • Ubuntu Advantage Offerings in 20.04 LTS
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 19.10, and 20.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Groovy Gorilla is now open for development

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak announces "that groovy is now *open for development*". In the initial period an influx is expected and Łukasz requests help for fixing any breakage. He also advises of the activation of Discourse, that also serves to improve communications.

Amplifying information:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137767 (+321)
  • Critical: 366 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65235 (+125)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.38% (37074/37)
  • German: 86.76% (42258/66)
  • Spanish: 82.03% (57351/4032)
  • French: 81.13% (60219/6524)
  • Swedish: 74.54% (81258/886)

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

Updatable Ubuntu Server Live Installer

Joshua Powers writes that the Ubuntu Server Live installer gives a streamlined installation experience; with the 'live' installer able to refresh itself during the 'live' session. Joshua has a look at this feature in this article with a couple of screens shown.

Ubuntu Advantage Offerings in 20.04 LTS

Joshua Powers tells us that Ubuntu is the most popular distro and provides some of the reasons. Many are not subscribing to Ubuntu Advantage (UA), that for many is available for free, to take advantage of its offerings. A new user experience is provided with Ubuntu 20.04 that allows all UA features with a single token. Joshua outlines how easy it is to sign up to UA and then attach a machine to utilize UA.

Other Community News

What You Need to Know About Snaps on Ubuntu 20.04

Dave McKay gives an analysis of the Software Center change to install snap-based applications by default. He explains what a snap package is and the integration with the file system. As well, Dave provides some pros and cons of snaps, a short primer on the usage, and a comparison to the traditional apt install. Notable is that versions coexist with a snap.

Thanks Oracle! New Patches Pending Can Reduce Linux Boot Times Up To ~49%

Michael Larabel reports on Oracle's PADATA patch that parallelize kernel tasks. The patch reduces boot time by as much as half, and more patches are in the works. Expectation is to see the patches upstream in mainline kernel Linux 5.8; the efforts can be seen on the provided kernel mailing list link.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Fix for GNOME 3.36 Stuttering Bug in the Works

Bogdan Popa reports of the random stuttering issue that affects some Intel systems. He reports that the bug is acknowledged and a fix is "on its way".

Xubuntu has made a video to show off its latest release

Joey Sneddon writes to heighten the awareness of Xubuntu. Joey shares a video prepared by the Xubuntu team and narrated by Joe Ressington that gives a concise overview of the changes in the 20.04 release.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E06 – The bride before the wedding

“This week we’ve been playing DOOM 64 and discuss what’s new in Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 LTS. We bring you some command line lurve and go over all your wonderful feedback.”

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E88 - Muito bom

"Continuamos a olhar para o Focal Fossa, mas também para o Release Party da Comunidade Ubuntu Portugal em que jogámos SuperTuxKart, discutimos de formas de utilizar o Byobu, da Kodi box do Diogo e do setup de gestão das impressoras 3D do Tiago, vms com o LXD, é obvio que as novidades do UBports também não podiam ficar de fora numa semana de Ubuntu Touch Q&A."

Ubuntu Y Otras Hierbas: S04E08 - Ubuntu 20.04 y móviles abiertos

"Os contamos nuestra impresión con Ubuntu 20.04, en nuestra opinión, la mejor versión de Ubuntu hasta la fecha. Además analizamos qué alternativas hay para usar móviles abiertos."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 4, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, May 5, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, May 5, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 5, 7pm – 8pm
  • Security Team: Wed, May 6, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, May 7, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 7, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, May 7, 5pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, May 7, 10pm – 11pm

For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 19.10, and 20.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2023

Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2020

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025


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