Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 630 for the week of May 3 - 9, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • The New Ubuntu Server Guide
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133219 (-4548)
  • Critical: 367 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65399 (+164)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.41% (36983/40)
  • German: 86.78% (42206/262)
  • Spanish: 82.03% (57338/4035)
  • French: 81.13% (60221/6518)
  • Swedish: 74.54% (81259/887)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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

The New Ubuntu Server Guide

Joshua Powers informs that the Ubuntu Server Guide has moved to a new location, Discourse. He cites ease of use, contributions, and faster updates for reasons to make the switch. Joshua thanks the community and the Ubuntu Server team for all the time and effort.

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 20.04: Welcome to the future, Linux LTS disciples

Scott Gilbertson notes that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was released right on schedule, and is "enterprise grade". Noting the release has been very stable in testing, with some new features and more polish, that applies also to the flavors. Scott believes the big benefits though are not surface deep, but include the 5.4 kernel with Wireguard backported for VPN use, plus work on new ZFS features. Many screen pictures are provided, with some detail on ZFS, before moving to desktop design and the major changes under the skin. Ubuntu Server has some new security features, plus Ubuntu Advantage Support now extends to more than just the core system, but to 30,000 packages.

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Outs New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Live Patch to Address 3 Flaws

Marius Nestor tells us that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM have new kernel live patches including fixes for three CVEs. We are provided details of kernels patched, and warned older kernels than those listed are unpatched, so are advised to use one of the patched kernels. A reboot is not being required for 'livepatch' updates.

Ubuntu Studio 20.10 to Ditch the Xfce Desktop in Favor of KDE Plasma

Marius Nestor writes that the release notes for Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS indicated that 20.04 was the last release of Ubuntu Studio that will use the XFCE desktop by default. Ubuntu Studio releases from 20.10 on will include KDE Plasma as it comes with better tools for graphics artists and photographers. Resource usage will remain as light as it was with XFCE for audio production, as the Akonadi server will not be running.

KDE Plasma 5.18.5 Desktop Released with More Than 60 Changes

Marius Nestor reports on the release of KDE Plasma 5.18.5 which incorporates 66 changes and fixes. Mentioning some noteworthy fixes, a link to the changelog is provided, before noting updates should hit our repositories soon, with a reminder to upgrade if we're using KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS.

Ubuntu Dev Details Work Done to Make GNOME Shell Faster in 20.04

Joey Sneddon writes about Ubuntu developer Daniel van Vugt's major performance improvements to the GNOME Shell found in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Detailing some of the complex details found in Daniel's post, he lists some of these improvements by both Daniel and other developers. Joey acknowledges not understanding all of Daniel's post, but reports it's always nice to hear of improvements particularly with more to come.

In Other News

Windows 10 Bleeds Users While Ubuntu Linux Enjoys An Astonishing Increase

Jason Evangelho reports that in March and April 2020 there was a drop in market share of Windows 7 computers, and surprisingly there was also a drop in Windows 10's market share too. In the same month though Ubuntu overall market share increased, as did macOS Catalina's share. Noting this increase is of market share (active user sessions), not number of new users, Jason provides a likely reason for this, and some clues as to what he hopes it represents.

Wayland doesn't support $BLAH

Peter Hutterer opens the blog with rudimentary definitions and leads to an analogy for how HTTP, Web Browsers, and compositors function. Thus he explains, it is not Wayland's fault.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 73

"After the recent release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, we look at security fixes for OpenJDK, CUPS, the Linux kernel, Samba and more, plus Joe and Alex discuss robot kits and the Kaiji botnet."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E89 - Bug ou não bug eis a questão

"Ainda num exercício introspectivo em que questões e decisões sobre a nova colaboradora do PUP, a Cláudia, deixa os interveninente deste episódio cheios de certezas e dúvidas…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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

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


Get your copy of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter delivered each week to you via email at:

Or follow us via our various social media presences:


You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at:

Further News

As always you can find more Ubuntu news and announcements at:


Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!


The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Krytarik Raido
  • Bashing-om
  • Chris Guiver
  • Wild Man
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at:

Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. More on this at:

Or get involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team! We always need summary writers and editors, if you're interested, learn more at:


This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please check for more information on where to get help.

Except where otherwise noted, this issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License CCL.png

UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue630 (last edited 2020-05-11 19:01:54 by bashing-om)