Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 631 for the week of May 10 - 16, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Other Community News
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133405 (+186)
  • Critical: 366 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65497 (+98)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.42% (36961/88)
  • German: 86.89% (41839/1)
  • Spanish: 82.04% (57305/4052)
  • French: 81.17% (60109/6745)
  • Swedish: 74.63% (80975/869)

Hot in Support

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Other Community News

Plasma 5.19 Beta

The KDE Team reports it's time to test Plasma 5.19. We are told and shown the new features, and provided ways we can grab new 'live' images, or add packages to our system, or download the source code. We are also requested to give feedback with many methods provided, and more.

Canonical News

In the Press

A Surprising New Remix of Ubuntu 20.04 Brings Unity Back To Life

Jason Evangelho reminds us it was nearly a decade ago that Canonical introduced the Unity desktop, and tells us of a new Ubuntu Unity Remix 20.04. We are introduced to it's young developer, Ruda B. Saraswat, told where we can download it, where to communicate with others, as well some links to alternate remixes are provided.

In the Blogosphere

AMDVLK 2020.Q2.3 Released With New Extension, Various Fixes

Michael Larabel informs us of the release of AMDVLK 2020.Q2.3. This release is the newest version of the official open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan driver for Linux. We are briefly told of new features, workarounds and fixes included, plus given a link to GitHub for more details or binaries.

Ubuntu Touch Demoed on the PineTab Linux Tablet [Video]

Joey Sneddon tells us he's excited for the release of the PineTab, being arguably the first real Linux tablet. With some discussion on selected history of Linux tablets, the star of the article is the embedded youtube video on Ubuntu Touch running on the Pine64.

In Other News

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Release

Ubports announces the Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 for supported devices. Including the last of Canonical's Unity 8 changes, it involves many changes for Ubuntu Touch users. The updates include the software stack, visual color changes to improve contrast making devices easier to use, keyboard functionality improvements, Morph Browser improvements, plus some device specific features are added. This is a big update, with thanks tendered to those who helped make it happen. Links are provided for seeking help, to view the changelog, reporting bugs, and more.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 74

"Special guest, Tim McNamara, author of Rust In Action talks all things Rust plus we look at security updates for Linux bluetooth firmware, OpenLDAP, PulseAudio, Squid and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E7 – Jumping over children

"This week we’ve been making a New Show and playing Ring Fit Adventure. We discuss Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu popularity and Canonical profitability, Ubuntu Core security audit, Groovy Gorilla is coming, Ubuntu Studio switches to KDE, Folder Colors adds Yaru support and Ubuntu Server has a self-updating installer. Plus we round up some of our favourite tech stories."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E90 - O insecto contra-ataca

“Neste episódio o discutimos tomadas inteligentes, extensões, gestão de cabos e controlo de consumo, redes e equipamento de redes, webcams, revisitamos a questão do ImageMagick no Nextcloud, imagens de Ubuntu Server. Vejam lá que ainda tivemos tempo para para do UBports da OTA-12, da OTA-13, de PinePhone e Volla Phone”

The Changelog podcast: Episode #256

"We talked with Dustin Kirkland (Head of Ubuntu Product and Strategy at Canonical) at OSCON about 12.04’s end of life, the death of the Ubuntu phone, Snaps and snapd, and Bash on Ubuntu on Windows Server. This is the second installment of our mini-series from the expo hall floor of OSCON 2017. Special thanks to our friends at O’Reilly for inviting us to OSCON."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 18, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, May 19, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, May 19, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 19, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, May 20, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, May 20, 5:00pm – 5:45pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 21, 3pm – 4pm
  • Community Council: Thu, May 21, 5pm – 6pm

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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