Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 632 for the week of May 17 - 23, 2020.

In this Issue

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

  • ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: what’s new?
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133578 (+173)
  • Critical: 367 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65591 (+94)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.44% (36907/525)
  • German: 86.89% (41832/30)
  • Spanish: 82.05% (57296/3358)
  • French: 81.21% (59963/6702)
  • Swedish: 74.65% (80909/769)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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

ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: what’s new?

Didier Roche updates us on what's new with ZFS support on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS since the support found in the prior 19.10 release. Didier notes ZFS support is still experimental, with hope it'll lose the experimental tag next cycle with backports to 20.04.x. Along with details of the improvements, some screenshots are provided, plus a link to the discourse thread if you want to join the discussion.

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 20.04 Is Ridiculously Responsive, But Why?

Jason Evangelho writes about the progressive improvements made to performance visible to Ubuntu 19.04 & 19.10 users, but more noticeable to LTS users who recently upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Touching on the speed difference noticed between Unity and GNOME showing the need for these improvements, Jason details many of the events and work that gave us this performance. We are provided also with links to Daniel Van Vugt's articles on the Ubuntu discourse site.

In the Blogosphere

Set Up Your Own WireGuard VPN Server on Ubuntu

Xiao Guoan gives us a tutorial on setting up our own WireGuard VPN server on Ubuntu.

What Is WireGuard VPN?

Andrew Braun tells us what WireGuard VPN is, and some of why we'd want it. Discussing both some of WireGuard's advantages and limitations, we are told Andrew could easily set it up and use it on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.

KDE’s May 2020 Applications Update Makes Kid3 an Official KDE App

Marius Nestor reports KDE's May 2020 update is out with many changes, but the biggest is the Kid3 music tagging app is now official KDE software. Marius tells us of the changes included in the update, with a link to the changelog should we want more, reminding us to update to KDE Applications 20.04.1 when possible.

Canonical Outs Linux Kernel Security Updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor writes that Canonical Ubuntu Security Team have published new updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems addressing a number of vulnerabilities in the 4.15 and 4.4 kernels. Listing the CVEs addressed (links provided), we are told to upgrade our systems as soon as possible, including to reboot after install.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Gets New Kernel Update, Three Security Vulnerabilities Patched

Marius Nestor tells us that three security vulnerabilities have been patched in a new kernel for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. We are given the CVEs, links for more information, and a link telling us how to perform upgrades, and reminded to upgrade asap, with a reboot after upgrade.

Canonical Outs Kernel Update for Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 LTS Systems Running Linux 5.3

In another post from Marius Nestor, we are told eight CVEs have been patched in the linux kernel 5.3 used by Ubuntu 19.10 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (with HWE enabled). As usual we are reminded to upgrade asap, reboot after upgrade, with links provided for more details.

Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa) Slated for Release on July 23rd

Marius Nestor tells us the scheduled date for Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS' release is July 23, 2020. We are reminded Ubuntu 20.10 is scheduled for October 22, 2020, and the standard support cycle for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Ubuntu 20.10 Release Date & Planned Features (Continually Updated)

Joey Sneddon writes that with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS released, the development cycle of 20.10 has already begun. The scheduled release date is October 22, 2020, and we are given dates for testing week, UI freeze, beta, kernel freeze & final RC release date for the 20.10 cycle. Joey also provides what is known so far about what we'll see in Ubuntu 20.10, including some items that are issues of disappointment in the 20.04 release as seen by Joey, which hopefully should get fixes. A link to another article is provided should we want to test out the Ubuntu 20.10 daily ISO.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 75

"In episode 75 we look at security updates for APT, json-c, Bind, the Linux kernel and more, plus Joe and Alex discuss recent phishing attacks and the Wired biopic of Marcus Hutchins."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E8 – Black cats

"This week we’ve been live streaming on YouTube. We discuss upgrading home networks and optimising power line adapters, WiFi and broadband connections. A bumper crop of network-related command line love and all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E91 - Mundo é dos Desktops

"Um episódio em que como de costumo conversámos sobre as nossas aventuras semanas, mas também cobrimos nostícias sobre Pine64 Pinetab com Ubuntu Touch, ms office no Linux, certificação de Ubuntu 20.04 para Raspberry Pi, o Ubuntutiverso em expansão, e a mudança radical no Ubuntu Studio. Saibam também como até uma criança de 10 anos pode fazer a diferença no Ubuntu e como vocês podem passar também a ser heróis da comunidade."

The Changelog podcast: Episode #395 - Leading GitHub to a $7.5 billion acquisition

"Jason Warner (CTO at GitHub) joined the show to talk with us about the backstory of how he helped to lead GitHub to a $7.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Specifically how they trusted their gut not just the data, and how they understood the value they were bringing to market. We also talk about Jason’s focus on “horizon 3” for GitHub, and his thoughts on remote work and how they’re leading GitHub engineering today."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, May 26, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, May 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Security Team: Wed, May 27, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 28, 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


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