Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 636 for the week of June 14 - 20, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Point Release Delays
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • New subiquity release coming
  • ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: ZSys dataset layout
  • ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: ZSys properties on ZFS datasets
  • Canonical News
  • 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

Point Release Delays

Steve Langasek notifies us that the release dates for Ubuntu 20.04.1 and Ubuntu 18.04.5 have both been delayed. Release dates are now scheduled for 6 and 13 August 2020 respectively.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134008 (+29)
  • Critical: 366 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 65865 (+83)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.50% (36699/33)
  • German: 86.91% (41789/61)
  • Spanish: 82.04% (57322/3416)
  • French: 81.33% (59581/6580)
  • Swedish: 74.87% (80208/805)

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

New subiquity release coming

Michael Hudson Doyle notifies us that a new release of subiquity will land anytime now, and provides the draft release notes for the new release. Any users who'd like to help test it are invited to do so; a link is provided.

The Planet

ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: ZSys dataset layout

Didier Roche continues his series in the utilization and exploration of the concepts of ZFS. Here he explains bpool and rpool as pertaining to the ZFS datasets.

ZFS focus on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: ZSys properties on ZFS datasets

In this article Didier Roche expands on the ZFS datasets by explaining what these ZFS properties and functionalities entail. Didier concludes with the advisory that ZFS on root is ever evolving - with a short presentation of the crafting - and provides links for progress specifications and how you too can contribute to the effort.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma is Switching to a Windows-style Icon-only Task Bar

Joey Sneddon writes about the progress being made in KDE Plasma 5.20, including changes in how some detail is shown to users when compared to default Plasma 5.19. In particular Joey is discussing how the Task Manager is shown on the panel by default.

KDE Plasma 5.19.1 Desktop Arrives as First Point Release, 30 Bug Fixes Included

Marius Nestor reports on the general availability of KDE Plasma 5.19.1 containing many bug fixes. Marius provides details on some of the 30 changes, with a link to the full changelog, before ending with a list of dates for upcoming KDE Plasma releases.

Ubuntu 20.10 Looking At Restricting Access To Kernel Logs With dmesg

Michael Larabel tells us Ubuntu 20.10 will likely restrict access to dmesg for non-sudo users. Providing a quote from Canonical's Matthew Ryffell, we are provided with links for more details.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 79

"This week Joe discusses Intel’s CET announcement with John Johansen, plus Alex details recent security fixes including SQLite, fwupd, NSS, DBus and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E13 – Killing an albatross

"This week we’ve become Sudoku masters and made Ubuntu MATE images for the Raspberry Pi. We discuss Pine64 announcing the PineTab, plus launching a new OS for PinePhone, the Ubuntu Appliance Portfolio announcement, what Ubuntu Certified device are, more GNOME performance improvements, and 20.04.1 being delayed. We also round up our picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E94 - Peer por um tubo

"Há novidades das entregas do PinePhone, desenvolvimentos nos pacotes para Cartão de Cidadão, novamente os descontos estrondosos nas Librebrend Librebox, dramas à volta do snap do chromium, quota de mercado do GNU/Linux e do Ubuntu e sua potêncial relação com o trabalho remoto. Vejam lá que ainda tivemos tempo para para do UBports da OTA-12, da OTA-13, de PinePhone e Volla Phone"

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E95 - Os melhores Santos

"Uma inédita performance artística, o drama dos snaps no Mint, as aventuras com self-hosting de Jitsi Meet, o cantinho da Impressão 3D, colaboração com Markdown, um primeiro olhar para o Pine64 PinePhone UBports Community Edition, a pré-venda dos PineTab com Ubuntu Touch. Ainda passámos pelas próximas actividades da comunidade Ubuntu-PT, traduções de Software Livre, LXD e containers com reverse Proxy, e pelas notícias do UBports e do seu ecossistema incluindo clickable e Halium e os avanços que se avizinham para o VollaPhone."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, June 23, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, June 23, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic notification)
  • Security Team: Wed, June 24, 10:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, June 25, 3pm – 4pm

Times shown are UTC. 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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