Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 637 for the week of June 21 - 27, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Groovy to use GRUB2 for booting installer media in any modes on all architectures
  • Egmde: updated features
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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: 134064 (+56)
  • Critical: 367 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65913 (+48)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.46% (36837/33)
  • German: 86.87% (41927/82)
  • Spanish: 82.01% (57450/3416)
  • French: 81.30% (59714/6848)
  • Swedish: 74.84% (80340/812)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Groovy to use GRUB2 for booting installer media in any modes on all architectures

Dimitri John Ledkov tells us that bootloaders used to boot Ubuntu systems will change. Detailing how previously Ubuntu booted differently in BIOS to UEFI systems, this change will make them both use grub. We are told this will impact all flavors, and are asked to report any failures to boot if we're testing groovy.

Egmde: updated features

Alan Griffiths writes about egmde, a light desktop. Alan lists a number of changes made because of his using it in his development environment. Alan provides a few brief notes on where it's available, then describes the use of the new features.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux Laptop Is Now Available with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Marius Nestor reports that Canonical and Dell have announced a powerful XPS 13 Developer Edition coming preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Listing many of its features, price and links are provided should we want to buy. We are assured everything works straight out of the box.

LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 2 Released For This Open-Source, Vulkan-Supported Office Suite

Michael Larabel writes that LibreOffice 7.0 is aimed to be released in early August, but for that to be a success they need testers. Michael lists some of the features and optimizations found in the beta release, and provides a link for more detail.

It's Looking Unlikely KDE Will See Per-Screen Scaling On X11 This Year

Michael Larabel refers to the 2020 KDE roadmap, and reports on what the KDE team has accomplished so far this year. Finally Michael notes that with the KDE team concentrating on Wayland support, it's looking unlikely some items such as per-monitor scaling will be accomplished. A link is provided to Nate's blog.

Mesa 20.2 Gets A Release Schedule With Hopes Of Shipping By End Of August

Michael Larabel firstly tells us Mesa 20.2.0 is due end of August, with the 20.2-rc1 due on 5 August 2020. We are provided links, and brief details of what is in Mesa 20.2 so far.

AMDVLK 2020.Q2.5 Driver Released With Some New Bits + Bug Fixes

Michael Larabel reports on the advances made to the AMD Radeon Vulkan driver. Noted in the advisory are added support for vkGetDeviceQueue2, fixes of RandR lease display handling, driver crashes, a null pointer crash, and timezone handling. The download link with more details is provided.

NVIDIA 450.51 Linux Driver Beta Adds NGX Library, PRIME Improvements

Michael Larabel notes the public release of the NVIDIA 450.51 Linux Driver in which are new features, new libraries, bug fixes, and added supports. Michael provides a link for the download and to the full change-log.

Two Areas KDE Can Use Help Right Now In Porting For Plasma 6.0

Michael Larabel tells us KDE developer David Edmundson has asked for help in porting the data engines and system settings module to Plasma 6.0. We are given a summary of these two tasks, before being asked if we'd like to step up and help, with a link to David Edmundson's blog for further details.

Linux Kernel and NVIDIA Vulnerabilities Patched in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, 19.10 and 18.04 LTS

Marius Nestor relates the release of new kernels and the Nvidia driver due to discovered vulnerabilities and security issues. He provides the CVE coverages and urges all to update systems.

In Other News

UBports GSI brings Ubuntu Touch to any Project Treble-supported Android device

Skanda Hazarika writes that XDA Recognized Developer Erfanoabdi "has successfully created a GSI-esque, platform-agnostic Ubuntu Touch image that can be installed on any Project Treble compliant device". Skanda gives the patching directions and the flashing process for these Android devices.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 80

"This week, Sid Faber and Kyle Fazzari of the Ubuntu Robotics team interview Vijay Sarvepalli from CERT about the recent Ripple20 vulnerabilities announcement, plus we look at security updates for Bind, Mutt, curl and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E14 – Ace of spades

"This week we’ve been playing Command & Conquer. We discuss your recent feedback about snaps and Ubuntu rolling release. Then we bring you some command line love and go over the rest of your wonderful feedback."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, June 29, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, June 30, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, June 30, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, June 30, 7pm – 8pm
  • Security Team: Wed, July 1, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, July 2, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 2, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, July 2, 10pm – 11pm

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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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