Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 638 for the week of June 28 - July 4, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) reaches End of Life on July 17 2020
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Education (UbuntuEd)

  • Li-f-e: Linux for Education 20.04 is out now!
  • Plasma 5.19 testing in Groovy Gorilla
  • Canonical News
  • 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

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) reaches End of Life on July 17 2020

Iain Lane, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, reminds us that Ubuntu 19.10 is approaching its end-of-life on 17 July 2020. We are reminded this is nine months after it's release, with links provided so any remaining users can upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Amplifying information:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133947 (-117)
  • Critical: 362 (-5)
  • Unconfirmed: 65859 (-54)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.46% (36845/33)
  • German: 86.87% (41906/76)
  • Spanish: 82.01% (57443/3405)
  • French: 81.29% (59730/6811)
  • Swedish: 74.83% (80356/813)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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The Hub

Ubuntu Education (UbuntuEd)

Rudra Saraswat announces the first stable build of UbuntuEd 20.04, a modern substitute for the discontinued Edubuntu geared for education of the young. We are given a number of links to download it, to find support, along with release notes and a list of some of the programs it contains.

This story was also covered by a number of news sites. These are a selection of articles by our editors:

Li-f-e: Linux for Education 20.04 is out now!

Jigish Gohil reports that the latest edition of Li-f-e or Linux for Education is available. It's based on Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS, with a link for more details and a sourceforge link where we can download it.

The Planet

Plasma 5.19 testing in Groovy Gorilla

Plasma 5.19 has landed in Ubuntu 20.10 and is available for testing by users of the development release, or via daily live ISO. A link to the KDE release announcement is provided, and we are reminded the development release is not recommended for production systems. Details on testing are given, along with links where we can seek support, and finally a note on why it won't appear in backports for prior releases.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

You Can Now Transform Ubuntu into a Rolling Release with “Rolling Rhino”

Marius Nestor writes that those who wanted a rolling Ubuntu have now got it. Martin Wimpress introduces a command line tool to convert to a rolling release. Caveats are given in that the tool was created for experienced Ubuntu users and developers providing access to continuous new packages. Directions to convert are given with the admonishment that "there’s no turning back".

AMD Publishes AMDGPU UVD Firmware For Southern Islands

Michael Larabel writes of added support for the original GCN 1.0 cards in the AMDGPU driver. With AMD's publishing of firmware binaries, UVD-based video acceleration and Gallium3D video acceleration will be incorporated in the Linux 5.9 kernel later this summer.

LibreOffice 6.4.5 Released with over 100 Bug Fixes, Now Ready for Enterprise Deployments

Marius Nestor reports on the fifth maintenance update encompassing 106 bug fixes that promotes LibreOffice 6.4 ready for enterprise deployments in production environments. All users are advised to update from the provided link or await the arrival of the updated packages in the software repository.

Canonical Outs Important Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor relates the reported CVEs and their effects on the subject releases. All users are urged to update systems as soon as possible. Instructions are given to update and we are reminded to reboot after installing the new kernels.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 81

"Joe talks cyber security policy with Dr David Reed from CU Boulder, plus Alex covers the week in security updates including Mutt, NVIDIA graphics drivers, Mailman and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E15 – Vertical chopsticks

"This week we’ve been helping HMRC and throwing a 10th birthday party. We discuss “Rolling Rhino”, split personality snaps, UBPorts supporting Project Treble devices, ZFS on Ubuntu 20.04 plus our round-up from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E96 - Ancoradouro

"Mais um episódio em que falámos dos nossos setups em casa, autenticação 2FA com Ubuntu Touch, Raspberry Pi, novidades do Ubuntu no que toca a segurança, novas funcionalidades do snapcraft para releases, Ubuntu Core e as appliances Ubuntu."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 7, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 7, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic)
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, July 9, 3pm – 4pm

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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 17, 2020

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025


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