Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 639 for the week of July 5 - 11, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Flutter Wayland support under development
  • site now with more App Stores and Downloads
  • Lubuntu 19.10 End of Life and Current Support Statuses
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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: 134017 (+60)
  • Critical: 362 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 65969 (+110)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.46% (36845/10)
  • German: 86.87% (41903/85)
  • Spanish: 82.02% (57403/3451)
  • French: 81.31% (59673/6817)
  • Swedish: 74.93% (80022/845)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Flutter Wayland support under development

William Wold (wmww) presents a work in progress of Flutter running natively on Mir. Initially the Canonical and Google collaboration that brings the Flutter toolkit to linux only supported X11, due to the GTK windowing.

The Planet site now with more App Stores and Downloads

Jonathan Riddell tells us the have been updated, providing us with examples: including how we can download the source, or install with just a click. Jonathan thanks Carl for his work, and asks that should we spot out of date information we let a team member know so it can be updated.

Lubuntu 19.10 End of Life and Current Support Statuses

Dan Simmons confirms too that Lubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) will be End of Life on Friday, July 17, 2020. There will then be no further updates or bugfixes. Dan writes "After July 17th, the only supported releases of Lubuntu will be 18.04, with LXDE, and 20.04, with LXQt". We are advised to update to 20.04 as soon as possible. Furthermore Dan repeats the advisory that upgrading from some older releases to 20.04 is unsupported. In the event that you have 18.04 or older you are advised to do a fresh install. Instructional and download links are provided.

Canonical News

In the Press

Google And Ubuntu Join Forces To Make Desktop Linux Better

Jason Evangelho highlights the importance of applications to an OS, before telling us about Flutter and Google's Dart programming language. Using a number of sources, including Canonical's Ken VanDine's article, we are told of an invitation for application developers to publish their applications using this mechanism that is a joint partnership between Google and Canonical. There is an intention of maintaining "feature parity", with a note it is also very easy to publish those same apps via Canonical's Snap store. Flutter for Linux is currently in Alpha, with links provided if you'd like to learn more.

What's This New Ubuntu 'Rolling Rhino' And Do You Need It?

Jason Evangelho touches on why many computer users like rolling releases, and that "Rolling Rhino" will scratch that itch. Outlining what it is, and that it's in response to user requests, a warning is given that it's for the "toughest of Ubuntu users". Links to the livestream where it's creation was streamed is given, along with links to the GitHub details.

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.37.3 Are Out Roaring With Better Performance

Michael Larabel writes that GNOME 3.37.3 was released without GNOME Shell and Mutter components, being a little late to the party. Those components were released a few hours later and include some large performance improvements which are listed, with links should we need more information. A final note reports Mutter 3.36.4 and GNOME Shell 3.36.4, which contains a few of those changes, backported.

GNOME 3.36.4 Released With Faster Mutter Fix Back-Ported

Michael Larabel writes this time about the GNOME 3.36.4 stable point release which includes the usual bug fixes and translation updates, but also includes a backported Mutter fix which provides a notable performance difference. A link to the original mailing list post is provided.

systemd 246-RC1 Released

Michael Larabel alerts us that the systemd 246 release candidate is ready for us to test if we're able. We are provided with some of its new features, and a link if we need to know more, or wish to download it. We're also told what didn't make the RC in time.

Nvidia 450.57 Linux Graphics Driver Improves Support for Vulkan Apps, Adds New Features

Marius Nestor reports on the major updates in Nvidia's release of the 450.57 graphics driver. Among the numerous improvements, new features and bug fixes are of note: the better support for KDE on Wayland, and the new version enables GPU screens by default. Marius provides a link to the Nvidia download page to obtain this long-lived branch of the proprietary graphics driver.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E16 – Owls

"This week we’ve been re-installing Ubuntu 20.04. Following WWDC, we discuss Linux Desktop aspirations, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E97 - Pente

"Um episódio equilibrado pelo desequilíbrio natural a que os 2 oradores de serviço vos têm habituado. A caminho do centésimo eopisódiom, deleitem-se com mais esta aventura do PUP."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E98 - Nonagon

"Uma bonita conversa sobre a vida, os animais, a sociedade de consumo e o estado geral das coisas. Entre pinephones e copos de vinho branco, assim se fez mais 1 episóido do PUP."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 13, 7pm – 8pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, July 13, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 14, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, July 14, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 14, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 14, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, July 15, 12pm – 1pm
  • Security Team: Wed, July 15, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 16, 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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