Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 641 for the week of July 19 - 25, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 2.0.0 Release
  • All About the Apps Junior Jobs
  • Major Backports Update
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • 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, and 20.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133954 (-11)
  • Critical: 365 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 65906 (-26)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.48% (36777/10)
  • German: 86.87% (41924/116)
  • Spanish: 82.02% (57403/3483)
  • French: 81.30% (59702/6821)
  • Swedish: 75.04% (79703/893)

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

Mir 2.0.0 Release

Alan Griffiths announces the release of Mir 2.0.0, available via Mir PPAs or via source tarball. Alan provides details of what's in the release, and what's not (ie. deprecated APIs). A changelog is provided, along with a list of enhancements and a list of fixed bugs.

Media commentary:

The Planet

All About the Apps Junior Jobs

Jonathan Riddell mentions the recent discussion on Ubuntu Podcast about KDE's Applications site, providing many quotes from the podcast. Jonathan then lists some easy tasks where some extra helping hands would be most welcome, with a number of links provided in getting in contact should you have questions.

Major Backports Update

We are alerted to a major update for those using the Ubuntu Studio Backports repository. In some cases this has resulted in some minor breakage, so users are reminded to sudo apt full-upgrade. A list and description of the updates is provided, with a reminder of the Ardour Backports update via a separate PPA.

Other Community News

Xfce Review: A Lean, Mean Linux Machine

John Perkins outlines a reason why you'd want to run Xfce, before getting into a review. In the many screenshots we are provided with first impressions (with a warning they aren't always positive, though customizable), and how user experience is good with Xubuntu 20.04 used as an example. A brief look is given at some of the apps like Catfish, and Thunar, before touching on some Xfce customization. Its performance is discussed and what John sees as Xfce's drawbacks. He finishes with advice on who should use Xfce, with Xubuntu 20.04 & other distros used in the examples.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

A Closer Look at the Pinebook Pro $199 Linux Laptop

Bogdan Popa writes about the super-affordable Pinebook Pro. He starts with the specs of the machine: such as its ARM based cpu, and 4GB of DRAM. We are also told of its storage, screen, and ports. Bogdan also notes that 1-3 dead pixels should be considered acceptable to keep price down, but an upgrade kit is available for owners of the Pinebook.

New Ubuntu Kernels Released to Fix Secure Boot Bypass and Other Flaws, Update Now

Marius Nestor alerts us that Canonical has released updated kernels which fix two critical CVEs that can allow a privileged attacker to bypass Secure Boot lockdown restrictions. Fixes exist for kernels 4.4, 4.15, and 5.4. We are then told of other CVEs fixed for various supported releases, the kernel versions containing the various fixes, and advised to upgrade our system as soon as possible.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 83

"This week Joe talks Linux Security Modules stacking with John Johansen and Steve Beattie plus Alex looks at security updates for snapd, the Linux kernel and more.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E18 – Full moon

"This week we’ve been making operating systems for the Raspberry Pi 4. We discuss our favourite gadgets, bring you a verrrry long command line love and round up all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E100 - Canada: Azinhaga, atalho

"Mas que festa! o trio fantástico juntou-se de novo e fez do centésimo episódio uma festa ainda mais especial. A juntar a tudo isto, ainda batemos recordes de assistência no dia em que atingimos a marca dos 3 dígitos."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 27, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, July 28, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, July 28, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC channel advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 28, 7pm – 8pm
  • Security Team: Wed, July 29, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, July 30, 3pm – 4pm

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 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 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025


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