Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 642 for the week of July 26 - August 1, 2020.

In this Issue

  • First Groovy Gorilla test rebuild
  • 20.04.1 LTS Release Candidate ISOs ready for testing
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Focal Fossa (20.04.1 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • Mitigating BootHole – ‘There’s a hole in the boot’ – CVE-2020-10713 and related vulnerabilities

  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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, and 20.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

First Groovy Gorilla test rebuild

Matthias Klose relays that the first test rebuild of Groovy Gorilla is available and the request is out for testing and fixing the build failures. Relevant links are provided.

20.04.1 LTS Release Candidate ISOs ready for testing

Jean Baptiste Lallement (jibel) advises that the first release candidate ISOs have been built for the forthcoming August 6th 20.04.1 release. He relates "Please join the effort to help test all the flavours to help us get closer to a final image for the release". Resources and links are provided.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133919 (-35)
  • Critical: 357 (-8)
  • Unconfirmed: 65905 (-1)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.48% (36777/9)
  • German: 86.88% (41886/200)
  • Spanish: 82.02% (57403/3480)
  • French: 81.31% (59678/6813)
  • Swedish: 75.03% (79704/863)

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

Focal Fossa (20.04.1 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak advises that the canonical tracking document page for the first Focal Fossa point-release is live. In the page is a status, current summary, blockers (none), upgrade blocker, and bugs to watch (none).

The Planet

Alex Murray blogs about CVE-2020-10713 or what has been named BootHole or 'There's a hole in the boot'. In this extensive post, Alex outlines how the initial CVE expanded into multiple CVEs, and provides insight into the co-ordinated way the open source community worked together with Microsoft to resolve the problem. We are also introduced into the scope of this vulnerability and complexity of the problem and superficially the UEFI boot system. This involves the signing of shim binaries by Microsoft, and involves co-ordination also with OEMs and other vendors.

This vulnerability is widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Current Status in Ubuntu for this ongoing situation:

Additional mitigations for those experiencing issues:

Canonical News

In the Press

MATE Review: A Lightweight Desktop Environment for the Nostalgic

John Perkins reviews the MATE desktop environment, a descendant of GNOME2. In it's "classic feel and approach" documentation he covers the user interface, performance, and some notable features, and who should try MATE.

In Other News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 84

"In a week when too many security updates are never enough, we cover the biggest one of them all for a while, BootHole, with an interview between Joe McManus and Alex Murray for some behind-the-scenes and in-depth coverage, plus we also look briefly at the other 100-odd CVEs for the week in FFmpeg, OpenJDK, LibVNCServer, ClamAV and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E19 – Three manholes

"This week we’ve been going retro; making an Ubuntu Retro Remix and playing ET:Legacy. We discuss the new release of digiKam, Intel GPU driver tweaks, Ubuntu Web Remix, Thunderbird 78 and Mir 2.0! We also round up our picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E101 - O Carteiro Cantor

"No último episódio de Julho falou-se sobre podcasts da concorrência, festivais que podem criar ainda mais concorrência, e site que não fazem concorrência porque não conseguem vender os seus produtos. Tudo isto e muito mais neste capítulo do PUP."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 4, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 4, 1:30pm – 2:30pm ( Per IRC topic advisory)
  • Security Team: Wed, August 5, 10:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, August 6, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 6, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, August 6, 10pm – 11pm

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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