Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 643 for the week of August 2 - 8, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • GRUB2 regression
  • 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!

General Community News

Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS released

Łukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team, reports the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS for desktop, server, cloud products and flavors. Many links are offered.

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

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

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133844 (-75)
  • Critical: 357 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 65898 (-7)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.48% (36779/84)
  • German: 86.88% (41872/372)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57228/4133)
  • French: 81.37% (59477/6842)
  • Swedish: 75.04% (79674/955)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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:

Other Community News

GRUB2 regression

This security notice impacts Ubuntu 14.04 ESM, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS & 20.04 LTS, reporting a regression in the GRUB2 bootloader that impacted some systems. The notice provides details, plus an apology for the regression. Many links are provided, including some detail on updating systems.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs

Michael Larabel writes that while Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 era graphics card support work continues to support the "AMDGPU" kernel driver, lacking is analog connector support. Boot parameters are provided for those with older generation cards to use the AMDGPU driver.

Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” Artwork by Sylvia Ritter Looks Astonishing, Made with Krita

Marius Nestor reveals artist Sylvia Ritter's astonishing artwork inspired by the upcoming Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla". A link is provided to the DeviantArt page, with the image being created using Krita open-source digital painting software. We are reminded of Ubuntu 20.10's release date with quick mention of the kernel and GNOME versions expected.

You Can Now Integrate Collabora Online into the Nextcloud Ubuntu Appliance

Marius Nestor reports that Canonical, Nextcloud and Collabora Productivity have collaborated to integrate the Collabora Online LibreOffice suite into the Nextcloud Ubuntu appliance. The initial appliances available in Ubuntu Appliance portfolio are listed, before reminding us of what Nextcloud 19 provided, and how this takes it a step further. Instructions are provided via link for Intel's NUC, before providing the summary that this provides an open-source alternative to Office365 or G-Suite.

Ubuntu Kylin Point Release Boosts Desktop Performance by 46%

Joey Sneddon tells us the revamped UKUI 3.0 desktop offered in Ubuntu Kylin 20.04.1 contains 418 updates and now includes optimized 4K support "improving 3D display performance by 46%". Joey highlights some of the changes, before providing links for downloads.

Radeon Software for Linux 20.30 Released

Michael Larabel reports of AMD's release of Radeon Software for Linux 20.30, providing the latest graphics drivers. This release offers full support for Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS that likely incorporates "newer revisions of the AMDGPU-Open and AMDGPU-PRO code". Michael provides a link to to get the new driver.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 85

"Dr. Levi Perigo is our special guest this week to discuss SDN and NFV with Joe, plus Alex does the weekly roundup of security updates, including Ghostscript, Squid, Apport, Whoopsie, libvirt and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E20 – Bananas on board

"This week we’ve been building Monster Joysticks and playing Red Alert. We discuss the proliforation of Ubuntu Remixes, bring you some GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E102 - Jornalista Pintor

“O Diogo está em parte incerta, e o Carrondo noutro fuso horário, mas o PUP must go on! Esta semana trazemos actualidade do final de Julho e a já tão falada aplicação de rastreamento covid… Saúde para todos e fiquem com mais 1 capítulo desta aventura.”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 10, 7pm – 8pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, August 10, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 11, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, August 11, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 11, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Per IRC topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, August 11, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 13, 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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