Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 644 for the week of August 9 - 15, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 16.04.7 LTS released
  • Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS released
  • Lubuntu 18.04.5 Released!
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Call for testing: improved WiFi via iwd

  • Cloud-init Online Summit - Save the Date Sept 23-24
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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 16.04.7 LTS released

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of Ubuntu 16.04.7 LTS for Desktop and Server products, plus Ubuntu Kylin flavor. We are told the release is a security-targeted release with details provided, plus many links.

Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS released

Brain Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS for Desktop, Server and Cloud products, as well as LTS flavors. Some brief details, and many links are provided.

Lubuntu 18.04.5 Released!

Dan Simmons on behalf of the Lubuntu Team announces the release of Lubuntu 18.04.5 LTS, the last planned release using the LXDE desktop, and the last for the i386 architecture. A number of links are provided, as well as the usual known issues, and some thanks.

These releases are widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133855 (+11)
  • Critical: 356 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65926 (+28)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36735/122)
  • German: 86.99% (41538/2)
  • Spanish: 82.08% (57215/4133)
  • French: 81.37% (59477/6840)
  • Swedish: 75.04% (79674/946)

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

Call for testing: improved WiFi via iwd

Lukas Märdian tells us he has been evaluating the use of iwd [0] as a wireless daemon in Ubuntu. We are told what that means, and he provides a list of test-cases if you're willing to help test; using either the development release (Groovy/20.10) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Amplifying information:

Cloud-init Online Summit - Save the Date Sept 23-24

Rich_h tells us the Ubuntu Server team "is proud to move" the annual cloud-init summit online. This will be the first online summit, and we are asked for any thoughts or ideas on helping make the online summit a success. We are given the date, but many details are still to be determined.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Linux Kernel 5.8 Gets First Point Release, It’s Now Ready for Mass Adoption

Marius Nestor reminds us that Linux Kernel 5.8 is dubbed one of the biggest kernel releases due to its many new features, additional hardware support and security enhancements. Listing some of these details, we are then told Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced 5.8.1 with a number of bug fixes. Links are, of course, provided.

KDE Ships 20.08 Application Updates

Michael Larabel tells us that KDE has shipped 20.08, containing the latest releases of their applications. Michael makes mention of some improvements, and provides links if we need more info.

LibreOffice 6.4.6 Office Suite Update Arrives with 70 Bug Fixes, Download Now

Marius Nestor informs us that the Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 6.4.6, including 70 bug fixes, which should improve interoperability with proprietary formats. We are told the release is recommended for all users, when the next release is due, and provided links should we need more info.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 86

"This week we discuss the recent announcement of a long-awaited native client for 1password, plus Google Chrome experiments with anti-phishing techniques, and we take a look at security updates for OpenJDK 8, Samba, NSS and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E21 – Rabbit’s foot

"This week we’ve been exploring our computing past and getting sweets not computers from Amazon. We discuss new point releases of Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 and 20.04, an Ubuntu restrospective infographic and KDE Neon 20.04. We also round up some events and tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E103 - Pote Coiote

"Essas férias? Nós cá continuamos, mais uma rodada que começou menos inspirada que o habitual, mas que depois se revelou que efectivamente era menos inspirada que o habitual. Ainda assim, foi um bonito episódio."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 18, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 18, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, August 19, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 20, 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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