Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 645 for the week of August 16 - 22, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Login regression for users with non-ASCII names
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • 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

Login regression for users with non-ASCII names

Colin Watson writes that an update made on 2020-08-13 caused many launchpad users with non-ASCII characters in their username to be unable to login. An apology is made for this regression and we're told a fix was implemented 2020-08-18. This post primarily explains what happened and how the regression occurred, and the change in testing that will prevent it into the future.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133912 (+57)
  • Critical: 355 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 65963 (+37)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.50% (36713/515)
  • German: 86.99% (41537/133)
  • Spanish: 82.08% (57205/3482)
  • French: 81.38% (59448/6849)
  • Swedish: 75.05% (79647/939)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Systems Running Linux 4.4 Receive New Kernel Security Update

Marius Nestor alerts us to upgraded kernels available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems using the 4.4 kernel. The upgrade fixes two listed CVEs for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users, plus HWE enabled Ubuntu 14.04 ESM users. We are also told of a CVE which has caused newer 5.0 kernel patches for those using the GKE or OEM 5.0 kernels, with a note that due to an unavoidable ABI change, rebuilding any third-party kernel modules may be necessary.

Radeon's AMDVLK Driver Does Support FreeSync/VRR But The Option Isn't Widely Known

Michael Larabel tries to break the misconception that the official AMD Radeon open-source Vulkan driver "AMDVLK" does support for FreeSync / Variable Rate Refresh. Michael offers a theory that the lack of official release or announcement is why the misconception exists, but Michael links to the merge notice.

Not Got an Ubuntu 20.04 Upgrade Notification Yet? You’re Not Alone…

Joey Sneddon writes about Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users who are disappointed at not yet being offered the choice about upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The upgrade path opening is pending assurance that “people will get a good experience”.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 87

"This week we look at the Drovorub Linux malware outed by the NSA/FBI plus we detail security updates for Dovecot, Apache, Salt, the Linux kernel and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E22 – Four-leafed clover

"This week we’ve been trying to fix ice-makers and creating a new Discord server. We discuss appealing to communities, bring you another command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E104 - À bolina

"Mais 1! O Podcast Ubuntu Portugal volta abordar os temas que realmente interessam à Humanidade e ao seu desenvolvimento: Snowboard! Foram ainda abordados outros temas menores só mesmo para encher…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 24, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, August 25, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, August 25, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, August 25, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 27, 3pm – 4pm

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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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