Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 646 for the week of August 23 - 29, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Switching iptables to use the nftables backend (again) on Sept 3
  • Groovy Gorilla (to be 20.10) Feature Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Xfce 4.16pre1 released
  • 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

Switching iptables to use the nftables backend (again) on Sept 3

Balint Reczey writes on the plan to switch iptables to use the nftables backend for the 20.10 release. Now that the LXD and microk8s blockages have been resolved, the target date for implementation is September 3.

Groovy Gorilla (to be 20.10) Feature Freeze

Steve Langasek advises that "As per the release schedule, Groovy Gorilla is now in Feature Freeze". As such, the cycle has entered Bug verification & Regression testing and no new features will be accepted without freeze exceptions - taking "care about the content of the archive".

Amplifying information:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133917 (+5)
  • Critical: 351 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 65987 (+24)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.50% (36708/532)
  • German: 87.03% (41410/7)
  • Spanish: 82.08% (57205/3482)
  • French: 81.47% (59168/6872)
  • Swedish: 75.05% (79649/950)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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Other Community News

Xfce 4.16pre1 released

Simon Steinbeiss announces the release of XFCE 4.16pre1, or the first pre-release of what will become XFCE 4.16. We are given a list of the components included and their respective versions, plus some links should we want more specifics.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Give Ubuntu’s Default Theme a Makeover with Yaru Colors

Joey Sneddon writes that this is for those that like Ubuntu's Yaru GTK theme but would like a different color. This isn't just another theme set though, it's a customization script that changes the color highlight used in Yaru to one of fourteen colors. Details of how to make use of it is provided, along with some of Joey's thoughts.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Is Coming on September 4th with Support for Many New Devices

Marius Nestor reports the UBports Foundation have announced the availability for testing, Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 using the Lomiri (Unity 8) interface. We are provided a glimpse of what's included in OTA-13 for end-users, including support for 11 new devices. The upgrade includes enhanced performance and UX fixes with the full release expected on September 4th. Details and links are provided if you're able to assist with the testing.

KDE Plasma 5.20 Will Alert You If Your Disk Is Failing

Michael Larabel relays from Nate Graham's blog, reporting the new features and changes in KDE's Plasma desktop. Among the new features is one that first and foremost addresses a decade old feature request for propagating the SMART information. A link is provided for the details of additional improvements, fixes, and changes.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 88

"This week we talk antivirus scanners and false positives in the Ubuntu archive, plus we look at security updates for QEMU, Bind, Net-SNMP, sane-backends and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E23 –Horseshoe

"This week we’ve using new wireless headphones and test driving a Tesla. We discuss Mark Shuttleworth responding to feedback about Snapcraft, Jupiter Broadcasting regaining independence, Ayatana Indicators becoming cross-distro, Yaru Colors and we round up our picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E105 - Xutos e Pontapés

"Esse Agosto? O nosso está a ser espetacular, de certeza. Num exercício de futurologia entendemos que o tema do momento seria a Virtualização. Não perceberam o enquadramento desta frase? Oiçam o episódio…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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

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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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