Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 647 for the week of August 30 - September 5, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Making apps for Linux, a proposal
  • security things in Linux v5.6
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 133972 (+55)
  • Critical: 348 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 66058 (+71)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.50% (36731/96)
  • German: 87.05% (41358/7)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57246/3464)
  • French: 81.47% (59158/6852)
  • Swedish: 75.06% (79649/945)

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 Planet

Making apps for Linux, a proposal

Stuart Langridge tells us of a proposal for a programming environment for making simple apps for newer programmers, that was presented by Stuart and Alan Pope at a Community Engagement Challenge, but wasn't selected for implementation. Details of the proposal are touched on, along with links, including examples, are provided.

security things in Linux v5.6

Kees Cook expounds on various features of the March release of Linux v5.6. The subjects range from: WireGuard, path resolution options, added syscalls, pipeline reads and writes, algorithmic changes, early boot randomness, timing side-channel signals, kernel stack attacks, and a page table dumper. Kees closes his treatise requesting that if there is anything missing in his summary to let him know.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Fury Unleashed: HP’s ZBook Laptops Are Now Available with Ubuntu

Joey Sneddon writes about HP's "refreshed" ZBook series. We are provided prices, and details on the many configurations with specs. Joey also shares the good news that they come with fully certified Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Ubuntu preloaded options become available on 14 September, with links available.

Canonical Releases Important Ubuntu Kernel Updates to Patch 17 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor tells us a number of kernel updates that fix a total of 17 security issues have been released for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS & 16.04 LTS. The CVEs are detailed, along with releases impacted. Many links are provided, with us being reminded to upgrade our systems as soon as possible.

KDE Releases September 2020 Apps Update with New Color Contrast Checker Tool

Marius Nestor reports on the first point release being KDE Applications 20.08.1, which includes 85 changes across the included apps and core components. Marius highlights the new Kontrast app and various improvements, providing a link to the KDE announcement.

Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 5.8

Marius Nestor tells us that the Linux 5.8 kernel packages have landed in the main repository for Ubuntu 20.10 after weeks in 'proposed' for testing. Listing many of the new features found in the 5.8 kernel, we are reminded that Ubuntu 20.10 has hit feature freeze. Marius gives some details and upcoming dates for the release; as well as many supporting links.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 89

"This week we farewell Joe McManus plus we look at security updates for Firefox, Chrony, Squid, Django, the Linux kernel and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E24 – Acorn

"This week we’ve been playing Fall Guys. We discuss the Pinebook Pro and Pine Phone (we have hardware), bring you some command line love and respond to your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E106 - Rentrée

"De volta ao trabalho, e aos episódios gravados semanalmente, o Diogo vai neste episódio contar-nos todas as duas aventuras e desventuras durantes as suas impressionantes semanas de férias. o Carrondo também esteve de férias mas contou menos…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 7, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 8, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, September 8, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 8, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, September 8, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 10, 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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