Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 648 for the week of September 6 - 12, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Other Community News
  • 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: 134115 (+143)
  • Critical: 347 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66158 (+100)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36740/96)
  • German: 87.05% (41348/8)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57249/3464)
  • French: 81.48% (59132/6854)
  • Swedish: 75.05% (79659/948)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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Other Community News

The Road to Mutter & GNOME Shell 3.38

Feaneron writes that the last two months have been hectic: including the 3.37.90 release being a significant milestone for the upcoming GNOME 3.38 release, plus two conference talks. What follows is the final development study before the 3.38 release that includes significant changes during this cycle. The summary includes split frame clock, compositor, screencast, app grid, calendar and more, and includes screenshots plus embedded videos. Also covered is Guadec and the Linux Plumbers Conference.

This week in KDE: Akademy makes the magic happen

Nate Graham reports the successes of the week long virtual version of KDE’s yearly Akademy conference. In this post he lists the New Features, and Bugfixes, as well as Performance and User Interface Improvements. Nate closes with an advisory that all can be a part of the project, and a consideration to make a donation to the KDE e.V. foundation.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 20.10 Release Date & Planned Features

Joey Sneddon relates what is known of the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 20.10’s features, changes and improvements, and lists the milestones.

Canonical Releases New Ubuntu Kernel Update to Fix a Vulnerability, Patch Now

Marius Nestor tells us that Canonical have released major kernel updates to fix CVE-2020-14386 in kernels 5.4, 4.15 and 5.3. Details of the problem, the fixes and what kernel versions are covered are included with a reminder to upgrade our installations as soon as possible.

GNOME 3.36.6 Desktop Update Arrives with HiDPI and Lock Screen Fixes

Marius Nestor reports that Matthias Clasen, on behalf of the GNOME Release Team, announced the general availability of GNOME 3.36.6. We are provided with some of the highlights found in this release, that GTK+ 3.24.23 is present, plus other noteworthy changes. We are reminded GNOME 3.38 is due on 16 September.

Mark Shuttleworth Comments Following Ubuntu Community Friction, Uncertainty

Michael Larabel writes about the discussions on "loss of leadership", the Ubuntu Community Team, and Ubuntu Community Council fading away; before writing that Mark Shuttleworth has now responded giving us his opinion. With a link to the thread, Michael summarizes Mark's response.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 90

"This week we look at security updates for the X server, the Linux kernel and GnuTLS plus we preview the upcoming AppArmor3 release that is slated for Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla)."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E25 – 666

"This week we have been watching The Mandalorian. We discuss a new look for UKUI, HP Z series computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, elementary OS on Pinebook, Active Directory integration in Ubuntu Desktop, and making apps for GNOME. We also round up some picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E107 - Viagem no tempo

"Demos folga Tiago Carrondo, mas para compensar os ouvintes o David Negreira veio fazer uma perninha. Falámos de redes caseiras, escritórios, do Interrruptor da Rute Correira, do KDE Plasma e workflows, dos novos HP certificados com Ubuntu e das novidades muitas e fixes do do Groovy Gorila."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Loco Council: Mon, September 14, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 15, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team:Tue, September 15, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC channel topic)

  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, September 16, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 17, 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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