Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 649 for the week of September 13 - 19, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Call for Ubuntu Community Council nominations
  • Groovy Gorilla (20.10) UI Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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

Call for Ubuntu Community Council nominations

Walter Lapchynski informs us of the decision to repopulate the Ubuntu Community Council. Seven seats need to be filled, and thus this is a call for nominations. Requirements to be nominated are provided, along with the detail of what is required of applicants. Many links including Mark Shuttleworth's are given, as well as where we can ask for more direction and information.

Perspectives on the restoration:

Groovy Gorilla (20.10) UI Freeze

Brian Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu Release team provides notice that the Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla User Interface is now frozen. Developers are reminded to notify the documentation or translation teams to enact any further changes, with a request to limit further changes.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134170 (+55)
  • Critical: 346 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66187 (+29)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36740/72)
  • German: 87.05% (41342/106)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57249/3464)
  • French: 81.57% (58847/6900)
  • Swedish: 75.07% (79619/939)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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:

Canonical News

In the Press

GNOME 3.38 'Orbis' is here -- the best Linux desktop environment gets better

Brian Fagioli extols the GNOME DE; relating that GNOME 3.38 "Orbis" is "chock-full of improvements". Brain discusses the many new features, improvements, and bug fixes from the 27896 changes, made by approximately 901 contributors. He provides many screenshots and a link to the release notes for more info.

Additional commentary:

In the Blogosphere

Xfce 4.16: First Look at the New Features and Improvements

Marius Nestor gives a preview of the upcoming Xfce 4.16 desktop environment. Marius details 10 of the new features and as well lists an additional 14 improvements. "The final Xfce 4.16 release is expected later this fall".

KDE’s Latest Plasma Wallpaper is Here And It’s …Shiny

Joey Sneddon reports on KDE Plasma 5.20's wallpaper, Shell. Joey relates the new wallpaper is well designed and he tells us the reasons he is excited at the effect.

Slick ‘Material Shell’ Extension Now Easy to Install on Ubuntu

Joey Sneddon advises that the Material Shell GNOME extension is now considered stable. He advises there is much more to the shell than just a tiling window manager. He provides a video of the shell in action as well as an install link to the GNOME Extensions website.

KDE Plasma 5.20 Desktop Enters Beta, Final Release Expected on October 13

Marius Nestor relates, in the more than 500 changes, KDE Plasma 5.20's numerous new features and improvements; a massive release. Marius provides a link to the changelog, and for those who want to try the beta version the link to the release notes for the instructions. Final release is expected on October 13th.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 91

"This week we look at security updates for GUPnP, OpenJPEG, bsdiff and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E26 – The evil eye

"This week we’ve been playing with arcade boards and finishing DIY in the kitchen. We discuss if old technology is more fun than new technology, bring you a command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E108 - Sim podemos

"Em semana se regresso às aulas, mais 1 episódio no melhor podcast sobre Ubuntu, software livres e outras cenas, de Portugal. Raspberry pi, marmitas e pinetabs fazem parte deste fantástico cardápio."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 21, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 22, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 22, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC channel topic advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, September 22, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, September 24, 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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