WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 649 for the week of September 13 - 19, 2020.
In this Issue
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:
Call for Ubuntu Community Council nominations - https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-ubuntu-community-council-nominations/18349
Call for Ubuntu Community Council nominations - http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2020/09/18/call-for-ubuntu-community-council-nominations/
Mark Shuttleworth to revive Ubuntu Community Council after body shrinks to single member – Mark Shuttleworth - https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/14/ubuntu_community_council_revived/
- Mark Shuttleworth Now Plans To Restore Ubuntu's Community Council -
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.
- Open: # (+/-#)
- Critical: # (+/-#)
- Unconfirmed: # (+/-#)
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Hot in Support
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions
Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/
Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads
Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/
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: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/
Ubuntu Cloud News
cloud-init SRU 20.3-2 released into Xenial, Bionic and Focal - https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/cloud-init-sru-20-3-2-released-into-xenial-bionic-and-focal/18363
An Introduction to Testing Robot Code - https://ubuntu.com//blog/an-introduction-to-testing-robot-code
Security corner: snap interface & snap connections - https://ubuntu.com//blog/security-corner-snap-interface-snap-connections
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.
GNOME 3.38 Released With Many New Features, Better Performance - https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GNOME-3.38.0-Released
GNOME 3.38 Desktop Environment Officially Released, This Is What’s New - https://9to5linux.com/gnome-3-38-desktop-environment-officially-released-this-is-whats-new
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.
Featured Audio and Video
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."
Ubuntu +1 Maintenance Reports - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2020-September/date.html
Desktop Team Updates - Monday 21st September 2020 - https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/desktop-team-updates-monday-21st-september-2020/1835
Design and Web team summary – 16th September 2020 - https://ubuntu.com/blog/design-and-web-team-summary-16th-september-2020
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, and 20.04
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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