Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 650 for the week of September 20 - 26, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Groovy Gorilla Beta milestone reminder
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • security things in Linux v5.7
  • Porting Launchpad to Python 3: progress report
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Groovy Gorilla Beta milestone reminder

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak reminds us of the "nearing Beta milestone for Groovy Gorilla (20.10) next week and the also-related Beta Freeze starting on Monday".

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134188 (+18)
  • Critical: 345 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66191 (+4)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36738/72)
  • German: 87.06% (41325/108)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57249/3464)
  • French: 81.57% (58845/6901)
  • Swedish: 75.07% (79617/941)

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:

The Planet

security things in Linux v5.7

Kees Cook writes that the Linux 5.7 kernel was released in May, and relates various security features that caught his attention. Kees highlights seven particular areas, shows code examples to explain potential risks, plus he provides links should you want more detail on the related fixes.

Porting Launchpad to Python 3: progress report

Colin Watson updates us on the process of migrating Launchpad from python2 to python3. We are given a short introduction to Launchpad, particularly as relates its tooling, and OS. Colin gives a current status of the progress made thus far, including complexities of the job. Additionally, Colin gives us some stats that highlight how successful the port has been so far, and advises even more remains.

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Released With More Phones Supported, UI Improvements

Michael Larabel reports that the UBports community have released Ubuntu Touch OTA-13. It includes support for the Sony Xperia X/XZ/Performance and OnePlus 3/3T devices as well as already supported devices. We are told it brings QtWebEngine 5.14, various refinements and bug fixes. Michael provides a screen image and links for more details.

In Other News

Lenovo Launches Linux-Ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs Preinstalled with Ubuntu

Lenovo have announced an expansion of their Linux portfolio, including extending their certification program, and include PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu LTS releases. Now a range of nearly 30 Ubuntu-loaded devices are available at Most models include Ubuntu 20.04 LTS however one series currently comes with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. A list of models is provided, along with many links for more details or to place orders.

This story was also covered by a number of news sites. The following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E27 – Find a penny, pick it up

"This week we’ve been spying on our children and playing games on Twitch. We discuss the Ubuntu Community Council revival, GNOMEs new versioning scheme, Geary adding encryption support, Plasma 5.20, Xfce 4.16, Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 and Microsoft Edge coming Linux. We also round up our picks from the wider tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E109 - Quem não tem cão, caça com Pi

"Novos modelos Slimbook, actualizações do AppArmor, carabinas com Raspberry pi e muito mais. Novidades trazidas esta semana pelo vosso twitcher preferido: Diogo Constantino e o seu fiel assistente: Tiago Carrondo!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Kernel Team: Tue, September 29, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, September 29, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC advisory topic)
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, October 1, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations:Thu, October 1, 3pm – 4pm

  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, October 1, 10pm – 11pm

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit:

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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