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WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 651 for the week of September 27 - October 3, 2020.
In this Issue
General Community News
Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Beta Freeze
Lukasz Zemczak advises that along with Thursday's beta freeze, "The queue freeze will last from now until final release in October". Procedure is given for seeding packages into the archive with a short note on the action of the archive bot. The encouragement for testing favourite flavour(s) is out and bug hunting is open.
Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Final Beta released
Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu team announces the release of the Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Beta for desktop, server and cloud products. Providing a quick overview of various products available including flavors, we are given many links for more details or to download a favorite image to give it a test.
Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:
Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Beta Is Now Available for Download - https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-20-10-beta-is-now-available-for-download
Lubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) BETA testing - https://lubuntu.me/lubuntu-20-10-groovy-gorilla-beta-testing/
Kubuntu Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Beta Released - https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-groovy-gorilla-20-10-beta-released/
Welcome New Members and Developers
Taihsiang Ho; Ubuntu Membership - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2020-October/date.html
Rudra Saraswat; Ubuntu Membership - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2020-October/date.html
Maik Adamietz; Ubuntu Membership - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2020-October/date.html
- 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/
Mir-kiosk - call for testing
Alan Griffiths reports the hope that Mir-kiosk will be updated to a core20 base, with its newer graphics libraries. To aid in this, Alan is calling for the wider community to help with final testing by switching to the beta channel, with a request to let him know of any problems.
Mir 2.1.0 Release
Alan Griffiths reports on the release of Mir 2.1.0. We are given the PPAs, and a link to the source tarball, before being given a summary of the main elements of the new release, plus changelog including ABI changes, enhancements and bug fixes.
Ubuntu Cloud News
* Dell Hybrid Client: Seamless Cloud-Optimized Computing With Ubuntu - https://hothardware.com/reviews/dell-hybrid-client-overview
Canonical at OSM Hackfest MR#9 - https://ubuntu.com//blog/osm-hackfest-mr9
Git Protocol v2 Available at Launchpad - https://blog.launchpad.net/code/git-protocol-v2-available-at-launchpad
Dell brings new Intel 11th gen Core processors to the XPS 13 Developer Edition - https://ubuntu.com//blog/dells-xps-13-developer-edition-with-intel-11th-gen-core-processors
In the Press
Touchégg 2.0.0 Released: A Linux Multi-Touch Gesture Recognizer App
Sarvottam Kumar writes that Touchégg will give a normal touchpad a 'mac-like' experience. A brief introduction into Touchégg or what a multitouch gesture recognizer is, before we are told of this total re-write allowing it to work on the latest GNOME, KDE & other desktops. We are provided with some examples before being told where we can download it, or access more links and the GitHub repository.
In the Blogosphere
Dell readies a Tiger Lake refresh on XPS 13 Ubuntu Linux Developer Edition
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols espouses the growing marketing of linux; then remarks on ubuntu support on both Lenovo and Dell. The focus then is on Dell's release of a new XPS 13 Developer Edition, preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and featuring the high end 11th Gen Intel Core Lake processor. Steven goes on to give other specs of this impressive machine. He ends with the advise that Dell will support even if the original was a Windows install.
Mir 2.1 Released With Some New Protocol Support, Many Fixes
Michael Larabel informs us of the release of Mir 2.1 which offers a set of libraries "for constructing Wayland shells particularly with Snap confinement". A brief mention of a couple of new features is given, with link to the GitHub repository.
KDE Plasma 5.18.6 LTS Brings WireGuard VPN, Wayland, and HiDPI Improvements
Marius Nestor tells us about the release of KDE Plasma 5.18.6 bringing 36 changes, keeping the product "stable, secure and reliable". Some changes are highlighted, with a link provided for the full changelog.
Lenovo’s Lightest ThinkPad Ever Also Runs Ubuntu
Joey Sneddon tells us the Thinkpad X1 Nano is not only the lightest Thinkpad available, but also that it comes with Ubuntu. Specs of the laptop are provided, including options available and a picture.
NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver Moves To 455 Series For Linux
Michael Larabel reports on the improvements, fixes, and added support in Nvidia's release of the Linux Vulkan beta driver 455. Of note is that there is now support for RTX 30 "Ampere", and "also now allows importing external host memory as cached". More details are available on the developer.nvidia.com link.
First Look at the GNOME 3.38 Desktop on Ubuntu 20.10
Marius Nestor briefs us on the latest GNOME 3.38 as used in Ubuntu 20.10. This is a review of Ubuntu 20.10 as seen through Marius' eyes; which includes a short video, some links, and some conclusions, including some highlighted changes.
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 92
"It’s CVE bankruptcy! With a deluge of CVEs to cover from the last 2 weeks, we take a particular look at the ZeroLogon vulnerability in Samba this week, plus Alex covers the AppArmor 3 release and some recent / upcoming webinars hosted by the Ubuntu Security team."
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E28 – Beginners luck
"This week we have been writing a computer game. We take the tiling window manager challenge and discuss our experiences, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."
Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E110 - Assobio Capacete
"Já votaram no Podcast Ubuntu Portugal em podes.pt? Não? Então não leias mais e vai até https://podes.pt/votar/ escreve Podcast Ubuntu Portugal e clica em VOTAR. Não falhes a aritmética e repete as vezes que conseguires."
Ubuntu +1 Maintenance Reports - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2020-September/date.html
Desktop Team Updates - Monday 28th September 2020 - https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/desktop-team-updates-monday-28th-september-2020/18526
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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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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