Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 652 for the week of October 4 - 10, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Community Council election 2020 underway!
  • 20.10 kernel freeze is now in effect
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Release Status Tracking
  • Groovy Gorilla - Mascot & Wallpapers

  • Kubuntu Focus Model 2 Launched
  • 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

Ubuntu Community Council election 2020 underway!

Walter Lapchynski tells us that voting has commenced for the Ubuntu Community Council election 2020, choosing seven seats to sit on the Community Council. All Ubuntu members are eligible to vote and should have received their vote via email. A list of the candidates is provided, along with launchpad and wiki links for each. If you're eligible to vote and didn't get your email, some things to check for are listed, plus how to request a re-send. Voting closes October 24, 2020.

20.10 kernel freeze is now in effect

Seth Forshee announces the kernel freeze for Ubuntu 20.10 is now in effect in accordance with the release schedule.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134531 (+180)
  • Critical: 346 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 66427 (+137)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.50% (36724/51)
  • German: 87.06% (41320/6)
  • Spanish: 82.08% (57231/3529)
  • French: 81.60% (58766/6956)
  • Swedish: 75.07% (79601/932)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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 Hub

Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Release Status Tracking

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak has created a Release Status Tracking page for Groovy . This provides an easy reference page for those interested to check on the status of the development release that will soon be released as Ubuntu 20.10. Not only bugs are listed, but a schedule of what will occur in these, the last days before release.

Groovy Gorilla - Mascot & Wallpapers

Martin Wimpress reminds us of the recent OMG! Ubuntu article on the Ubuntu 20.10 wallpapers. In this post we are provided links to the creations by the Canonical design team.

The Planet

Kubuntu Focus Model 2 Launched

"The Kubuntu Focus team, announce the immediate availability of their second generation laptop, the Kubuntu Focus M2". The Focus comes with 20.04 LTS pre-installed and finely tuned; "offering dozens of Guided Solutions and unparalleled support". This M2 is smaller, lighter, and faster than the M1 (58% faster on multi-core). Full details are available on the linked website.

This availability is widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Canonical News

In the Press

The new beta of Ubuntu 20.10 is now available! Discover the novelties

Uco informs us of the beta releases of Ubuntu 20.10. He then provides some brief details on what's new in the release.

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 20.10 Wallpaper Revealed – But is it Groovy Enough?

Joey Sneddon unveils the new Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla wallpapers that are now available for viewing. The images were created by the design "gurus" at Canonical, with an image provided. Further is a link to the Ubuntu discourse site where they can be downloaded.

KDE’s Plasma Mobile Gets New Lock Screen and Virtual Keyboard, Game Center App

Marius Nestor updates us on the progress made by the KDE team on Plasma Mobile. It now sports a virtual keyboard based on the 2nd generation Maliit keyboard with better Wayland support. Along with a new lock screen, many other improvements are mentioned. Many links are provided, including that of the PinePhone Linux phone where most development work is tested.

KDE Frameworks 5.75 Released with Numerous Improvements and Bug Fixes

Marius Nestor reports on this monthly update for Qt's libraries for the Plasma desktop environment. These include: Discover package manager, trash folder, tab switching, system settings, consistency across apps, shortcuts, system tray, text views, tooltips, button icons, and Kate text editor. As well QML-based apps are more responsive and faster. Marius links to the full change log for more details.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E29 – Penny for a sharp gift

"This week we’ve been hoovering with robots and playing Hades. We discuss snaps getting auto-theme install support, the Groovy Gorilla mascot, crowd sourcing featured apps for the Snap Store, touchpad gestures for Linux desktop and Mir still being alive and well! We also round up our picks from the tech news and bring you some events!"

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E111 - Duplicar Ciclomotor

"Já votaram no Podcast Ubuntu Portugal em Não? Então não leias mais e vai até escreve Podcast Ubuntu Portugal e clica em VOTAR. Não falhes a aritmética e repete as vezes que conseguires."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Loco Council: Mon, October 12, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 13, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, October 13, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 13, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 15, 3pm – 4pm

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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