Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 653 for the week of October 11 - 17, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Final Freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Canonical News
  • 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

Groovy Gorilla (20.10) Final Freeze

Steve Langasek reminds us that final freeze is in effect for the release of Ubuntu 20.10 next week; and he gives criteria for any exceptions. With the release of RC images testing is encouraged for all the flavours.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134676 (+145)
  • Critical: 346 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 66509 (+82)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36755/79)
  • German: 87.06% (41321/6)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57264/3550)
  • French: 81.59% (58799/6959)
  • Swedish: 75.07% (79610/935)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.20 Released With Better Wayland Support, Many New Features

Michael Larabel touts the Plasma 5.20 release as "a seriously great update.... has a crazy amount of polishing and refinements as well as some larger features." His highlights include: KWin window manager / compositor, Wayland, notifications, smart monitoring, on screen display, tack manager, and system tray. A video of the desktop and a link to are provided for additional information.

Rescuezilla 2.0, the Swiss Army Knife of System Recovery, Released with Major Changes

Marius Nestor writes about the release of Rescuezilla 2.0, a free fork of Redo Rescue based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. All created backups from Rescuezilla 2.0, Clonezilla Live, as well as backups created by prior versions of Rescuezilla should restore correctly. More details are provided, as well as links to the wiki page, the GitHib, and to download Rescuezilla 2.0.

Canonical Releases New Ubuntu Kernel Security Updates to Patch 10 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor alerts us to patched kernels being available for all supported Ubuntu releases fixing numerous security flaws. We are provided details on the various kernels and the releases each CVE impacts; and we are given links should we need more detail, along with a reminder to upgrade our systems asap.

See What’s New in Ubuntu 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’ [Video]

Joey Sneddon writes that it's been six months since the release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which means Ubuntu 20.10 is about to release. A short 3 minute video outlines some of the new things to be found in Ubuntu 20.10 with it's updated GNOME desktop.

AMD Delivers Many Fixes For Polaris GPUs On Linux - Finally Enables ZeroRPM Fan Mode

Michael Larabel reports AMD's fixes that also affect older graphics processors. Within a set of 40 patches are improvements that include the GCN 1.0/1.1 state on the AMDGPU DRM driver and new back-end LLVM targets. Fixed in the patches are some internal code audits, screen flickering instances, enabling a memory clock switch, and a reduction in idle power. Of note is the ZeroRPM fan feature support now available for the Polaris GPUs. The code is expected for the Linux 5.11 kernel in early 2021 but is available for testing - the mailing list link is provided.

You Can Now Run Ubuntu Unity on Your Raspberry Pi

The developers of the Ubuntu Unity respin have now created an image that will run on the latest Raspberry Pi models. This image contains a mix of 20.04 & 20.10 packages, and runs best on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.It will run on lesser models, but may suffer some slowness. We are reminded it's a pre-release image currently, so some issues may occur (one is noted which will be fixed shortly).

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E30 – Whistling indoors

"This week we’ve been upgrading our GPUs. We discuss our experiences using IoT devices, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E112 - Conversa com Pedro Silva da Collabora

"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

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 19, 3pm – 4pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 20, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 20, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC channel advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, October 20, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, October 21, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 22, 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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