Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 654 for the week of October 18 - 24, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) released
  • Corrections to point release publications of current LTSes
  • Ubuntu Glibc News
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • OpenStack Victoria for Ubuntu 20.10 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • 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, 20.04, and 20.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) released

Brian Murray, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla). Its new features and bug fixes are discussed: notably is the update to the 5.8 Linux kernel, the move to glibc 2.32, the addition of the Raspberry Pi image variant, introduction of GNOME 3.38, and many server innovations. Links are provided for supports, the Official Flavours, and more information.

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

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Corrections to point release publications of current LTSes

Steve Langasek reminds us of the dropping of MD5 & SHA1 checksums for Ubuntu and flavor ISOs, in favor of sha256sums only. In the clean up, the md5sum and sha1sum files have now been removed for all currently-published releases. Among the clean up items all stale point release images have been taken down.

Ubuntu Glibc News

Balint Reczey writes about glibc 2.32 as found in Ubuntu 20.10 that includes many new features, plus some deprecations, which have mitigations. In respect to these, because a number of the mitigations will be dropped in due course, a warning is given. If your current application/package builds using one of these mitigations you need to update your programs before the mitigations are dropped. Updates to glibc used in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS are also noted, likewise with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS; which will soon receive it's update of glibc 2.27. A note is given on how to file merge proposals for Ubuntu specific patches.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 134783 (+107)
  • Critical: 343 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 66620 (+111)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36755/79)
  • German: 87.06% (41319/1)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57264/3565)
  • French: 81.59% (58797/6956)
  • Swedish: 75.07% (79610/932)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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 Planet

OpenStack Victoria for Ubuntu 20.10 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Corey Bryant reports that the Ubuntu OpenStack team at Canonical have announced the general availability of OpenStack Victoria. Packages are in standard repositories for Ubuntu 20.10, and available via Ubuntu Cloud Archive (PPA) for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. A list of updated packages found in the Ubuntu Cloud Archive is also provided, along with links, and a note on filing bugs, should any be found.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu clouds on the Raspberry Pi

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols mentions the Ubuntu 20.10 release, noting especially that it provides "optimized Raspberry Pi images for the desktop, server and the cloud". Steven lists some of the features found in Ubuntu 20.10, before quoting Mark Shuttleworth's statement on the Raspberry Pi Foundation's commitment to open computing. The reasons why Ubuntu 20.10 is worth using on the Raspberry Pi 4 (esp. with 8GB RAM) are given, along with numerous links.

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

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu and Debian Get Patches for Bluetooth Remote Code Execution Flaws, Update Now

Marius Nestor tells us that the Debian Project and Canonical have released Linux kernel updates addressing remote code execution vulnerabilities discovered in Bluetooth protocol implementations. The CVEs and releases impacted are listed, which include Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Links and kernel versions, including required fixes, are provided.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 93

"This week we cover security updates for NTP, Brotli, Spice, the Linux kernel (including BleedingTooth) and a FreeType vulnerability which is being exploited in-the-wild, plus we talk about the NSAs report into the most exploited vulnerabilities as well as the release of Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E31 – Cheers with water

"This week we’ve been upgrading computers and Ebaying stuff. We discuss the Windows Calculator coming to Linux, Microsoft Edge browser coming to Linux, Ubuntu Community Council elections and LibreOffice office getting Yaru icons. We also round up our picks from the general tech news."

Ubuntu Desktop on Raspberry Pi

"Ubuntu Desktop 20.10 sees much-anticipated support for the Raspberry Pi. Download an optimised image that transforms a Raspberry Pi 4 (with 4GB or 8GB of RAM) into a complete Ubuntu workstation. This wouldn’t have been possible without the Ubuntu community, the Raspberry Pi Foundations support and their incredible hardware, and you, the users."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E113 - Cirurgia

"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

  • Kernel Team: Tue, October 27, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, October 27, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, October 29, 3pm – 4pm

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

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, and 20.10

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

Ubuntu 20.10 Updates

End Of Life: July 2021


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