Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 656 for the week of November 1 - 7, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Membership Boards Call for Nominations
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubucon Asia 2021 - Looking for organizers

  • Hirsute Hippo Draft Release Notes
  • Restaffing
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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 Membership Boards Call for Nominations

Providing a brief reminder of what Ubuntu Membership shows, the Community Council is seeking nominations for the Membership Boards, which review and evaluate potential Ubuntu members. Details of what is required of applicants, and how to nominate are given.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Ubuntu Core Developers: oSoMon and sergiod -

Ubuntu Member: philroche -

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135192 (+192)
  • Critical: 343 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 66829 (+101)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.49% (36753/532)
  • German: 87.07% (41302/25)
  • Spanish: 82.07% (57264/3735)
  • French: 81.59% (58778/6892)
  • Swedish: 75.11% (79479/902)

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

Ubucon Asia 2021 - Looking for organizers

Youngbin Han of the Ubuntu Korean LoCo is trying to organize a virtual conference with other LoCos in the Asia region, and is seeking help to organize UbuCon Asia 2021. Youngbin has provided some details, and associates need not be from the Asian region to help.

Hirsute Hippo Draft Release Notes

Iain Laney has provided a template of what will become the Ubuntu 20.10 (currently Hirsute Hippo) release. More detail will be provided as it is known.


Martin Wimpress reminds us that all positions in Ubuntu Governance Body (Council or Board) have a defined role and term (with one noted exception). This document provides details on the nomination, appointment, confirmation, announcements, and other steps that must be followed and applied during the related term.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

LXQt 0.16.0 Desktop Environment Released with Three New Themes, Many Improvements

Marius Nestor alerts us to the release of LXQt 0.16.0 with many fixes and improvements. Included are new themes, notifications, plus better support for Bluetooth audio devices. Numerous other new features are mentioned, with links provided.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Released with Better Support for Volla Phone, More Android 9 Devices

Marius Nestor tells us that UBports have released the Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 for Linux smartphones and tablets. It improves support for Android 9 devices especially the shipping-soon Volla Phone. Listing many of the improvements in this release, he tells us we should be able to update to it in the coming days by following provided instruction if we have a supported device. Links are provided.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 95

"This week we look at vulnerabilities in Samba, GDM, AccountsService, GOsa and more, plus we cover some AppArmor related Ubuntu Security community updates as well."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E33 – New shoes on the table

"This week we’ve been hacking Steam controllers and making fast home directories. We round up the Ubuntu community news, discuss the 21.04 codename, Raspberry Pi images for Ubuntu MATE, Trisquel 9.0, snap speed improvements and turn our lights on and off from GNOME Shell. We also round up some news from the rest of the tech world."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E115 - Amanhecer

"Chegámos a Novembro, muito animados que o final de 2020 está cada vez mais próximo e temos esperança que o upgrade para 2021 venha corrigir parte dos bugs desta versão que claramente saiu torta… Aqui fica mais um episódio no vosso podcast preferido."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Loco Council: Mon, November 9, 8pm – 9pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, November 10, 5pm – 6pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, November 10, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, November 10, 2:30pm – 3:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 12, 4pm – 5pm

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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