Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 659 for the week of November 22 - 28, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • My first month at the Ubuntu Community Council
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open:135374 (+68)

  • Critical: 343 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 66972 (-28)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (38889/533)
  • German: 86.31% (44171/76)
  • French: 81.38% (60073/6581)
  • Spanish: 80.97% (61393/3577)
  • Swedish: 74.51% (82246/786)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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

My first month at the Ubuntu Community Council

Torsten Franz gives us his insights into what he has experienced in the Ubuntu Community Council during his first month. We are given links to the first two meetings, and told of the work in trying to fill the Local Community (LoCo) Council, yet failing because of lack of applicants. The Ubuntu Membership Board is discussed, along with its extension and seeking of new members. Finally we are invited to get involved in discussions, and given links where we can do so.

Other Community News

Kubuntu is not Free, it is Free

Rick Timmis writes about the 'free', as found in free software, and the connotations it can have in the perception of users. Many different people with passion, enthusiasm, joy, and love help build KDE, and keep making it better. Kubuntu is a general purpose OS, and whilst some competitors' OSes delve into a users privacy, Kubuntu does not. Kubuntu users are "free from intrusion, profiling, targeting, and marketing".

Canonical News

In the Press

Hands-On: Adventures with Ubuntu Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4

J.A. Watson in a detailed post, records his findings of loading and running both Ubuntu Desktop, and Ubuntu-MATE Desktop on the raspberry pi 4. Starting with the download, write to media, and booting Ubuntu 20.10 on the raspberry pi 4, we are given a detailed look, including screenshots. No matter how much ram your pi has, you're covered as there was testing in a 2GB, 4GB & 8GB pi. Ubuntu-MATE is also covered.

Additional coverage:

In the Blogosphere

Raspberry Pi's V3DV Vulkan Driver Now Supports Wayland

Michael Larabel reminds us that the V3DV driver has not only recently become "Vulkan 1.0 conformant", but that it's now Wayland native, once you're using the Mesa 21.0 stack; which is due out next quarter.

LibreOffice 7.1 Office Suite Enters Beta, Promises a Plethora of Improvements

Marius Nestor reports the availability of the LibreOffice 7.1 suite for beta testing, with the full release due early February 2021. With a plethora of improvements and new features, some of which are mentioned, links are provided so we can have a look, or help test.

TUXEDO Computers Enables Full Linux Support on the Intel-Tong``Fang QC7 Gaming Laptop

Marius Nestor tells us that Tuxedo Computers have announced full Linux support for the Intel-TongFang QC7 reference gaming laptop. If you don't recognize the maker, many of the known brand names appearing on the laptops are provided, with a link for downloading the created software. The link assumes you're using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as comes with the Tuxedo Computers' QC7 laptop.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 98

"This week we look at updates for c-ares, PulseAudio, phpMyAdmin and more, plus we cover security news from the Ubuntu community including planning for 16.04 LTS to transition to ESM, libgcrypt FIPS cerified for 18.04 LTS and a proposal for making home directories more secure for upcoming Ubuntu releases as well."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E36 – Singing at the dinner table

"This week we have been playing DRAG. We discuss what we’ve been doing during lock down, bring you an extension of love, go over all your wonderful feedback and take a trip to ThinkPad corner."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E118 - Passeio

"Tornamos histórias enfadonhas em aventuras fantásticas, acontecimentos cinzentos em verdadeiros contos de fadas, ou então falamos só sobre Ubuntu e outras cenas… Aqui fica mais um episódio no vosso podcast preferido."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, November 30, 7pm – 8pm
  • Kernel Team: Tue, December 1, 5pm – 6pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 1, 2:30pm – 3:30pm (per IRC advisory)
  • Technical Board: Tue, December 1, 8pm – 9pm
  • Community Council: Wed, December 2, 11pm – Thu, December 3, 12am
  • Ubuntu Translations: Thu, December 3, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 3, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, December 3, 10pm – 11pm

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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