Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 660 for the week of November 29 - December 5, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Announcing the results of the Ubuntu Membership Board elections
  • Ubuntu Technical Board Call For Nominations
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • USN-4661-1: Snapcraft vulnerability
  • FOSDEM Community Devroom 2021 CFP
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • 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

Announcing the results of the Ubuntu Membership Board elections

José Antonio Rey on behalf of the Community Council announces the election of Daniel Llewellyn, Dustin Krysak, Billy Quinn, Wild Man, Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman, and Miles Sharp are the new members of the Ubuntu Membership Board. These seats will start on 4th December 2020 and occupy the position for two years.

Ubuntu Technical Board Call For Nominations

José Antonio Rey starts by reminding us what the Ubuntu Technical Board is responsible for, and who makes up that board, how often they sit, and more, along with a link for precise details if required. With the current board expiring, nominations are solicited. If you meet the requirements and would like to submit your name for this board, details on how to make a nomination are provided, with a reminder that nominations close on Friday the 11th of December, 2020.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135469 (+95)
  • Critical: 345 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67042 (+70)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.96% (38870/525)
  • German: 86.35% (44048/28)
  • French: 81.39% (60072/6357)
  • Spanish: 80.98% (61392/3579)
  • Swedish: 74.52% (82248/779)

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

USN-4661-1: Snapcraft vulnerability

Maria Torino provides links to where we can get information on USN-4661-1, provides a brief history of how it was discovered, and how the Snapcraft and Ubuntu Security teams worked together in order to provide the required fix. Snap publishers are encouraged to rebuild their snaps to ensure their snaps don't still contain the vulnerability.

The Planet

FOSDEM Community Devroom 2021 CFP

Laura Czajkowski alerts us to the forthcoming FOSDEM event that is scheduled for 6-7 February, 2021 – online. She provides key dates, suggested topics, and a guide to submit a talk.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

PinePhone KDE Community Edition Is Now Available for Pre-Order from $149.99

Marius Nestor informs us the PinePhone KDE Community Edition Linux smartphone is now available for pre-order. We are reminded how beautiful it looks via embedded video, given specs of the hardware and some of its capabilities. Prices and links are provided.

KDE Plasma 5.20.4 Is Out with More Than 40 Bug Fixes and Improvements

Marius Nestor reports on the release of KDE Plasma 5.20.4. The release contains a great number of fixes which are summarized, along with the link to the full changelog should we require more. The next and final release in the 5.20 series is expected 5th January 2021.

Canonical Releases Major Ubuntu Kernel Updates to Address 14 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor alerts us to 14 security vulnerabilities that were fixed in the recent Ubuntu kernel updates. The CVEs and releases impacted are provided, with the reminder to upgrade our systems as soon as possible, if we haven't already done so.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 Arrives on December 16th with More Improvements for the Volla Phone

Marius Nestor writes that the UBports Foundation have announced the OTA-15 for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system is available for testing. In the reporting of the fixes found in this release we are provided links if we'd like to help testing, and told the final release is expected to occur on 16th December 2021.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 99

"This week we look at security updates for Mutt, Thunderbird, Poppler, QEMU, containerd, Linux kernel & more, plus we discuss the 2020 State of the Octoverse Security Report from Github, Launchpad GPG keyserver migration, a new AppArmor release & some open positions on the team."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E37 – Haircut on Tuesdays

"This week we’ve been live streaming and answering questions on AskUbuntu. We round up the goings on in the Ubuntu community and discuss our favourite picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E119 - Queijo de Cabra

"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

  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, December 8, 6pm – 7pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 8, 2:30pm – 3:30pm (per IRC topic advisory)
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 10, 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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