Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 661 for the week of December 6 - 12, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS moving to Extended Security Maintenance
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135528 (+59)
  • Critical: 342 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 67109 (+67)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (38895/525)
  • German: 86.34% (44101/26)
  • French: 81.37% (60143/6359)
  • Spanish: 80.99% (61349/3578)
  • Swedish: 74.58% (82063/791)

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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The Hub

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS moving to Extended Security Maintenance

Peter Mahnke reminds us that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will soon transition to Ubuntu 16.04 ESM, the extended security maintenance. To aid in the transition a webinar is provided to explain the move and as a guide to key considerations.

Canonical News

In the Press

What's in HP's sack? Pre-built Ubuntu machines for the little data scientists in your life

Matthew Hughes discloses HP's offering of a selection of machines preloaded with a customized Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Directed toward data scientists and analysts - the stack provides "out-of-the-box GPU support, as well as a smorgasbord of pre-installed libraries, developer tools, and native support for the three major cloud platforms – AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure". Matthew concludes that the machines are a comprehensive out-of-the-box development environment. He gives brief histories of other vendors supports for comparison to HP's focus on scientific users' needs.

Additional noteworthy coverage:

In the Blogosphere

HP’s Linux Imaging and Printing Drivers Now Support Ubuntu 20.10 and Debian 10.6

Marius Nestor tells us the HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) drivers have been updated to version 3.20.11; which includes support for Ubuntu 20.10. The importance of this release is it fixes one USB printing issue, but Marius notes some issues still remain. Details and links are provided.

Proton 5.13-3 Released For Powering Steam Play With DXVK 1.7.3 + Fixes

Michael Larabel reports the release of Proton 5.13-3 for Valve's Steam Play. This release, in addition to pulling in DXVK 1.7.3, has many game fixes, improvements, updates, and additions.

KDE Applications 20.12 Arrives as a Major Update with Many New Features

Marius Nestor alerts us to the release of KDE Applications 20.12 and the new KDE Itinerary app. We are told how this new app may help us in our lives with public transport, hotel and event bookings. Also provided are other improvements found in this release, with many described, plus bug fixes and a link to the full changelog.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 100

"For the last episode of 2020, we look back at the most “popular” packages on this podcast for this year as well as the biggest vulnerabilities from 2020, plus a BootHole presentation at Ubuntu Masters as well as vulnerability fixes from the past week too."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E38 – Giving yellow flowers

"This week we’ve been playing with OpenMW and Raspberry Pi 400. We discuss cloud gaming, bring you some GUI love and respond to all your feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 120 - Atlas Cósmico

"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, December 14, 3pm – 4pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, December 14, 8pm – 9pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 15, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, December 15, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, December 16, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, December 16, 11pm – Thu, December 17, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 17, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, December 17, 5pm – 6pm

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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