Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 662 for the week of December 13 - 19, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Technical Board elections in progress
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir in 2020
  • Spotify on the Raspberry Pi 400
  • Lubuntu Hirsute Hippo 21.04 Artwork Contest
  • Straightforward Linux Backups with rsnapshot
  • Other Community News
  • 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

Technical Board elections in progress

José Antonio Rey advises that the Technical Board elections will close in a week. If you, as a member of the ~ubuntu-dev team, have not received an email to vote please advise Jose directly.

Welcome New Members and Developers

* Ubuntu Core Developer: Lukas Märdian (slyon) -

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135639 (+111)
  • Critical: 342 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 67146 (+37)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.93% (38981/572)
  • German: 86.32% (44168/30)
  • French: 81.35% (60222/6337)
  • Spanish: 80.97% (61443/3645)
  • Swedish: 74.56% (82142/911)

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 event is 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

Mir in 2020

Alan Griffiths provides his annual review of Mir progress in 2020. Reminding us of the graphics restructure, we are given some highlights of Mir on the desktop, before Mir on phones & tablets. A list of the various achievements are provided during the year, with links should we need more details.

The Planet

Spotify on the Raspberry Pi 400

Alan Pope writes about his experiences with a new Raspberry Pi 400. This includes a purchased audio adapter and its discovered flaws when used with the Pi along with possible mitigations. Finally Alan moves to ncspot; a Spotify client Alan snaps, he used the Pi 400 to test. Many screenshots are provided.

Lubuntu Hirsute Hippo 21.04 Artwork Contest

Dan Simmons on behalf of the Lubuntu Team announces the Hirsute Hippo artwork competition. Where they are seeking images for the default and included wallpapers, plus the greeter/login screen for the upcoming Lubuntu 21.04 release. Requirements for submissions are provided with necessary links to submit your artwork.

Straightforward Linux Backups with rsnapshot

Alan Pope writes about the need of backups. Using his own needs as an example, Alan outlines how he uses rsnapshot as well as what's good about it. This post is mostly a howto with examples.

Other Community News

Kubuntu Rocks Titan technology YouTuber Chris Titus

Rick Timmis reminds us the Kubuntu team collaborated with MindShare Management Ltd to bring a Kubuntu dedicated laptop to market. We are told Chris Titus, a youtuber, who was reviewing the product, was that impressed he kept the Kubuntu Focus M2 as his daily driver. Providing many quotes from Chris' review, both of the product itself, but also on the support team at MindShare Management Ltd, we are of course given the embedded youtube video review.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Releases New Ubuntu Kernel Updates to Fix Data Corruption Bug

Marius Nestor alerts us to updated Ubuntu kernels released by Canonical, fixing a regression which could have led to data corruption. With links to the Ubuntu security notice, we are told to update our Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems, with details of the correctly patched kernels.

UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 Released With New Device Support

Michael Larabel updates us on UBports achievements with Ubuntu Touch, which includes the latest OTA-15 release. Included is a list of the devices supported, and improved features found in OTA-15. We are told of progress in moving the base from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and of the transition from Qt 5.9 to Qt 5.12, with link to for more details.

KDE’s Plasma Mobile UI Is Now Faster and Less Resource-Intensive

Marius Nestor reports on the last major update of KDE's Plasma Mobile for the year which Marius considers "gorgeous". Providing some details as to improvements included, we are given a link for more details.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E39 – Walking backwards

"This week we’ve been playing Cyberpunk 2077 and applying for Ubuntu Membership. We round up the goings on in the Ubuntu community and also bring you our favourite news picks from the wider tech world."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 121 - Internet points

"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

  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 22, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 24, 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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