Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 663 for the week of December 20 - 26, 2020.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Snap Tips
  • My 'Must-Have' GNOME Extensions
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • 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: 135735 (+96)
  • Critical: 342 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 67243 (+97)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.93% (38980/581)
  • German: 86.33% (44133/30)
  • French: 81.35% (60224/6360)
  • Spanish: 80.99% (61398/3703)
  • Swedish: 74.57% (82128/916)

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

Snap Tips

Alan Pope provides us with various tips useful for snap & snapd. Alan notes this is kind of a bunch of random snap commands found in complete detail in the snapcraft documentation (link provided). Alan provides numerous examples, including a link to his GitHub for pull-requests & issues should we have any.

My 'Must-Have' GNOME Extensions

Alan Pope relates for us the extensions he has added to his Ubuntu 20.10 GNOME Shell to supplement the default. Here he details: Sound Switcher Indicator, Snap Manager, Hue Lights, and CPU Power Manager. Alan notes "GNOME Shell on Ubuntu is a super productive environment ... it’s possible to customise the environment to your needs". Alan invites others to blog about their favorite extensions in hopes of propagating knowledge about GNOME extensions and features.

Other Community News

Xfce 4.16 released

The Xfce development team announces the release of Xfce 4.16. A big step for the team was the migration to Gitlab, which should make it easier for new contributors. Additional CI pipelines, a new Xfce visual identity, the dropping of GTK2 support code, along with many other improvements are listed, including links for those who need more info. ;

Media coverage:

  • Xfce 4.16 Released With Numerous Improvements To This Lightweight GTK3 Desktop -

  • Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Officially Released, This Is What’s New -

  • Xfce 4.16 Released with New Features & Visual Changes -

Canonical News

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E40 – Ravens

"This week we have been fixing network and audio noise and playing Hotshot Racing. We look back and celebrate the good things that happened in 2020, bring you some GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 122 - Feliz Natal

"Ho ho ho! 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."

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 28, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, December 29, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, December 29, 8pm – 9pm
  • Community Council: Wed, December 30, 11pm – Thu, December 31, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 31, 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

No activity this period.

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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