Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 665 for the week of January 3 - 9, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Call for nominations for the Local Communities Council
  • Call for Nomination: Local Communities Research Committee
  • First Hirsute Hippo test rebuild (and GCC related test rebuilds)
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • My GNOME Tweaks
  • 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

Call for nominations for the Local Communities Council

Walter Lapchynski (wxl) writes to update the activity of the Community Council to revitalize our LoCo communities project. As a result of insufficient nominations a Local Communities Research Committee is to be formed.

Call for Nomination: Local Communities Research Committee

Further to Walter's post, Torsten Franz puts out the call for nominations to join the Local Communities Research Committee. Details are provided, with the closing date being 23 January 2021.

  • Further information:

Matthias Klose reminds us the first test "rebuild of the Hirsute Hippo was started December 20, 2020 for all architectures" with that build now almost finished. We are provided results, with a request to please help fix any remaining build failures.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135755 (-85)
  • Critical: 341 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 67386 (+42)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.93% (38970/581)
  • German: 86.33% (44132/66)
  • French: 81.36% (60190/6362)
  • Spanish: 80.97% (61450/3672)
  • Swedish: 74.76% (81488/914)

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 Planet

My GNOME Tweaks

Alan Pope writes about GNOME Shell and furthers a prior post; this time with further tweaks beyond extensions (covered last post). Providing us with specifics as to his setup, Alan tells us of his favorite (dark) theme and some settings, plus he relates some tweaks that supplement and enhance his work flow.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Here’s the New Wallpaper for KDE Plasma 5.2

Joey Sneddon reveals to us the wallpaper the KDE team plan to ship with KDE Plasma 5.21. Titled 'Milky Way' it was uploaded via Git commit, with various details provided, including how to download and use it today (even if you're not using KDE).

New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Updates Fix 14 Vulnerabilities, Patch Now

Marius Nestor alerts us to updated kernel patches for supported releases of Ubuntu. We are provided with the CVEs, which releases are impacted by them with the related patches. All users of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS & Ubuntu 20.10 are advised to patch (update) their systems as soon as possible, and reboot.

NVIDIA 460.32.03 Linux Driver Released With Official Vulkan Ray-Tracing

Michael Larabel tells us NVIDIA has released the 460.32.03 Linux graphics driver, which is now stable. A list of features, fixes, and added supports are provided, with a link to for download.

KDE’s First Apps Update in 2021 Brings NeoChat, Better Integration of Remote Files

Marius Nestor writes about the KDE project's recent announcement of KDE Applications 20.12.1, "which brings a plethora of changes" and improvements. A number of updates are highlighted, including NeoChat (with pictures) with a link to a full changelog should we need more.

AMDVLK 2021.Q1.1 Brings Switchable Graphics Layer, RDNA 2 Tuning

Michael Larabel reports on AMDVLK 2021.Q1.1 being out, noting it's an exciting update. Michael highlights a number of recently reported features found within, he additionally notes that it's easy to switch between Vulkan drivers. He provides a link to GitHub for download of the source or binaries.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 124 - Especial 2021

"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, January 11, 3pm – 4pm
  • Loco Council: Mon, January 11, 8pm – 9pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 12, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, January 12, 6pm – 7pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 12, 8pm – 9pm
  • Community Council: Wed, January 13, 11pm – Thu, January 14, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 14, 4pm – 5pm

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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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