Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 666 for the week of January 10 - 16, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Find new ways
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • UbuconAsia 2021 Virtual

  • LoCo Events

  • Phased updates in APT in 21.04
  • OpenUK Honours
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  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud 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

Find new ways

Torsten Franz writes about the Ubuntu Community Council's need to look at the Local Community (LoCo) project. After a brief history, we are quickly led to the need and creation of the Local Communities Research Committee (LCRC). All Ubuntu members who are interested in contributing to this are encouraged to express that interest by applying via email.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Member of MOTU: Erich Eickmeyer -

Member of the Server Dev Team: Paride Legovini -

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135778 (+23)
  • Critical: 340 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 67421 (+35)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.97% (38860/268)
  • German: 86.31% (44209/96)
  • French: 81.36% (60192/6445)
  • Spanish: 80.93% (61583/3724)
  • Swedish: 74.75% (81542/585)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

UbuconAsia 2021 Virtual

Youngbin Han opens with a list of open source community conferences held in the Asia region, noting they don't include a UbuCon Asia. Youngbin outlines how he'd like to change that through a virtual conference. Outlining some of the existing issues to be overcome, a request for more help is made; the event is planned for Q3 or Q4 of 2021. Details needed, including how to apply are provided.

(ongoing discussion):

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

Phased updates in APT in 21.04

Julian Andres Klode tells us that apt now has phased updates starting with Apt 2.1.16. With some brief details of implementation, we are given details on how to control these phased updates, which includes tools like aptitude or packagekit that use the APT library. Some special notes are mentioned, which include restrictions that avoid breakage, which will likely change in the future.

Media attention:

The Planet

OpenUK Honours

Stuart Langridge tells us he was awarded a medal in the OpenUK Honours list for 2021. Stuart also lists many others who received the same medal.. He mentions a discussion with Alan Pope, about an app idea, that very quickly became an app available for any who want it, and how this shows why he loves open source. Stuart then moves to problems in the open source community, especially those he would like to change. before ending with a thanks to OpenUK.


Alan Pope writes about some of his memorable examples of bugs discovered in his testing software over the years. Through "holding down keys, clicking on the wrong things, and naming things stupidly", Alan is contributing so we all have better software products.

Other Community News

Announcing the Ubuntu Metrics project, and calling for collaborators

Iain Lane tells us about a new project that is now ready for new collaborators. With links so we can see the end results and the code that makes it work, we are told it uses Grafana and InfluxDB to track metrics about work done. It can still be developed a lot more, thus Iain seeks additional Ubuntu Developers to help with the burden of development, and review (at least initially), so get in touch (especially if you're a "Grafana wizard"). Iain ends with a thanks to Canonical IS.

Ubuntu Cloud News

In the Blogosphere

Wine 6.0 Released With A Plethora Of Improvements For Windows Software On Linux

Michael Larabel, in reporting the release of Wine 6.0 stable, highlights changes and additions that include: new implementations, alternatives, added supports, redesign of the text console, as well as enhancements to the developer tooling. More of the details on this big release is on the linked page.

Proton 5.13-5 Now Available With Cyberpunk 2077 Fixes, Microsoft Flight Simulator VR

Michael Larabel reports on the release of Valve's Proton 5.13-5. Notable is that there is now virtual reality API support for Flight Simulator for those with AMD graphics hardware. Also, fixes for sound relating to Cyberpunk 2077. There are updates to VKD3D-Proton, online play for Red Dead Online and more fixes. A link to GitHub is provided for detail and for the source download. Michael concludes with a look ahead at what is queuing in Proton Experimental, maybe re-basing the code-base.

Another Linux Kernel Vulnerability Was Patched in All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Marius Nestor apprises us of the recent Linux kernel vulnerability (CVE-2020-28374). Affecting all supported releases, we are urged to update installations, following the given procedure.

LibreOffice 7.1 Release Candidate Ready for Testing Ahead of Final Release in Early February

Marius Nestor relays the call for public testing of LibreOffice 7.1's Release Candidate. Marius provides some of the new features, style changes, improvements, new options, added supports, and other improvements. The target for release is the first week of February 2021, having seven point releases and will be supported until November 30, 2021.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 125 - Feijoada acidente

"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, January 19, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, January 20, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, January 20, 11pm – Thu, January 21, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 21, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Thu, January 21, 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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