Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 667 for the week of January 17 - 23, 2021.

In this Issue

  • New times, new solutions
  • Call for Nomination: Local Communities Research Committee
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Staying on GTK3 and GNOME 3.38 this cycle
  • Subiquity 21.01.1 has been released to stable
  • Upgrading Ubuntu
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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

New times, new solutions

Local Communities project: José Antonio Rey recounts the original purpose of the project - and how changes in the social landscape has been a factor in the decline of participation. To address this the Community Council is forming the Local Communities Research Committee to create a new model. Nomination requirements as well as instructions to apply are provided. Jose gives his contact info to answer any questions or to chat.

Call for Nomination: Local Communities Research Committee

Torsten Franz, in his update, advises that additional applications are wanted. The deadline for applications has been extended by two weeks, and will now close Saturday, February 6, 2021 23:59 UTC.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 135828 (+50)
  • Critical: 342 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67491 (+70)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (38908/248)
  • German: 86.30% (44241/70)
  • French: 81.39% (60106/6423)
  • Spanish: 80.92% (61629/3655)
  • Swedish: 74.81% (81366/585)

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 Hub

Staying on GTK3 and GNOME 3.38 this cycle

Sebastien Bacher announces the intention of staying with GTK3 and GNOME 3.38 during the current Ubuntu (hirsute hippo) 21.04 cycle. Sebastien outlines the "moving parts" that helped make the decision for the Ubuntu Desktop team, before indicating the hope that these issues will be resolved for the next i-series release.

Media Attention:

Subiquity 21.01.1 has been released to stable

Michael Hudson Doyle on behalf of the Ubuntu Server team announces the release of Subiquity 21.01.1 to the stable channel; meaning all users installing Ubuntu Server will be offered the upgrade during installation. Outlining the main feature of this change (split in client-server architecture), a link is provided for more details, with thanks to all who have reported bugs and helped test.

The Planet

Upgrading Ubuntu

Alan Pope tells us he tends to run Ubuntu as his primary OS on all his computers, and did so before he was employed by Canonical too, as Alan prefers Ubuntu. In his notes of dalliance with other operating systems and desktops, Alan talks about his "dally" with KDE Neon and issues downloading it at an airport, then installing it on a flight. Alan then gives us his perspectives on upgrade preferences and why his is to use the upgrade tools do-release-upgrade and update-manager. He outlines some of the perils in the upgrade process and why to proceed.

Other Community News

Linux kernel update

Steve Beattie announces the release of new kernels for all supported platforms due to discovered issues in the NVIDIA graphics drivers. Details of USN-4689-3 and update instructions are provided with links to references and package information.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.21 Now In Beta With Much Improved Wayland Support

Michael Larabel tells us KDE Plasma 5.21 is now in beta, and quickly notes it includes good Wayland support before listing additional highlights in the release. The stable release of Plasma 5.21 is expected 16 February 2021.

In Other News

Ubuntu Linux is now running on M1 Macs

Samuel Axon writes that for the first time, Apple Silicon Macs using Apple's M1 chip can now boot and natively run Linux. With a reminder that Apple sued the company Corellium (the company behind this technology), we are given links for more details. In a brief history of what Corellium did we are given the post (link provided) that "includes a tutorial for installing Ubuntu on M1 Macs".

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 126 - Galope

"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 25, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, January 26, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 26, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 28, 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


Get your copy of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter delivered each week to you via email at:

Or follow us via our various social media presences:


You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at:

Further News

As always you can find more Ubuntu news and announcements at:


Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!


The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Krytarik Raido
  • Bashing-om
  • Chris Guiver
  • Wild Man
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at:

Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. More on this at:

Or get involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team! We always need summary writers and editors, if you're interested, learn more at:


This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please check for more information on where to get help.

Except where otherwise noted, this issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License CCL.png

UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue667 (last edited 2021-01-25 21:12:26 by bashing-om)