Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 670 for the week of February 7 - 13, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu hotfix released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mir 2.3.2 Release
  • security things in Linux v5.8
  • 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

Ubuntu hotfix released

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak outlines a regression discovered shortly after the release of Ubuntu 20.04.2 which left installs without a kernel; thus unable to boot. This caused the release team to re-issue images of 20.04.2 with a corrected installer. We are told this includes most flavors, with links provided for downloads.

Media attention:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136251 (+150)
  • Critical: 343 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 67759 (+131)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.88% (39183/1027)
  • German: 86.35% (44132/80)
  • French: 81.34% (60315/6328)
  • Spanish: 80.81% (62026/3610)
  • Swedish: 75.54% (79060/500)

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 Hub

Mir 2.3.2 Release

Alan Griffiths announces the release of Mir 2.3.2, providing links to the PPAs and source tarball. We are given a brief summary of the changes, plus ABI summary, and list of enhancements and bugs fixed.

Media attention:

The Planet

security things in Linux v5.8

Kees Cook reminds us the 5.8 kernel was released in August 2020, and then provides a glimpse of various "security things" that grabbed his attention.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Xfce’s Apps Updates for January 2021 Brings Improvements to Mousepad, Thunar, and More

Marius Nestor writes about the Xfce Apps updates for January 2021. Highlighting some of the features found in Xfce 4.16, we are told of many of the improvements found in the various apps. We are provided screenshots highlighting some improvements, and links are provided should we need to learn more.

Ubuntu Backports a Major App Update to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Joey Sneddon tells us that Thunderbird 68 is no longer supported upstream, thus, because it's more work to backport all security fixes to it, the Ubuntu developers have opted to replace it with Thunderbird 78, quoting Canonical's Oliver Tilloy. Joey notes the Ubuntu warning that this may cause disruption for some users due to changes outlined in the post.

The Work Ahead For Ubuntu 21.04 To Switch To Wayland By Default

Michael Larabel reminds us that "Ubuntu 21.04 is aiming to use Wayland by default for non-NVIDIA systems" though more work is yet to be done. Ubuntu developers have made their 'workboard' public allowing us all to get a great view of this work. Michael walks us through many of the items on that workboard. Supporting links to "Wayland-by-default" are provided, as well as for the Trello workboard.

RADV+ACO Look To Your Help For Improving The Vulkan Driver & Linux Gaming Performance

Timur Kristóf, a Linux open-source graphics driver developer, apprises us of the work on AMD's RADV and ACO . As testing time is limited, a call has been made for users to help test, and submit feedback on any found glitch or bug. The link to Mesa bug tracker is provided.

Canonical Patches Kernel Security Vulnerability in Ubuntu 20.10 and 20.04 LTS, Update Now

Marius Nestor reports on the vulnerability (CVE-2021-26708) that affects the 5.8 kernel. Ubuntu 20.04 and 20.10 users are urged to update their installs to the latest kernels as soon as possible.

KDE Frameworks 5.79 Released with More Dolphin Improvements, over 300 Changes

Marius Nestor gives us details on what’s fixed, changed, the added supports, and the updated apps in this lengthy monthly update. A link to the full changelog is provided for more details. We are encouraged to update to the KDE Frameworks 5.79.0 packages as soon as they become available in the software repositories.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 103

"This week we take a deep dive look at 2 recent vulnerabilities in the popular application containerisation frameworks, snapd and flatpak, plus we cover security updates for MiniDLNA, PHP-PEAR, the Linux kernel and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 129 - Soltem a Hidra

"Navegando pela actualidade analisámos a recente da Canonical de Martin Wimpress, revisitámos o snap cointop sem deixar de fora o acontecimento do ano do passado fim-de-semana, a FOSDEM."

Linux Action News 175

“The story behind a Microsoft repo shipping in Raspberry Pi OS, Canonical updates a special version of Ubuntu, and a couple of milestones the Linux world hit this week.”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, February 16, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, February 17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, February 17, 11pm – Thu, February 18, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, February 18, 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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