Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 671 for the week of February 14 - 20, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Don't Use Proposed
  • All Ahead Stop
  • APT 2.2 released
  • Season Fourteen
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136355 (+104)
  • Critical: 340 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 67883 (+124)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.87% (39229/1080)
  • German: 86.50% (43634/277)
  • French: 81.38% (60199/6302)
  • Spanish: 80.83% (61961/3639)
  • Swedish: 75.55% (79046/540)

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

Don't Use Proposed

Alan Pope writes after being 'bit' by packages from the proposed repository. Alan provides a brief explanation of the various repositories Ubuntu has, including the "dangerzone" as Alan calls the proposed repository. Brief mention is made of the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates process, and how updated packages enter the Ubuntu repositories. We are then told why Alan wanted to use proposed (to use the 5.10 kernel) and a note to himself to be more careful next time.

All Ahead Stop

Alan Pope writes that the Ubuntu archive for hirsute "has been temporarily frozen". Mentioning a "knarly bug" that is causing them to build in a broken state. Alan then steps back in the story, to tell us certain events that made him aware of an issue which led to a bug being raised, and then debugging by Canonical's Kai-Heng Feng and friend Andrew Hayzen. This led to fixes for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS & Ubuntu 20.10. Linking back to the prior ('Don't use proposed') article, Alan reports problems appearing after installing proposed updates, and then walks us through the events that lead to another problem being discovered, and again ends a blog post with "Don't use proposed". Many links are provided.

APT 2.2 released

Julian Andres Klode looks at the changes found in Apt 2.2, used by Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu hirsute and Debian testing/sid. We are first given a list of new features, some behavioral changes, a couple of performance improvements, a list of bug fixes, some security fixes, and finally a list of depreciations.

Season Fourteen

Alan Pope writes that it was nearly thirteen years ago that a few members of the Ubuntu UK LoCo team released S01E01 of the Ubuntu UK Podcast. This continued for 187 episodes over seven years before being re-branded as the Ubuntu Podcast, which went for a further 251 episodes over six years. We are reminded of what occurs each year with the curry (virtual this year), and are told the great news that they'll be back next month with Season Fourteen.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 21.04 to Use Dark GNOME Shell Theme By Default?

Joey Sneddon writes that "plans are afoot to make Ubuntu 21.04 use a dark theme by default". Joey discusses the recent releases that provided three options, but because it impacted two settings, the effect wasn't quite what users expected. Briefly outlining the change, with an added graphic (with slider) to help you understand what Joey is describing, we are told that as Ubuntu 21.04 is still in development, things may still change.

Have You Found GNOME Desktop’s Hidden Easter Egg?

Joey Sneddon asks us if we're aware "that the GNOME desktop comes with a hidden easter egg?". Joey tells us he discovered via Reddit that a "neat novelty" is found in recent releases of Ubuntu desktop, and is, in his opinion, the "Greatest of All Time" featuring GNOME's GEGL mascot.

Ubuntu 21.04 Is Now Powered by Linux 5.10 LTS, Wayland Enabled by Default

Marius Nestor reports on the updates for the forthcoming release. The Ubuntu Kernel Team, after proper testing, has decided to go with the 5.10 LTS kernel rather than a newer - perhaps unstable - kernel. Additionally, the Wayland session will be the default, though the traditional Xorg session remains available. Furthermore release 21.04 will "ship with the GNOME 3.38 desktop environment and Python 3.9 by default, as well as many up-to-date core components including GNU C Library 2.33, GCC 10.2.1, and LLVM 12".

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 104

"This week we take a look at a long-awaited update of Thunderbird in Ubuntu 20.04LTS, plus security updates for Open vSwitch, JUnit 4, PostSRSd, GNOME Autoar and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 130 - FOSDEM 2021

"Revisitando o Hacktoberfest voltámos a olhar para o projecto Onde é que pára a Cultura, do Interruptor, olhando para suas as últimas movimentações. Reflectimos ainda sobre a FOSDEM 2021, nesta edição em moldes totalmente distintos do habitual, mas sempre com elevando interesse e relevância."

Late Night Linux: Episode 112

"Internet outrage about Raspberry Pi OS and Ubuntu on Azure, slightly new LibreOffice branding, when software freedom is a matter of life and death and more in the news, plus the usual Kool Kapers in KDE Korner."

Linux Action News 176

"Microsoft and Ubuntu's relationship is under a new spotlight this week. Plus our rundown of the feature-packed 5.11 release, a Fuchsia surprise, exciting hardware news, and more."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, February 22, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, February 23, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, February 23, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, February 25, 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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