Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 672 for the week of February 21 - 27, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Improvements to the point-release release process - stricter processes for fixes
  • Hirsute Hippo (to be 21.04) Feature Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • A Tale of Two Updates
  • Other Community News
  • 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

Improvements to the point-release release process - stricter processes for fixes

Łukasz Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team, writes about the work on improving quality of the LTS point-releases. For 20.04.3 and later, a safer approach will be implemented. Łukasz outlines changes and notifies SRU procedures will be followed for release blockers, even if they cause the point-release to be delayed. The emphasis is on maintaining quality standards. Numerous minor changes are mentioned, with a note for the need of as much testing as early as possible.

Hirsute Hippo (to be 21.04) Feature Freeze

Brain Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu release team announces that Hirsute Hippo is now in feature freeze. With a few reminders of what feature freeze means, we are told the focus now should be on bug fixing.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136520 (+165)
  • Critical: 344 (+4)
  • Unconfirmed: 67954 (+71)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.68% (39941/1043)
  • German: 86.47% (43861/297)
  • French: 81.12% (61201/6261)
  • Spanish: 80.64% (62767/3641)
  • Swedish: 75.41% (79737/416)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Planet

A Tale of Two Updates

Alan Pope writes about the update decisions of OS vendors attempting to provide a secure workstation for their users. Alan describes how Ubuntu Desktop "nudges" its users towards updating, including the 'whoopsie' tool for crash reporting, and how this allows developers to improve Ubuntu. We are then walked through update-notifier and unattended-upgrades. He relates an experience with an issue that occurred, including the fix and noticed results. We are also requested to stop disabling crash reports.

Other Community News

Xubuntu 21.04 Progress Update

Sean Davis reminds us Feature Freeze has been reached for the Ubuntu 21.04 release and the focus is now on testing and bug fixing. Sean now moves to what we'll see in Xubuntu 21.04: starting with Xfce 4.16, ayatana indicators, new package additions, and more. An update on the Xubuntu documentation is provided, along with a call out for help with the Xubuntu documentation project, especially if you're familiar with docbook. Many screendumps are provided, with links should you wish to 'get involved'.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Released New Ubuntu Kernel Security Update to Fix over 20 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor alerts us that Canonical have published security updates that fix up to 20 vulnerabilities. Listing the CVEs involved, plus releases impacted, we are also reminded to update our systems as soon as possible.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 105

"This week we discuss security updates in Linux Mint, Google funding Linux kernel security development and details for security updates in BIND, OpenSSL, Jackson, OpenLDAP and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 131 - Superstição

"Conversámos sobre navegadores de Internet, em snaps ou não, bem como upgrades de nuvens e servidores de conversa. Demos também carinho e atenção a algumas dicas e conversas vindas directamente da comunidade sendo o youtube-dl do assunto do momento."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 2, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Community Council: Wed, March 3, 11pm – Thu, March 4, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 4, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, March 4, 10pm – 11pm

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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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