Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 674 for the week of March 7 - 13, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) begins April 30 2021
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • New installer design
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • First Look at Ubuntu’s New Desktop Installer
  • 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

Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) begins April 30 2021

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak reminds us of the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which will soon reach the the end of it's five year standard support period and transition to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM). WIth a reminder to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS before April 30, we are also told briefly of the Extended Security Maintenance option if we need to continue using Ubuntu 16.04. Supporting links for upgrade processes are provided.

Welcome New Members and Developers

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Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136661 (+32)
  • Critical: 347 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 67990 (-10)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.82% (39504/1747)
  • German: 86.48% (43838/293)
  • French: 81.14% (61131/6628)
  • Spanish: 80.64% (62776/3779)
  • Swedish: 75.49% (79449/873)

Hot in Support

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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

New installer design

Sebastien Bacher advises that the new desktop installer design is available, providing us with a link to have a look. We are told tickets have been created allowing for discussion on any suggestions or community comments that people have.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

First Look at Ubuntu’s New Desktop Installer

Marius Nestor reminds us it was only recently a new installer for Ubuntu Desktop was announced, and now we can actually have a look at what it may look like. Referring to Sebastien Bacher's new design we can see it as "web-based pages". With a description of how it is mostly similar to the current installer, we are also told of new pages and options we can select. We should see the new installer as a "technical preview" in Ubuntu 21.10.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 107

"This week we check on the status of the pending GRUB2 Secure Boot updates and detail some open positions within the team, plus we look at security updates for GLib, zstd, Go, Git and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E01 – Navy Chefs Remit

"This week we’ve become an Ubuntu Member and got a new job. We discuss Flutter as the future for Ubuntu app development, the new Ubuntu installer, Ubuntu MATE adopting Yaru, a new GTK Spotify client and Proton (not that one) for Firefox. We also round up some events and our favourite picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 133 - A culpa é do DNS

"Todos os caminhos vão dar ao DNS, seja para tracking, ou para censura a culpa é efectivamente sempre do DNS! Conseguimos ainda passar os olhos, e a voz, pela famosa ferramenta ssllabs, Mint (sim, pasmem-se!) um um pouco de Ubuntu Mate."

Linux Action News 179

Linux Action News 179 "Canonical reveals long-term Ubuntu plans that you might have missed, and the "double ungood" warning from Linus this week."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, March 16, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, March 17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, March 17, 11pm – Thu, March 18, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, March 18, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu 21.04 UI Freeze - Thursday, Mar 18, 2021

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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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