Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 678 for the week of April 4 - 10, 2021.

In this Issue

  • IRC Council Call for Nominations (2021)
  • Hirsute Hippo (21.04) kernel freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • security things in Linux v5.9
  • 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

IRC Council Call for Nominations (2021)

rww notifies us that only 3 nominations have been received for the 5 open seats on the IRC Council, thus a further two weeks has been granted for nominations. With an updated schedule provided, we are given links and details of what is required to nominate, with the new closing date of 19 April.

Hirsute Hippo (21.04) kernel freeze

Seth Forshee alerts us to the passing of kernel freeze on Ubuntu 21.04 (hirsute hippo), with SRU now required for any fixes, and a reminder they'll likely now occur as a post-release update.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136949 (+58)
  • Critical: 353 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 68199 (-28)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.85% (39389/1630)
  • German: 86.58% (43527/12)
  • French: 81.18% (61040/6635)
  • Spanish: 80.68% (62652/3809)
  • Swedish: 75.97% (77923/476)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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 Planet

security things in Linux v5.9

Kees Cook writes about selected "security things" he "found interesting".

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Now Maintaining Their Own Set of Patches For Qt 5

Michael Larabel reminds us of the sticky position the open-source Linux community has been in since the Qt company moved to commercial-only for Qt 5.15 LTS, which has caused the KDE project to announce they are maintaining their own collection of Qt 5.15 patches. It is noted this isn't a fork, but instead a set of patches that can be applied on Qt5 until KDE has completed its move to Qt6. Links to the announcement, wiki and git repository are provided.

Have You Noticed These Design Tweaks in Ubuntu 21.04?

Joey Sneddon examines many of the changes found in Ubuntu 21.04; many of which are not obvious. Starting with the move to Wayland (which is hardware dependent), the Yaru theme changes, and more; the changes are emphasised via the use of screenshots.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 111

"This week we look at how Ubuntu is faring at Pwn2Own 2021 (which still has 1 day and 2 more attempts at pwning Ubuntu 20.10 to go) plus we look at security updates for SpamAssassin, the Linux kernel, Rack and Django, and we cover some open positions on the Ubuntu Security team too.”

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E05 – Newspaper Scoop Carrots

"This week we’ve been spring cleaning and being silly on Twitter. We round up the news from the Ubuntu community and discuss our favourite stories from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 137 - Cura

"Num exercício de reavaliação sobre se se altera ou não o nome deste podcast para Streaming, vinho tinto, cerveja e outras cenas ou se mantemos, demos uma volta pelos assuntos mundanos que assolam os vossos anfitriões preferidos."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 13, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Ubuntu Women: Tue, April 13, 6pm – 7pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 15, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu 21.04 Release Candidate - Thursday, Apr 15, 2021

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


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