Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 679 for the week of April 11 - 17, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Hirsute Hippo (21.04) Final Freeze
  • (Re)introducing the Community Team
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Testing xfce components on Wayland
  • Hirsute Hippo Ubuntu-fr t-shirt
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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

Hirsute Hippo (21.04) Final Freeze

Brian Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the final freeze for Hirsute Hippo has been reached, and outlines what this means. We are also alerted for cronjobs that spin daily images have been shutdown, though its possible some more RC images may yet be spun.

(Re)introducing the Community Team

We are reminded the Ubuntu community is a major part of the Ubuntu project, and thus Canonical have a new Community Team with four major goals being

  • increase number of contributors and foster leadership
  • create a more personable, positive and supportive community
  • make the community more effective
  • increase collaboration between Canonical employees and volunteers.

We are provided with the initial plans of the community team, and given a link to the Discourse discussion where we can take part.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137087 (+138)
  • Critical: 349 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 68325 (+126)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.85% (39389/1697)
  • German: 86.61% (43404/5)
  • French: 81.18% (61006/6635)
  • Spanish: 80.68% (62647/3850)
  • Swedish: 76.13% (77381/490)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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

Testing xfce components on Wayland

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) reports of his testing results of xfce elements working with Mir. His conclusion is they work "pretty well”. Directions are given to disable X11 such that only Wayland is supported.

The Planet

Hirsute Hippo Ubuntu-fr t-shirt

Oliver promotes the latest rendering from the French speaking Ubuntu community's t-shirts, Hirsute Hippo. Screenshots and links are provided, inclusive of those for Groovy Gorilla and Focal Fossa.

Canonical News

In the Press

Taking control of your Ubuntu desktop

Sandra Henry-Stocker starts by commenting how most Linux desktops "start out charmingly uncluttered", then tells how we can view how our desktop is setup using a few commands and exploring the contents of a few suggested files. This is a beginner introduction in understanding some features of our desktop, and how we can make use of that to make some minor changes.

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Publishes New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Updates to Fix 20 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor alerts us to new kernels for Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM systems. Marius provides details of the CVEs impacted by various releases that have been fixed, with a reminder for us to update our installations as soon as possible.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 112

"This week we look at a reboot of the DWF project, Rust in the Linux kernel, an Ubuntu security webinar plus some details of the 45 CVEs addressed across the Ubuntu releases this last week and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E06 – Flap Bake Signal

"This week we have been deploying bitwarden_rs and get the Stream Deck to work well on Ubuntu. We discuss how much we really use desktop environments, bring you a GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 138 - Radiotransmissor

"O ritmo dos streamings do Diogo não abranda, a Canonical vai perder mais um notável mas a Keychron portou-se bem e a Canonical com a Collabora ofereceram mais prendinhas à comunidade."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, April 19, 7pm – 8pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 20, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, April 20, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, April 21, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, April 21, 11pm – Thu, April 22, 12am
  • 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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