Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 680 for the week of April 18 - 24, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) released
  • IRC Council Election Update
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • 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, 20.10, and 21.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) released

Łukasz Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team tells us Ubuntu 21.04 codenamed "Hirsute Hippo" has been released. Łukasz provides a quick run down of new features: including using Wayland by default on the desktop, the 5.11 kernel, and more. We are also told of the release of flavors too, with many links provided.

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

IRC Council Election Update

rww notifies us of the closing of the nomination period for the IRC Council election and provides the four approved nominators: hggdh, Joseph Price (pricey), Seth Arnold (sarnold), and Unit 193 (unit193). Due to difficulties in finding nominees, we are told the Community Council have approved dropping the council to 3 seats (from 5). We are told Seth Arnold's place is contingent on the completion of his membership application, and of the voting process that will take place and complete on 24th May, 2021.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137348 (+261)
  • Critical: 350 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 68495 (+170)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.85% (39380/1110)
  • German: 86.61% (43404/5)
  • French: 81.18% (61006/6296)
  • Spanish: 80.68% (62647/3811)
  • Swedish: 76.18% (77241/502)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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:

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 21.04 makes a play for the enterprise desktop

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes that he loves Ubuntu Linux, as do many AI & ML developers, but notes it hasn't done as well with corporate desktop users. He gives hope that this may change with Ubuntu 21.04 which provides Microsoft Active Directory support "baked in". In covering many of the features found in Ubuntu 21.04 Desktop, and the new features found in Ubuntu Server 21.04, he gives us many links; including where we can download Ubuntu 21.04.

In the Blogosphere

KDE Gear 21.04 Software Suite Officially Released with Many Improved KDE Apps

Marius Nestor tells us of the release of KDE Gear 21.04 (formerly KDE Applications). Numerous improvements are included with Marius providing a number of examples for some of the KDE apps, along with a link to the full release notes if we need more detail.

Ubuntu 21.10 Codename Revealed — And it’s an Intriguing Choice

Joey Sneddon notes that whilst Ubuntu 21.04 has just been released, Ubuntu developers have been setting up for the work to start on what will be Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri). Giving definitions of the two words, we are reminded Ubuntu 21.10 is scheduled for release in October.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E07 – Crew Gets Ready

"This week we’ve been playing Subnautica and living off BitCoin. We discuss the re-introduction of the Ubuntu Community team and round up our favourite picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 139 - Concerto de flautas

"Um reboot à comunidade Ubuntu, a continuação do caminho do guerreiro Flutter, desventuras no reino da Ubiquity e a evangelização a professores e alunos foram os temas de mais um Podcast Ubuntu Portugal."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 29, 3pm – 4pm

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, 20.10, and 21.04

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

Ubuntu 21.04 Updates

End of life: January 2022


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