Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 681 for the week of April 25 - May 1, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Impish Indri is now open for development
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Revamping the Membership Application Process
  • Questions for the community team
  • My first six months at the Ubuntu Community Council
  • Lubuntu 18.04 LTS End of Life and Current Support Statuses
  • Backports PPA: KDE Frameworks 5.81.0 for Hirsute
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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

Impish Indri is now open for development

Matthias Klose informs us that Impish Indri is now open for development, with auto-sync enabled. We are given the link to the Impish Indri release schedule, are asked to help fix any breakage that occurs, and also told GCC will become GCC 11 in July, with "C++17 by default".

The following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137510 (+162)
  • Critical: 352 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 68594 (+99)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (39001/1110)
  • German: 86.58% (43403/5)
  • French: 81.34% (60370/5977)
  • Spanish: 80.67% (62553/3798)
  • Swedish: 76.54% (75894/668)

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:

The Hub

Revamping the Membership Application Process

Monica Ayhens-Madon (madhens) reiterates that the Membership Council is seeking feedback. throughout May, from both Ubuntu Members and non-Members in the effort to improve the Membership Application Process.

All interested parties are directed to the discussion thread:

Questions for the community team

This thread has been opened for anyone who has questions for the Ubuntu Community team.

The Planet

My first six months at the Ubuntu Community Council

Torsten Franz writes that it's now six months since he was elected to the Ubuntu Community Council, and lets us in on some of the accomplishments of the Council so far. Covering the filling of some councils and boards, we are also told how the Ubuntu Community Council dealt with the LoCo Council where they were unable to fill seats. Torsten tells us the Ubuntu Community Council was pleased to find Monica Ayhens-Madon and Rhys Davies aiding getting Canonical attention, including the re-activation of the Community Team at Canonical. We are reminded of Ubuntu membership benefits, and given links to where we can read about Community Council public meetings, and how we can get involved.

Lubuntu 18.04 LTS End of Life and Current Support Statuses

Dan Simmons on behalf of the Lubuntu team reminds us that Lubuntu 18.04 LTS was released on 27th April, 2018 with three years of support, which ends 30th April, 2021. We are reminded of the releases still being supported after this date, and due to Lubuntu 18.04 LTS being the last release using the LXDE desktop, a reinstall is the supported method of moving to a later system. We are provided links to the Lubuntu manual for installation instructions, where to download, and to the Lubuntu forum for more details.

These flavors also placed notices:

Backports PPA: KDE Frameworks 5.81.0 for Hirsute

KDE Frameworks 5.81.0 is now available "for 21.04 Hirsute Hippo" in the backports PPA. We are reminded of what Framework releases are, with a link to the changelog providing for full details. Commands needed to enable the backports PPA are provided.

Other Community News

The Plasma desktop is miles ahead of everything else

Igor Ljubuncic writes about the Plasma Desktop, and why he has come to the conclusion that Plasma is the best. Many screenshots are provided (which show the flexibility of Plasma), with mentions of its ability to be easily tweaked. Also discussed are the Discover software management tool, Activities, encryption Vaults, and more. Igor also relates some of Plasma's weaknesses, before moving to his conclusion, and hopes that the KDE team will keep up the good work.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Why You Can’t Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 (For Now)

Joey Sneddon writes about the bug that impacts upgrades from Ubuntu 20.10 to Ubuntu 21.04 that has resulted in the decision of Ubuntu developers to not enable upgrades yet. Joey quotes Canonical's Brian Murray's advice which is to wait until the issue has been fixed and the upgrade path is turned on officially. Mention of a user's experience of it is made, plus how they fixed their system's booting, with links provided.

Xfce’s Apps Update for April 2021 Improves Mousepad, Xfdashboard, and More

Marius Nestor updates us on the state of Xfce apps for April 2021. We are told Mousepad was ported to GtkSourceView 4 and has new command line options for positioning the cursor, as well as some bug-fixes and translation updates. We are also told of updates to the Xfdashboard application switcher and launcher, as well as the Xfce Settings Manager and Exo library, before Marius moves on to talking about the next major Xfce 4.18 release and what is expected.

In Other News

Amazon announces it's open sourcing DeepRacer device software

Ron Miller reminds us Amazon "debuted AWS DeepRacer in 2018" as a "fun way to help developers learn machine learning". We are told DeepRacer at its core is Ubuntu Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS) which were already open source code. Now Amazon has announced they are open sourcing the AWS DeepRacer device code created to run the miniature cars. Many links are provided, including the GitHub and AWS DeepRacer Open Source pages which include six sample projects.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 113

"With 21 CVEs fixed this week we look at updates for Dnsmasq, Firefox, OpenJDK and more, plus we discuss the recent release of Ubuntu 21.04 and malicious commits in the upstream Linux kernel."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E08 – Minimum Cover Novel

"This week we have been changing jobs and getting new microphones. We discuss tablets, which ones we own and why we use them, bring you some GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 140 - Tonecas

"Os streams cada vez mais profissionais do Diogo, o distanciamento do seu percurso formativo associado a uma visão crítica sobre o processo afinaram a conversa e permitiram os comentários sempre actuais do passado profissional do Tiago."

Late Night Linux: Episode 122

"Linux flies on Mars, a new Ubuntu release, the kernel is the subject of an ill-judged study, Linux GUI apps on Windows, KDE Korner, and more."

Linux Action News 186

"The University of Minnesota has been banned from the Linux kernel. We'll share the history, the context, and where things stand now around the controversial research that led to the ban. Plus Ubuntu 21.04 is out, and we try WSL's new GUI Linux app support.”

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 3, 3pm – 4pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 4, 7pm – 8pm
  • Community Council: Wed, May 5, 11pm – Thu, May 6, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 6, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, May 6, 10pm – 11pm

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

Standard Support ended April 30, 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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