Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 682 for the week of May 2 - 8, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS transitions to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM)
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubucon Asia 2021 is now looking for sponsors and partner communities
  • Ubucon Asia 2021- Calling for speakers and volunteers
  • Other Community News
  • 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 18.04, 20.04, 20.10, and 21.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS transitions to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM)

This Canonical blog informs us that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS transitioned to extended security maintenance (ESM) at the end of April 2021 with it's five year standard support having been completed. Reminding us Ubuntu 16.04 is a Common Criteria certified OS providing FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic modules, we are told ESM support is until April 2024 and is available for 3 machines (50 for Ubuntu members). We are told how we can access ESM and given details on why we'd need it, including what is covered.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137628 (+118)
  • Critical: 348 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 68716 (+122)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (38993/1694)
  • German: 86.68% (43080/370)
  • French: 81.34% (60365/7654)
  • Spanish: 80.67% (62536/4214)
  • Swedish: 76.65% (75549/1288)

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

Ubucon Asia 2021 is now looking for sponsors and partner communities

Youngbin Han announces that Ubucon Asia 2021 is now looking for sponsors and partner communities. Links for details are provided, with a request to pass this request on for maximum benefit.

Ubucon Asia 2021- Calling for speakers and volunteers

Youngbin Han announces a call for proposals for sessions at Ubucon Asia 2021. Ubucon Asia 2021 will be a fully virtual event, with dates of submission, notification of acceptance and event dates & times provided; as well as numerous links and where to submit details.

Other Community News

Ubuntu Studio 18.04 Extended Support ends

Erich Eickmeyer reminds us Ubuntu Studio 18.04 was not a LTS release and of the reasons why. However, the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA provided extended support until Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS could be released. We are told that the Ubuntu Studio Backports PPA has now been removed, given support has now ended. Users are reminded to upgrade to 20.04 LTS as soon as possible.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

You can download Ubuntu Linux 21.10 'Impish Indri' daily builds right now!

Brain Fagioli in a short post writes about Ubuntu 21.10 which is due to release on 14 October 2021, being called Impish Indri. Brian gives us many details found in the release schedule. We are also told daily builds of "Impish Indri" are already available if we don't want to wait, with the reminder that it's development software and thus maybe "buggy".

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.21.5 Released as the Last in the Series with More Bug Fixes

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE project has released KDE Plasma 5.21.5, with fixed bugs and improvements. Marius highlights some Wayland fixes, describes other fixes too, with links for more detail.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 Arrives May 12 with NFC Support, Available for Testing Now

Marius Nestor informs us of UBports Foundation having announced they are after testers for the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 update, which is due for final release on 12 May 2021. We are told the transition to Ubuntu 20.04 continues, but this update improves some battery life for some devices, camera flash, zoom, rotation & more. Links are provided along with the request to help test the release.

Ubuntu 18.04 Flavors Reach End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to 20.04 LTS

Marius Nestor alerts us that the end of April 2021 marked the end of life for Ubuntu 18.04 flavors.

KDE Developers Polish The Desktop Ahead Of Next Month's Plasma 5.22

Michael Larabel relates that the KDE Plasma 5.22 release depends on Plasma 5.22 Beta and that next week marks the hard feature freeze and strings freeze. Michael lists a number of notable polishes, UI enhancements, and fixes to Plasma and related components conducted this week. A link to Nate Graham's blog is provided for additional detail.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 114

"This week we look at the response from the Linux Technical Advisory Board to the UMN Linux kernel incident, plus we cover the 21Nails Exim vulnerabilities as well as updates for Bind, Samba, OpenVPN and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E09 – Mint Badge Twist

"This week we’ve been debugging DNS and making passively cooled computers. We round up the community news, including the highlights of the 21.04 releases from the Ubuntu flavours, an event and our favourite picks from the tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 141 - Soberania Digital

"Algumas dicas sobre cursos de formação de programação, esclarecimento de dúvidas em tempo real, de patronos e um balanço do último encontro da LoCo Ubuntu Portugal foram os tópicos destes 57 minutos de amena cavaqueira no vosso podcast preferido."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 13, 3pm – 4pm

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

Security Updates

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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