Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 683 for the week of May 9 - 15, 2021.

In this Issue

  • IRC Council Election: Voting Open
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • IRC Discussion
  • [Call for topics] May 19 2021 Meeting
  • Ubucon America - Event Proposal for Canonical, UBPorts and Ubuntu Community
  • Call for Participation: GPG Key Experts and People Who Need Help Signing the CoC
  • The Big Iron Hippo
  • OpenUK Awards 2021 Looking for Nominations
  • Plasma 5.22 Beta (5.21.90) available for testing
  • Canonical News
  • 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

IRC Council Election: Voting Open

rww tells us the voting of the IRC Council has started; all Ubuntu IRC members are eligible to vote. We are told this is being done via launchpad polls, and why the change, and given the link so we can vote if eligible.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137706 (+78)
  • Critical: 350 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 68700 (-16)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.95% (38972/1331)
  • German: 86.69% (43050/62)
  • French: 81.36% (60298/7328)
  • Spanish: 80.68% (62507/4112)
  • Swedish: 76.70% (75393/1179)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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

IRC Discussion

Monica Ayhens-Madon has started a thread for IRC discussion, for thoughts on "making it easier for newcomers", and "bridging it to other platforms".

Additional avenue of discussion:

[Call for topics] May 19 2021 Meeting

Monica Ayhens-Madon (madhens) provides the next regular Community Council meeting's proposed agenda. Community suggestions for topics are welcome. We are advised to leave a reply in the thread to add to the agenda.

Ubucon America - Event Proposal for Canonical, UBPorts and Ubuntu Community

Allan Carvalho announces a proposal to hold a unified Ubucon America, listing five objectives of the event. The date is still to be set, but is hoped to be June or July.

Call for Participation: GPG Key Experts and People Who Need Help Signing the CoC

Monica Ayhens-Madon makes a call for participation in a "live streamed event GPG key workshop in the next week or two" to help people in that hurdle in applying for Ubuntu membership. Madhens is looking for volunteers who can help others in setting up their GPG keys, and people who want help setting up a GPG key to sign the Ubuntu CoC. You don't need to be on camera; voice only is fine.

The Planet

The Big Iron Hippo

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph updates us on her last year working with IBM Z, digging into z/OS and Z/VM, which has made her appreciate how powerful these OSes are, power which Linux can utilize. Elizabeth expresses excitement at the release of Ubuntu 21.04, with its updated kernel and focus on virtualization and containers which can be utilized by IBM Z and LinuxOne. We are also shown Elizabeth's latest Hirsute Hippo pink 'plushy'.

OpenUK Awards 2021 Looking for Nominations

Jonathan Riddell writes of the opportunity to recognize projects, organisations and individuals, within the UK, who make outstanding contributions within the open source ecosystem. Nominations are open until 11.59pm on 13 June, 2021 and the Awards Event is on 11 November 2021.

Plasma 5.22 Beta (5.21.90) available for testing

If you're using Kubuntu 21.04 or the development 21.10 release, this post tells you how to add a Beta PPA to use Plasma 5.21.90 (Plasma 5.22 beta). Testing is very important, but, you are warned that it's beta software, thus problems could be encountered, and thus are told where to file bugs if found, or where devs hang out on IRC if you have questions.

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Frameworks 5.82 Released with More Than 200 Changes

Marius Nestor reports of the monthly update for the Qt libraries that provide the KDE functionality. Marius notes a number of changes and improvements and several fixes. A link is given to the full changelog with the advice to update as soon as KDE Frameworks 5.82 lands in the software repository.

NVIDIA 460.80 Linux Driver Released With New Laptop GPU Support, Bug Fixes

Michael Larabel reports that the support for a number of GPUs under the 465 version driver have been backported to the long-term 460 series driver branch. Also noted, in addition to the NVIDIA Ampere laptop GPU support, are several bug fixes. Michael provides a link for the download and the full list of changes.

You Can Now Upgrade Ubuntu 20.10 to Ubuntu 21.04, Here’s How

Marius Nestor reports that the upgrade path is now open and provides a tutorial to upgrade installations. Marius advises that an updated shim version has been released that was blocking the upgrade.

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Gets Its First Kernel Security Patch, Update Now

Marius Nestor gives details on CVE-2021-3489, CVE-2021-3490, and CVE-2021-3491 impacting Ubuntu 21.04. Also discussed is the workaround for the CAN ISOTP protocol implementation's race condition. Update instructions are provided with the advice to update kernel packages as soon as possible to the new versions (linux-image 5.11.0-17.18 for 64-bit).

Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 Released for Ubuntu Phones with NFC Support, Many Improvements

Marius Nestor relates to us the various improvements and new features in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 software update. Of particular note is support for NFC hardware, then he lists the affects of updates for numerous hardware platforms. In conclusion is an exhaustive list of supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

KDE Plasma 5.22 Beta Released with Stability and Usability Improvements

Marius Nestor gives a glowing report of the stability, usability improvements, performance improvements, and big changes in the KDE Plasma 5.22 Beta release. However, Marius admonishes "this is still a pre-release version, so don’t use in for any production work". The final release is on June 8th, 2021.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 115

"This week we look at some details of the 90 unique CVEs addressed across the supported Ubuntu releases and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E10 – Stars Grew Firmly

"This week we’ve been playing with RISC-V. We discuss the future of Ubuntu releases, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 142 - Autonomia Digital

"Neste episódio do Podcast Ubuntu Portugal falou-se sobre os censos, a Festa da Wiki-Lusofonia, aplicações de som, e sons, aplicações móveis de partilha de imagens, e do cada vez mais popular OBS Ninja, que tem como fã número 1 o Diogo!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 17, 7pm – 8pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 18, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, May 19, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, May 19, 11pm – Thu, May 20, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 20, 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 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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