Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 685 for the week of May 23 - 29, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Announcing Ubuntu’s move to Libera Chat
  • 2021 IRC Council Election Results
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Are You An Ubuntu Content Creator? Let us Know!
  • What is the Ubuntu Community Council
  • UbuntuOnAir

  • Disabling snap Autorefresh
  • Comment editing is now possible
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Announcing Ubuntu’s move to Libera Chat

José Antonio Rey reminds us of the decision made by the Ubuntu IRC Council supported by the Community Council, to move to Libera Chat. José outlines the redirect notices placed in many Ubuntu channel topics that were, in freenode's opinion, outside their policy; thus they used this to take over Ubuntu channels on which the notices existed. This notice from the Ubuntu Community Council alerts users that Ubuntu is moving to Libera Chat (with numerous supportive links provided).

See too:

2021 IRC Council Election Results

rww tells us the 2021 IRC Council election has concluded with C de-Avillez (hggdh), Seth Arnold (sarnold), and Unit 193 (Unit193) being elected. With all the changes currently occurring, sarnold has been granted permissions early, with outgoing IRCC members (rww, el, Tm_T) losing permissions on 2021-06-01.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137837 (+83)
  • Critical: 347 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 68800 (+92)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.00% (38817/1330)
  • German: 86.77% (42815/53)
  • French: 81.36% (60302/7307)
  • Spanish: 80.74% (62323/4111)
  • Swedish: 76.77% (75164/1110)

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

Are You An Ubuntu Content Creator? Let us Know!

Monica Ayhens-Madon (madhens) alerts us of the venue to share and promote art-works and achievements.

What is the Ubuntu Community Council

Martin Wimpress (Wimpress) gives an introductory brief of the responsibilities and organization of the Ubuntu Community Council. Martin provides links for contact and advises "All Ubuntu community-related queries and questions are welcome".

The Planet


Rhys Davies, on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Team, invites us to UbuntuOnAir Youtube or Twitch channels, for community-focused Indabas, office hours, community interviews, and Ubuntu/Open Source related workshops and special events. Links and some upcoming events are provided, with a request for us to get involved and pass on our ideas.

Disabling snap Autorefresh

Alan Pope combines the various details he has previously provided in various places in controlling snap updates in this summary piece. Also this is a brief introduction of what snaps are, and how they are updated. Alan then provides some user’s reasons for issues with the chosen decisions. First hint provided is how to download and install a snap (without any updates), next is deferring updates or when metered connection is detected and more. Finally Alan lets us know of three things he does on his own systems.

Comment editing is now possible

Thiago F. Pappacena tells us this was a feature request dating back to 2007, we are told priorities have finally allowed this change to occur. We can now edit our comments on Launchpad answers, bug and merge proposals. We are told how to use it, and if we make an error and introduce sensitive detail into the history; currently it needs to be removed via API (but remove button is coming).

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 117

"This week we’re talking about moving IRC networks plus security updates for Pillow, Babel, Apport, X11 and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E12 – Clinics Lifesaver Yanked

"This week we’ve been making a Linux powered Commodore 64 and coding with BlitzMax-NG. We discuss technology for kids, bring you a command live love and reply to all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 144 - Ninja

"Neste capítulo do vosso podcast preferido, estivemos à conversa com o ninja Joel Calado, um dos contribuidores mais activos, para além do próprio Steve mentor do projecto."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 31, 3pm – 4pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, June 1, 7pm – 8pm
  • Community Council: Wed, June 2, 11pm – Thu, June 3, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, June 3, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, June 3, 10pm – 11pm

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

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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