Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 687 for the week of June 6 - 12, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Community Office Hours, 10 June 2021: Membership Meetup
  • [Mir] Release 2.4.0
  • Plasma 5.22 available for Hirsute Hippo 21.04 in backports PPA
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137994 (+60)
  • Critical: 349 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 68890 (+11)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.00% (38811/1451)
  • German: 86.82% (42638/1)
  • French: 81.36% (60296/7383)
  • Spanish: 80.74% (62321/4171)
  • Swedish: 76.77% (75164/1093)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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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

Community Office Hours, 10 June 2021: Membership Meetup

Monica Madon (madhens) hosts (along with Rhys Davies for part of it) Community Office Hours, where the topic this cast is Ubuntu membership. Special guests are Diogo Constantino from the Ubuntu PT community, and Dan Simmons from Lubuntu. Links to watch the event are available for both twitch and youtube.

[Mir] Release 2.4.0

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) provides updates to interfaces for graphics platforms, and lists bug fixes, improvements, and enhancements completed within this release.


The Planet

Plasma 5.22 available for Hirsute Hippo 21.04 in backports PPA

The Kubuntu Team announces the availability of Plasma 5.22.0 within the backports PPA. A link to the release notes that detail the new features and improvements is provided as well as upgrade instruction. We are advised that the PPA also contains many supporting KDE softwares; which will continue to receive updates.

Media attention:

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical's Mir 2.4 Brings Numerous X11 + Wayland Enhancements

Michael Larabel gives us a brief summary of what Mir is, then tells us Mir 2.4 has been released by Canonical. Outlining some of the new features found in this release, we are also given the GitHub link for download or viewing the full changes.

GRUB 2.06 Released With BootHole Fixes, LUKS2 Encrypted Volume Support

In another post by Michael Larabel, we are told Grub 2.06 has finally released. This release has increased co-operation between "distribution vendors" meaning fewer downstream patching will be required. We are told of some of the new features, and given many links for more details.

KDE Gear 21.04.2 Software Suite Released with More Than 80 Bug Fixes

Marius Nestor informs us of the release of KDE Gear 21.04.2 and relates the bug fixes and improvements. We are told of many of its key improvements to Okular, KTorrent, Kdenlive and more, and provided a link to the full changelog should we need more.

Ubuntu OnAir: Community office hours 10/06/2021

“Join us this week with Diogo Constantino, a recent member but long-time contributor from the Ubuntu PT community, and Dan Simmons, a Lubuntu member who is always there to help out Big Grin :) We talk about their membership journeys and what they're up to these days. Tune in on Twitch or YouTube at 18:00 UTC!”

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 119

"This week we cover security updates for the Linux kernel, PolicyKit, Intel Microcode and more, plus we look at a report of an apparent malicious snap in the Snap Store and some of the mechanics behind snap confinement."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E14 – Letter Copy Magic

"This week we got a portable touch screen monitor. We discuss our favourite Linux apps, bring you a command line lurve and go over all your wonderful feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 146 - Caixote

"Neste episódio falámos sobre a comunidade e o retomar ods encontros presenciais pós pandemia, actualidade da comunidade Ubuntu internacional e o revitalizar das relações entre a Canonical e as várias LoCos espalhadas pelo mundo e fizemos ainda um apanhado das actualidade Ubuntu."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, June 14, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Tue, June 15, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, June 16, 12pm – 1pm
  • Loco Council: Wed, June 16, 11pm – Thu, June 17, 12am

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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