Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 690 for the week of June 27 - July 3, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Focal Fossa (20.04.3 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • Landscape Release Notes 18.03
  • Ubucon Asia 2021: CFP extended until July 14
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 20.10, and 21.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137471 (-670)
  • Critical: 337 (-6)
  • Unconfirmed: 68648 (-357)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.00% (38819/1406)
  • German: 86.83% (42620/1)
  • French: 81.43% (60095/7305)
  • Spanish: 80.75% (62271/4054)
  • Swedish: 76.84% (74933/1499)

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

Focal Fossa (20.04.3 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak has posted the Ubuntu 20.04.3 (Focal Fossa) tracking status document. This lets readers see quickly where the release stands, up ‘till it's final release; which is expected 19 August 2021.

Landscape Release Notes 18.03

Carlos Wu Fei (carkod) advises of this major release. He provides a list of the improvements and a bug fix, the upgrade notes, the numerous upgrade paths, and a list of known issues.

Ubucon Asia 2021: CFP extended until July 14

Youngbin Han (sukso96100) advises that as currently there are insufficient proposal submissions the deadline is extended for two weeks. Further is the need for translators. If assistance is required the content team is available.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

TUXEDO Stellaris 15 Linux Gaming Laptop Launches with AMD Ryzen 9, NVIDIA RTX 3080, and 3K Display

Marius Nestor introduces us to Tuxedo Computers Stellaris 15, a high-end Linux gaming laptop. We are provided the laptop specs and options, and it is available with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Kubuntu 20.04 LTS, or Ubuntu Budgie 20.04 LTS. Links are provided for more details, or if you wish to place an order, with orders expected to be shipped starting mid-July 2021.

PipeWire 0.3.31 Released With Better JACK Support, More Crash Fixes

Michael Larabel tells us PipeWire 0.3.31 "is out" and is now a viable replacement for Jack and PulseAudio. Michael briefly mentions the upgrades found in this version, gives us links to where we can get more details, or how we can access it via Fedora or PPA on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Makes a Major Theme Change For its Next Release

Joey Sneddon gives us a sneak peek as Ubuntu 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ arrives this October. Joey discusses rebranding with the focus on Yaru themes (light or dark).

Xfce’s Apps Update for June 2021 Brings New Releases of Ristretto, Xfce Settings, and More

Marius Nestor updates us on the June developments for the Xfce desktop environment. Marius points to the image viewer as a "new major release", notes some bug fixes, updated translations, and code cleanup. He highlights improvements to Xfce Settings manager, keyboard selection; as well as the updates to various utils and libraries on the road to the upcoming Xfce 4.18 release. Finally is an accolade for those students that participated in this year’s GSoC for their work on Thunar and other Xfce apps.

Ubuntu 20.10 Supports Ends This Month – You Must Upgrade Soon!

Joey Sneddon reminds us that Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) is approaching its end-of-life rather soon (22 July 2021), so if you're using it, you'll need to upgrade very soon. The article includes an embedded video of a quick review of new features found in Ubuntu 21.04 to help entice users to upgrade.

Snap Windows to Corners in Ubuntu Using WinTile

Joey Sneddon, in this 'howto' post, tells readers how to enable "quarter tiling on the Ubuntu desktop" using the GNOME WinTile extension. He tells us the default tiling provided with Ubuntu allows only edge tiling, or full-screen. This tool will allow you to drag a window to the corner and use a quarter of your display. Screenshotsare provided to demonstrate the concept.

Ubuntu OnAir: Community Office Hours

"It's time to talk community art! This week's guests are Roly and Charlotte, winners of the recent community wallpaper competition at the Ubuntu Hideout, a Discord server with over 7000 members! Rhys and Monica will also be chatting about community updates and news, including a special announcement!"

Ubuntu OnAir: Juju and charming people | Community office hours

"Today's office hours is all about Juju 😊 Come hang out and ask questions with Pedro, a Product lead for Juju at Canonical 🕴️ but also an advocate and passionate community member for both Juju and Ubuntu 🎉🎉 We'll ask him about Juju itself, what he sees as the future and why he is so enamored by it 📣 Ask away 🙋"

Ubuntu OnAir: Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba -

The Ubuntu Desktop team (Monica Madon, Heather Ellsworth & Ken VanDine) this week sit down with Martin Wimpress (@m_wimpress) to talk about Ubuntu Mate and his experience in the Ubuntu Community."

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 122

"This week we look at some new Linux kernel security features including the Landlock LSM and Core Scheduling plus we cover security updates for RabbitMQ, Ceph, Thunderbird and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E17 – Digit Sports Typist

"This week we’ve been holiday and been learning Godot. We round up news and goings on from the community and discuss our picks from the wider tech news."

Meeting Reports

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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