Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 693 for the week of July 18 - 24, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) End of Life reached on July 22 2021
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • 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

Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) End of Life reached on July 22 2021

Brian Murray, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, confirms that Ubuntu 20.10 is End of Life and is no longer supported. Upgrade instructions and supporting links are provided.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137503 (-29)
  • Critical: 331 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 68811 (+25)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38808/1379)
  • German: 86.84% (42590/10)
  • French: 81.43% (60092/7278)
  • Spanish: 80.76% (62239/4083)
  • Swedish: 77.12% (74011/1024)

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:

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Plasma Mobile 21.07 Released with Improvements for Kasts, Dialer, Shell, and More

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE Project has announced the release of Plasma Mobile 21.07, and provides us with details of many of the improvements contained therein. A link is provided to the release announcement, and suggests if we're using Plasma Mobile, that we update asap to enjoy the benefits of this upgrade.

VirtualBox 6.1.24 Released with Support for Linux 5.13 and Ubuntu Specific Kernels

Marius Nestor informs us of Oracle's release of VirtualBox 6.1.24, with support for the Linux 5.13 kernel series. A few Linux host fixes are mentioned, as well as other all-platform fixes, and a Solaris guest fix. A link is provided to the official website.

Canonical Pushes New Ubuntu Kernel Updates to All Supported Releases

Marius Nestor alerts us that Canonical have released Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu releases that fix many security vulnerabilities. Listing the releases (which include 16.04 & 14.04 ESM) we are then provided a summary of the releases impacted and the CVEs fixed. Presented is how they could be mis-used, and why we should upgrade our systems asap.

Amplifying info:

Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 Now

Marius Nestor reminds us that Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla" reached its end-of-life on 22 July 2021. Marius reminds us briefly of what Ubuntu 20.10 provided, and suggests that any of us who have not yet upgraded from 20.10 do so asap.

Ubuntu OnAir: Game Time! | Community office hours

"It's the Community Team's first gaming session! 🎲🎮 Friendly chat and (possibly) fierce competition in a variety of Linux and browser friendly games recommended and chosen by the community - what could possibly go wrong? 🤝🏆"

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E20 – Claps Select Slate

"This week we’ve been playing DOOM Eternal and buying aptX Low Latency earbuds. We discuss the Steam Deck from Valve, bring you a command line love and go over all your feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 152 - 5 Violinos

"Uma sessão inesperada, com 3 convidados inesperados, na qual voltámos ao tema Audacity, dando depois o devido destaque ao Steam Deck sendo o gadget do momento, assim aconteceu mais um episódio do Podcast Ubuntu Portugal."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, July 26, 3pm – 4pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, July 27, 7pm – 8pm
  • Community Council: Wed, July 28, 11pm – Thu, July 29, 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 22, 2021

Ubuntu 21.04 Updates

End of life: January 2022


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