Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 694 for the week of July 25 - 31, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Mid Cycle Q&A Community office hours

  • Kubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla reaches end of life
  • Xubuntu 21.10 Dev Update
  • 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, and 21.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137488 (-15)
  • Critical: 331 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 68458 (-353)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38808/1263)
  • German: 86.84% (42590/12)
  • French: 81.43% (60092/7201)
  • Spanish: 80.77% (62213/4061)
  • Swedish: 77.25% (73600/990)

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

Mid Cycle Q&A Community office hours

Rhys Davies tells us that both he and Monica Ayhens-Madon will be without a guest for the mid-cycle Q&A Community office hours, however, they'll discuss many of the things that have happened over the last three months before moving to questions. Links to Youtube and Twitch are provided.

The Planet

Kubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla reaches end of life

Kubuntu 20.10 was released on 22 October, 2020 with its nine months of supported life ending on 22 July 2021. Mentioning the still supported releases of Kubuntu, we are given links to the official Ubuntu 20.10 end of life announcement, how to upgrade Kubuntu 20.10, and a reminder to upgrade fast. Finally we are reminded of the archiving of the repository (a link is provided telling how to overcome that if that has already occurred).

Xubuntu 21.10 Dev Update

Sean Davis informs us of the work being performed that will be seen in Xubuntu 21.10. A number of applications are mentioned with screenshots, including an open twitter poll on a new look for rhythmbox, plus team votes for Clipman. The Xubuntu seed is discussed, as well as the now more complicated GTK2, GTK3 and likely soon to be used GTK4 toolkits. He reminds us of the many key dates approaching for the impish indri release.

Media attention:

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.22.4 Further Improves Plasma Wayland, Makes System Monitor Faster to Launch

Marius Nestor writes that the KDE Project has released KDE Plasma 5.22.4 with many improvements, a number of which are discussed. Numerous links are provided, including to the full changelog with a reminder to update your KDE Plasma 5.22 desktop.

Steam Beta Brings New Downloads Page, Linux Container Updates

Michael Larabel tells us that Valve have released a "significant" Steam beta update. We are warned it's larger than normal, given a list of many of the improvements, and a link to the SteamCommunity for a full change list.

Ubuntu OnAir: Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba - July 30, 2021

"In the July Desktop Team Indaba, we're welcoming Marco Trevisan, a Senior Engineer on the team who's been instrumental in bringing GNOME 40 to Impish. So bring all your shell questions for another informative session with the Desktop and Community Teams!"

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 124

"It’s another week when too many security updates are never enough as we cover 240 CVE fixes across Avahi, QEMU, the Linux kernel, containerd, binutils and more, plus the Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla end-of-life."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E21 – Gladiator Suits Share

"This week we’ve been selling more things on eBay and return to the office. We round up news from the Ubuntu community and discuss our picks from the wider tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 153 - Quim Barreiros

"O último episódio do mês de Julho é sempre muito especial, e com cheiro a férias e a planos longe de computadores, Internet e microfones. Fiquem então a saber como vai ser o mês de Agosto do Constantino e do Carrondo em mais um episódio do Podcast Ubuntu Portugal."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Technical Board: Tue, August 3, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, August 5, 10pm – 11pm

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

Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 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 21.04 Updates

End of life: January 2022


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