Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 698 for the week of August 22 - 28, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Release of cloud-init 21.3
  • Helping developers reach new heights | Canonical & Ubuntu at PX4 Developer Summit

  • Winners of the 21.10 Wallpaper competition
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, and 21.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS released

Łukasz Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS for Desktop, Server and Cloud products, along with flavors of Ubuntu . The announcement provides us with many details, and links for download, including if we'd like to contribute.

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137773 (+42)
  • Critical: 333 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 68518 (+21)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38785/1216)
  • German: 86.84% (42587/3)
  • French: 81.43% (60091/7172)
  • Spanish: 80.78% (62191/4051)
  • Swedish: 77.36% (73237/934)

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

Release of cloud-init 21.3

James Falcon tells us "Cloud-init release 21.3 is now available". We are given the highlights and the changelog, which includes many of the fixes that were implemented by the 28 contributors in this release.

Helping developers reach new heights | Canonical & Ubuntu at PX4 Developer Summit

Daria Kolarczyk has provided an Engage Page which allows drone developers to pre-book a meeting with Canonical at the PX4 Developer Summit on 14-15 September 2021. Details of the PX4 Developer Summit are provided, with links should we need to learn more.

The Planet

Winners of the 21.10 Wallpaper competition

Rhys Davies reminds us there were over 200 submissions in the Ubuntu 21.10 Wallpaper competition. After counting the votes of "several hundred voters" the winners have now been decided. All entries are still viewable on Discourse, but the top ten are provided for us to view in this post. Rhys also relates “I’m sad to report” that some submissions included photos that were not owned by the submitters of the images. Rhys ends with congratulations to the winners, all those who submitted an image, and to those who voted.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Reiser4/Reiser5 File-System Driver Updated For Linux 5.13

Michael Larabel writes that "the Reiser4 (and experimental Reiser5) file-system driver code has been updated for compatibility with Linux 5.13 kernel". Michael notes that Reiser5 is "promising" due to many "feature improvements", and provides links if we need more information.

Early Ubuntu 21.10 Performance Is Looking Good - Especially For Radeon Graphics

Michael Larabel notes that feature freeze has already hit Ubuntu 21.10 "Impish Indri", and thus he has started some testing using an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics. Listing some of the specs found in Ubuntu 21.10, we are then told of 115 tests. Ubuntu 21.10 came out "around 2% faster" than Ubuntu 21.04. Along with more details, we are told more testing will take place between now and the final release of Ubuntu 21.10.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Release Schedule Published

Michael Larabel blogs that the Ubuntu 22.04 release schedule has been published. Noting that dates are mostly in "rhythm" with normal expectations, we are given some key dates. Along with a link to the official release schedule, we are given some features that Michael believes we'll see in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

PipeWire 0.3.34 Released With Yet More Improvements, Fixes

Michael Larabel reports on the release of PipeWire 0.3.34. He notes it's "proving itself to be a viable replacement for PulseAudio and JACK". Michael relates a number of key fixes and provides us with the link to's GitLab for more details, including the list of changes.

In Other News

Ubuntu OnAir: Open source marketing | Community office hours

"This week we speak to Léïa Ruffini from Canonical 🏡 about some of the concepts and philosophies 📜 behind ethically marketing open-source projects like Ubuntu 🤗 Ask your questions in the discourse thread (below), see if she has any tips and tricks 😊 and we're looking to break down some stereotypes and bad associations with this thing we call 'marketing' 🤔 "

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 128

"This week we dive into Trend Micro’s recent Linux Threat Report and the release of Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS, plus we detail security updates for Inetutils telnetd, the Linux kernel and OpenSSL."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E25 – Noisy Copy Lies

"This week we’ve been fixing 3″ disk drives and reading magazines. We round up the news from the Ubuntu community and discuss our favourite picks from the wider tech news."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 157 - – GLUA – Grupo Linux da Universidade de Aveiro

"Estivemos a conversar com o Diogo Gomes, João Fonseca e Duarte Dias (ex)coordenadores do GLUA – Grupo Linux Universidade de Aveiro no ano em que se assinalam os 20 anos deste grupo de alunos da UA que têm superado todas as adversidades e mantido o grupo vivo e bem vivo."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Technical Board: Tue, August 31, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, September 2, 10pm – 11pm

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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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