Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 699 for the week of August 29 - September 4, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Introducing UbuCon Asia 2021: The First Ubuntu Conference in Asia

  • LoCo Events

  • Ubucon Asia 2021 timetable is here!

  • The new Ubuntu membership process
  • Xubuntu Development Update August 2021
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137793 (+20)
  • Critical: 329 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 68545 (+27)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38785/1216)
  • German: 86.84% (42587/34)
  • French: 81.43% (60091/7172)
  • Spanish: 80.78% (62175/4035)
  • Swedish: 77.36% (73237/934)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

Introducing UbuCon Asia 2021: The First Ubuntu Conference in Asia

Liam Zheng tells us about UbuCon Asia 2021, which will be the first Ubuntu Conference in Asia, will be virtual, and is being held by 7 Ubuntu LoCos and 5 FOSS Communities from 10 regions. Presentations will be in English, with open talks also in Korean, Chinese(China), Chinese(Taiwan) and Indonesian with English translations. A request for sponsors is made, along with many links provided.

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

Ubucon Asia 2021 timetable is here!

Youngbin Han informs us that the event schedule has been published for UbuCon Asia 2021 giving us the necessary links.

The new Ubuntu membership process

Rhys-Davies presents the culmination of the coordinated efforts of many people to make the process of Ubuntu membership application that much easier. Rhys outlines what is required, provides many links and screenshots on the various steps, where we make applications, and advise for the membership board meeting.

The Planet

Xubuntu Development Update August 2021

Sean Davies provides us with an update on Xubuntu development news. Noting the release of Xubuntu 20.04.3, before moving to what will be new in Xubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri). Highlighting the much requested Super key menu, and the reasons for the delay, Sean explains that the super key was resolved using a workaround offered by Andre Miranda on the upstream bug. Changes to Rhythmbox (including details on the voting) are noted, and we are provided with a list of updated packaging performed during this month. A few screenshots are shown, along with a list of upcoming key dates for Xubuntu 21.10.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.22.5 Released as the Last Update in the Series with More Bug Fixes

Marius Nestor writes that the KDE Project has released KDE Plasma 5.22.5, with more bug fixes and improvements. He outlines many of the improvements, including some for touchscreen or Plasma Mobile users. A link is provided to the full changelog, and Marius relates the expected date for the next KDE Plasma 5.23 release.

KDE Gear 21.08 Gets First Point Release with Bug Fixes for Dolphin, Elisa, and Spectacle

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE Gear 21.08.1 has been released, fixing many reported bugs in various KDE applications. Detailing the various applications and fixes they have received, we are provided with a link to the full changelog and told to "keep an eye out" for the update.

KDE's Plasma Wayland Session Is "Finally Reaching Stability" Following Many Fixes

Michael Larabel emphasises Nate Graham's commentary "Plasma Wayland session! It’s finally reaching stability" due to the many bug fixes. In addition to this good news Michael also provides a list of the more prominent changes in KDE from the week.

NVIDIA Confirms Sway Wayland Compositor Works Fine With Their New GBM Driver Support

Michael Larabel reminds us first of past ongoing Mesa GBM discussions where Nvidia maintained focus on the alternative EGLStreams. Now Nvidia supports the Generic Buffer Manager in their proprietary driver stack that allows Mesa's GBM code to support alternative back-ends. The added support is premiered in the NVIDIA 470 series driver; Nvidia's James Jones comments "Sway currently runs fine on our GBM path out of the box".

Ubuntu OnAir: (More) Canonical Streamers! | Community office hours

“This week's office hours is music to our ears! 🎶The Community Team sits down with @arighi, a software engineer on the Kernel team, about using Ubuntu and @OBSProject to make streaming a dream - especially on his Twitch music streams! 😶‍🌫️”

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 129

"This week we look at a malware campaign associated with the popular Krita painting application, plus we cover security updates for MongoDB, libssh, Squashfs-Tools, Thunderbird and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E26 – Amid Navigable Impulses

"This week we’ve been building a new Ubuntu workstation. We interview Andreas Kling about SerenityOS, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful (and not so wonderful) feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 158 - Voltámos, outra vez!

"No primeiro episódio de Setembro, fizemos o balanço do mês de Agosto com referência aos habituais isolamentos do Diogo, e as experiências tecnológicas do Tiago. De referir ainda o elevado ritmos de publicação de artigos deste último… 2!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 6, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters initial meeting for new team: Wed, September 8, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, September 8, 11pm – Thu, September 9, 12am
  • Ubuntu 21.10 UI Freeze: Thursday, Sep 9, 2021

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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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