Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 701 for the week of September 12 - 18, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Impish Indri (21.10) UI Freeze
  • Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Call for contributors: Flutter Ubuntu settings app
  • Canonical & Ubuntu at ARM Dev Summit 2021

  • Feature Freeze Exception: Seeding the official Firefox snap in Ubuntu Desktop
  • Other Community News
  • 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

Impish Indri (21.10) UI Freeze

Łukasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Release team informs us that Impish Indri (21.10) is now under UI freeze, with a request should documentation or translations be required between now and release time, to keep those only to essential changes.

Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS released

Łukasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS for Desktop and Server products. Numerous links are provided for more details, including where you can download it from.

Amplifying info:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137946 (+70)
  • Critical: 327 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 68652 (+32)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38785/1332)
  • German: 86.84% (42581/23)
  • French: 81.43% (60085/7266)
  • Spanish: 80.79% (62148/4091)
  • Swedish: 77.36% (73237/938)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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The Hub

Call for contributors: Flutter Ubuntu settings app

Frederik Feichtmeier tells us a small team of developers have created a small flutter project for Ubuntu Desktop. The purpose of the app is to "explore the power of flutter whilst enjoying the ease of coding". This is a call for more contributors: for any ideas, bug reports, or coding.

Canonical & Ubuntu at ARM Dev Summit 2021

Darkolarczyk conveys the October 19-21 virtual Arm DevSummit conference wherein the topic is Canonical’s Anbox Cloud on Ampere® Altra® platforms. Featured speakers discuss the roles of micro clouds and edge clouds in edge clusters. The workshop is suitable for both the beginners and experts; aimed also towards engineers, developers, and tech enthusiasts.

Feature Freeze Exception: Seeding the official Firefox snap in Ubuntu Desktop

Ken VanDine reports that the Ubuntu Desktop Team have "opened a Feature Freeze exception to replace the firefox seed in ubuntu-desktop from a deb package to a Mozilla-official Firefox snap". We are told the snap is a collaboration between the Ubuntu Desktop Team and Mozilla developers that "is the first step towards a deb-to-snap transition taking place during the 22.04 development cycle". Details of this change, what is impacted and what is not are discussed; if you've got questions this post is the place for them.

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Other Community News

Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition Beta

This announcement tells us the KDE project is releasing the Beta of Plasma as "Plasma - 25th Anniversary Edition". Along with reminding us this is beta software, we are told some of the "noteworthy changes" we'll find in this release, along with many screen shots, and a link to the full changelog for Plasma 5.23 Beta.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 Is Slated for Release on September 17th, Now Ready for Testing

Marius Nestor reports that the UBports Foundation has announced that Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 software update is available for public testing. We are told it's still based on Ubuntu 16.04, with various improvements and bug fixes, and added features for some devices. We are reminded the amount of updates is less for current OTAs as effort is being spent on the migration to Ubuntu 20.04. This is a beta release and is "slated for" final release on 17 September.

Bored of Flat UIs? Check Out Skeuos GTK Theme

Joey Sneddon asks us if we have ever wished GTK themes had "more depth", well this might be your answer. He tells us about the Skeuos GTK theme, along with screenshots, that there are light or dark variants, with variations available for GNOME 3.36, GNOME 40, Cinnamon, XFWM4, and more. If you can't find your perfect configuration though; a script is available to generate your own version using colors you prefer. Links are provided.

Looks Like Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 5.13

Marius Nestor writes that Ubuntu 21.10 is currently "powered" by the Linux 5.13 kernel series, and gives an opinion that it's likely to remain on that kernel. Reminding us of the kernel freeze dates, we are told of some of the new features that came with the Linux 5.13 kernel.

Ubuntu 21.10 Default Wallpaper Revealed

Joey Sneddon tells us the Ubuntu 21.10 default wallpaper has been revealed, and provides us with a look at it. Reminding us of the "origami-inspired", "geometric motif", and "intersecting concentric rings" themes found in recent releases, Joey sees this wallpaper as a more "simplistic rendition"; which perhaps makes it "stronger".

The Increasing Importance Of ACPI Platform Profiles With Today's Throttle-Happy Hardware

Michael Larabel renders some background on ACPI Platform Profile implementations on the latest laptops in efforts to control power/cooling/performance preferences. Michael notes that balancing these "has rather complicated the Linux support". Michael relates Jens Axboe's advice to work around the throttling issue on his Lenovo laptop as a working alternative.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 131

"OWASP Top 10 gets updated for 2021 and we look at security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel, Ghostscript, Git, curl and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E28 – Tanks Rewarding Gender

"This week we’ve been playing with Steam and the Windows Terminal. We look back at how Ubuntu and evolved over the years, bring you some command line love and go over all your feedback."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 160 - Vai e Volla

"O Diogo foi às compras! Fazia tempo que o nosso comprador compulsivo não se auto presenteava com aquisições tecnológicas, desta vez foi um Volla phone… O Carrondo andou a instalar o exbin e a ampliar redes Devolo."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, September 20, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters second meeting: Wed, September 22, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, September 22, 11pm – Thu, September 23, 12am
  • Ubuntu 21.10 Beta Freeze: Monday, Sep 20, 2021
  • Ubuntu 21.10 Beta: Thursday, Sep 23, 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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