Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 704 for the week of October 3 - 9, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Impish Indri (21.10) Final Freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • UbuCon Asia 2021 Videos

  • Release 2.5.0
  • Impish Indri (21.10) Release Status Tracking
  • 21.10 Testing Week Survey!
  • Xubuntu Development Update September 2021
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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!

General Community News

Impish Indri (21.10) Final Freeze

Lukasz Zemczak on, behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, relays that Impish Indri has now reached final freeze; its final stretch before being released as Ubuntu 21.10. Informing us that current uploads will be reviewed and either accepted or rejected, Lukasz outlines what is required for anything submitted from this point on.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137583 (-42)
  • Critical: 322 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 68819 (+41)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.02% (38771/1245)
  • German: 86.89% (42424/122)
  • French: 81.44% (60036/7396)
  • Spanish: 80.79% (62142/4392)
  • Swedish: 77.37% (73233/1049)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

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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

UbuCon Asia 2021 Videos

Youngbin Han talks about the UbuCon Asia 2021, before providing links to the UbuCon Asia YouTube channel and the various daily playlists.

Release 2.5.0

Alan Griffiths (alan_g) explains that with the updates for support for existing Wayland protocol extensions and the implementation of some new protocol extensions, the client stacks onscreen keyboards and Electron Wayland are now enabled. In the changelog Alan gives the ABI summary, a list of the enhancements, and a list of the bugs fixed. Download links are provided for the deb, the various snap builds, and to the source tarball.


Impish Indri (21.10) Release Status Tracking

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak provides us with the canonical tracking document for the works progress in releasing 21.10. The live document provides the status, summary, current blockers, known bugs, and the release checklist.

21.10 Testing Week Survey!

Monica Ayhens-Madon firstly thanks everyone who took part in the "most recent testing week", and the organizers who helped make it happen. To help future testing weeks, a request is made from those who contributed to the testing to fill out a linked short survey.

The Planet

Xubuntu Development Update September 2021

Sean Davis gives an update for September 2021 which includes the funding of the development server, latest wallpaper published & some package uploads. You'll find details of these, including some screen shots, and talk of Xfce 4.17 that is in development in this post, and upcoming dates. Sean gives special thanks to the Ubuntu Community Fund for funding the development server for a further two years.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Additional media coverage:

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 21.10 is upon us, and it's small changes for major improvements

Jack Wallen gives us his thoughts of trying Ubuntu 21.10, and summarizes it as "the most polished" and "most performant" release. A large part of this is GNOME 40 Jack explains, before outlining what this includes, and some application versions included. Jack concludes that the release is suitable for “any user of any skill level”.

In the Blogosphere

Latest Steam Client Update Brings PipeWire Desktop Capture on Linux, Reduces Vulkan Pre-Caching Sizes

Marius Nestor writes that Valve has released a new Steam Client update which includes a "PipeWire desktop capture feature". Marius notes changes in the Vulkan pre-caching datasets which will reduce sizes, a number of bugs which have been fixed that also include improved handling of corrupted game files, and more.

KDE Gear 21.08.2 Is Out to Improve Dolphin, Okular, Konsole, Gwenview, Kate, and Other Apps

Marius Nestor tells us KDE Gear 21.08.2 is out with numerous bug fixes and improvements for various KDE apps, many of which are outlined, before providing us with a changelog if we need more details.

Ubuntu OnAir: PHP and Angular Dev Environments, part 3 of 2.

"Now that we have our environment set up, let's take it for a spin !"

Ubuntu OnAir: Summer of Printers | Community Office Hours

"In this installment, Monica chats with Till Kamppeter from the Desktop Team about what he did this summer - which was mentor Google Summer of Code students in OpenPrinting! We'll also have the students there to share their experience with the program, and their plans for the future!"

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 163 Hacktoberfest I – Hugo Peixoto

"Este é o primeiro episódio de Outubro, mês de Hacktoberfest! Estamos a preparar uma série de 4 episódios dedicados a pessoas e projectos ligados a este evento global. No primeiro ficamos com a experiência do Hugo Peixoto que nos contou o que já fez em edições anteriores e o que pretende realizar na edição 2021."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Technical Board: Tue, October 12, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu 21.10 Release: Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

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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