Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 707 for the week of October 24 - 30, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • We Need to Talk About Ubuntu Desktop and Community
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • Ubuntu Budgie – Ubuntu With Traditional Desktop Experience
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.04, and 21.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137863 (+106)
  • Critical: 324 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 68952 (+33)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.02% (38745/1208)
  • German: 86.93% (42292/199)
  • French: 81.46% (59971/7103)
  • Spanish: 80.81% (62073/4342)
  • Swedish: 77.37% (73211/1014)

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

We Need to Talk About Ubuntu Desktop and Community

Allan Carvalho expresses a view that he believes that "Ubuntu can re-approach the community and regain the focus on the desktop". He asks a favor and asks that his whole post be read. Allan, along with a few others, hopes this will bring "Ubuntu closer to the community" and provides a link to the new twitter feed. With a few graphics, a series of questions are asked in poll format to enlist community feedback. Allan asks for opinions, and provides poll results from the twitter responses. A list of Telegram channels is provided, before Allan moves to his views on the community, and what he hopes will change.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu Budgie – Ubuntu With Traditional Desktop Experience

Mohd Sohail writes about Ubuntu Budgie, its short history, and why you might want to adopt it as your system. With some background information, we are introduced to the Budgie desktop. This includes numerous screenshots, with a list of pre-installed applications. We are also told how the Budgie desktop allows for Widgets to be used to tailor the system for your likes/needs, or change themes. Links are provided for more details and to download Ubuntu Budgie.

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Looking For Community Feedback As Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Development Begins

Michael Larabel reminds us work has started on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS "Jammy Jellyfish" and tells us "Canonical is soliciting community feedback as they plot out more of the planned changes for this next major release". This feedback is being collected at a Ubuntu Community Hub post (link provided) started by Monica Ayhens-Madon. The feedback wanted includes what would help get more contributors or reduce barriers for contributions.

NVIDIA 495.44 Linux Driver Released With GBM Support

Michael Larabel tells us the NVIDIA 49.44 stable driver is out today introducing the Generic Buffer Manager (GBM), which improves Wayland support. Mentioning some other improvements (including ReBAR) and fixes, we are given a link to download the driver.

Project Wakefield Is OpenJDK's Effort To Improve Java On Wayland

Michael Larabel writes that Project Wakefield is a recent OpenJDK initiative to "implement native Wayland support within Java". With a focus to first implement "good support for JDK running on Wayland within the X11 compatibility mode". the goal is complete native Wayland support. Links are provided for more details.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Released with Ubuntu Server 21.10 Support

Marius Nestor reports on the announcement of the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Marius provides the specs of the device with an embedded video, we are also told it supports the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Server 21.10 "Impish Indri", and will have 64-bit support in a few days too. Support for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will be available in November, though Ubuntu Core 20 can be installed now, with prices & links provided.

In Other News

Ubuntu Server tips and tricks for installation and beyond

Brenna Miles profiles reasons why Ubuntu Server should be the first choice for data centers. Resource links are provided that include: Ubuntu Server installation checklist, Ubuntu Server 18.04: Easy-to-learn expert tips, and 9 must-do tips to secure Ubuntu Server.

Ubuntu 21.10 wants to make cloud-native app development easier for all

Aria Madison tells us Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10 which is claimed to be "made for Ubuntu developers", especially "cloud-native developers". With quotes from Canonical's CEO Mark Shuttleworth, we are told of some of the advantages of Ubuntu 21.10, and some of the features that make it a noteworthy release. Many links are provided.

Ubuntu On Air: Desktop Indaba | Impish Indri Release Retrospective

"Since we’ve just had our Impish Indri release, we’d like to highlight the release in this month’s Indaba! We’ll look at some cool new things in the release and talk about what is coming in the next cycle. So come join the fun and take this opportunity to ask questions around the release process or anything Ubuntu!"

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 166 - Hacktoberfest IV – Marcos Marado

"Quarto episódo da série Hacktoberfest, com o super especial Marcos Marado que veio partilhar a sua vasta e rica experiências em todas as edições em que participou, bem como na edição 2021 que se aproxima do seu fim."

Linux Action News 212

"Major performance milestones are being hit with new code inbound for Linux, Plasma and GNOME desktops are set to run Wayland on NVIDIA's binary driver, and why the SFC's new GPL fight could have implications for you."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, November 1, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, November 3, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, November 3, 11pm – Thu, November 4, 12am
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 4, 10pm – 11pm

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Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.04, and 21.10

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

Ubuntu 21.10 Updates

End of life: July 2022


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