Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 711 for the week of November 21 - 27, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Heads up: Systemd v249 hits the archive
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Cloud-init 2022 Release Schedule
  • Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) -December 3, 2021 @ 5PM UTC
  • Announcement: Ubuntu Accomplishments
  • Gaming on Ubuntu Desktop
  • 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, 21.04, and 21.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Heads up: Systemd v249 hits the archive

Lukas Märdian provides a "heads up" that Systemd v249 has been merged for Ubuntu Jammy LTS. Mentioning that it was hoped v250 would be ready (with a RC), but to be safe v249 will be used. We are told the upload is planned for 7 December 2021, and this mailing list post is asking if there are any objections. Links are provided.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 138248 (+100)
  • Critical: 324 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 69153 (+35)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.03% (38724/1087)
  • German: 86.94% (42260/209)
  • French: 81.47% (59947/6969)
  • Spanish: 80.82% (62052/4162)
  • Swedish: 77.38% (73176/854)

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

Cloud-init 2022 Release Schedule

James Falcon provides the 2022 release schedule for cloud-init, with a list of dates for the releases of 22.1 through 22.4. If extra releases are required to address security issues, they'll be done with additional details appearing in the cloud-init mailing list.

Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) -December 3, 2021 @ 5PM UTC

Heather Ellsworth reminds us what the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba is, and where the term came from, before telling us the next will be on 3 December 2021 with Heather, Monica Ayhens-Madon, Jean-Babtiste Lallement, and Carlos Santana de Oliveira. We are told the subject (WSL) and if we have questions we can't ask during the live stream, to leave them on this thread.

Announcement: Ubuntu Accomplishments

Dani Llewellyn announces that the Ubuntu Accomplishments on the Snap Store has been completed. We are told it's a resurrection of a "project initiated by Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge" that originally used the Ubuntu One file sync service which was shutdown. The replacement server side component is in Dart, with the viewer application written in Flutter and Dart. Links are provided.

Gaming on Ubuntu Desktop

Oliver Smith starts a "short mini-series" on "gaming on Ubuntu" which will provide some "tips and tricks on getting started", with a link to the "Part 1: Steam and Proton" on We are told there are a number of topics planned on the 2022 roadmap covering Ubuntu 22.04 & 22.10. This thread is to provide a place for sharing the "good, bad and the ugly of gaming on Ubuntu", for both gamers and developers.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Steam Client Now Supports VA-API Hardware Encoding on Linux, CEG DRM Games

Marius Nestor tells us Valve has released a new Steam Client update with "support for VA-API hardware encoding on Linux". With details that it can be turned off, we're also told of other improvements to various components, and bug fixes that reduce memory when "processing shader caches". A link to the release notes is provided for more details. Marius recommends "updating your Steam Client installations".

13 Best Dark GTK Themes for Your Linux Desktop

Pratham Patel has compiled a list of dark themes for Gnome, and with that he provides screenshots (with short descriptions) of what they look like. Individual links to download the respective themes are provided.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 139

"This week we put out a call for testing and feedback on proposed Samba updates for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS plus we look at security updates for Mailman, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, BlueZ and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 170 - Desfiladeiro

"Esta semana a conversa foi animada e abordou temas tão interessantes como Wireguard e/ou integrações zigbee no Home Assistant, e revisitámos o raspberry pi zero e as mais recentes acções da comunidade Ubuntu."

Late Night Linux: Episode 152

"Mixed news for the Steam Deck, deja vu in Germany, Canonical looks to solve an industry-wide issue, Stadia’s death rattle, Apple’s nod towards right to repair, and KDE Korner."

TuxDigital: 176

"On this episode of This Week in Linux, OBS Vs Streamlabs, APT 2.3.12 Released (“LTT Patch”), Steam for Linux Client Updated, Lakka 3.6 Released, Mesa 21.3 3D Library Released, Ubuntu Touch OTA-20 Released, Canonical’s New Approach to Documentation, KDE Plasma Getting Overview in 5.24, Google GNews & Drama. All that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, November 29, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, December 1, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, December 1, 11pm – Thu, December 2, 12am
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, December 2, 10pm – 11pm

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit:

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

Security Updates

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

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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