Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 712 for the week of November 28 - December 4, 2021.

In this Issue

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

  • UbuCon Asia 2021 - Final report (closing report)

  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 138118 (-130)
  • Critical: 324 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 68863 (-290)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.03% (38723/1641)
  • German: 86.96% (42187/198)
  • French: 81.47% (59945/7331)
  • Spanish: 80.82% (62052/4203)
  • Swedish: 77.38% (73175/863)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

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 - Final report (closing report)

Youngbin Han tells us of the "final wrap-up report" for UbuCon Asia activities. Youngbin Han provides a link to the report for those interested, including any who plan to "organize similar events".

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

A Call For KDE To Fully Embrace Simplicity By Default, Appeal To More Novice Users

Michael Larabel writes that "KDE developer Nate Graham" has written a new "opinion piece arguing for more simplicity by default". We are given some stats behind the reasoning, noting that it doesn't need to "alienate the advanced/power users of KDE". The link to Nate's blog is included.

KDE Plasma 5.23.4 Update Brings Back the Touchpad Applet, Fixes More Bugs

Marius Nestor tells us of the release of KDE Plasma 5.23.4 with the return of the Touchpad applet, along with many other improvements. We are given a link to the changelog of the 35 changes, and told to upgrade when it's available for our systems.

New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Patches Address 6 Vulnerabilities, Update Now

Marius Nestor alerts us to new Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu releases that fix various security vulnerabilities. Providing the release, CVE, and how attackers could exploit the issue if unpatched, and more for each flaw. We are of course reminded to upgrade our system as soon as possible including reboot.

Xfce’s Apps Update for November 2021: New Releases of Mousepad, Ristretto, and Whisker Menu

Marius Nestor blogs about the November 2021 write up of "Xfce Apps Update". In noting the apps and versions that are included, we are given a glimpse of some of the fixes, and new features included. Next Marius covers the work on Xfce 4.18 and progress that continues there with some details of applications that have received attention, before ending with the link to the Xfce Announce mailing list.

Ubuntu On Air: Foundations Chat | YannickOnAir

"Community host Yannick Mauray chats with a member of our Foundations team, Łukasz Zemczak, to better understand the important work he does for Ubuntu. Lukasz and other engineers on the Foundations team work on the base of the Ubuntu system, from early boot to compiler and tool chains. Their work improves the stability and quality of the Ubuntu system, and impacts every aspect of the Ubuntu ecosystem, from Desktop to cloud."

Ubuntu On Air: Get Onboard | Community Office Hours

"We're winding down the year, but we're talking about a new onboarding guide for contributors. We're also talking about recent and future Ubuntu events, Advent of Code, and how to use your computer for good with the help of the Ubuntu Hideout."

Ubuntu On Air: Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba - December 3, 2021

“There has been a lot of amazing work happening in the WSL realm (that’s Windows Subsystem for Linux), so come meet the folks that make it happen! We’ll be joined by the main developers that will talk about recent cool new updates and be able to answer all of your WSL questions. Jean-Babitste leads this small and efficient team and has been involved from day one with Didier. Recently, we’ve hired Carlos from the community to help continue the amazing work. So come join the fun and take this opportunity to ask questions around WSL or anything Ubuntu!"

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 140

"A gnarly old bug in NSS is unearthed, plus we cover security updates for ICU, the Linux kernel and ImageMagick as well."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 171 - Vollare

"Esta semana estivemos na companhia do Janos Kehl que é Head of Marketing & Sales na Hallo Welt Systeme responsável entre outros produtos pelo(s) Volla phone(s). E a conversa foi do Volla às francesinhas num ápice… percebam como em mais um capítulo do vosso podcast preferido."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Technical Board: Tue, December 7, 8pm – 9pm

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

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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