Issue713


Contents

  1. In this Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) reaches End of Life on January 20 2022
    2. New Ubuntu 20.04.4 release date: February 24th
    3. Faster, More Stable And More Efficient! Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 Pro SP1 officially Release
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translations
  4. Hot in Support
    1. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions
    2. Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads
  5. LoCo Events
  6. The Hub
    1. Ubuntu Ugly Sweater Contest and End of the Year Party!
    2. Subiquity 21.12.1 has been released to stable
    3. Mir Release 2.6.0
    4. Call for testing: mir-kiosk, egmde, mir-test-tools (Mir 2.6)
    5. Call for testing: ubuntu-frame 53-mir02.6.0
  7. The Planet
    1. New things in AppStream 0.15
  8. Ubuntu Cloud News
  9. Canonical News
  10. In the Press
    1. What Is Ubuntu?
  11. In the Blogosphere
    1. Mesa's Classic Drivers Have Been Retired - Affecting ATI R100/R200 & More
    2. LibreOffice 7.2.4 and 7.1.8 Released with an Important Security Fix, Update Now
    3. Plasma Mobile Gear 21.12 Released for Linux Phones with ModemManager, Improved Apps
    4. Ubuntu Rethinking Its Initramfs Compression Strategy
    5. KDE Gear 21.12 Software Suite Released as a Massive Update, Here’s What’s New
  12. Other Articles of Interest
  13. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu On Air: Gamebuntu - Game on Ubuntu! | RudraOnAir
    2. Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 141
    3. Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 172 - Marilyn Monroe
  14. Meeting Reports
  15. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  16. Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.04, and 21.10
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 18.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 20.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 21.04 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 21.10 Updates
  17. Subscribe
  18. Archive
  19. Further News
  20. Conclusion
  21. Credits
  22. Glossary of Terms
  23. Get Involved
  24. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 713 for the week of December 5 - 11, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) reaches End of Life on January 20 2022
  • New Ubuntu 20.04.4 release date: February 24th
  • Faster, More Stable And More Efficient! Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 Pro SP1 officially Release
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Ugly Sweater Contest and End of the Year Party!
  • Subiquity 21.12.1 has been released to stable
  • Mir Release 2.6.0
  • Call for testing: mir-kiosk, egmde, mir-test-tools (Mir 2.6)
  • Call for testing: ubuntu-frame 53-mir02.6.0
  • New things in AppStream 0.15

  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • What Is Ubuntu?
  • 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, 21.04, and 21.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) reaches End of Life on January 20 2022

Brian Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team reminds us that Ubuntu 21.04, which was released back on 22 April 2021, will reach the end of it's supported life on 20 January 2022. We are told what this means, with links and a reminder to upgrade rather soon to Ubuntu 21.10.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2021-December/000275.html

New Ubuntu 20.04.4 release date: February 24th

Łukasz Zemczak of the Ubuntu Release Team alerts us that the release date of Ubuntu 20.04.4 has been changed to 24 February 2022.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2021-December/041738.html

Faster, More Stable And More Efficient! Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 Pro SP1 officially Release

The Ubuntu Kylin team has officially announced the release of Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 Pro SP1. This version is equipped with the Linux 5.11 kernel, and adds many new functions, features, and includes many fixes. Links to download & install are provided, as well as instructions for users with existing installs, along with a list of desktop changes, application changes, and more.

https://www.ubuntukylin.com/news/shownews.php?id=1715&lang=en

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 138095 (-23)
  • Critical: 323 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 68798 (-65)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 88.03% (38720/1090)
  • German: 87.00% (42050/23)
  • French: 81.49% (59894/6976)
  • Spanish: 80.82% (62046/4165)
  • Swedish: 77.41% (73104/857)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/

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: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

The Hub

Ubuntu Ugly Sweater Contest and End of the Year Party!

Monica Ayhens-Madon talks about the last UbuntuOnAir of 2021 and how it'll be a party. Scheduled for 16 December 2021 at 6pm UTC, we are also told of a Ubuntu Ugly Sweater Contest. A link to a template is provided, where we can design/draw/craft a sweatshirt, providing a copy of it on this thread. The winner will be voted on 16 December.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubuntu-ugly-sweater-contest-and-end-of-the-year-party/25674

Subiquity 21.12.1 has been released to stable

Michael Hudson Doyle reports on the release of Subiquity 21.12.1 to stable. A link to the release notes is provided, as well as an update that Subiquity 21.12.2 has since been released that fixes a bug found in 21.12.1.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/subiquity-21-12-1-has-been-released-to-stable/25631

Mir Release 2.6.0

Alan Griffiths reports on the release of Mir 2.6.0. With a list of the MirAL enhancements, we are also told of bug fixes, and given the changelog - including a ABI summary. Links to the source code tarball & Mir PPAs are also provided.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/release-2-6-0/25685

Call for testing: mir-kiosk, egmde, mir-test-tools (Mir 2.6)

Alan Griffiths in a further post after the release of Mir 2.6, tells us the new release should not impact existing users, but still asks users to give the "candidate" channel a test, and just use it normally. We are asked to report any issues on this thread, with a note that if none are reported the change to mir-kiosk should be promoted to stable next week.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-testing-mir-kiosk-egmde-mir-test-tools-mir-2-6/25689

Call for testing: ubuntu-frame 53-mir02.6.0

Alan Griffiths in this post tells us a new build of Ubuntu Frame exists with "automatic configuration of the Ubuntu Frame On Screen Keyboard", noting this should not impact existing usage. Alan requests users to help test this "candidate" channel code, reporting any issues in this thread. We are told the channel should be promoted to stable next week.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/call-for-testing-ubuntu-frame-53-mir02-6-0/25688

The Planet

New things in AppStream 0.15

Matthias Klumpp blogs 'on the road to AppStream 1.0' and of the remaining major feature "external release descriptions". The primary focus for this blog though is the new things found in AppsStream 0.15; which includes completely rewritten caching code, experimental compose support, supporting user input controls, defining minimum display size requirements, tags, and MetaInfo creator changes. These are only the "most noteworthy changes" with many links provided within detailed discussions on the changes.

https://blog.tenstral.net/2021/12/new-things-in-appstream-0-15.html

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

What Is Ubuntu?

Mohammed Abubakar gives us some of the background on the Ubuntu operating system and conveys many of the reasons why one would choose to use Ubuntu - or its flavors.

https://www.howtogeek.com/763775/what-is-ubuntu/

In the Blogosphere

Mesa's Classic Drivers Have Been Retired - Affecting ATI R100/R200 & More

Michael Larabel writes that the "classic OpenGL drivers (non-Gallium3D) have been cleared out of the code-base" in the "modernization" of Mesa. We are told the drivers will still be maintained in the Amber branch. We are also told the old "Radeon R100 & R200 drivers, the original Nouveau code, and the Intel i915 and i965 drivers" have been removed, resulting in "49k" lines of code removed in Mesa 22.0.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Mesa-Classic-Retired

LibreOffice 7.2.4 and 7.1.8 Released with an Important Security Fix, Update Now

Marius Nestor tells us the Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 7.2.4 and LibreOffice 7.1.8, with a bugfix for CVE-2021-43527. The fixed flaw was serious enough to warrant the update for the 7.1 series that had already reached end of life, and bring the release of 7.2.4 weeks early. We are given details of this issue, links, and advised to update our systems asap.

https://9to5linux.com/libreoffice-7-2-4-and-7-1-8-released-with-an-important-security-fix-update-now

Plasma Mobile Gear 21.12 Released for Linux Phones with ModemManager, Improved Apps

Marius Nestor reports on the latest release for the Plasma Mobile desktop. Pointedly is the change to ModemManager from oFono in its telephony stack. Further is the support for external displays, updated apps and improvements, and other noteworthy changes.

https://9to5linux.com/plasma-mobile-gear-21-12-released-for-linux-phones-with-modemmanager-improved-apps

Ubuntu Rethinking Its Initramfs Compression Strategy

Michael Larabel relays the reasoning that leads to discussions relating to changing the Zstd compression levels for various hardwares. Michael finally remarks "Finding the right mix in between for the proper memory / performance / time trade-off is still being determined but should be sorted out well in time for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS."

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Ubuntu-Initramfs-Zstd-Too-High

KDE Gear 21.12 Software Suite Released as a Massive Update, Here’s What’s New

Marius Nestor reports on the massive updates in KDE's Plasma desktop environment. Many improvements, new mechanisms, changes, added supports, streamlined options, better integration, and the many new features are related to us. A link is provided for complete disclosure with the advice to update as soon as they are available in the software repository.

https://9to5linux.com/kde-gear-21-12-software-suite-released-as-a-massive-update-heres-whats-new

Ubuntu On Air: Gamebuntu - Game on Ubuntu! | RudraOnAir

"Gamebuntu is a new app that Rudra has developed which helps to set up a complete environment for gaming on Ubuntu without any other tweaks (other than enabling Proton). It is intended for new users coming from Windows who want to game on Ubuntu. In this stream, he'll be adding more features to it live, based on the feedback that he received on Ubuntu Discourse, Twitter and other places."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9M9xcRtvvA

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 141

"A preview of some things to come for the Ubuntu Security Podcast plus we cover security updates for Samba, uriparser, libmodbus, MariaDB, Mailman and more."

https://ubuntusecuritypodcast.org/episode-141/

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 172 - Marilyn Monroe

"Patrão fora, dia insano na loja… Esta semana o Diogo e o Miguel divagaram sobre vespas asiáticas regadas com vinho tinto, adolescentes foram nadar na piscina dos grandes, e governos perderam a cabeça. Tudo isto e muito mais neste capítulo do PUP."

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e172/

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 13, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, December 15, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, December 15, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, December 15, 11pm – Thu, December 16, 12am

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit: https://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

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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