Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 717 for the week of January 2 - 8, 2022.

In this Issue

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

  • Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - January 28, 2022 @ 5PM UTC
  • The Future of Snapcraft
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 138375 (+91)
  • Critical: 324 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 69002 (+14)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.03% (38719/1334)
  • German: 87.01% (42043/22)
  • French: 81.49% (59881/7178)
  • Spanish: 80.85% (61958/4225)
  • Swedish: 77.44% (72997/944)

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

Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - January 28, 2022 @ 5PM UTC

Heather Hellsworth reminds us what the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba is, and that they'll be held the last Friday of each month; so the next one will be on 29 January 2022. Heather tells us we'll see Monica Ayhens-Madon, Heather Ellsworth, Cassidy James (Elementary) & Paul K. (Yaru) attending, where the discussion will be about theming.

The Planet

The Future of Snapcraft

Igor Ljubuncic, in explaining the snap formatting, extols the conversion to the new modular design, and relates some of the "technical challenges that need to be addressed". Monolithic code will continue to be supported through a fall back process in this transition to core22. Comments, ideas, and contributions are welcomed.

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Other Community News

Ubuntu Kylin: Dry goods! Suggested Favorites - User FAQ Issue 1

“哈喽~为了方便大家的使用,我们通过论坛和交流群等渠道整理了一些大家咨询频率较高的问题以及答案,希望可以为大家提供参考哦~ 如果本期没有涉及到你的问题,不用着急,可在交流群或论坛提出你的问题,我们会有技术人员帮你解答。同时,大家可在优麒麟论坛留言,点赞数靠前的问题会出现在我们下一期的 Q&A 里哦!”

Ubuntu Cloud News

In the Blogosphere

Canonical Hiring For An Ubuntu Linux Desktop Gaming Product Manager

Michael Larabel writes that Canonical is "looking to capitalize on the renewed interest around Linux gaming" and is hiring a Desktop Gaming Product Manager for Ubuntu. Along with details about the new role, we are provided with a link if we'd like to apply or want more information.

The Extension Displays GNOME Dash as Top Dock When Mouse Hover Top-bar

Ji m introduces and explains how we can use the "Dash from Panel" GNOME extension. We are provided with many screen captures, told how to install it, and links on where to get it.

New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Updates Fix 9 Vulnerabilities, Patch Now

Marius Nestor alerts us to Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel team's release of security fixes for Ubuntu 21.10, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 & 14.04 ESM. We are given the CVEs fixed, the release(s) impacted, and how attackers could take advantage of our systems if left unpatched. Links are provided, and we're advised to update our systems asap, and reboot. We are reminded this maybe the last kernel update for Ubuntu 21.04 as it's nearing its end of life.

KDE Gear 21.12 Gets First Point Release, Improves Dolphin, Kdenlive, and Many Other Apps

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE Project has released KDE Gear 21.12.1. We are told it includes fixes to the Dolphin file manager, Ark archive manager, Gwenview image viewer, and Elisa music player. Numerous others received fixes too, including Kdenlive video editor, making it worth the upgrade. A link to the full changelog is included.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 Released with Redesigned Greeter, Various Improvements

Marius Nestor reports that the UBports Foundation has released OTA-21 for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system. We are told it's still based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It contains many fixes and improvements, highlights being a redesigned greeter (PIN/password entry screen), new Tamil font, new magnetometer and compass plugin, and more. We are also told the UBports Foundation has improved the installer for Halium 10 devices, and continues the port of Ubuntu Touch to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Linux 5.17 To Bring AMD P-State, Many AMD & Intel Improvements, New Optimizations

Michael Larabel provides a look forward to the enhancements within the Linux 5.17 release. Among the many features expected, Michael particularly notes: new AMD and Intel hardware support, Arm improvements, Apple M1 bring-up, network optimizations, and hardware driver works. Further is presented a "key material" list that is expected for the Linux 5.17 merge window.

KDE Frameworks 5.90 Arrives with More Improvements for Your Favorite KDE Apps

Marius Nestor notes that there are 181 changes in this monthly update. He annotates several of these changes that incorporate improvements to pointer devices, changes to the Plasma Wayland session/desktop, as well as improvements to the Dolphin file manager. A link is provided to the release announcement that details "what exactly was fixed, changed or removed".

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 145

"The Ubuntu Security Podcast is back for 2022 and we’re starting off the year with a bang💥! This week we bring you a special interview with Kees Cook of Google and the Linux Kernel Self Protection Project discussing Linux kernel hardening upstream developments. Plus we look at security updates for Mumble, Apache Log4j2, OpenJDK and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 176 - Olimpíadas da Matemática

"Todos a postos! Os atletas está na linha de partida prontos para a corrida das previsões. Vamos lá fazer o balanço de 2021, contando com o olhar atento do Miguel, que se vai assegurar que tudo corre bem!"

Late Night Linux: Episode 158

"Ubuntu might be taking gaming more seriously, more Mozilla missteps, why Her Majesty’s demise might be really bad news, a brand new segment, KDE Korner, and more."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, January 10, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, January 12, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Council: Wed, January 12, 11pm – Thu, January 13, 12am

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 20, 2022

Ubuntu 21.10 Updates

End of life: July 2022


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