Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 721 for the week of January 30 - February 5, 2022.

In this Issue

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

  • GNOME Shell 41 in Ubuntu 22.04
  • Proposal: GNOME Connections as default remote desktop client
  • Focal Fossa (20.04.4 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • Accessibility Testers Needed - Web Site and Flutter Installer
  • 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, and 21.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 138238 (+42)
  • Critical: 329 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 69091 (+50)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.04% (38702/1500)
  • German: 87.02% (42003/123)
  • French: 81.50% (59869/7108)
  • Spanish: 80.87% (61891/4164)
  • Swedish: 77.45% (72949/909)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at:

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at:

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

GNOME Shell 41 in Ubuntu 22.04

Daniel Van Vugt thanks Marco Trevisan for getting GNOME Shell 41 into Ubuntu 22.04 last week, noting that mutter 41.2 "has enabled support for NVIDIA's GBM backend". We are told how we can check that the path for Wayland sessions is being used.

Proposal: GNOME Connections as default remote desktop client

Jeremy Bicha proposes that the "default remote desktop client be switched from Remmina to the new GNOME Connections app". Providing a brief history, the discussion includes: features, availability, dependencies, as well as including a screendump to Connections. Jeremy is asking for feedback from those who use RDP or VNC.

Focal Fossa (20.04.4 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Łukasz Zemczak has started the Focal Fossa (20.04.4 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking document, which will be updated with the status, summary, any blockers or bugs to watch, plus a release checklist. This document will be updated as required until Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS is finally released.

Accessibility Testers Needed - Web Site and Flutter Installer

Monica Ayhens-Madon reminds us that Ubuntu should be available and accessible to everyone. Admitting this has 'slipped' recently, we are told Canonical has returned focus to this goal, and are thus requesting contributors who use screen readers. We are briefly introduced to Scott Mason Nash, and Ken VanDine who need the input from contributors and testers, and who will happily reply to any questions in this thread.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Integrating systemd-oomd For Improving Low Memory Handling

Michael Larabel tells us Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be using systemd-oomd, which is triggered before the Linux kernel's OOM (out-of-memory) killer. We are told it's not yet found on dailies, but is only an 'apt install' away, and given some history of systemd--oomd, along with links if we require more details.

KDE Falkon 3.2 Web Browser Released with Screen Capture Support, Many Improvements

Marius Nestor reports that the KDE Project's Falkon browser has been updated to version 3.2. Marius notes that whilst it started as a browser intended for educational purposes, it's now becoming full featured and competes with Mozilla Firefox. We are told of some of the improvements, shown a screen capture, and provided a link for the release announcement page.

x86 Straight Line Speculation Mitigation Being Back-Ported To GCC 11

Michael Larabel provides the patch mitigation for the x86 straight-line speculation vulnerability. He further advises that the patch is backported to the GCC 11 stable series and will be available in the upcoming GCC 11.3 point release.

NVIDIA 510.47.03 Linux Driver Released With Vulkan 1.3 Support, RTX 3050 Compatibility

Michael Larabel writes that NVIDIA has released their first stable version of NVIDIA 510 linux driver (510.47.03). We are reminded of some of the features of the prior 'beta' driver, are told it's a nice update with Vulkan 1.3 support, and provided a link to download this driver.

Xfce’s Apps Update for January 2022: New Releases of Ristretto, CPU Freq Plugin, and More

Marius Nestor provides the January 2022 "Xfce Apps Update" of what is new from the Xfce project. We are told updates include numerous improvements to Ristretto image version 0.12.2, CPU Freq plugin 1.2.6 & Indicator plugin for the Xfce panel, and major work has been done on Tumbler D-Bus thumbnailing service as work progresses on Xfce 4.18. Links for more details are provided.

NVIDIA Linux Gaming Performance For Wayland vs. X.Org On Ubuntu 22.04

Michael Larabel starts by telling us that NVIDIA's newly introduced 510 driver series, paired with the latest XWayland, and GNOME/Mutter can deliver "comparable performance to a traditional X.Org session". We are told NVIDIA Wayland support with GBM has "stabilized", and are given benchmarks using the current Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, contrasting GNOME with X.Org and GNOME Wayland sessions.

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 Will Include Flatpak by Default

Joey Sneddon reports that "Flatpak support will be included in Ubuntu MATE 22.04 out of the box". Joey reports that "all required desktop integrations with portals are present and working by default". Joey notes where he discovered this, and that no official announcement has yet been made. He gives some thoughts on what he feels this means, and what he has discovered in respect to Flatpak-friendly features for those users who are using the Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS alpha.

Ubuntu On Air: Open Source MANO

In this UbuntuOnAir, Wajeeha Hamid and Mark Beierl introduce us to Open Source MANO and its dynamic community, discuss what they and Canonical are doing to help lead the community, and show how to get involved in the project.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 147

"We’re back after a few weeks off to cover the launch of the Ubuntu Security Guide for DISA-STIG, plus we detail the latest vulnerabilities and updates for lxml, PolicyKit, the Linux Kernel, systemd, Samba and more."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 180 - Aspirações Populares

"É díficil eleger o tema principal deste episódios, mas podemos avançar que os percentuais se distribuiram, em partes não iguais, pela próxima Ubucon Europe, aspiradores inteligentes, energia fotovoltaica e muito mais…."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, February 7, 4pm – 5pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, February 8, 8pm – 9pm
  • Community Council: Wed, February 9, 11pm – Thu, February 10, 12am
  • Community Office Hours: Thu, February 10, 6pm – 7pm

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

Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 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 21.10 Updates

End of life: July 2022


Get your copy of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter delivered each week to you via email at:

Or follow us via our various social media presences:


You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at:

Further News

As always you can find more Ubuntu news and announcements at:


Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!


The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Krytarik Raido
  • Bashing-om
  • Chris Guiver
  • Wild Man
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at:

Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. More on this at:

Or get involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team! We always need summary writers and editors, if you're interested, learn more at:


This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please check for more information on where to get help.

Except where otherwise noted, this issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License

UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue721 (last edited 2022-02-07 20:38:55 by bashing-om)