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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 628

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 628 for the week of April 19 - 25, 2019. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

    In this Issue

    • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) released
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Hot in Support
    • LoCo Events
    • Groovy Gorilla Release Schedule
    • Yaru & Folder Color in Ubuntu 20.04
    • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS… on Big Iron!
    • Canonical News
    • In the Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Meeting Reports
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 19.10, and 20.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) released

    Ian Laine, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for desktop, server, cloud and more. Mentioning some of the enhancements and features found in 20.04, we are also told of the Ubuntu flavors being released today. Plenty of links are of course provided.

    Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

    This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open: 137446 (+495)
    • Critical: 365 (+1)
    • Unconfirmed: 65110 (+273)

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


    • Ukrainian: 89.22% (31890/39)
    • German: 86.98% (38524/26)
    • Spanish: 83.57% (48623/3470)
    • French: 80.91% (56490/6671)
    • Swedish: 74.18% (76402/814)

    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

    Groovy Gorilla Release Schedule

    Ian Laine provides the draft Groovy Gorilla Release Schedule, including an archive-wide activities listing in hopes to reduce the disruptive effect of certain changes, and a release task signup sheet.

    The Planet

    Yaru & Folder Color in Ubuntu 20.04

    Marcos Costales writes that the new Yaru found in Ubuntu 20.04 is awesome, but the Folder Color & Yaru weren't working with the release. This can be easily fixed due to Jan Schröder's Yaru-Colors project. This small post provides the commands needed to install and utilize it, with thanks to Jan Schröder for the work.

    Ubuntu 20.04 LTS… on Big Iron!

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS supports s390x architecture on IBM Z mainframes. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS utilizes improved compression and encryption features found in IBM z15 hardware, with Subiquity now the default installer also for s390x. Multiple links are provided for more details, plus a photograph of Lyz's new fossa stuffed toy.

    Canonical News

    In the Blogosphere

    Ubuntu 20.04: What’s New? [Video]

    Joey Sneddon starts by noting a huge set of user-visible changes, many of which can be seen in the embedded youtube video. Beyond the video, Joey writes that "Ubuntu 20.04 is the most secure, stable and scalable version of Ubuntu to date", before declaring it "frickin' fantastic".

    Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Launch Date Announced

    Bogdan Popa reports that UBports have announced the build of Ubuntu Touch is available for testing before the May 6 OTA-12 release date. An invitation for all testers to return feedback is given, before noting some of the new features that will be discovered in OTA-12, including the removal of scopes which changes the home screen of Lomiri. We are provided links to the blog post and GitHub page created for Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 QA.

    A Spotters Guide to New Features in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

    Joey Sneddon notes that users upgrading from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will find Ubuntu 20.04 LTS behaves a little differently. To help these users, Joey spotlights 18 notable changes between these two releases, with screenshots provided.

    Mesa 20.0.5 Released With The Latest Batch Of Intel/AMD Graphics Driver Fixes

    Michael Larabel writes that in the Mesa 20.0.5 release are fixes for Intel and AMD Radeon graphics drivers, RADV, NIR, DRM, polish for the Intel ANV pipeline, and "other random fixes". Michael provides a link to Mesa-dev for the details.

    NVIDIA 440.66.11 Linux Driver Fixes Annoying Bugs With PRIME Sync

    Michael Larabel reports on Nvidia's weekly update for the 440.66.11 beta driver, mainly directed to multi-GPU/Optimus laptops to avoid artifact issues. The update also has a fix for horizontal lines corruption within Vulkan applications/games, Michael provides a link to for the download and release notes.

    Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” Is Slated for Release on October 22

    Marius Nestor tells us the Ubuntu team at Canonical have already started planning for Ubuntu 20.10 which will be "Groovy Gorilla", with a draft release schedule already published. Marius lists some of the key dates & information revealed in the release schedule before noting we still don't know anything, as the team is still in the planning stage.

    Ubuntu Working Hard to Improve Fingerprint Login

    Joey Sneddon writes that Ubuntu developers are working with the libfprint project to improve support for biometric authentication methods in GNOME-based systems. Details are given from a blog post by Martin Wimpress that shows the work that's gone into Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in adding/enrolling/removing fingerprints. However more improvements are on the way through a stable release update (SRU).

    In Other News

    Proton has brought about 6000 games to Linux so far

    A short post by Thom Holwerda reminding us that Proton has brought about 6000 games to desktop Linux in the last two years, and provides some clues Thom uses in buying games and knowing ahead of time if they'll easily work.

    Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'

    Tim Anderson writes that Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, gave a press briefing stating "a very big year for Ubuntu and for Canonical, it is the year where Ubuntu became commercially self-sustaining". The discussion touches on many topics, including: security on various infrastructures especially IBM z15 is mentioned, along with WireGuard VPN protocol currently found in 20.04 (but will be backported to 18.04), the Snap package management system, WSL and more.

    Security and performance are the focus as Canonical launches Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

    Anasia D'mello gives emphasis to the 20.04 release as it relates to enterprise applications. Security and performance are the hallmarks and Anasia provides grounds for the assertion that "Ubuntu has reached the top of independent rankings of enterprise Linux security". The role of platform partners in global hardware vendors and system integrators are given view and discussed.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 72

    "A huge number of CVEs fixed in the various Ubuntu releases, including for PHP, Git, Thunderbird, GNU binutils and more, plus Joe McManus discusses ROS with Sid Faber."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E04 – Indoor umbrellas

    "This week we’ve been playing virtual board games. We discuss the new generation of Linux phones, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E05 – The Scottish Play

    "This week we’ve be stoving in people’s heads with spades and buying tablets. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is out! We discuss GNOME Shell UX plans, the GNOME extension for Snapcraft, Ubuntu on LinuxONE mainframes and a new release of Mir. We round up some events and our picks from the tech news."

    Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E86 - Engenharia em directo

    "Neste episódios, conversámos sobre as nossas actividades geeks pascais respeito de redes, novos meios de impressão 3d automatizada, reparamos um nextcloud durante o episódio, ou não, vão ter que ouvir para saber , além de novidades do UBports e um novo gestore de VMs criado pelo Martin Wimpress."

    Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: S01E87 - Festa Confinada

    "O Diogo continua com as suas aventura de redes e conta-nos como é o seu gateway ideal. Tiago continua focado na impressão 3D.
    Há muitas notícias de releases, o Mir 1.8.0, a OTA-12 do Ubuntu Touch está em fase de testes e o Ubuntu 20.04 sai já dia 23 e
    claro isto é motivo de festa. Não percas o episódio 87!!!"

    Meeting Reports

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    • Kernel Team: Tue, April 28, 5pm – 6pm
    • Desktop Team: Tue, April 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    • Security Team: Wed, April 29, 10:30pm – 11:15pm
    • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 30, 3pm – 4pm

    For more details and farther dates please visit:

    Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 19.10, and 20.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

    End of Standard Support: April 2021

    Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

    End of Standard Support: April 2023

    Ubuntu 19.10 Updates

    End of Life: July 2020

    Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

    End of Standard Support: April 2025


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