Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 677 for the week of March 28 - April 3, 2021. The wiki page of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Final Beta released
  • Reminder -- Hirsute kernel freeze is Apr 8
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Call for Beta Testing Ubuntu 21.04 and Ubuntu Flavours
  • Announcing the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - April 23, 2021
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, and 20.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Final Beta released

Łukasz Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the final beta release of Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo). With details of what is covered in the release, we are reminded it is still not the final release, which is due 22 April. The various flavors are covered, with many links provided including where we should report any found bugs.


Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Media attention:

Reminder -- Hirsute kernel freeze is Apr 8

Seth Forshee reminds us the Kernel Freeze for Ubuntu 21.04 needs to be submitted to the mailing list before 8 April, or be subject to the SRU policy and likely be deferred to a post-release update.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 136891 (+153)
  • Critical: 350 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 68227 (+124)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.85% (39387/1630)
  • German: 86.51% (43732/13)
  • French: 81.17% (61043/6605)
  • Spanish: 80.67% (62671/3835)
  • Swedish: 75.91% (78127/456)

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

Call for Beta Testing Ubuntu 21.04 and Ubuntu Flavours

Mike Royal reminds us the Ubuntu 21.04 Beta is available for testing. In the page of links we can read the release notes, read how to test, download various architectures: main Ubuntu, the official flavors and and as well various remixes.


Announcing the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - April 23, 2021

Ken Van Dine introduces us to the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (conference between people), also telling us the first indaba will be on 23 April. We are told the weekly IRC meeting will end, with the review of release bugs moving to discourse. We are given the reasons for this change.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Xfce’s Apps Update for March 2021 Covers New Releases of Thunar, Xfdashboard, and Gigolo

Marius Nestor writes of the March 2021 updates for Xfce's apps. Marius highlights as the 'star' Thunar, which received three updates, giving details on why the updates are significant. Mention is also made of Xfdashboard, and Gigolo and their updates. Also noted are several panel plugins that have been updated. We are also told the Xfce project has been accepted into GSoC 2021, with links provided for more details.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 110

"This week we look at 2 years of 14.04 ESM, a kernel Livepatch issue, DNS-over-HTTPS for Google Chrome plus security updates for ldb, OpenSSL, Squid, curl and more."


Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E04 – Shrug Material Bits

"This week we’ve been switching to Brave and KDE. We discuss what Alan’s birthday present could be and go over all your wonderful ‘feedback’."


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 136 - Galinha

"Dando o merecido destaque às novidades do catálogo da Nitrokey, os assuntos deste epuisódio passaram ainda pelos testes de streaming do Constantino e os bash scripts preguiçosos do Carrondo."


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, April 5, 3pm – 4pm
  • Desktop Team: Tue, April 6, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, April 6, 7pm – 8pm
  • Community Council: Wed, April 7, 11pm – Thu, April 8, 12am
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, April 8, 3pm – 4pm

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

Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, and 20.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2021

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2023

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 20.10 Updates

End of life: July 2021


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