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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 663


Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 663 for the week of December 20 - 26, 2020. The wiki page of this issue is available here:


== In this Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Hot in Support
 * LoCo Events
 * Snap Tips
 * My 'Must-Have' GNOME Extensions
 * Other Community News
 * Canonical News
 * Featured Audio and Video
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, and 20.10
 * And much more!

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open: 135735 (+96)
 * Critical: 342 (0)
 * Unconfirmed: 67243 (+97)

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

=== Translations ===

 * Ukrainian: 87.93% (38980/581)
 * German: 86.33% (44133/30)
 * French: 81.35% (60224/6360)
 * Spanish: 80.99% (61398/3703)
 * Swedish: 74.57% (82128/916)

== Hot in Support ==

=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions ===

 * Is apt-get -f install safe? - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1302502/is-apt-get-f-install-safe
 * Some popular tools are missing in GIMP 2.10 - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1302582/some-popular-tools-are-missing-in-gimp-2-10
 * bash, files, rename files, switch positions - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1302084/bash-files-rename-files-switch-positions
 * Make a desktop shortcut of Chrome Extensions - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1301710/make-a-desktop-shortcut-of-chrome-extensions
 * How to remove Ubuntu and keep Lubuntu? - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1302799/how-to-remove-ubuntu-and-keep-lubuntu

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

=== Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads ===

 * Primary Monitor Not Detected Until After Logging In - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455516
 * LVM add a new drive how? - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455514
 * Clock For Unity Desktop - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455491
 * Wickr-me installed but doesn't open (anymore) - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455735
 * Bootable USB stick on MacOS - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455611

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

== LoCo Events ==

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

 * Virtual AZLOCO/PLUG Install-fest/Linux Workshop, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4084-virtual-azlocoplug-install-festlinux-workshop/
 * Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4066-virtual-tempe-ubuntu-hour/

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

== The Planet ==

=== Snap Tips ===

Alan Pope provides us with various tips useful for snap & snapd. Alan notes this is kind of a bunch of random snap commands found in complete detail in the snapcraft documentation (link provided). Alan provides numerous examples, including a link to his GitHub for pull-requests & issues should we have any.


=== My 'Must-Have' GNOME Extensions ===

Alan Pope relates for us the extensions he has added to his Ubuntu 20.10 GNOME Shell to supplement the default. Here he details: Sound Switcher Indicator, Snap Manager, Hue Lights, and CPU Power Manager. Alan notes "GNOME Shell on Ubuntu is a super productive environment ... it’s possible to customise the environment to your needs". Alan invites others to blog about their favorite extensions in hopes of propagating knowledge about GNOME extensions and features.


== Other Community News ==

=== Xfce 4.16 released ===

The Xfce development team announces the release of Xfce 4.16. A big step for the team was the migration to Gitlab, which should make it easier for new contributors. Additional CI pipelines, a new Xfce visual identity, the dropping of GTK2 support code, along with many other improvements are listed, including links for those who need more info.

https://xfce.org/about/news/?post=1608595200 ; https://mail.xfce.org/pipermail/xfce-announce/2020-December/000956.html

Media coverage:
 * Xfce 4.16 Released With Numerous Improvements To This Lightweight GTK3 Desktop -
 * Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Officially Released, This Is What’s New -
 * Xfce 4.16 Released with New Features & Visual Changes -

== Canonical News ==

 * Why LZO was chosen as the new compression method - https://ubuntu.com//blog/why-lzo-was-chosen-as-the-new-compression-method

== Featured Audio and Video ==

=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S13E40 – Ravens ===

"This week we have been fixing network and audio noise and playing Hotshot Racing. We look back and celebrate the good things that happened in 2020, bring you some GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback."


=== Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 122 - Feliz Natal ===

"Ho ho ho! Tornamos histórias enfadonhas em aventuras fantásticas, acontecimentos cinzentos em verdadeiros contos de fadas, ou então falamos só sobre Ubuntu e outras cenas… Aqui fica mais um episódio no vosso podcast preferido."


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

 * Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 28, 7pm – 8pm
 * Desktop Team: Tue, December 29, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
 * Technical Board: Tue, December 29, 8pm – 9pm
 * Community Council: Wed, December 30, 11pm – Thu, December 31, 12am
 * Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 31, 4pm – 5pm

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

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

=== Security Updates ===

No activity this period.

=== Ubuntu 16.04 Updates ===

 * update-notifier 3.168.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/xenial-changes/2020-December/029126.html

End of Standard Support: April 2021

=== Ubuntu 18.04 Updates ===

 * gnome-shell 3.28.4-0ubuntu18.04.7 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/bionic-changes/2020-December/031308.html

End of Standard Support: April 2023

=== Ubuntu 20.04 Updates ===

 * mutter 3.36.7+git20201123- - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2020-December/021961.html

End of Standard Support: April 2025

=== Ubuntu 20.10 Updates ===

 * gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons 20.04.0+git20200908-5~ubuntu20.10.0 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/groovy-changes/2020-December/013040.html
 * mutter 3.38.2-1ubuntu1~20.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/groovy-changes/2020-December/013041.html
 * gnome-shell 3.38.2-1ubuntu1~20.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/groovy-changes/2020-December/013042.html
 * gnome-shell-extensions 3.38.2-1~ubuntu20.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/groovy-changes/2020-December/013043.html

End of life: July 2021

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== Conclusion ==

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!

== Credits ==

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