Tim again with your fortnightly desktop update. Let’s jump straight in.
- Tickets: 478 (up 16)
- Untriaged: 186 (up 22)
- Open: 292 (down 6)
This pulse totals
- Triaged: 106
- Resolved: 76 (down -3)
- Carried over from pulse 12: 30
Because we want insights into where we’re spending resources, we need to make sure our ticket metadata is complete. In time, this will support capacity planning and give excellent insights into where we’re spending our time (ie maintenance, packaging, building new features, etc). All this to say, expect fluctuations in the metrics I share because our processes are evolving.
@jpnurmi continues doing awesome things in flutter. This pulse he has brought us a step closer to automated releases for our flutter repositories. This is enabled by using conventional commits in our repositories to enable auto generating release PRs for eventual publishing to https://pub.dev/publishers/ubuntu.com/packages (see https://github.com/googleapis/release-please and https://www.conventionalcommits.org to learn more).
I’ve mentioned previously that we want to land a new flutter-based app store in 23.10. I write “new” because there’s prior art that’s helped jump start this (big shout out to @frederik-f from the community here). I’ll provide more details in a separate post but I want to briefly call out two points:
The App Store will support debs, but it’s a non-goal to try and present debs and snaps as two options for the same app. Doing that is hard to get right and restricts design choices in other areas. So, I’m describing this as a “snap-first app store” not because we won’t support debs, but because we’re designing the experience around snap metadata. Deb support will land later because resources are always tight (we’re a small team). Finally, nothing here stops users from installing applications the old fashioned ways.
We’re also looking to simplify ratings with a +1 or -1 approach. This is similar to what Steam does, and they can still compute pseudo 5-star ratings while providing a simpler UX. Additionally, we could support other signals, for example, by computing the ratings slope one could image a “most improved” category.
To see what we’re aiming for in the 23.10 MVP see the overview below and let us know what you think:
The Bionic beaver’s 5 year LTS support period recently ended. This means new security updates are only available with an Ubuntu Pro subscription (its free for personal use up to 5 machines see - Ubuntu Pro | Ubuntu). Previously, Pro updates were not highlighted in update-manager which made things a bit unclear for users. So this pulse @elioqoshi designed an SRU-friendly visual refresh which we’re hoping to land in upcoming point releases. Here’s a sneak peak of some of screens:
- Landed cups-filters 2.0rc2 with SRU and security fixes from 23.04 and Fedora 38.
- Landed fixes for the CUPS snap with help from @seb128, @jbicha, and @kenvandine.
- Updated all the OpenPrinting Snaps to latest upstream and rebased on core22.
- @till-kamppeter and @jamesh worked on issues with the cups-control snap interface helping pave the way for printing on core desktop.
- For those of you attending #GUADEC join @till-kamppeter at the GNOME/GTK Printing BoF
- Ubuntu 22.10 reaches end of life in July
- GNOME Shell and Mutter:
- 44.2 has been released for Ubuntu 23.10
- 42.9 for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is nearing completion of testing.
- Mouse cursor smoothness is finally getting fixed! Starting with mantic in mutter 44.2-3ubuntu1.
- Firefox 114.0.2 landed ty @bandali
@dloose landed many of the firmware-updater UI changes I mentioned in previous updates. You can take a look by running
sudo snap install --edge firmware-updater… although unless your firmware is horribly out of date you might not see many of the changes.
That’s it for this pulse. Feel free to ask anything in the comments section and see you in a fortnight.
Director of Engineering | Ubuntu Desktop