Ubuntu Flavor Sync Meeting Notes - 05 November 2023

Representatives from the Ubuntu Flavors along with various Canonical and community leads met in-person at the Ubuntu Summit, on November 5th 2023, 10:00 AM Riga Time to discuss the successful release of Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur, the upcoming release of Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat among other desktop and flavor developments:

  • @ilvipero Kicked off the session welcoming the crowded room. For those that could not join, we had a room full with many of our official Flavors, 2 representatives from Regolith Linux, a new upcoming official flavor of Ubuntu. We also had great support from Canonical engineers from Destkop, Server, Foundations, Design teams. Last but not least, it was great to see quite a few interested folks from the Ubuntu and Linux community.

  • In order to provide context to attendees that might not be familiar with Flavor sync, Mauro Gaspari (@ilvipero) took a few minutes to explain the a bit about flavor sync meetings.

    • What?
      A flavor sync meeting is a recurring meeting between parties involved in the development and release of Ubuntu and Ubuntu flavors. It happens every 2 months, therefore we have 3 flavour sync meetings for each ubuntu release. We usually have 2 sessions for each meeting, to accommodate time zones. Once a year, the flavour sync happens in person, at the Ubuntu Summit.
    • Who?
      Ubuntu Flavours, Ubuntu developers, upcoming flavours, downstreams, and anyone interested is
      welcome to join the flavour sync meetings. Quick note, the meetings are focused on the challenges and issues of the upcoming release of Ubuntu.
    • How?
      Ubuntu Flavor sync meetings are not streamed nor recorded. This is done on purpose to encourage honest, some times difficult questions and conversations. Highlights of the Flavour sync meetings are posted on the Ubuntu Discourse, to encourage ongoing conversation around the topics discussed and relevant to the development of Ubuntu releases.
  • Oliver Smith (@local-optimum ) and Tim Holmes-Mitra (@tim-hm ) Took the floor with a very thorough discussion about Ubuntu’s next LTS, 24.04 Noble Numbat and its roadmap.

    • New flutter-based, subiquity installer to replace the aging Ubiquity installer
    • App Center
    • Security Center
    • AppArmor profiles
    • More Flutter involvement
    • Ubuntu Core Desktop
    • The new flutter-based subiquity desktop installer was the center of the discussion and they had many questions from flavor leads.
  • Oliver Smith (@local-optimum) asked Flavour representatives if they would be interested in official images for Raspberry PI 5. This got a lot of attention and many Flavor leads expressed their interest.

  • Tobias Heider (@tobhe) added that he would love to help flavours get Asahi Linux images.

  • Eylul Dogurel (@eylul ) informed the group that she wants to start a designer group focused on Ubuntu Flavors. This initiative aims to gather a group of artists and designers, that would provide services to Ubuntu Flavors. The idea is to reduce fragmentation and promote collaboration.

  • Mauro Gaspari (@ilvipero ) mentioned that Ken Gilmer, leader of the Regolith Linux downstream distribution, committed time and resources to become an official Ubuntu Flavor. A quick reminder to take this as an opportunity to make sure upcoming flavors have a clear path forward and well documented steps to progress and ask for help when needed.

Ubuntu Flavor Sync Meetings take place every 2 months on the second Monday of that month. There are two sessions, 3PM UTC and 10PM UTC, to best accommodate our global community. All are welcome to join and participate in the discussion!