Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 787

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 787 for the week of May 7 - 13, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) begins 31 May 2023
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Chromium hardware-accelerated build for Intel-based platforms available for beta testing
  • Ubuntu Flavor Sync Meeting Notes - May 8, 2023
  • Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - May 16, 2023 @ 15:00 UTC
  • Ubuntu Studio: We Need Your Help
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 22.04, 22.10, and 23.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) begins 31 May 2023

Steve Langasek on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team warns us that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (bionic beaver) reaches the end of standard support and enters its Extended Security Maintenance window on 31 May 2023. Users are advised to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (via 20.04 LTS) if possible, otherwise details are given on enabling ESM via provided links.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 141999 (+27)
  • Critical: 312 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 71306 (+11)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/934)
  • German: 86.40% (43280/67)
  • French: 80.74% (61281/7079)
  • Spanish: 80.14% (63172/4692)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1094)

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: https://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

The Hub

Chromium hardware-accelerated build for Intel-based platforms available for beta testing

Ricardo Martins informs us that “Canonical and Intel have partnered to build a version of the Chromium browser that enables hardware accelerated video decoding and encoding”. We are told this will extend battery life on some newer platforms, and provided details on how we can use this newer product. You can use this thread to report noted improvements or problems experienced.

Ubuntu Flavor Sync Meeting Notes - May 8, 2023

Mauro Gaspari tells us representatives from the Ubuntu flavors met with various Canonical and community leads to discuss Ubuntu 23.10 developments. This post provides us with minutes from those meetings (two sessions are held to make it easier for attendees).

Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - May 16, 2023 @ 15:00 UTC

We are reminded what the Ubuntu Desktop Indabas are about, and given the date & time of the next one which will include Heather Ellsworth, Aaron Prisk, Oliver Smith, Ken VanDine, Tim Holmes-Mitra, and Elio Qoshi. As this Indaba is a few weeks after Ubuntu 23.04’s release, this will be a core group in the team talking about the release.

The Planet

Ubuntu Studio: We Need Your Help

The Ubuntu Studio team is asking for help, specifically some financial donations. They remind us they provide their product free of charge, and outline the recent financial situation of the Project Lead, and lead developer.


Other Community News

Lubuntu is Linux for those looking to simplify and speed up their desktop experience

Jack Wallen writes about the LXQt desktop and Lubuntu. After a brief discussion of the LXQt desktop and its package manager Jack speaks of the noticed speed of the system, with the note that it isn’t a stripped down system needed to achieve that speed. Next mentioned are some of features that are missed, and a dislike of the way LXQt provides theming, before the summary as a “no-frills, user-friendly operating system” for older hardware or those wanting a really fast OS.


Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’ Released

Tom Fenton mentions some things that he noticed in the release notes and a press release of Ubuntu 23.04, especially the new desktop installer and support for Azure Active Directory. Tom gives some background and details on AAD especially in this post, with some links for more details - including to download Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop.


7 GNOME 44 Features You Should Check Out

Sahil Kapoor discusses some of the differences in GNOME version 43 and 44. Plenty of screenshots are provided as the various selected differences are described.


Ubuntu 23.10 Looks To dhcpcd5 For Replacing ISC DHCP Client

Michael Larabel reminds us the “ISC DHCP software was marked end-of-life”, before reporting it “looks like” Ubuntu 23.10 will migrate to dhcpcd5. We are told this package has been available in Ubuntu from some time (via ‘universe’), but it’s now being promoted to ‘main’. Michael provides a link to the MIR (main inclusion review) and quotes key pieces from that request.


KDE Plasma 6 Aiming For Better Defaults - Including Wayland By Default

Michael Larabel reminds us of the recent Plasma 6 developer sprint held in Bavaria, and provides selected details from KDE developer Nate Graham’s blog post on the work expected in Plasma 6.0. Michael mentions that many Wayland bugs are still to be addressed, but the expectation is Plasma 6.0 will use Wayland by default. We’re also told that after Plasma 6.0 has ‘settled down’, there should be two Plasma releases per year.


Mesa 23.1 Released With RadeonSI Rusticl-OpenCL, RADV GPL

Michael Larabel writes that “Mesa 23.1 has been released”. We’re told some of the features found in this release, and of some of the hardware that will benefit from it.


Registration is Now Open for GNOME’s GUADEC 2023 Event in Riga, Latvia

Marius Nestor writes that the GNOME Project has opened registration for GUADEC (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) 2023. We’re reminded it will happen on 26-31 July 2023 in Riga, Latvia. We’re given links to the In-Person and Remote attendance registration forms, and reminded to plan ahead if going in-person. We’re also reminded that GUADEC 2023 is working on GNOME 45 scheduled for release on 24 September 2023.


LibreOffice 7.6 Alpha 1 Available For This Leading Open-Source Office Suite

Michael Larabel reports an Alpha build of LibreOffice 7.6 is available for testing. We’re given a link to read the release notes and told it highlights many of the interesting changes; some of which Michael mentions, plus a link so we can download & test the alpha release.


KDE Frameworks 5.106 Improves Breeze Icons, Plasma Browser Integration, and More

Marius Nestor writes that coming soon to our software repository will be the latest KDE Frameworks update. The KDE Frameworks 5.106 update includes many app’s improvements, changes in icon support, fixes in Plasma, as well as some bugs addressed. A link to the release announcement page is provided for more details.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 194

“The team are back from Prague and bring with them a new segment, drilling into recent academic research in the cybersecurity space - for this inaugural segment new team member Andrei looks at modelling of attacks against network intrusion detections systems, plus we cover the week in security updates looking at vulnerabilities in Django, Ruby, Linux kernel, Erlang, OpenStack and more.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 246 - Abardinamento Artificial

“O Diogo está em missão secreta algures em local secreto, por isso o Miguel e o Tiago emitem esta semana em localização discreta e clandestina sobre Inteligência Artificial com Bavarder, descobrem navegadores de Internet que estavam escondidos e ainda têm tempo de saudarem a ilha de São Miguel e matarem flamingos em Aveiro.”


DistroTube: Edubuntu Makes Triumphant Return With 23.04 (Back After 9 Years!)

“During the first decade of Ubuntu, there was an official flavor of Ubuntu designed for schools. It was called Edubuntu and it existed from 2005 until 2014. Then it disappeared. After nine long years, it’s back! Let’s take a look at the recent Edubuntu 23.04.”


Linux Action News 292

“We get you up to speed on two serious flaws, Linux’s recent gaming loss, Ubuntu doubling down on RISC-V, and news from the Open Source Summit North America.”


Destination Linux: Episode 322

“This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we will be interviewing Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO of Canonical and the company behind the development of the Ubuntu operating system! All this and more coming up right now on Destination Linux to keep those penguins marching!”

https://tuxdigital.com/podcasts/destination-linux/ | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Hh85XQ1vs

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 15, 7pm – 8pm
  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, May 16, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 16, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, May 17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, May 17, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, May 18, 3pm – 4pm
  • Meet us at Data Edge - Australia: May 25, 2023 - https://ubuntu.com/engage/data-edge
  • OpenInfra Summit: June 13-15 - OpenInfra Summit Vancouver 2023 is coming | Ubuntu

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

Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 22.04, 22.10, and 23.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: May 31, 2023

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 22.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2027

Ubuntu 22.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2023

Ubuntu 23.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: January 2024


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