Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 789

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 789 for the week of May 21 - 27, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • UbuCon Asia 2023 | 7-8 Oct - FKIP UNS, Surakarta, Indonesia
  • OSCAFEST 2023
  • High-Performance Computing Team
  • Collaboration, openness and partnership: key themes from this year’s WomenTech Global Conference
  • Ubuntu Summit 2023
  • KDE Gear 23.04.1 Snaps Released! Snapcraft updates and more.
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142115 (+66)
  • Critical: 315 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 71355 (+45)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/1041)
  • German: 86.40% (43280/77)
  • French: 80.74% (61281/7151)
  • Spanish: 80.14% (63172/4469)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1087)

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

UbuCon Asia 2023 | 7-8 Oct - FKIP UNS, Surakarta, Indonesia

Youngbin Han announces the dates and venue for UbuCon Asia 2023 which will be 7-8 October 2023 at FKIP UNS in Surakarta Indonesia. We are told Youngbin and Rudra Saraswat are currently working on the website, and for CFP and schedules we’re told they’ll be using Canonical’s Indico instance, with some links provided, but more details to come.


Aaron Prisk tells us about the Open Source Community Africa Festival (OSCAFEST), where Canonical is a proud sponsor providing multiple talks and workshops. With details of these provided, we’re given links to learn more, or sign up or volunteer and invited to come along and chat.

High-Performance Computing Team

Jason Nucciarone has published the High Performance Computing Team community page, with details of the team, means to communicate with them, link to meetings, current members who has Authority, with details if we’d like to contribute to the team, plus additional resources in the form of a FAQ.

The Planet

Collaboration, openness and partnership: key themes from this year’s WomenTech Global Conference

We are told that from 9 to 12 May 2023, “people from 165 countries gathered virtually for the Women in Tech Global Conference”. With Canonical a gold sponsor of this event, several people participated. This blog outlines details including speakers and what they spoke about, including an embedded video for Cindy Goldberg’s session on Open Source, plus list of attendees and more.


Ubuntu Summit 2023

Aaron Prisk reminds us of the success of last year’s Ubuntu Summit in Prague, before telling us the new Summit for this year will be held in Riga, Latvia and will be “bigger, better and bolder”. We’re reminded of the purpose of the Summit, its history, then that it’ll be held at the Radisson Blu Latvija hotel in Rega on 3-5 November 2023. Call for proposals will be open until 5 June 2023, with a link provided for registering, with the reminder that it’s free to attend.

KDE Gear 23.04.1 Snaps Released! Snapcraft updates and more.

Scarlett Moore (sgmoore) writes about the KDE Gear 23.04.1 Snaps recently released. Along with some details of the released snaps, we’re given links, some details and view of the Kweather Snap, and more.


Other Community News

Ubuntu Cinnamon makes switching from Windows to Linux as painless as possible

Jack Wallen writes about Ubuntu Cinnamon, a desktop that Jack believes makes the move from Windows to Linux as easy as possible. We are reminded Linux isn’t Windows, then told it’s not that difficult; some details are given of what users will find in Ubuntu Cinnamon. The discussion includes some screenshots, and a brief discussion contrasting Ubuntu Cinnamon with Linux Mint.


Linux Distro Reviews: Kubuntu

Matt Milano quickly tells us Kubuntu is a “just works” distro. We’re reminded it’s an official Ubuntu system & what this means, and whilst it may not have the latest KDE Plasma, we’re reminded of the optional Kubuntu backports, and of Kubuntu’s “sane defaults”. Along with more details; we’re finally given a link so we can “check it out”.


Handling reported security bugs with GitHub

Till Kamppeter, the OpenPrinting Project Leader, gives us the OpenPrinting News report for May 2023. We’re firstly told that Michael Sweet won the Google Open Source Peer Bonus for work on the CUPS project. Next is reports of the conferences in the last four weeks. Canonical and Ubuntu members are mentioned many times, along with Google Summer of Code 2023 with lists of Contributors & Mentors. Further, we are told that the CUPS 3.x release has been postponed (with a view on how this is expected to impact Ubuntu 24.04 LTS). This is an extensive and detailed post, so contains loads more.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’ First Look

Tom Fenton writes again about Ubuntu 23.04, concentrating on the features he wanted to explore further but couldn’t last time. Tom gives us a brief walkthrough of an install of Ubuntu 23.04 on a newly purchased refurbished dell optiplex, with some screenshots. Tom then mentions how he likes the new ubuntu-desktop-installer with its common base to the Ubuntu Server installer. A brief discussion of GNOME 44 with screenshots follows.


Which Ubuntu Flavor Should You Choose

Ramces Red starts off with a reminder that we can still use Ubuntu and not be limited to just GNOME or the default desktop through manually installing another desktop or just a flavor of Ubuntu. With a list of flavors, we’re briefly walked through various desktops, with many screenshots included, before moving to a few frequently asked questions (with answers of course).


In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 6 Desktop Environment Promises Basic HDR Support

Marius Nestor writes following KDE developer Nate Graham’s report , which starts with the work done by KWin developer Xaver Hugl implementing High Dynamic range (HDR) support and color management in the Plasma 6 desktop. We are reminded why users want HDR, which was recently merged into upcoming KDE Plasma 6.0 at the recent HDR hackfest (Augsburg Sprint) organized by Red Hat in early May 2023. With quotes from Nate’s blog, we are told more.


Firefox’s Black Screen Bug in Ubuntu 23.04 Gets Squashed

Joey Sneddon tells us of an issue he has been experiencing on his Ubuntu 23.04 using the Wayland session and firefox snap that resulted in a black window. Joey writes that he felt he was alone, but all that is now resolved given this issue has been resolved. Joey gives some details and a link to the Mutter issue, with a quote detailing the reason, and the mutter version that contains the fix (for inclusion in GNOME 45).


Linux Preps Hybrid SMP Fix To Avoid Upcoming Laptops Appearing As 11 Socket Monsters

Michael Larabel writes that a “fix is on its way” to the 6.4 Linux kernel (but also marked for back-porting to stable kernels) “to fix x86 topology reporting for Intel Hybrid systems”. Michael relates some details of the problem & correction to “smp_num_siblings” variable handling which impacts those reading CPU specs, and possibly some kernel scheduler decisions. Some detail from the patch is quoted along with a link if we want to read it ourselves.


Those Using The XFS File-System Will Want To Avoid Linux 6.3 For Now

Michael Larabel reports that many users have reported metadata corruption when using the Linux 6.3 kernel. After listing some of the reports of problems (including OSes), we’re told it appears to be poorly backported fixes from the 6.4 kernel. Investigations continue, with Michael suggesting those using XFS avoid using the 6.3 kernel just to be safe.


In Other News

Behind the Scenes of tox: The Journey of Rewriting a Python Tool with Over 10 Million Monthly Downloads

Jürgen invites us to a re-writing presentation of tox (Command line driven CI frontend and development task automation tool) - a heavily used tool. The re-write is a task “already started in 2019” that will include the “design decisions, the challenges, and the lessons learned”. We are given conference details including: date (10 June 2023), 45 minute duration, and that the difficulty is “easy”, and that it’s at Opensouthcode 2023.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 196

“This week we look at some recent security developments from PyPI, the Linux Security Summit North America and the pending transition of Ubuntu 18.04 to ESM, plus we cover security updates for cups-filter, the Linux kernel, Git, runC, ncurses, cloud-init and more.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 248 - Lutricías Lúdicas

“O Diogo continua em missão secreta (alegadamente), na senda de caixas amarelas (alegadamente) que permitam concretizar com sucesso acções num Centro Linux (alegadamente) e mais não podemos dizer. Entretanto os nossos anfitriões habituais falaram de mulas, moinhos, salsichas, botões tácteis para cães, telefones fraquinhos e farinhas várias. A não perder? Veremos.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit: Ubuntu Fridge | 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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