Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 792

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 792 for the week of June 11 - 17, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) reaches End of Life on July 20 2023
  • Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) began on May 31, 2023
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • UbuCon Asia X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 - Calling for proposals
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, 22.10, and 23.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) reaches End of Life on July 20 2023

Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team reminds us that Ubuntu 22.10 was released back in 20 October 2023, and reaches the end of its 9 month supported life on 20 July 2023. We’re given a link on upgrading Ubuntu 22.10 systems to Ubuntu 23.04, along with some other details.


Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) began on May 31, 2023

Utkarsh Gupta on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team provides a follow up that confirms Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) transitioned to Extended Support on 31 May 2023. Providing us with some details of what this means (mostly via links), we’re also given details and links on upgrade paths, ESM and more.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142167 (+13)
  • Critical: 311 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 71420 (+1)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/1611)
  • German: 86.40% (43280/111)
  • French: 80.74% (61280/7248)
  • Spanish: 80.15% (63164/4629)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1136)

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 X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 - Calling for proposals

Youngbin Han on behalf of the UbuCon Asia X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 tells us they are now “accepting proposals”; submissions are required before 31 July 2023. Provisions include: tracks on which proposals can be submitted, where to ask questions and to submit your proposal, as well as a link for more details.

The Planet

KDE, Ubuntu, and a Million Reasons Why Snaps are Important: Akademy 2023

Philip Kewisch writes about KDE Akademy 2023, which will be held at Thessaloniki, Greece, on 15–21 July 2023. We’re reminded that two flavors provide Ubuntu users the KDE Plasma Desktop (Kubuntu and Ubuntu Studio). Canonical is a sponsor of this conference, and will have a table at Akademy, and we’re invited along to chat, with hopes of starting a local Ubuntu Community for regular meetups.

Other Community News

Registration and the Call for Proposals for DebConf23 are now open!

Sahil Dhiman announces the “Call for Proposals” for DebConf 23, with some details of the event, dates and location, and tells us the last day to register is 5 August 2023. Links are provided for more details.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu Studio is the perfect operating system for creators

Jack Wallen tells us Ubuntu Studio is a perfect distribution if we create audio, video, or image content, and thus explores it in this article. With a list of the pre-installed apps and some screenshots, we’re told of the “pros” of Ubuntu Studio; which are numerous. Conversely, Jack considers the one “con” (Kdenlive) he sees; he fears it isn’t as useful as some proprietary options.


In the Blogosphere

Linux 6.5 To Enable Rumble Support For Newer Microsoft Xbox Controllers

Michael Larabel tells us the Linux 6.5 kernel will introduce rumble support for newer Microsoft Xbox Controllers. We’re provided some links for more details, including mention of what support exists in older kernels.


ISOImageWriter: The Ultimate Tool for Writing ISO Files to USB Disks

Divine Okoi writes about a new ISO writer for USB drives (or SD cards) written by Jonathan Riddell. We’re given a screenshot, some history, and features of the tool, and now told it will be available for more than just Kubuntu/KDE Neon users being available for Windows, AppImage, Snap, Flatpak and macOS. Additional features coming too.


Tracking The OpenCL Support Status With Mesa Drivers

Michael Larabel notes that the Mesa Matrix tracker, which has been used for showing Vulkan and OpenGL versions, also now reports OpenCL support. We’re given some details on why some users will so appreciate this, with an example shown to us and a link for more details.


Valve gives Steam its biggest update and redesign in years

Samuel Axon notes “the most substantial overhaul to Steam in years” has just occurred, with both Mac and Linux platforms now in closer parity to the Windows version. We’re told the largest changes are also “under the hood” though UI has been upgraded too.


NVIDIA 535.54.03 Linux Graphics Driver Released with Better Wayland Support

Marius Nestor informs us of the release of the NVIDIA 535.54.03 graphics driver for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris with new features & bug fixes. We’re told of some of these new features including “support for version 4 of the linux-dmabuf Wayland protocol”, Extended Dynamic Boost support for integrated AMD GPUs and more - including some of the bug fixes.


LibreOffice 7.6 Beta Available For This Excellent Open-Source Office Suite

Michael Larabel tells us of the LibreOffice 7.6 Beta 1 release “for those wanting to help in testing” this product which is due for release in August. With some details of what can be found in the product and some of the improvements, we’re shown some screenshots and given a link to the release notes and to download it.


The Nasty Linux 6.3 Nouveau Driver Bug Appears To Have Been Figured Out

Michael Larabel reminds us of the “potentially nasty open-source NVIDIA” bug found in the Linux 6.3 kernel, but tells us the “issue is believed to have been figured out” with patch pending to fix it. We’re provided details of the issue, a link to the bug report, and even quotes from the patch that will fix this issue.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 199

“For our 199th episode Andrei looks at Fuzzing Configurations of Program Options plus we discuss Google’s findings on the io_uring kernel subsystem and we look at vulnerability fixes for Netatalk, Jupyter Core, Vim, SSSD, GNU binutils, GLib and more.”


Linux Matters Podcast: Episode 5 - Extending GNOME Is Hard

"In this episode we discuss:

  • Writing a GNOME Extension
  • Editing without nano
  • What we learned from AskUbuntu"


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 251 - Nómadas Genitais

“A ressacar do encontro no Centro Linux, os heróis da domótica encontram-se para mais uma aventura. Provavelmente devíamos mudar o nome do podcast para “Home Assistant Portugal, o podcast sobre domótica, domótica e outras cenas!…” Neste episódio ainda conseguimos falar de Firefox 114, routers blindados, cimeiras e churrascadas.”


Planet Linux - Ubuntu Unity Sees BIG CHANGES - Ubuntu Unity 23.04

“Ubuntu Unity has seen significant progress both over the past six months since its last release as well as steadily over the past couple years.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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

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

Security Updates

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 20, 2023

Ubuntu 23.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: January 2024


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