Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 795

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 795 for the week of July 2 - 8, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Starcraft Clinics
  • 2023 Ubuntu Summit Call-for-Proposals Extended!
  • LXD has been moved to Canonical
  • Rethinking Ubuntu Desktop: a more thoughtful default installation
  • Call for testing: Firefox snap upgrading base from core20 to core22
  • Modern Communication Platforms - Call for Feedback
  • Supporting the LXD Community
  • New Nvidia ERD driver now provide open GPU kernel modules
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142226 (+31)
  • Critical: 316 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 71387 (+29)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 87.30% (40420/1078)
  • German: 86.40% (43260/68)
  • French: 80.74% (61275/7185)
  • Spanish: 80.15% (63164/4650)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1107)

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

Starcraft Clinics

Sergio Schvezov announces that “Snapcraft Clinics are back”, via Starcraft Clinics. We’re told they will focus on “Snapcraft and Rockcraft issues” while developing snaps or rocks, held every fortnight with details provided.

2023 Ubuntu Summit Call-for-Proposals Extended!

Jason C. Nucciarone alerts us that the Call for Proposals is extended for the Ubuntu Summit 2023; the deadline is now 21 July 2023. We’re told it’s not because of lack of submissions, with over 100 already submitted, but organizers need more time. If you’re on the fence of going, some testimonials from last year’s attendees are provided, with details on where we can get questions answered if we have any.

LXD has been moved to Canonical

Miona Aleksic tells us of some LXD project changes, with this post clarifying what this will mean. We’re told the primary maintainer is now Canonical, with infrastructure now hosted by Canonical. A list of moved hosting sites is provided, with details on why, what this change will and won’t mean now and into the future.

Rethinking Ubuntu Desktop: a more thoughtful default installation

This active thread started by Tim Holmes-Mitra is about Ubuntu Desktop installs, and is seeking different opinions & discussion on the topic “What do you believe should be included in this unified default install?”.

Call for testing: Firefox snap upgrading base from core20 to core22

Amin Bandali tells us of the work moving the firefox base snap from core20 (20.04) to core22 (22.04) and the belief that its ready for move to stable, thus this post is a request if you’re using Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to test the candidate version of firefox. We’re told Ubuntu 23.04 users (plus mantic users) are already using this version, and given details on how to switch your system to use this candidate version, or switch back to the stable channel.

Modern Communication Platforms - Call for Feedback

Mauro Gaspari brings up the topic of communications platforms for the Ubuntu community which includes Canonical teams. After some discussion about what is needed, he suggests Matrix, with some thoughts on how it may be useful, asking for us community members to give our thoughts on this topic, including using Matrix as the preferred medium.

Supporting the LXD Community

Aaron Prisk reminds us the LXD project has been brought into ‘the fold’, which means the LinuxContainers forums are moving to Ubuntu Discourse. This change will mean LXD support questions will now be welcome (in the correct sub-category) until a new home is created for them. We’re asked to welcome them, and given a link to the LXD FAQ.

New Nvidia ERD driver now provide open GPU kernel modules

Franziska Naepelt reminds us the open-gpu-kernel-drivers were enabled back in late 2022 (22.10). We’re told open gpu kernel drivers for ERD graphics are now provided by Canonical in the driver packages, along with the latest Nvidia ERD graphics drivers 535. Links are provided.

Canonical News

In the Press

Xubuntu is a highly configurable Linux desktop that can be tweaked to your heart’s content

Jack Wallen starts by giving us examples of how configurable the Xfce desktop is, before moving to how it’s presented with Xubuntu. Giving us some details of what we’d find on a Xubuntu system, Jack summarizes Xubuntu’s strength as ‘flexibility’. He adds that whilst many find it suitable for new users, he doesn’t recommend that due to its extensive configurability; however, one can grow with this desktop.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/xubuntu-is-a-highly-configurable-linux-desktop-that-can-be-tweaked-to-your-hearts-content/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

Ubuntu Unity relives Canonical’s creativity and brings back one of the best UIs

Jack Wallen reminisces about the Unity Desktop which was default for awhile on Ubuntu, and then switches back to GNOME as default. In this article, Jack explores Ubuntu Unity 23.04 which is an official flavor of Ubuntu, and some cool features of the Unity desktop that make it special. Some features that are missing (from Ubuntu 17.04 & earlier when Unity was the default desktop) are mentioned, but also great features like the HUD. Jack mentions some problems he encountered, and suggests we give it a try.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ubuntu-unity-relives-canonicals-creativity-and-brings-back-one-of-the-best-uis/

Wayland. (Details about the plans for Wayland support for Budgie Desktop)

Joshua Strobl ‘talks’ about “plans for Wayland support” for the Budgie Desktop. With some discussion on the work leading up to the present, a link to a prior update is provided, Joshua talks about various desktops, and Red Hat support for X11 is covered. These lead to express the need to move to Wayland (only) in the future. This is a comprehensive and somewhat technical post, outlining a ‘long road’ ahead, wherein Budgie 11 will drop support for X11.

https://blog.buddiesofbudgie.org/wayland/

Canonical takes its LXD ‘containervisor’ back into the house

Liam Proven writes about the Canonical-sponsored Linux Containers project that has now been ‘taken in-house’, with a link to the FAQ post on Ubuntu’s Discourse. We’re reminded LXD has been around since 2014, with mention of the older LXC project it relies on in part. Discussion on containers, links to understanding differences in approach (between LXC, LXD and other alternatives) is also provided.

https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/07/canonical_takes_lxd_inhouse/

China’s openKylin 1.0 arrives. Our verdict? Not a bad-looking, er, Ubuntu remix

Liam Proven looks at OpenKylin which is a Ubuntu remix distribution. We’re given details, some screenshots, including what software is included by default, and told the UKUI desktop is “one of the most polished Linux desktops around”.

https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/07/openkylin_is_ubuntu/

In the Blogosphere

GNOME 45’s File Manager Gets Search Performance Boost, Better Grid View

Marius Nestor writes about the improvements we’ll see in Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, in the GNOME 45 desktop due out later this year.

https://9to5linux.com/gnome-45s-file-manager-gets-search-performance-boost-better-grid-view

Ubuntu 23.10’s New Software App Will Demote DEBs (Apparently)

Joey Sneddon writes about the new store, that has been written about before, but is now official. We’re told it can be viewed in the immutable Ubuntu desktop images, and is a “snap-first app store”. We’re told for now the store is snap only, but deb package support will be added in time, with other tools catering for deb package installs. Some discussion on rating is given, as well we are told more will be known as Ubuntu 23.10 continues development. You can look at a preview available now (details provided).

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2023/07/ubuntu-23-10-new-app-store-deb-support

Ubuntu ‘Apt News’ Feature Coming to GUI Software Updater

Joey Sneddon tells us apt news, which has been seen at terminal for awhile now, will soon be seen in the Software Updater app on GUI desktops. Joey admits the tool “informs users of critical security incidents”, and we are told this will include Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (now only an ESM release). Joey reminds us the apt news feature can be disabled, with no date known yet on when this will happen.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2023/07/ubuntu-now-shows-apt-news-in-software-updater

KDE Gear 23.04.3 Is Out as the Last Update in the Series to Fix More Bugs

Marius Nestor writes about the release of KDE Gear 23.04.3, which is the last 23.04 update. We’re told what programs are improved or have bug fixes, and given details of those changes. A link to the full changelog is provided, and we’re told the next release of KDE Gear 23.08 is due out on 24 August 2023.

https://9to5linux.com/kde-gear-23-04-3-is-out-as-the-last-update-in-the-series-to-fix-more-bugs

New TUXEDO Stellaris 17 Linux Laptop Promises the Fastest Notebook Hardware on the Planet

Marius Nestor tells us about the new Tuxedo Computers 5th generation of its Stellaris 17 high-end gaming and workstation Linux notebook. With some specs of what is included - fastest hardware, Marius advises that they can be shipped with Tuxedo OS 2 (Ubuntu based), Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, or Ubuntu Budgie 22.04 LTS. Prices are included, with deliveries to start in early August 2023.

https://9to5linux.com/new-tuxedo-stellaris-17-linux-laptop-promises-the-fastest-notebook-hardware-on-the-planet

Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 202

“We take a sneak peek at the upcoming AppArmor 4.0 release, plus we cover vulnerabilities in AccountsService, the Linux Kernel, ReportLab, GNU Screen, containerd and more. 50 unique CVEs addressed.”

https://ubuntusecuritypodcast.org/episode-202/

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 254 - Pinguim Coxo, Gaivota Maneta

“Esta semana tivemos convidados muito especiais a vogar acima da estratosfera, não ousámos falar de Red Hat, mas fizemos pouco do Twitter e do Reddit, ficámos a conhecer a vasta geografia da Ericeira e descobrimos que o mês de Julho é afinal quando os (vários) encontros de (várias) comunidades estarão a bombar; com cheiro de restos de sardinhas, privacidade e direitos digitais, manjericos, Canonical, martelinhos, Locos, fatos de banho e cimeiras na brasa.”

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e254/

Linux Action News 299

“Recent advances in embedded Linux, Canonical takes full control of LXD, ZFS gets a handy Btrfs feature, and updates on the show’s production.”

https://linuxactionnews.com/299

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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