Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 799

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 799 for the week of July 30 - August 5, 2023.

In this Issue

  • 22.04.3 preparation in progress! Soft freeze of jammy-updates/security
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Jammy Jellyfish (22.04.3 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • Event Report: Sparking the Community at KDE Akademy
  • Ubuntu Kernel 4/2 SRU Cycle Announcement
  • PSA: Retiring the latest tracks for ubuntu-frame*, graphics- and mir-test-tools (action required)
  • Ubuntu Minotaur Wallpaper Competition open
  • UbuCon Asia X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 - CFP Closed, Tickets now available
  • COSCUP 2023 Recap!
  • Other Community News
  • 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, and 23.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

22.04.3 preparation in progress! Soft freeze of jammy-updates/security

Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak informs us that the 22.04.3 is now in “soft-freeze”. No new updates will be accepted without coordination beforehand, as the release candidate image is now the focus.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142399 (+50)
  • Critical: 316 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 71548 (+34)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.30% (40419/944)
  • German: 86.44% (43141/89)
  • French: 82.27% (56422/7095)
  • Spanish: 80.15% (63162/4571)
  • Swedish: 77.44% (71772/726)

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

Jammy Jellyfish (22.04.3 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Paride Legovini has posted the Ubuntu 22.04.3 Point-Release tracking document which is due for release on 10 August 2023. This post shows the current status, with links for more details.

Event Report: Sparking the Community at KDE Akademy

Philipp Kewisch writes a report about KDE Akademy held 15-21 July 2023 in Thessaloniki Greece, which continues on from a prior blog about it. This report informs us of the “experience there and what was achieved”. We’re told of many talks including how this detail can be useful for Ubuntu, the Ubuntu booth, LoCos and developments and to those who have an interest in these.

Ubuntu Kernel 4/2 SRU Cycle Announcement

Kleber Souza starts by giving examples of how the 3-week Kernel SRU cycle is “prone to interruptions”, which can cause a cycle to be extended. To improve “kernel SRU release cadence velocity and predictability, the Canonical Kernel Team is transitioning from the 3-week cycle to a new 4/2 Kernel SRU Cycle”. This post tells us why, and what this will mean, and includes a time-diagram to stress the point. We’re told OEM kernels will have a “more flexible schedule”, and given links if we require more details.

PSA: Retiring the latest tracks for ubuntu-frame*, graphics- and mir-test-tools (action required)

Michał Sawicz discusses Ubuntu Frame and the desire to have it supported as long as the ‘underlying Ubuntu release’ - noting that the toolchains and dependencies require update during that time. This led to the ‘tracks’ introduction. What follows should be read by users of ubuntu-frame, ubuntu-frame-osk, ubuntu-frame-vnc, mir-test-tools, & graphics-test-tools, in order to ensure you understand the ‘tracks’ concept and correct usage.

Ubuntu Minotaur Wallpaper Competition open

Aaron Prisk announces the Ubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur) Wallpaper Competition. We’re introduced to the competition, given the rules, and told entries can go on this thread.

UbuCon Asia X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 - CFP Closed, Tickets now available

Youngbin Han reminds us the UbuCon Asia X LibreOffice Conf Asia 2023 (LOUCA23) CFP ended last month, and registration is now open. Youngbin gives us details of this. For questions about registration this thread can be used. We are given contacts for the people who manage the registrations.

COSCUP 2023 Recap!

Youngbin Han provides a COSCUP 2023 Recap, which includes numerous pictures; tagged names of those attending from LoCos/teams, and mention of discussions with attendees about Ubuntu and its community.

Other Community News

Ubuntu Touch OTA-2 Focal Release

This blog post talks about Ubuntu Touch, reminding us what it is, then announcing the release of OTA-2 or the 2nd stable update to the Ubuntu 20.04 based release. A list of supported devices is included (with new additions highlighted), plus a list of devices which are updated independently. Next the new features in this release are given, a list of bugs fixed, and then details of how to get OTA-2, and how to report bugs. Links are provided.


Libera.​Chat: Temporarily disabling the Matrix Bridge

This update from Allie and el continues from prior blogs about the change of connections between Libera.Chat and the Matrix bridge; which has transitioned from portalled channel access to an opt-in plumbed channel approach. Due to security concerns, we’re told that Libera.Chat requested the change in order to “protect our users”, with the bridge to be removed Saturday 5 August 2023 1400 UTC. It is currently unknown when the security issues will be resolved and a return to service. More to come as known.


Canonical News

In the Press

GNOME project considers adding window tiling by default

Liam Proven writes about the recent blog from Tobias Bernard (see Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 798) which introduces us to the idea of automatic window tiling in the GNOME Desktop. This article discusses it further, and contrasts with System 76’s COSMIC Desktop, and reminds users of other desktops they too can have some of this (eg. KDE Plasma 5.27 has ‘advanced tiling support’, as did Ubuntu Unity’s desktop from 2013).


In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 5.27.7 Improves Support for Multi-Channel Audio Setups, Fixes Bugs

Marius Nestor writes about the release of KDE Plasma 5.27.7 recently released by the KDE Project. We’re told what is included in this release, some of the bugs that have been fixed, and other improvements. Users are reminded to upgrade when possible, with a link to the changelog provided.


Linux Patches Updated To Fix Latest Suspend/Resume Issues For Some AMD Laptops

Michael Larabel tells us about recent patch-sets released to address waking-up problems with some AMD client platforms. We’re given some details of these changes, including a quote from Mario Limonciello of AMD’s Linux client team, and given clues on devices it may help. A note is made that some Intel systems could “potentially” regress with these changes, thus it’s not mainlined.


LibreOffice 7.6 RC2 Available For Last Minute Testing Of This Open-Source Office Suite

Michael Larabel writes about the release of LibreOffice 7.6 due out mid-August, with the RC2 now out for last minute testing. Some mention of the improvements is given, along with links to the work-in-progress release notes, downloads, and for more details on testing.


Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 6.2 from Ubuntu 23.04

Marius Nestor tells us the HWE Linux kernel used by Ubuntu 22.04 LTS has upgraded from 5.19 to 6.2. We’re told of some of the benefits found with Linux 6.2 (with link to prior article on them), and told the ISO release date of Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS is scheduled for 10 August 2023. Brief mention of the new Mesa graphics stack 23.0.4 is made, and more too.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 204

“This week we look at the recent Zenbleed vulnerability affecting some AMD processors, plus we cover security updates for the Linux kernel, a high profile OpenSSH vulnerability and finally Andrei is back with a deep dive into recent academic research around how to safeguard machine learning systems when used across distributed deployments.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 258 - Fora de Fase

“Este podcast chega-vos através de electrões que circulam na rede, saltitando de um lado para o outro, à velocidade da luz. Todos? Não. Alguns electrões com mais vagar ficam para trás e emitem um pequeno murmúrio, muito baixinho: “vão andando, que eu já lá vou ter…”. Foram esses electrões que nos ajudaram a fazer este episódio, com grande desfasamento, em que falámos de mistérios de ipv6, upnp, llm, ssd por usb, PrivacyLX, GIMP, Inkscape, hdmi, h4, cmd, vpn e outros acrónimos enigmáticos.”


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 20.04, 22.04, 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 23.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: January 2024


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