Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 803

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 803 for the week of August 27 - September 2, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Arizona LoCo Team: Events?
  • Ubucon Portugal 2023
  • LoCo Events
  • Release of cloud-init 23.3
  • Anbox Cloud 1.19.0-fix1 has been released
  • Opportunity Open Source in the IIT Mandi, India - LIVE - September 8-9, 2023
  • 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, and 23.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142280 (-132)
  • Critical: 318 (-4)
  • Unconfirmed: 71437 (-17)

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

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 87.37% (40198/1015)
  • German: 86.45% (43105/284)
  • French: 82.28% (56362/6933)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62943/4683)
  • Swedish: 77.52% (71518/652)

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 News

Arizona LoCo Team: Events?

In this reply by Rex Bouwense, we’re told of the four Ubuntu Hours held each month by the Arizona LoCo. We’re told three are “on line using Big Blue Button (2 in Tempe and 1 in Phoenix) and one is a physical event (in Sierra Vista)”. Further there are two Linux Installfest/Workshops held in conjunction with Phoenix Linux User group, and more, with details provided. Explanation of why events turned online (Covid) is given, with hope more will return to live events.

Ubucon Portugal 2023

Diogo Miguel Constantino dos Santos relates the Ubuntu-pt community role in organizing and presenting Ubucon Portugal 2023; which will be held in Aveiro (Portugal) on 17 September 2023. Ubucon Portugal 2023 is one of the tracks of Festa do Software Livre 2023. Links and some details are provided, which include a hackathon to remake the Ubuntu-pt website, with more details to come.

LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

  • Arizona LoCo Team: Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour: Thu, September 7, 7pm – 9pm - Big Blue Button: https://bbb.azloco.net
  • Arizona LoCo Team: Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour: Thu, September 14, 6pm – 7pm - Schlotzsky’s Cafe, 3900 E Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista AZ 85635
  • Arizona LoCo Team: Virtual Phoenix Ubuntu Hour: Thu, September 14, 7pm – 8pm - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the respective LoCo Team calendar to browse upcoming events.
Please see:

Ubuntu Arizona LoCo: https://www.azloco.org/az-team-calendar/

Registered LoCo contacts: https://discourse.ubuntu.com/c/locos/129

The Hub

Release of cloud-init 23.3

Chad Smith reports that Cloud-init 23.3 is now available. We’re told it had 29 contributors, fixing 9 launchpad reported bugs taking 3 months, and given a list and description of the highlights in this release. Details of bugs fixed and the changelog are provided.

Anbox Cloud 1.19.0-fix1 has been released

Keirthana T S reports the Anbox Cloud team have “released a hotfix (1.19.0-fix1) to address the Grafana security update”. A brief description is provided.

Opportunity Open Source in the IIT Mandi, India - LIVE - September 8-9, 2023

Till Kamppeter introduces himself - mentoring contributor for OpenPrinting - wherein he advises that he and Aveek Basu will host this year’s event at DebConf with a goal “to meet most of our current and former contributors in-person …”. Canonical will attend as well as talk/discussions by 10 speakers, including Michael Sweet (creator of CUPS) and Rudra Saraswat (Ubuntu Unity). Till advises that the event will stream live to both YouTube and Twitch and will also be available on Ubuntu OnAir! for those who can not attend personally.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Why Canonical’s Snap-Based Immutable Ubuntu Is a Good Idea

Matt Milano firstly mentions that “Immutability and snaps are two of the most controversial elements” but that Ubuntu “may achieve a winning formula” with both combined. We’re reminded what these are, and the advantages they provide. In summary we’re told this “significantly simplifies the process for users”.

https://www.webpronews.com/why-canonicals-snap-based-immutable-ubuntu-is-a-good-idea/

KDE Plasma’s KRunner is a handy tool: How and why you should be using it

Jack Wallen tells us KDE Plasma contains exactly what users need from a desktop, with many ‘tricks up its sleeve’ one of which is KRunner. We’re given a list of what KRunner can do, and why it’s so useful, before being walked through how it can be used (including screenshots).

https://www.zdnet.com/article/kde-plasmas-krunner-is-a-handy-tool-how-and-why-you-should-be-using-it/

In the Blogosphere

Intel GDS/Downfall Linux Mitigation Updated To Confirm All Skylake CPUs Are Affected

Michael Larabel writes about the Intel Gather Data Sampling (GDS) “Downfall” vulnerability which impacts all Skylake and Kabylake CPUs. As a result of the Skylake processors reaching end of official support by Intel, Intel didn’t disclose them as impacted, and thus the original Linux mitigation didn’t protect these processors. We’re told a new patch has been queued to mark all “Skylake (and Kabylake) CPUs as vulnerable to Downfall”. Thanks to Michael Zhivich is given for noticing the missing details from Intel’s disclosures.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Intel-Downfall-All-Skylake

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 207

“This week we cover reports of “fake” CVEs and their impact on the FOSS security ecosystem, plus we look at security updates for PHP, Fast DDS, JOSE for C/C++, the Linux kernel, AMD Microcode and more.”

https://ubuntusecuritypodcast.org/episode-207/

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 262 - Labirinto do Minotauro

“Os nossos anfitriões têm suado bastante nos últimos tempos; suam de febre do Covid, suam do calor brutal que assalta casas mal isoladas, suam para resolver problemas com DRM e suam de ansiedade pelo mistério que rodeia uma comunicação a ter lugar na próxima Ubucon: um mistério que tem mais de 20 anos… Por falar em mistérios, ainda houve tempo para espalhar rumores mal-intencionados sobre a vida secreta do Tiago (qual Xander Cage do Snowboard); quem ganha a competição do número de Zigbees; o crescimento do GNU-Linux no mundo dos Jogos; votações para o papel de parede mais bonito do pedaço; semana de testes do Ubuntu 23.10; DebConf na Índia e Festa do Software Livre em Aveiro; novidades do Firefox e boas notícias sobre o Ano do Linux no Desktop.”

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e262/

This Week in Linux: Episode 231 - Bodhi Linux, Kali Linux, LibreOffice, GNOME, KDE & more Linux news!

“On This Week in Linux (231), we’ve got a jam-packed show for you. Libre Office 7.6 and Bodhi Linux 7.0 have been announced. Hold onto your hats, whatever color they may be, because Kali Linux 2023.3 is out. Then in desktop news, Budgie Desktop 10.8 has been released and we got some news for the upcoming releases of GNOME 45 and KDE Plasma 6. Plus …”

https://tuxdigital.com/podcasts/this-week-in-linux/twil-231/

Sudo Show: Episode 65 - Summer of Conferences

“Bill and Brandon have a discussion with Neal about the conferences he was able to attend this summer. We also talk about the outcomes of other open-source conferences this from this year.”

https://tuxdigital.com/podcasts/sudo-show/sudo-65/

FOSS & Linux Journal: Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur - What’s New? All about the new features &

“With Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur we are facing the third interim version and thus the last testing opportunity before the next LTS version Ubuntu 24.04. In this video I show you on the Ubuntu 23.10 Development Branch everything you need to know about the next Ubuntu version.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWKdXHMb424

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, 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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