Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 805

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 805 for the week of September 10 - 16, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • UbuCon Korea 2023 was a huge success with 151 check-ins!
  • LoCo Events
  • Call for Agenda Topics - September 2023
  • Opportunity Open Source - conference report
  • Firefox snap with Wayland enabled by default in Ubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur)
  • Ubuntu updates, releases and repositories explained
  • Real-time Ubuntu is now available in AWS Marketplace
  • Outdated snap packages
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142350 (+27)
  • Critical: 319 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 71525 (+60)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.37% (40198/1015)
  • German: 86.46% (43067/92)
  • French: 82.28% (56362/7019)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62943/4879)
  • Swedish: 77.52% (71518/875)

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

UbuCon Korea 2023 was a huge success with 151 check-ins!

Youngbin Han reports that UbuCon Korea 2023 was a huge success. We’re reminded of the date, the theme (“Ubuntu for Developer productivity”), the many keynote speakers and their topics, and provided a number of photos. Thanks is given to the sponsors of the event.

LoCo Events

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

  • Arizona LoCo Team: Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour: Thu, September 28, 7pm – 9pm - Big Blue Button: https://bbb.azloco.net
  • Ubuntu Colombia LoCo: UbuConLa - Ubuntu Conference LatinAmerica: 28 y 29 de Septiembre - https://ubuconla.org/

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/

Ubuntu Colombia LoCo: Ubuntu Colombia LoCo

The Hub

Call for Agenda Topics - September 2023

Monica Ayhens-Madon, on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council, has opened a post for people to access the agenda of the September 2023 Community Council meeting. Details of the meeting (26 September 2023) are given.

Opportunity Open Source - conference report

Dimple Kuriakose reports on the Opportunity Open Source conference, reminding us when and where it was held. We’re told how this event started as a “proposed GSoC student meetup” but was made into a conference promoting open source with tracks on OpenPrinting, Zephyr, and documentation. We’re shown many events, including those involved from Canonical. The event was live streamed with links provided.

Firefox snap with Wayland enabled by default in Ubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur)

Amin Bandali informs us that the firefox snap “now has Wayland enabled by default in Ubuntu 23.10”, though still defaults to XWayland for older releases. We’re told why this change was performed, and if running Mantic we’re told how we can confirm it’s running this way, or if using an older release how we can switch to use Wayland. We’re asked to report any issues, with details of how to revert this change if required.

The Planet

Ubuntu updates, releases and repositories explained

Aaron Whitehouse provides an in depth explanation of the Ubuntu archive. Details of how the archive is structured (release cadence), how packages are updated, and how Ubuntu updates are delivered are expounded.

Real-time Ubuntu is now available in AWS Marketplace

Canonical announces a furtherance in the AWS partnership with Ubuntu Pro 22.04 LTS real-time kernel now listing in AWS’ Marketplace. A description of the benefits of the LTS real-time kernel offering is provided from several sources; providing “innovating at the edge for AWS workloads” from the cloud.

Outdated snap packages

Alan Pope writes to express his concern for the shape of the snap store in order to support an ‘All Snap’ desktop next year. He discusses many of the current shortcomings that he sees: “broken, uninstallable, insecure, and outdated snaps provided in the snap store”. Alan admits his own dereliction in maintaining his snaps and offers solutions to address these issues.


Other Community News

Ubuntu Studio: A Message from the Project Lead

Erich Eickmeyer, while expressing his focus on Ubuntu Studio development, writes to the Ubuntu Studio community, thanking them for the “amazing generosity”. Erich updates us on his circumstances, and hopes for part-time income coming from Ubuntu Studio, as he and his family are struggling. Details on how you can contribute financially to the Ubuntu Studio project are included.


KDE: KDE neon user edition updates! Debian updates, Snaps on hold.

Scarlett Gately Moore advises that due to outside work pressures that she has had to “put snaps on hold”. However. she says she is caught up and has a management team in place: Frameworks 5.110, Plasma 5.27.8, Applications 23.08.1, qml dependencies and packaging updates. For Debian a new upstream release of squashfuse is wrapping up. Scarlett makes the request for donations and provides her gofund.me link.


Libadwaita 1.4

Alice Mikhaylenko blogs that “Libadwaita 1.4 introduces a breakpoint system”, which allows the UI to change depending on window size. This has introduced a tradeoff, which is discussed, as well as how this new feature can be used. Screenshots are provided in a descriptive way to help make use of this new feature. Contributors are thanked.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

VKD3D-Proton 2.10 Released With More Performance Improvements, Game/Driver Workarounds

Michael Larabel writes of the release of VKD3D-Proton 2.10. We’re told what this is, who’ll benefit from it, the additional support it provides, and also includes some bug fixes. Links for more details are also provided.


KDE Plasma 5.27.8 Improves Hybrid Sleep and Monitoring of NVIDIA GPUs

Marius Nestor writes about the release of KDE Plasma 5.27.8 by the KDE Project. We’re told of new features, and bugs/issues that were addressed. Marius gives a link to the full changelog if required, and tells us to update to it when we can.


An Overview of New Features in Ubuntu 23.10

Ji m reminds us Ubuntu 23.10 has reached UI freeze, and thus writes about some of the features we’ll find in Ubuntu 23.10. Firstly the new app center is mentioned, then TPM-backed full disk encryption, GNOME 45, install options and more. Links are provided if more specifics are required.


Ubuntu 23.10 Restores ZFS File-System Support In Its Installer

Michael Larabel reminds us of prior (Open)ZFS install options, before telling us it now exists again with Ubuntu 23.10. Quoting a bug report in which Tim Holmes-Mitra states “ZFS support is being added for 23.10 (both in subiquity and the desktop installer). For 23.10 ZFS encryption is not supported”. We’re told ZFS support is still experimental, and given some screenshots of how it appears on the desktop installer.


Ubuntu 23.04 & 22.04.3 Installs Haven’t Been Following Their Own Security Best Practices

Michael Larabel writes that Ubuntu installs of Ubuntu 23.04, 22.04.3 LTS (with subiquity) made since April 2023 haven’t followed “Ubuntu’s own recommended security best practices”. We’re given the bug report outlining the issue, plus quotes of the issue, and the reason for the security policy. The fix will correct new installs, but installs made during this period should be manually checked.


10 Best Features in GNOME 45

Joey Sneddon writes that the GNOME 45 release is “attracting a lot of hype”, and is included on upcoming Ubuntu 23.10. This post lists ten improvements found in GNOME 45, and should Ubuntu 23.10 “omit” anything on the final release, it’s “(usually) trivial to manually add”. Screenshots (including some GIFs) are included, with a note that these 10 only “scratch the surface” of everything found in GNOME 45.


Linux 6.5 Now Powering Ubuntu 23.10

Michael Larabel confirms Linux 6.5 kernel is now the default kernel for Mantic. Michael lauds the many benefits of the 6.5 version as a nice upgrade.


In Other News

I tested KDE Plasma 6 and found it very familiar. Here’s why that’s a good thing

Jack Wallen writes about a test of KDE Plasma 6 (on KDE Neon). He is left with an impression that it’s only a small step forward, then tells us why this is actually a good thing. Some of the changes are listed.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 209

“Andrei is back this week with a deep dive into recent research around CVSS scoring inconsistencies, plus we look at a recent Ubuntu blog post on the internals of package updates and the repositories, and we cover security updates in Apache Shiro, GRUB2, CUPS, RedCloth, curl and more.”


Ubuntu AI | Ep 4: Canonical AI roadshow

“What is Canonical AI roadshow? Well, basically we are trying to meet the community that is working with us and people that are contributing to the projects that we are open sourcing and we decided to go to a couple of different places all around the globe to be able to meet all the partners that we have, to meet the people engaged with us on different projects and also to basically promote an open access to innovation with what we do.
Check rest here: Canonical AI Roadshow | Ubuntu


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 264 - Tudo a Postos

“Já se respira o ambiente de pré-festa: as castanhas a assar, o bacalhau no forno, o vinho que corre do tonel para os copos vazios, os convivas que chegam aos poucos em algazarra. Que festa? A Festa do Software Livre e Ubucon Portugal, pois claro! O Tiago voltou da sua missão secreta, com menos um peso nos ombros: libertou-se da Vodafone e teve tempo de brincar com o Chromium. O Miguel resmungou um bocado, o Diogo ostentou ufano o seu grande número de Zigbees. No fim, salivámos um bocadinho em antecipação do programa da Festa e daquelas comunicações e oficinas que queremos mesmo mesmo mesmo mesmo mesmo ver.”


This Week in Linux: Episode 233 - GNOME Extension Breakage, KDE Plasma 6, Manjaro 23, SELinux & more Linux news!

“On this week’s episode, KDE announced the release date for KDE Plasma 6. Manjaro Linux 23 has been released. Some extensions will be breaking in GNOME 45, a lot of them. And also the NSA reference has been removed from SE Linux, and we’ll talk about why that’s important.”


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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