Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 808

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 808 for the week of October 1 - 7, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Mantic Minotaur (23.10) Final Freeze
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Submit your questions for Ubuntu Summit 2023 session: Community Council: Ask Us Anything!
  • Call for testing: mesa-core22 (23.0.4 major version update)
  • [2023-10-28] Mantic Party @ Cento Linux
  • Zenbleed vulnerability fix for Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Cloud 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

Mantic Minotaur (23.10) Final Freeze

Utkarsh Gupta reports that Ubuntu Mantic Minotaur is now at final freeze and in the final stretch of its release cycle. With reminders of what this means, we’re also told some RC (release candidate) images will be spun in the coming days.

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142566 (+49)
  • Critical: 317 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 71623 (+53)

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

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 87.36% (40202/1016)
  • German: 86.46% (43071/63)
  • French: 82.28% (56363/7125)
  • Spanish: 80.21% (62947/4918)
  • Swedish: 77.52% (71521/860)

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:

  • Arizona LoCo: Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour - 12 October, 1800-1900 - Schlotzski’s, 3900 E. Fry Blvd.
  • Arizona LoCo: Virtual Phoenix Ubuntu Hour - 12 October, 1900-2000 - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net
  • Ubuntu-pt LoCo: community meet - Thursday the 12th - the Saloon, in Sintra.
  • Arizona LoCo: Team Meeting - Sunday 15 October, 2100-2130 - irc.libera.chat, channel #ubuntu.us.az
  • Arizona LoCo: Virtual Installfest/Linux Workshop - 21 October, 1000-1600 - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net (co-hosted with the Phoenix Linux User Group)
  • Free Greece LoCo: Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Release Party - Saturday, October 21; Crete, University of Crete, Voutes

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

Please see:

The Hub

Submit your questions for Ubuntu Summit 2023 session: Community Council: Ask Us Anything!

Mauro Gaspari reminds us the Ubuntu Summit 2023 is 3-5 November 2023 in Riga, Latvia, and tells us of several roundtable discussions where questions will be asked. This post allows readers who won’t be there to submit questions to the “Community Council: Ask Us Anything!” session, where the Ubuntu Community Council panelists will answer them. Submitted questions will be asked by Michael Tunnel, the moderator.

Call for testing: mesa-core22 (23.0.4 major version update)

Michał Sawicz makes a call for testing the candidate track of mesa-core22 snap, which has been updated to include Mesa 23.0.4. Details are included of the backport that caused this change, the snaps included, and how we can help test them, with this thread a suitable place for result postings.

[2023-10-28] Mantic Party @ Cento Linux

Diogo Miguel Constantino Dos Santos tells us Ubuntu Portugal is having a Mantic Minotaur release party at the Linux Centre. The provided details include that it’s being held on 28 October 2023 in Lisbon. A link for more details is provided.

The Planet

Zenbleed vulnerability fix for Ubuntu

Lech Sandecki reminds us of the discovery by Google’s Information Security Engineering team on 24 July 2023 of the AMD Zen 2 family of microprocessors “Zenbleed” vulnerability (CVE-2023-20593). This led to AMDs microcode updates being released to supported Ubuntu releases within 24 hours of the original announcement. This post alerts us to the details of this vulnerability, what machines are impacted, some links to the relevant Ubuntu Security Notices (back on 25 July 2023) plus subsequent notices/fixes. Further, we are given commands that allow us to check our systems to see if we’re still vulnerable.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu 23.10 seems like the usual boring update - until you dig into it

Jack Wallen tells us that whilst Ubuntu Desktop isn’t his favorite; he has always found it stable & solid. In a test of Ubuntu 23.10 daily he expected a “boring” upgrade, which “on the surface” is what Jack found. We’re then walked through many parts that Jack found remarkable. We’re given some screenshots, and links for more details to some of these changes, before being reminded the release is scheduled for 12 October 2023.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ubuntu-23-10-seems-like-the-usual-boring-update-until-you-dig-in/

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 23.10 Will Officially Support the Raspberry Pi 5

Joey Sneddon tells us Ubuntu 23.10 will support the Raspberry Pi 5. We’re told that Canonical had early access to Pi 5 devices allowing this, along with some other features on why Ubuntu 23.10 should be great on any pre-ordered Raspberry Pi 5 devices.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2023/10/ubuntu-23-10-will-support-raspberry-pi-5

Ubuntu Summit 2023 will have some fun Linux gaming talks

Liam Dawe reminds us the Ubuntu Summit 2023 is approaching, and gives us a list of the gaming related talks that will take place (with links for more details). We’re also reminded some of the events will be steamed live.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2023/10/ubuntu-summit-2023-will-have-some-fun-linux-gaming-talks/

Glibc Dynamic Loader Hit By A Nasty Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Michael Larabel writes about a “nasty vulnerability” in Glibc’s dynamic loader which can grant root privileges to users. With a quote from Qualys’ announcement we’re given some details, and links for more, and told how Debian has taken interim action until systems are fully patched.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Glibc-LD-Nasty-Root-Bug

X.Org Hit By New Security Vulnerabilities - Two Date Back To 1988 With X11R2

Michael Larabel writes about two X.Org security vulnerabilities made public, that date back to X11R2 code from 1988. We’re told of CVE-2023-43785 which dates back to 1996, plus the issues dating back further, and given a link to the X.Org security advisory.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/XOrg-Vulnerabilities-Since-1988

Valve Releases Proton 8.0-4 As A Big Improvement For Windows Gaming On Linux

Michael Larabel tells us that Valve has released Proton 8.0-4. Some improvements and bug fixes are included, which will please gamers, with some of those games mentioned, and told Steam users can update now.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Valve-Proton-8.0-4

Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 267 - Drogas, Pai Cinco e Gatinhos

“Depois de uma semana atribulada que envolveu queixinhas à CNPD (outra vez?!), resmunguices sobre atentados à privacidade (outra vez?!) e ataques misteriosos na Internet, recebemos a visita do Senhor Carrancudo com um convidado muito especial, que só trabalha para os sugar dadd…digo, patronos e potenciais patrocinadores. O Diogo trouxe más notícias sobre snaps, boas notícias sobre Kernels, mais más notícias sobre extensões e notícias assim-assim sobre encontrões com um Minotauro, agenda do Centro Linux, festas de lançamento, ajuntamentos no outro extremo do planeta e reuniões aqui bem perto. Para o fim ficou a notícia bombástica, com os detalhes que estão a deixar toda a gente louca para ir às compras…e mais não dizemos. É lidar.”

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e267/

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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