Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 809

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 809 for the week of October 8 - 14, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 release image updated to resolve a malicious translation incident
  • Canonical releases Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • UbuCon Asia 2024 - Call for bids!
  • LoCo Events
  • Submit your questions for Ubuntu Summit 2023 session: Skynet or Star Trek, what’s the future of AI?
  • UbuCon @ SCaLE - Call for Proposals
  • Subiquity 23.10.1 has been released to the stable channel
  • Call for testing: ubuntu-frame (bugfixes for the 20 and 22 tracks)
  • Contribute to our documentation
  • Snapcraft metrics
  • Restricted unprivileged user namespaces are coming to Ubuntu 23.10
  • Updating snap packages: OBS Studio
  • 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, 23.04 and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 release image is being updated to resolve a malicious translation incident

Oliver Smith alerts us to a problem with a translation used by the ubuntu-desktop-installer, leading to the removal of Ubuntu 23.10 ISOs using that installer. We’re given some details of the issue, and that it did not impact installed/upgraded systems; then we are told what will occur in the coming days with the production & testing of new ISOs. This post has been, and will remain updated as new details emerge.

Update: Oct 16, 2023 at 18:26 BST.
“…following an audit of all desktop installer translations, Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 is available for download from Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu.
Updated builds for Ubuntu Budgie 23.10 and Ubuntu Desktop 23.10 Lenovo X13s Gen1 are also available.”

Canonical releases Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur

This official Canonical blog records the release of Ubuntu 23.10. Along with details of the product, we are given links so we can download it. We’re told of some improved security, the new app store, support for Raspberry Pi 5 and SiFive HiFive Pro P500 devices, network configuration, and a refreshed Docker.


This release is widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142706 (+140)
  • Critical: 319 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 71706 (+83)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.36% (40202/1023)
  • German: 86.46% (43071/89)
  • French: 82.28% (56363/7122)
  • Spanish: 80.21% (62947/5111)
  • 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 News

UbuCon Asia 2024 - Call for bids!

Youngbin Han reminds us what UbuCon Asia is, and who it is for, before moving to talking about submitting bids to host the event. Details on what is required to host the event, and more including links, and where to ask questions are provided in the post. The deadline for submissions is 22:00 UTC 31 October 2023.

LoCo Events

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

  • 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
  • Arizona LoCo: Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour - 26 October, 1900-2000 - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net
  • Ubuntu-pt LoCo: Mantic Minotaur release party - Saturday 28th of October - https://centrolinux.pt/post/2023-outubro-manticparty/

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: Skynet or Star Trek, what’s the future of AI?

Mauro Gaspari reminds us the Ubuntu Summit 2023 is scheduled for 3-5 November 2023 in Riga, Latvia. This thread talks about the “Skynet or Star Trek, what’s the future of AI?” session, giving us names of the panelists, duration and the panel abstract. If you can’t make the Ubuntu Summit 2023 in person, a link is provided for remote participants.

UbuCon @ SCaLE - Call for Proposals

Aaron Prisk tells us “UbuCon is returning to SCaLE March of 2024 and we’re looking for inspiring speakers from the Ubuntu community to present”. This post provides details on talk submissions, including how to submit a proposal, with 30 November 2023 the last day of submission.

Subiquity 23.10.1 has been released to the stable channel

Dan Bungert writes that Subiquity 23.10.1 has been released, giving us details of the notable improvements which include TPM-backed full disk encryption. We’re of course given a list of bug fixes which are included in this release, and a link to the full changelog.

Call for testing: ubuntu-frame (bugfixes for the 20 and 22 tracks)

Michał Sawicz makes a call for testing of Ubuntu Frame in multiple tracks. The fixes enclosed within are provided, along with the details is how to upgrade and use the candidate channel, after which you use normally. Any problems detected should be reported on this thread, otherwise the packages will be promoted to stable in a week.

Contribute to our documentation

Graham Morrison reminds us “documentation is a community effort”, with this thread inviting and documenting how we can help update the docs kept on Ubuntu’s discourse. This guide contains details on using discourse, what language is preferred, and the formatting we’ll need to use for best results.

The Planet

Snapcraft metrics

Alan Pope writes that he was a guest host on Late Night Linux (episode 249), and that he talked about snapcraft metrics as his ‘discovery’ on that show. This post walks us through what Alan discovered and talked about, which includes many links & screenshots.


Restricted unprivileged user namespaces are coming to Ubuntu 23.10

ijlal-loutfi reminds us Ubuntu Desktop takes security seriously, trying to balance both security and usability. This post provides an “overview of what unprivileged user namespaces are, discusses Ubuntu’s approach to mitigating their security risks, and explains how to start using this feature today and provide us with your feedback”.


Updating snap packages: OBS Studio

Alan Pope tells us the OBS Studio snap has been updated, and is now 29.1.3 or the latest stable release. Alan gives us a ‘backstory’ on the creation of the OBS Studio snap, and includes some interesting analysis of the users of that snap. Next we’re walked through some of how Alan upgraded the snap to the current version (with some help from Martin Wimpress).


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Researcher bags two-for-one deal on Linux bugs while probing GNOME component

Connor Jones writes about a high-severity remote code execution vulnerability in GNOME based systems tracked as CVE-2023-43641. This blog covers this flaw in libcue rather extensively.


Additional coverage:

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Merge Requests Opened That Would Drop X.Org Session Support

Michael Larabel writes about “a set of merge requests” that would, once code is removed, make GNOME “a Wayland-only desktop environment”. Michael covers this, including some raised concerns that would impact downstream Budgie and Pantheon desktops which haven’t completed their transition to Wayland. Quotes from the merge requests, plus links are given with a final summary that 2024 could see GNOME go “Wayland-only”.


Curl Preps For “Probably The Worst Curl Security Flaw In A Long Time”

Michael Larabel writes that a Curl library vulnerability has caused the release cycle to be cut short, with curl 8.4.0 released on 11 October 2023 which includes a fix for the high and another low severity CVE. Quotes from the release, plus links for more details are given on what Stenberg describes as “probably the worst curl security flaw in a long time”.


Another Bug Found That Limits GNOME’s Performance For Secondary GPU Setups

Michael Larabel updates us on some work by Canonical’s Daniel van Vugt who has discovered a performance bottleneck for multi-GPU setups. Michael outlines what Daniel discovered, provides us with a link to the bug report, and something to try if we believe we’re impacted by this issue.


Intel Arc Graphics See Faster Performance On Ubuntu 23.10

This multi-page report from Michael Larabel explores the benchmark results of a system using Intel Arc Graphics, a stock kernel and Mesa drivers showing both Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop, and the new Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop, as well as a system using the Linux 6.6 kernel and Mesa 23.3-devel.


Running Ubuntu on Apple Silicon Macs is Possible

Joey Sneddon tells us about the efforts on getting “Linux running on Apple silicon”, covering the Asahi Linux project. This includes a Ubuntu Asahi project, noting its a community project, even though its lead is a Canonical engineer. We are given links to the Ubuntu Asahi GitHub page, as well as being told prebuilt images of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 23.04 are available to test (with Ubuntu 23.10 coming soon).


Featured Audio and Video

OMG! UBUNTU!: Ubuntu 23.10: What’s New?

“I show you the new features in Ubuntu 23.10 ‘Mantic Minotaur’, and cover the most important changes in this, the latest version of the world’s most popular desktop Linux operating system.”


Learn Linux TV: What’s New in Ubuntu 23.10? Checking out the new Installer, Tiling Assist, and More!

“Ubuntu 23.10 ‘Mantic Minotaur’ was recently released, and with it comes some interesting changes. In this video, Jay goes over some of the more interesting changes with this version, and will give you his thoughts.”


Canonical Ubuntu: Ubuntu Summit Prague: Aftermovie

#UbuntuSummit is an event by Canonical for the community, bringing like-minded people rallying around their love for opensource.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 269 - Paizão à Paisana

“Neste episódio, o Miguel esteve armado em Júlio Machado Vaz com mostarda no nariz, foi vítima de fraudes na Internet e tentou fazer fortuna ilegítima com NFT’s; o Diogo voltou de pança cheia do Encontro de Debian no Centro Linux (pensão completa com pequeno-almoço, almoço, jantar e Gnome), trouxe agenda cheia e ainda houve tempo para fazer psicoterapia sobre obsessões patológicas com abas a mais, Matrioskas Edipianas, relógios espertos na loja do Ubuntu Touch e Raspberry Pi 5 com Mantic.”


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, 23.04 and 23.10

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 Life: January 2024

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024


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