Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 811

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 811 for the week of October 22 - 28, 2023.

In this Issue

  • The Ubuntu Summit
  • Canonical reaffirms 10 year LTS of Linux kernel and Ubuntu
  • Noble Numbat is now open for development
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu Mantic Minotaur (23.10) Release Party at Tarragona (Saturday November 18, 2023)
  • LoCo Events
  • Reworking Mir “graphics platform” APIs
  • Incoming Rockcraft changes
  • Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Release Party in Crete, Greece
  • Other Community News
  • 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, 23.04 and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

The Ubuntu Summit

“Ubuntu Summit is an event focused on the Linux and Open Source ecosystem, beyond Ubuntu itself”. The “annual celebration” which is Ubuntu Summit is being held 3-5 November, 2023 at Riga, Latvia, with registrations still open for remote participation.


Canonical reaffirms 10 year LTS of Linux kernel and Ubuntu

Edoardo Barbieri posts an article written by Cindy Goldberg, Brett Grandbois and Edoardo Barbieri which reminds us of Linux kernel LTS reducing duration of support. This post gives us assurance that Ubuntu will stand firm on the 10 year LTS commitment.


Noble Numbat is now open for development

Utkarsh Gupta informs us that Ubuntu Noble Numbat is now open for development. We’re given links to the release schedule, and asked to check that our uploads are correct.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142960 (+118)
  • Critical: 321 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 71939 (-34)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.36% (40202/1014)
  • German: 86.47% (43050/76)
  • French: 82.28% (56363/7088)
  • 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

Ubuntu Mantic Minotaur (23.10) Release Party at Tarragona (Saturday November 18, 2023)

“The Ubuntu Catalan Team announces a Release Party for Ubuntu Mantic Minotaur (23.10), to be held in Tarragona” on Saturday 18 November 2023. A link with details is provided.


LoCo Events

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

  • Arizona LoCo: Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour - 02 November, 1900-2000 - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net
  • Arizona LoCo: Virtual Installfest/Linux Workshop - 04 November, 1000-1600 - Big Blue Button, https://bbb.azloco.net (co-hosted with the Phoenix Linux User Group)
  • Arizona LoCo: Team Meeting - Sunday 05 November, 2100-2130 - irc.libera.chat, channel ubuntu.us.az

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

Please see:

The Hub

Reworking Mir “graphics platform” APIs

Alan Griffiths tells us of “some interesting recent developments on the Mir’s main branch”. We’re given details of a rework, before being told what has been landed, plus given some details of what’s to come.


Incoming Rockcraft changes

Tiago Nobrega alerts us that Rockcraft’s latest/edge release is about to update. Tiago gives details of what will occur with this change, and he includes an instruction telling us how to revert this change if we need to.


Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Release Party in Crete, Greece

Efstathios Iosifidis (iosifidis), in relating his LoCo’s activities at the recent FOSSCOMM 2023 conference, provides commentary and screenshots of many of the presentations. Efstathios concludes the report with the summation: “FOSSCOMM 2023 in Heraklion, Crete, was not just a conference; it was a testament to the vitality and potential of the Ubuntu community.”


Other Community News

Ubuntu Studio: Community Updates October 2023

The Ubuntu Studio team updates us on the status of the flavor. This includes upgrades from Ubuntu Studio 23.04 to 23.10, closure of Matrix rooms and Ubuntu Studio Café (offtopic chat). We’re also updated on Ubuntu Studio Backports (which includes 22.04 and Ardour Backports).


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Microsoft shocks the Linux community by attending Ubuntu Summit 2023

Brian Fagioli reminds us what the annual Ubuntu Summit is, and that this year its at Riga, Latvia on 3-5 November 2023. We’re then told that Microsoft will be there, of the presentations they’ll give, and a view is expressed that “Microsoft’s active role at Ubuntu Summit 2023 shows a growing friendship with the open-source world”.


In the Blogosphere

KDE Plasma 6.0 Release Date Revealed – Let the Hype Begin

Joey Sneddon tells us the KDE Plasma 6.0 release dates of alpha, beta 1 & 2, RC 1 & 2 and official release are now known. Along with links for more details, Joey feels Kubuntu 22.04 LTS will “likely ship with KDE Plasma 5.27 and use X11”.


XWayland & X.Org Server See New Releases Due To Three More Security Vulnerabilities

Michael Larabel writes about XWayland and X.Org Server and the new point releases that deals with three security vulnerabilities. Michael provides us with some details of the CVEs addressed, with a link if we need more.


AMDVLK 2023.Q4.1: Polaris & Vega Support Dropped, Counter-Strike 2 Tuning

Michael Larabel reports the release of AMDVLK 2023.Q4.1 with “new features and improvements” and the dropping of “Polaris (GFX8) and Vega (GFX9) graphics support”. We’re given highlights, and a link should we need more.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 212

“With the Ubuntu Summit just around the corner, we preview a couple talks by the Ubuntu Security team, plus we look at security updates for OpenSSL, Sofia-SIP, AOM, ncurses, the Linux kernel and more.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 270 - Chinela Focalizada

“O que têm em comum as pessoas que instalam Ubuntu Touch num telefone novo e o autor Russo Leão Nikolayevich Tolstoy? Pois, uma saga interminável, capaz de encher vários volumes de literatura. A Canonical está novamente nas bocas do mundo com mais um saboroso EsCânDalO com ZFS que afinal…não é bem um escândalo; experimentámos a nova loja; perdão, Centro de Aplicações do Ubuntu 23.10, com grande foco no Flutter e ainda discutimos as nossas aplicações favoritas em Ubuntu Touch e como podem ser melhoradas por Príncipes Sauditas.”


Late Night Linux – Episode 252

“A new version of Ubuntu is somewhat overshadowed by hateful translations but also runs on Arm Macs, more developments in the Unity saga, Microsoft teaches us how to install Linux, a serious lesson from false positives in Android’s malware scans, GNOME’s Halloween surprise, a mini KDE Korner, and more.”


This Week in Linux: episode 239 -Plasma 6, Raspberry Pi 5, Ubuntu Summit 2023, /e/OS, Lutris & more Linux news

“… release date for Plasma 6. Raspberry Pi’s are starting to hit the roads. The Ubuntu Summit is next week … Plus we have a ton of software updates to check out from /e/OS to the Lutris gaming tool. All of this and more …”


Destination Linux: episode 344 - Ubuntu 23.10 Review, Did Canonical Get Their Groove Back?

“… we’re reviewing the latest release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 23.10 or Mantic Minotaur, we’ll discuss its improvements and new features. We also touch on Linux security, debunking myths and highlighting the reasons why Linux is the most secure and useful OS of them all. …”


Linux Saloon: episode 87 - Ubuntu Unity 23.10 and the rest, Distribution Exploration

“Tonight is an exciting night as we will be having a chat about Ubuntu Unity or any of the other Ubuntu 23.10 distributions and how we got along with it.”


Planet Linux: They Pulled It Off?!? - Ubuntu 23.10 Review

“Ubuntu has had its ups and downs over the years, but 23.10 Mantic Minotaur feels like a step above the rest. There’s just something about it that feels so good-- so let’s check it out!”


Switched to Linux: Ubuntu 23.10 - Is Repo Software in There?

“Today we look at Ubuntu 23.10 and talk about the new software installer among other things.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, October 30, 7pm – 8pm
  • Main Inclusion Requests: Tue, October 31, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, November 1, 16:30 - https://meet.jit.si/Ubuntu-HPC
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 2, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 2, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, November 2, 10pm – 11pm
  • Ubuntu Summit 2023: November 3rd – 5th - https://ubuntu.com//blog/ubuntu-summit-2023

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit: Ubuntu Fridge | 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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