Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 814

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 814 for the week of November 12 - 18, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu Colombia - 18th anniversary and second half of the semester birthday
  • LoCo Events
  • The Open Source Fortress is now live!
  • Anbox Cloud 1.20.0 has been released
  • Modern communication platforms: Matrix testing
  • Netplan brings consistent network configuration across Desktop, Server, Cloud and IoT
  • LXQt 1.4, Arriving at a Lubuntu Backports PPA Near You
  • Lubuntu 23.10 Backports PPA Released with LXQt 1.4
  • 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, 23.04 and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143251 (+42)
  • Critical: 316 (-2)
  • Unconfirmed: 72169 (+41)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.37% (40173/1025)
  • German: 86.47% (43050/95)
  • French: 82.33% (56232/7109)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62942/4949)
  • Swedish: 77.55% (71430/838)

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 Colombia - 18th anniversary and second half of the semester birthday

Lina Elizabeth writes in both Spanish and English, telling us their Ubuntu LoCo has been running for 18 years. An in-person celebration will be held in Bogotá on 18 December 2023. A link for more details is provided.


LoCo Events

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

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

Please see:

The Hub

The Open Source Fortress is now live!

George-Andrei Iosif reminds us he asked what would be wanted in a ‘vulnerability discovery workshop’. The first iteration of this workshop was delivered at the Ubuntu Summit 2023, with this post providing some details, along with many links. We’re asked here for feedback, and given details where we can ask any questions or provide proposals.


Anbox Cloud 1.20.0 has been released

Keirthana T S posts that the Anbox Cloud team has released Anbox Cloud 1.20.0. Keirthana gives us a link to read component versions, plus a description of new features and improvements. Details of removed functionality, bug fixes, along with links for upgrade instructions are also provided.


Modern communication platforms: Matrix testing

Mauro Gaspari writes about communication being essential, and reminds us of the movement towards Matrix. This thread asks us to help test the matrix rollout, and also asks for feedback, and people to offer to assist as moderators, or people with specialist knowledge to help make the platform as good as it can be. Details on using matrix are provided, as well as a number of test scenarios are outlined. We’re given a link where we can report issues, given the known issues, and more, in this detailed post.


The Planet

Netplan brings consistent network configuration across Desktop, Server, Cloud and IoT

Lukas Märdian reminds us Ubuntu 23.10 released on 12 October 2023, and shipped with a network stack based on Netplan. We’re reminded what Netplan is, and how in the past Desktops systems would pass control over to NetworkManager; which is no longer the case. With a description of the ‘one-way’ relationship - that thankfully no longer exists, Lukas describes some of the changes implemented for desktop systems, and how this could be of benefit.


LXQt 1.4, Arriving at a Lubuntu Backports PPA Near You

Simon Quigley of Lubuntu, reports the Lubuntu Backports PPA now has LXQt 1.4 available for Lubuntu 22.04 LTS users. Along with some screenshots and brief description of changes, we’re told how we can add it, before finally asking us to help the team if we’re able.


Lubuntu 23.10 Backports PPA Released with LXQt 1.4

Another post by Simon Quigley of Lubuntu that reports LXQt 1.4 now available for Lubuntu 23.10 users, and why it is made available for 23.10. This is a briefer post (it’s less of a change for 23.10 users) and includes warnings that this PPA will only be supported until Lubuntu 24.04 LTS is released, and has received less testing, with a request for help if you’d like to help the team.


Other Community News

Ubuntu 23.10 significantly reduces the installed kernel footprint

Dimitri John Ledkov writes about space taken up by kernels on our systems, and the historical focus on metered download size as for optimization. John tells us he led an effort in the 23.10 cycle that “achieved unprecedented install footprint improvements”. We’re given some comparisons between Ubuntu 23.10 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as well as some details of what was done. Whilst some changes have been back-ported to 22.04 LTS, those were limited only to allow for smooth release-upgrades; thus benefits will only be seen by users of Ubuntu 23.10 or later. We’re told of the team involved with this change, given links for more details, and told Canonical is hiring.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Firefox Is Going To Try And Ship With Wayland Enabled By Default

Michael Larabel writes that “guardrails” related to firefox being run on recent releases using Wayland have been removed, and will ship with Firefox 121. Links and more details are provided.


Linux 6.6 Formally Becomes This Year’s LTS Kernel

Michael Larabel confirms that Linux 6.6 will be a LTS kernel. Links and details are provided, including reminders on when current LTS kernels will reach EOL.


Ubuntu’s Mainline Kernel PPA Is Back To Providing The Latest Linux Kernel Builds

Michael Larabel tells us the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA has returned after a month of downtime. We’re told of “some infrastructure changes/issues”, before Michael wishes “Kudos to Canonical for getting this great feature restored”.


In Other News

Rewriting nouveau’s Website

Hari Rana updates us on the nouveau website. We’re told it has been rewritten, the reasons for this (including some screenshots showing issues), the process used in the redesign, with links for those wanting more details, and some final comments: “I’ve had a great time”, and looking to future rewrites.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Canonical unveils MicroCloud

“Join us for the exclusive live-stream product launch event hosted by Canonical, where we delve into the exciting world of MicroClouds!”


Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 213

“As we ease back into regular programming, we cover the various activities the team got up to over the past few weeks whilst away in Riga for the Ubuntu Summit and Ubuntu Engineering Sprint.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 273 - Querida, Encolhi a Cloud

“O Miguel, qual Prometeu da Wish, desafiou os deuses e está a pagar por isso; o Diogo andou a fazer experiências de virtualização, mas há também notícias do UBports da OTA-3 do Ubuntu Touch, a Canonical anunciou oficialmente o “novo” Microcloud e o Diogo ainda teve a oportunidade de arengar sobre maleitas do Thunderbird.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, November 21, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, November 21, 8pm – 9pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, November 22, 16:30 - https://meet.jit.si/Ubuntu-HPC
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, November 23, 4pm – 5pm

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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