Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 816

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 816 for the week of November 26 - December 2, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Summit 2023 Reflections
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • CFP for the FOSDEM 2024 Distros Devroom (closes December 5th)
  • Mir Release 2.16.0
  • Call for testing Ubuntu Frame, Mir Kiosk
  • Intel® TDX 1.0 technology preview available on Ubuntu 23.10
  • Miriway - bringing Wayland to your desktop
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • 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

Ubuntu Summit 2023 Reflections

Mauro Gaspari in writing after returning from Riga and the Ubuntu Summit 2023 - still “buzzing” with energy - gives us some reflections. We’re given some thoughts on the preparations for the event, the targets of the Ubuntu Summit, and resounding results in relation to these. Thanks is given to Leo Trukšāns, Pēteris Jurčenko, and Jānis Ķengurs who coordinated the Latvian, Linux & Open Source communities. Mauro gives some brief coverage of the 3 day’s events, the Hallway Track, and the CLOSING PARTY!, including numerous photographs. As well, a link to the Youtube Playlist is given, with thanks to Kaspars Dobrovolskis and Janis Konons on the Camera Crew, and Kristaps Purmalis for editing. He closes with the sincere hope we’re able to make it next year, and to get in touch for all things Ubuntu.


Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143523 (+116)
  • Critical: 315 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 72328 (+74)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38139/1080)
  • German: 86.47% (43051/197)
  • French: 82.32% (56233/7315)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62924/5067)
  • Swedish: 77.55% (71409/1130)

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:

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

Please see:

The Hub

CFP for the FOSDEM 2024 Distros Devroom (closes December 5th)

Philipp Kewisch reminds us that FOSDEM is 3-4 February 2024, in Brussels Belgium. We’re told there won’t be a Ubuntu stand (no room) but Ubuntu is “co-organizing the Distros Dev Room”. We’re told: what the Developers Room is, that the Call for Proposals can be made until 5 December 2023, of other dates and details on how to attend.


Mir Release 2.16.0

Alan Griffiths is pleased to report the release of Mir 2.16.0 which will make Miriway “much more usable” for a graphical shell on his own laptop. In the given details of this release Alan provides: links for more details, the contributions by Harlen Batagelo and Mauritius Clemens, an ABI summary, and a list of enhancements and bugs fixed.


Call for testing Ubuntu Frame, Mir Kiosk

Alan Griffiths tells us that due to Mir 2.16 and 2.13.1 release, Ubuntu Frame and Mir Kiosk have also been updated. Alan gives the channel & version details. We’re told the “22 track” is the focus going forward, with its altered graphics support, which will get an extended (two week) testing period. We’re invited to help test these Ubuntu Frame and Mir Kiosk versions, with the related details provided (including list of bugs fixed from prior Mir 2.13).


Intel® TDX 1.0 technology preview available on Ubuntu 23.10

Ijlal Loutfi writes that “Securing data at run-time” has been a “challenge”, and that Intel’s Trust Domain Extensions (Intel TDX) can achieve some of this. Ubuntu has “partnered with Intel”, with support available in a Ubuntu 23.10 build. This post gives us some details on why this may benefit us, and how it works. We’re also invited to give feedback.


Miriway - bringing Wayland to your desktop

Alan Griffiths writes about a “side project” of his, which continues on from a talk given at the recent Ubuntu Summit 2023. Alan walks us through his project, giving numerous screenshots and details on how it was done, and how to build a Wayland desktop environment based on Mir. Alan provides scripts to enable Miriway for various DEs. This is a rather extensive ‘how-to’ post, which includes details on benefits of using Miriway.


Other Community News

Shutting down the Matrix bridge to Libera Chat

Josh Simmons announces that the Matrix bridge to Libera Chat is being shut down for good. We’re reminded we can run our own (if required), before being given some background and history of this bridge.


KDE’s 6th Megarelease - Beta 1

This post reminds readers that every few years a move is made to a new version of Qt, which is used to clean up the code base. This has now happened, with a Beta version of KDE Plasma 6, KDE Frameworks 6 & KDE Gear 24.02 now available for test. Details of this new ‘beta’ release is provided, along with a few screenshots, details on contributing, and warning about using pre-release software. Please report all found bugs, so they can be corrected prior to official release scheduled for end February 2024.


Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

LibreOffice 24.2 Alpha 1 Builds Available For Testing

Michael Larabel informs us that LibreOffice 24.2 Alpha 1 is available for testing. Along with a screenshot, we’re given a link to the binaries, and told the official release is scheduled for early February 2024, containing more than 787 bug fixes.


Latest Steam Client Update Improves Steam Overlay for CS2 and Other Games on Linux

Marius Nestor tell us Valve has released a new Steam Client update with many improvements. Marius provides a summary of the many updates, including one he noticed himself that wasn’t listed. A link to the release notes is provided for those needing more details.


OpenZFS 2.2.2 & OpenZFS 2.1.14 Released To Fix Data Corruption Issue

Michael Larabel alerts us that OpenZFS 2.2.2 and OpenZFS 2.1.14 have fixed a recent “nasty data corruption issue”. Links for details are provided, along with a quote highlighting the importance of this upgrade. All users are recommended to upgrade.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu On Air: Ubuntu Summit 2023 playlist

Forty three videos covering the Ubuntu Summit 2023 presentations.


Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 214

“This week we take a deep dive into the Reptar vuln in Intel processors plus we look into some relic vulnerabilities in Squid and OpenZFS and finally we detail new hardening measures in tracker-miners to keep your desktop safer.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 275 - Vende-se NFT, Como Novo

“Estamos nas nuvens, porque esta semana tivemos uma convidada muito especial, pela segunda vez: Joana Simões - que nos veio falar de “Open Washing”, dilemas com IA, a Outra Cimeira Concorrente da Cimeira do Ubuntu e muito mais. Com um Velho Lobo do Mar e o Diogo Cloudstantino, cochichámos sobre desaires com NFT, Directores Executivos bonzinhos e vilões, salamandras esquisitas, unicórnios voadores, frequências a 562.30 Hz que azucrinam cabeças, microK8, piqueniques com CNCF , Kubernetes e cantos peganhentos!”


Late Night Linux – Episode 257

“An improvement to apt, a quick terminal tip, reverse-engineering Bluetooth devices with Android, an M1 Macbook Asahi update, a self-hosted way to bypass paywalls, making native apps out of web pages, bridging Zigbee devices to MQTT, a terrible way to back up photos and videos from a phone, Félim learns about HDMI standards, and more. With guest host popey from Linux Matters.”


Linux Saloon: Episode 91 - Lubuntu 23.10 Distribution Exploration

“Tonight is an exciting night as we will be having a chat about Lubuntu 23.10. Simon Quigley joined us last week and sold us on kicking the tires on this lightweight masterpiece of Linux goodness. Join the conversation and bring your thoughts and experiences.”


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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