Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 817

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 817 for the week of December 3 - 9, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Upstream Release of cloud-init 23.4
  • Noble Numbat: The Next Generation of Lubuntu
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • 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 these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143514 (-9)
  • Critical: 315 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 72322 (-106)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38137/1080)
  • German: 86.47% (43051/199)
  • French: 82.33% (56228/7415)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62918/5067)
  • Swedish: 77.56% (71408/1139)

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

Upstream Release of cloud-init 23.4

Alberto Contreras reports the release of Cloud-init 23.4. We’re given a link to the github release page, highlights of the work that went into the release, plus the changelog.


The Planet

Noble Numbat: The Next Generation of Lubuntu

Simon Quigley writes that the Lubuntu Team has been “hard at work” on the upcoming Lubuntu 24.04 LTS release. This detailed post lists some of the changes, which includes why the team uses Calamares, and what will be seen by users using the installer with 24.04 (when released or now on dailies; including an option ‘without snapd’). The new installer prompt, sddm configuration editor, and more are covered, including many screenshots. Plans for 24.10 and later are also covered (Wayland and Qt6), along with a list of recent links of Lubuntu in media.


Canonical News

In the Press

PipeWire 1.0: Linux audio comes of age

Steven Vaughan-Nichols writes about PipeWire 1.0, which he sees as valuable for those who do “low-latency work with audio”. We’re given a brief history of ALSA, PulseAudio, plus JACK; Steven expresses what they offer to their audiences. We’re presented with the concept that “Pipewire serves as a bridge” with more to offer.


In the Blogosphere

GNOME 45.2 Released with Various Fixes and Performance Improvements

Marius Nestor reports the release of GNOME 45.2 by the GNOME Project. Some of what is new is provided to us, which includes some GNOME app updates. We’re advised to upgrade when we can, and given details for the next releases due in 2024.


Lubuntu 24.04 LTS to Ship with Optional Wayland Session, Improved Installer

Marius Nestor writes about Simon Quigley’s revelation on what is coming in Lubuntu’s upcoming release(s). Marius covers expected Wayland and Xorg support by the Lubuntu team, as well as the new ‘Customize’ page the Calamares installer allows as used by Lubuntu (including no snaps). The “First Boot” screen that Lubuntu now comes with is talked about, and Marius provides a picture of the “mockup” he suggested to the Lubuntu team, along with other screenshots.


Canonical Releases Multipass 1.13 RC With Snapshots Support, Migrated To Qt6

Michael Larabel tells us of the release of a “new test release adding snapshots support” for Canonical’s Multipass software. Michael highlights significant points of the release: snapshots, migration from Qt5 to Qt6 which has the benefit of fixing a number of bugs, rewrites within its cross-platform SFTP server, faster response, and other updates. We’re told how we can use the 1.13 RC release, and given links for more details.


First Look at Ubuntu 23.10 on Raspberry Pi 5

Marius Nestor from 9to5Linux provides a first look of Ubuntu on the new Raspberry Pi 5. His initial idea was to compare Ubuntu and Fedora on the Pi 5, but at the time of writing, Fedora was not functional on the device yet. Marius details his experience, and provides links to further information about the Pi 5, along with his recommendations for this new generation of the Raspberry Pi.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 215

“Mark Esler is our special guest on the podcast this week to discuss the OpenSSF’s Compiler Options Hardening Guide for C/C++ plus we cover vulnerabilities and updates for GIMP, FreeRDP, GStreamer, HAProxy and more.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 276 - O Abade de Bação

“Desta vez recebemos a visita do André Bação, para fazer serão connosco. Para além de uma dose copiosa de vinhos regionais e fumeiro, trouxe-nos condensadores bojudos com perninhas, novidades sobre Bsides e conferências de Segurança, porquê usar Regolith, Home Assistant com radar e nariz apurado, malucos que constroem computadores “vintage” às pecinhas - e ainda falámos de extensões de Gnome para ter mosaicos peganhentos e bonitos, Ubuntu Touch e alternativas e como o Diogo anda a respirar compostos orgânicos voláteis enquanto é esmagado por uma agenda gigante de eventos bem bons.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, December 11, 4pm – 5pm
  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, December 12, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, December 13, 16:30 - https://meet.jit.si/Ubuntu-HPC
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, December 14, 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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