Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 821

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 821 for the week of December 31, 2023 - January 6, 2024.

In this Issue

  • First Noble Numbat test rebuild
  • discontinuing source ISOs?
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Introducing the temporary Matrix Council
  • 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

First Noble Numbat test rebuild

Graham Inggs reports the first test rebuild of Ubuntu Noble Numbat started on 15 December 2023 for all architectures, and is still running for universe and multiverse for s390x and riscv64. This post gives links to some results (of issues), with a request to help fix these. Also covered is a test rebuilt using GCC 14, which is being done in preparation for work that will take place in the 24.10 cycle.


discontinuing source ISOs?

Michael Hudson-Doyle reminds us the building of source ISOs is broken, and makes a suggestion that instead of fixing the issue, the source ISO builds to be discontinued. This post is a start of a thread discussing this.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143640 (+15)
  • Critical: 322 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 72425 (-15)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38137/1087)
  • German: 86.47% (43039/198)
  • French: 82.33% (56217/7529)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62902/5098)
  • Swedish: 77.56% (71388/1146)

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

Introducing the temporary Matrix Council

Merlijn Sebrechts writes on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council, about the creation of a temporary Matrix Council. This post gives the why, who is on the temporary council and term being until 1 April 2024, and the role of the new council and their responsibilities. Numerous links are provided, and if you have questions or comments, you can reply on this thread.


Other Community News

Raspberry Pi builds of Edubuntu!

This brief Mastodon post from Edubuntu, reports an anonymous donor giving the Edubuntu team a Raspberry Pi 5, so a Raspberry Pi build of Edubuntu 24.04 LTS can now be expected.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Makes Nautilus’ Custom Folder Feature Easier to Find

Joey Sneddon reminds us of a prior article about custom folder icons in Nautilus, a feature that many users don’t even notice. Joey tells us why this feature is useful, and that GNOME has made this feature easier to find. With a link to Khalid Abu Shawarib’s commits, we’re told & shown (via embedded video) how it will look in Nautilus 46 that should be included in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.


Red Hat Evaluating x86-64-v3 Requirement For RHEL 10

Michael Larabel writes that further to Canonical exploring Ubuntu x86-64-v3 builds, Red Hat too is now exploring this as a requirement for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10. We’re told RHEL 9 requires x86-64-v2 now. Michael gives a brief discussion on what V3 will provide, and what hardware will or won’t support it.


The Open-Source ATI R300 Graphics Driver Is Still Being Improved Upon In 2024

Michael Larabel reminds us the ATI Radeon R300 series was introduced over twenty years ago, but “thanks to the open-source Mesa Gallium3D OpenGL driver” improvements the experience continues to get better. Michael talks about the recent ‘upgrades’ to this R300g code.


Canonical To Work On Improving Snap Support Across Linux Distributions

Michael Larabel tells us to expect improved support for Snap app sandboxing/packaging, especially for non-Ubuntu systems. We are told developer Zygmunt Krynicki has returned to Canonical to improve ‘cross-distribution’ Snap support.


In Other News

Linux Security Summit North America 2024: Call For Proposals (CFP)

A call for proposals for the Linux Security Summit North America 2024 is now out. This post gives some details of the event, and what is expected for proposal submissions, which are accepted until 21 January 2024. If you have questions, or want to know more, links and details are provided.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 280 - Os Magos Mal Pagos

“Será que os nossos magos e adivinhos acertaram nas previsões para 2023? O grau de fiabilidade das previsões é razoável - ou é semelhante ao da Meteorologia, Astrologia, Economia e empresas de sondagens? Alguém ganhou o jantar! Mas quem? Conseguem adivinhar? Neste episódio revisitámos os vaticínios dos bruxos que no ano passado se dispuseram a adivinhar as tendências do ano de 2023…e tivemos muitas surpresas!”


Destination Linux: episode 353 - Interview with Mark Shuttleworth at the Ubuntu Summit

“On this episode of Destination Linux (353), Mark Shuttleworth joins us for an interview at the Ubuntu Summit to discuss Ubuntu, Ubuntu Summit, AI, the importance of open-source contributions and the positive impact it can have on industries.”


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, January 8, 4pm – 5pm
  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, January 9, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Ubuntu Backporters: Wed, January 10, 4pm – 5pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, January 10, 16:30 - https://meet.jit.si/Ubuntu-HPC
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 11, 4pm – 5pm
  • Matrix Council Meeting: Thu, 11January, 17:00 - 1800

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 25, 2024

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024


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