Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 823

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 823 for the week of January 14 - 20, 2024.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • UbuCon Asia 2024 Updates - Dates moved in advance, and few other things
  • Rocks Community
  • Call for testing: Rockcraft 1.1.1
  • The Rocks Community is off the ground
  • Ubuntu Matrix Project - Aspirational index
  • Other Community News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • 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!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143847 (+64)
  • Critical: 322 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 72563 (+43)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38137/1357)
  • German: 86.47% (43039/413)
  • French: 82.33% (56217/7572)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62902/5155)
  • Swedish: 77.56% (71388/1148)

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

UbuCon Asia 2024 Updates - Dates moved in advance, and few other things

Youngbin Han reminds us the 4th UbuCon Asia will be held in Jaipur India, and provides us with updates in this post. Firstly its a change of date, with it now 31-August to 2-September 2024. Other details & links are provided.


Rocks Community

Cristovao Cordeiro tells us what the Rocks Community is, and who it is for. This documentation post contains useful details on communications, meetings, the Rocks Community Council (inc. members), and Rocks Technical Board (inc. members). Along with link on how to contribute, we’re given a link to the FAQ.


Call for testing: Rockcraft 1.1.1

Tiago Nobrega gives out a call for testing Rockcraft 1.1.1 which is now available as a latest/candidate. A link to the change is provided, before noting as its a simple bugfix. It’s expected to advance to latest/stable soon.


The Rocks Community is off the ground

Cristovao Cordeiro tells us the Rocks Community is “taking the first steps towards the world’s best portfolio and community for production-grade container images”. This is an introductory piece, directing readers to various links for more details depending on their needs.


Ubuntu Matrix Project - Aspirational index

Mauro Gaspari documents the available resources on the Ubuntu Matrix Project. This is a wiki page, thus will be amended over time. A number of links are provided, with more reflecting documents that will be created, but aren’t yet written or published publicly.


Other Community News

Noble Numbat Updates for December

This Ubuntu Studio development update tells us the boot issues have been resolved, but the installer front-end still has issues due to a known bug. A work around is provided so we can install the noble (24.04) daily. The rest of this post is the original update made 14-December-2023.


Season Of KDE 2024 Projects

Johnny Jazeix and Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss report on the ‘Season of KDE 2024 Projects’. We’re told 18 projects have been selected, with thanks given to the new contributors. Further is given some details on Translation Projects, Kdenlive, KDE Eco/Accessibility, Cantor/LabPlot, and KWin; which make up those 18 selected projects. Some details (including names of contributors & mentors) are given, and we’re told we can follow progress on KDE’s Planet.


Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS To Ship With Some Extra GNOME Performance Optimizations

Michael Larabel writes about some of the extra GNOME Performance Optimizations that are carried by both Ubuntu 24.04 LTS now, and in upstream Debian. We’re told of Daniel van Vugt’s work, that hasn’t been merged upstream into GNOME. We’re given details of the patches, including some impacted hardware, and told there is an expectation that Ubuntu 24.04 LTS will carry these patches even if not accepted upstream in time.


GNOME 45.3 Released to Allow Sharing of WPA3 (SAE) Networks with QR Code

Marius Nestor reports the release of GNOME 45.3 by the GNOME Project. We’re given some details of what is included in this update for bugs and the added enhancements, which includes a Mutter 45.3 update, GNOME Control Center networks (share WPA3 {SAE}), and much more. A link to the release announcement is provided with some example distributions that already have this, and we’re told to watch out for this update.


The KDE Plasma 6.0 Default Wallpaper is a Real Winner

Joey Sneddon reminds us that KDE devs launched a contest to select a new default wallpaper for KDE Plasma 6.0. We’re told this contest “garnered a lot of attention” with many stand-out submissions. Joey reminds us of the prize (which included a new Framework laptop) before showing the winning entry. Links for more details are also provided.


Wine 9.0 Released With Initial Wayland Driver, WoW64 Taking Shape & Better Direct3D

Michael Larabel tells us that Wine 9.0 has been released, reminding us what Wine does, and what this release includes. We’re told of some of the fixes included, and where they can be beneficial, including some of the included features that aren’t yet enabled by default. Links for details & download are provided.


Featured Audio and Video

CodingBite: Ubuntu 24.04 LTS To Get 12 Years of Updates

“The interview guest was none other than Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. He revealed that Ubuntu 24.04 LTS will be receiving 12 years of updates, and the same commitment would be made for some older LTS releases (without specifying any versions).”


Canonical Ubuntu: Inside Operator Day: Strengthening Your Software Operations

“Welcome to our deep-dive series of operator day, where we highlight exclusive sessions from the recent Operator Day for anyone interested in software operators and automating software operations. In this video, we bring together three insightful sessions to help you strengthen your software operations with observability, certificate-based encryption, and simplified Single Sign-On (SSO).”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 282 - Tarde Piaste

“Recebemos mais uma vez o André Paula para conversas muito interessantes à volta de livros digitais, Gestão de Direitos Digitais, lentilhas digitais, escorpiões digitais, bancos digitais, jornais digitais, baterias radioactivas, dados biométricos e a evolução de KDE/Plasma versus Gnome. Também foram muitas as notícias sobre as últimas novidades de Ubuntu para “desktop”, Gnome 46 e melhorias de segurança, bem como a agenda cheia de Compota de Framboesa, FOSDEM e o Dia do Amor…”


This Week in Linux: episode 249 - Linux Mint, Wine, COSMIC, PulseAudio, OpenSUSE, KDE & more Linux news

“Linux Mint has released a new version of their distro. KDE & GNOME have announced updates to the next version of their desktop environments. A new version of Wine is out. openSUSE released a roadmap to the next iteration of Leap and System76 released a roadmap to an Alpha release of their new COSMIC desktop. …”


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 25, 2024

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024


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