Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 825

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 825 for the week of January 28 - February 3, 2024

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Council Meeting Schedule and Agenda
  • Ubucon Latin America 2024
  • LoCo Events
  • Jammy Jellyfish (22.04.4 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • From installation to privisioning - upgrading the Ubuntu Desktop installer
  • Updates on Ubuntu Matrix Project (testing phase)
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations, Scarlett and nuccitheboss! Thanks to the continued contributions to Ubuntu, and welcome to the teams!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143844 (+63)
  • Critical: 322 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 72569 (+72)

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

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38133/1094)
  • German: 86.47% (43039/195)
  • French: 82.33% (56217/7292)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62902/5075)
  • Swedish: 77.73% (70839/1026)

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

LoCo Council Meeting Schedule and Agenda

Youngbin Han provides us with details of the LoCo Council Meeting on 9 February 2024 and its Agenda.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/loco-council-meeting-schedule-and-agenda/42037

Ubucon Latin America 2024

Carlos A. Maestre (ic3br34ker) announces “THE UBUNTU PARTY IN LATIN AMERICA!”. Carlos provides the date and location where Ubuntu enthusiasts will meet, featuring: Networking, Conferences, Workshops, and Social Events. He also advises that though sponsorship programs are pending, if interested in sponsoring please get in contact.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubucon-latin-america-2024/42158

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

Jammy Jellyfish (22.04.4 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak has started the Ubuntu 22.04.4 LTS (point-release) tracking status page. This page reminds us the release date is 22 February 2024, and gives a link so we can view the bugs to watch.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/jammy-jellyfish-22-04-4-lts-point-release-status-tracking/42115

From installation to privisioning - upgrading the Ubuntu Desktop installer

Tim Holmes-Mitra defines ‘provisioning’ and then links installing with provisioning, where provisioning is the focus of this article. We’re told it’s important for OEMs and managed environments, before laying out the stages of the provisioning process. This plan ahead is broken down, with some diagrams and screenshots shown, with us also told the OEM images will differ from Ubuntu’s public ISOs. We are told this task isn’t done, and there is plenty of time yet to become involved, either in discussion or testing through to translations. Links are provided.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/from-installation-to-provisioning-upgrading-the-ubuntu-desktop-installer/42139#provisioning-is-a-multi-stage-process-3

Updates on Ubuntu Matrix Project (testing phase)

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Budgie 10.9 Released With a Session Manager and Initial Wayland Port

Sourav Rudra tells us about the Budgie Desktop, and its latest Budgie 10.9 release. We’re walked through some of the highlights: a redesigned Bluetooth applet, work on Wayland porting (and usage of libxfce4windowing), and budgie-session. We are given a link to the official announcement too.

https://news.itsfoss.com/budgie-10-9-release/

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu Looking At Applying Low-Latency Optimizations To Its Generic Kernel

Michael Larabel writes that Canonical is looking at applying low-latency optimizations to the generic kernel build. We’re reminded of some of the changes we’ll see in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, before giving us the link to the launchpad bug report where Andrea Righi is quoted from. We’re reminded this is still at discussion level for now.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Ubuntu-Low-Lat-Generic-Kernel

Nautilus File Manager Gets More Features Ahead of the GNOME 46 Release

Marius Nestor informs us of new features found in the Nautilus File Manager which will be included with the GNOME 46 release. In the telling of these features we are told an alpha is available for testing and given a link to download the source tarball.

https://9to5linux.com/nautilus-file-manager-gets-more-features-ahead-of-the-gnome-46-release

Radeon R300 Open-Source Driver Continues Seeing New Improvements In 2024

Michael Larabel tells us of more improvements made to the Radeon R300 Linux graphics driver. With a link to Pavel Ondračka’s merge request, we’re given some details.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Radeon-R300g-Comp-Lowering

Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Released With Per-Contact Ringtones, Built-In Theme Switching

Michael Larabel blogs about the 4th Over the Air update of Ubuntu Touch since it rebased on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Along with a list of devices supported by this update, we’re told of some of the improvements. Two screenshots are included, along with the link to UBports.com for more details.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Ubuntu-Touch-OTA-4

LibreOffice 24.2 Released, This is What’s New

Joey Sneddon reports the release of LibreOffice 24.2, the first release using the new calendar-based version number system. We’re told it includes 5098 commits over a six month development period. Joey walks us through some of these improvements; and we’re also given some window shots with links to read or download the newer version.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2024/01/libreoffice-24-2-released-this-is-whats-new

WINE 9 is fine - Much better support for Windows software

Igor Ljubuncic (Dedoimedo) tells us about his migration away from Windows, and his use of WINE and PlayOnLinux. In the past he found it limiting, but in the past ‘year or two’ it has changed. In this post he examines the latest version of Wine 9. Igor’s conclusion is positive, and ‘tells’ us to expect a “barrage of articles” on getting stubborn Windows programs to run on Linux.

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/wine-9-review.html

Mesa 24.0 Released With Faster Radeon RADV Ray-Tracing & Initial PowerVR Vulkan Driver

Michael Larabel reports the ‘punctual’ release of Mesa 24.0; that is expected in the Ubuntu 24.04 release. We’re reminded what this is for, and given a view that Eric Engestrom is doing a “wonderful job”. Some details are given, along with a link to the Mailing List announcement.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Mesa-24.0-Released

Featured Audio and Video

Linux User Space: The History of KDE

“For KDE’s history, we begin at the beginning, a little before it’s true inception in 1996, and take you up to the RC1 of Plasma 6 in late January of 2024.”

https://tilvids.com/w/cf7a1a1c-8888-43a2-95c6-5c9a593050f1

John Bolduan: Ubuntu Studio: Improving the Linux experience for creatives

“Join me as I review Ubuntu Studio, a Linux distribution designed for creative people. See how it compares to other distros and if it’s the right choice for your creative workflow. I’m an average user, not a creative type, but just want to see what it is and if it might work for you!”

Note: 22.04 vs 23.10 -
"To use some of those applications in 22.04, you have to start JACK as it doesn’t run by default. To do that, you have to first run Studio Controls, map it to your audio card, and click ‘Start JACK’.
In 23.10, everything works out of the box because with how PipeWire is configured in Ubuntu Studio, it handles the JACK protocol natively along with the PulseAudio protocol. In terms of audio, I’d say it’s on-par or better than macOS at this point, and will be even better in 24.04 LTS."
– Erich Eickmeyer (@eeickmeyer) : Ubuntu Studio lead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byOLjCZ5EMo

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 217

“For the first episode of 2024 we take a look at the case of a raft of bogus FOSS CVEs reported on full-disclosure as well as AppSec tools in Ubuntu and the EOL announcement for 23.04, plus we cover vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel, Puma, Paramiko and more.”

https://ubuntusecuritypodcast.org/episode-217/

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 284 - Portageiro, Quem És Tu?

“Rubén Carneiro é um dos mais prolíficos portagei…porteir…portad… - pessoa que faz “ports” de Ubuntu Touch para vários telefones e desenvolvedor de numerosas aplicações para este sistema operativo Livre. Estivemos à conversa com ele sobre as últimas novidades da OTA 4, os últimos “ports” em que ele tem trabalhado, a evolução de Ubuntu Touch na passagem para 20.04, systemd, declarações polémicas para incendiar as redes sociais de propósito, o balanço da Raspberry Pi Jam, encontro da Comunidade em Sintra e muito mais.”

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e284/

Destination Linux: episode 356 - Ubuntu Snaps: Universally Helping Linux or Snapocalypse?

“… we’re going to talk about Snaps…do they deserve the hate they receive or is it time to reconsider? …”

https://tuxdigital.com/podcasts/destination-linux/dl-356/

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • LoCo Council Meeting: February 9, 2024 6:00 - IRC #ubuntu-meeting on libera.chat
  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, February 5, 4pm – 5pm
  • Ubuntu @ State of Open Con 2024: Feb 6 – 7; The Brewery, London - https://events.canonical.com/event/46/
  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, February 6, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, February 7, 16:30 - https://meet.jit.si/Ubuntu-HPC
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, February 8, 4pm – 5pm
  • Matrix Council Meeting: meets once a week, on Thursdays 17:00 UTC.
  • UbuCon North America 2024 Meeting: Thursday, February 8, 5 PM US Central - https://matrix.to/#/#ubucon-na:ubuntu.com?via=ubuntu.com
  • LoCo Council Meeting: February 9, 2024 6:00 - IRC #ubuntu-meeting on libera.chat

Times shown are UTC unless otherwise specified. For more details and farther dates please visit: https://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, 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 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024

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