Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 833

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 833 for the week of March
24 - 30, 2024

In this Issue

  • Canonical expands Long Term Support to 12 years starting with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Attention Upgrading noble systems
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • Ubuntu Africa Empowers Innovation at INNOVATE 24
  • Ubuntu Jams Day & Annual General Meeting is successfully completed!
  • Help me Grow the Linux and Open Source Society
  • LoCo Events
  • PUMP - Potential Ubuntu Member Program!
  • Bringing back Flutter translations
  • Documentation Office Hours recording 22nd March 2024
  • Introducing the new Matrix Council
  • Other Community News
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Canonical expands Long Term Support to 12 years starting with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Whilst most readers will be aware that this was going to happen, Canonical has made it official that Ubuntu LTS releases can get additional legacy support (two years), beyond Pro support already available. This will mean users of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with Ubuntu Pro support that would end in April 2024, there now is a further two year option of legacy support.

https://ubuntu.com/blog/canonical-expands-long-term-support-to-12-years-starting-with-ubuntu-14-04-lts

Trying out Ubuntu 23.10 on x86-64-v3 rebuild on Azure

Will French writes about a x86-64-v3 built available for Azure for testing purposes. We’re reminded it shouldn’t be used for production, and given details as to its use.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/trying-out-ubuntu-23-10-on-x86-64-v3-rebuild-on-azure/43668

Attention Upgrading noble systems

Julian Andres Klode (28 March 2024) puts out a warning for Ubuntu noble (24.04) users that they should “pay close attention to dist-upgrade output”. We’re given reasons for this, and told the situation will be resolved later today.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2024-March/042954.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 144211 (+26)
  • Critical: 325 (+3)
  • Unconfirmed: 72631 (+33)

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

Translations

  • Ukrainian: 87.98% (38258/1121)
  • German: 86.45% (43137/418)
  • French: 82.34% (56201/7260)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62929/4897)
  • Swedish: 77.83% (70551/999)

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

Ubuntu Africa Empowers Innovation at INNOVATE 24

Bright Adams tells us how Ubuntu Africa helped support the recent INNOVATE 24 conference (22-24 March 2024) promoting open-source. Many photos are provided of Innovate 24 in this report, with thanks given to Joshado and others who contributed.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubuntu-africa-empowers-innovation-at-innovate-24/43625

Ubuntu Jams Day & Annual General Meeting is successfully completed!

Yeonguk Choo gives us a report on the Ubuntu Jams Day for Ubuntu users in Korea. We’re given some details of the event (including pictures), with thanks given to Youngbin Han for his guidance, Elice Inc, and to all contributors and participants.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubuntu-jams-day-annual-general-meeting-is-successfully-completed/43663

Help me Grow the Linux and Open Source Society

Jayden Blackman makes a request for help in supporting BYU-Idaho’s Linux and Open Source Society. Jayden is reaching out to the Ubuntu community asking for video calls on the topic of open source. The time frame of the events and a email contact are provided.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2024-March/002913.html

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

PUMP - Potential Ubuntu Member Program!

Alan Pope discusses contributors to the Ubuntu project that aren’t applying for Ubuntu membership. Alan then introduces PUMP, a potential Ubuntu Member program as a mentorship program to help these non-member contributors. We’re given details on how the mentor-mentee relationship will operate, and move the mentee towards applying for Ubuntu membership.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/pump-potential-ubuntu-member-program/43603

Bringing back Flutter translations

Tim Holmes-Mitra reminds us of “offensive translations” of last October, that caused a pause on translations until a new process (that can ensure quality) was put in place. We’re told that new process is now here, and given details of the process for translations for Flutter projects going forward.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/bringing-back-flutter-translations/43624

Documentation Office Hours recording 22nd March 2024

Graham Morrison tells us this recording (available on youtube) gives a “high-level overview of open source licenses” and the implications for documentation and code contributions. A detailed time index for the video is provided too.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/documentation-office-hours-recording-22nd-march-2024/43656

Introducing the new Matrix Council

Merlijn Sebrechts introduces the new Matrix Council. These members are: Aaron Rainbolt, Carlos de Avillez, Grégory Schiano, Michal Kohutek and Nils Büchner. We’re given links to learn more, and encouraged to offer help too.

https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/introducing-the-new-matrix-council/43753

Other Community News

Personal identity at Canonical

This Canonical blog post talks about our personal identity, and how that does not impact our ability. This post highlights how Canonical is a global company, that reflects the Ubuntu Code of Conduct in showing humanity to everyone. The intention is for Canonical employees, but maybe interesting for all of us.

https://canonical.com/careers/company-culture/identity

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Crafting Minimal Ubuntu Images for Embedded Brilliance

George Whittaker discusses embedded systems which are a “vast and evolving landscape”, and how Ubuntu fits the role of OS so well. With details of some of the requirements, we’re told how Ubuntu meets the requirements and more. The post then moves to selecting the right Ubuntu build for your projects, and creating a minimal Ubuntu image.

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/crafting-minimal-ubuntu-images-embedded-brilliance

Ubuntu will manually review Snap Store after crypto wallet scams

Kevin Purdy reminds us of fake crypto wallet uploads appearing in the Snap Store, that should soon be a thing of the past. With mention of Alan Pope’s prior blogs on the subject, we’re reminded of the difference between what Canonical’s “Safe” branding actually represented, and what end-users frequently thought it meant. Kevin also covers Mark Shuttleworth’s response, and moves on the Snapcraft forum, even covering Flathub increasing some validation processes too.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2024/03/ubuntu-will-manually-review-snap-store-after-crypto-wallet-scams/

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 24.04 Makes Tiny Tweak to Hugely Improve Gaming

Joey Sneddon reports a change to a setting which will improve game performance for players using Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. We’re given comparisons with some other GNU/Linux distributions, and told this change could benefit game players making heavy use of memory-mapped I/O.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2024/03/ubuntu-24-04-makes-a-small-tweak-that-dramatically-improves-gaming

Microsoft Engineer Sends Rust Linux Kernel Patches For In-Place Module Initialization

Michael Larabel marvels at Microsoft engineer Wedson Almeida Filho contributing patches to the Linux kernel that improve Rust programming language support. We’re told Wedson started contributing to Rust for Linux back when he worked for Google, and that his development hasn’t slowed since moving to Microsoft. Details of the patches, including links for more, are provided.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Linux-Rust-In-Place-Module-Init

Ubuntu 24.04 Swaps Cheese for GNOME Snapshot

Joey Sneddon tells us Ubuntu 24.04 LTS will be using Snapshot as its default webcam app (replacing Cheese). We’re given some history of Ubuntu and the Cheese app, before moving to GNOME’s replacement Snapshot app. We’re also told that Cheese exists in the repositories should we prefer it.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2024/03/ubuntu-24-04-swaps-cheese-snapshot-webcam-app

Ubuntu in the Wild: Distro Glimpsed in Nature Film ‘Nocturnes’

Joey Sneddon tells us about the Nature documentary Nocturnes, which contains “lush cinematography, a transportive soundscape, and a ‘mediative’ documentary approach”. We’re told a scientist studying moths is using Ubuntu Desktop, and can be seen using GIMP.

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2024/03/nocturnes-moth-documentary-ubuntu

GNOME’s Mutter Lands DRM Sync Obj v1 Support For Explicit Sync On Wayland

Michael Larabel reports the linux-drm-syncobj-v1 Wayland protocol is now supported by GNOME’s Mutter compositor. Along with details of what this means (useful for NVIDIA drivers and Wayland for example), we’re told this has been in review for six months, and given links to the merge request.

https://www.phoronix.com/news/GNOME-Linux-DRM-Sync-Obj-v1

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 292 - O Nabo da Casa

“O que acontece quando um mindset positivo de crescimento inamovível colide com actualizações de Firefox em movimento? Serão os extraterrestres responsáveis pela construção das pirâmides, pregarem partidas nos caracteres UTF-16 ou desligarem optimizações em telefones? Pode-se partir um snap em dois, sem que voem estilhaços? Teremos de voltar às clássicas agendas de bolso em papel, ou a tecnologia FLOSS está aí para nos ajudar? A expressão “ter Raspberry Pi’s a mais” é mito ou realidade? O consumo e tráfico de drogas pode ser uma carreira alternativa a arranjar chatices com software? Não temos a certeza de termos respostas a estas perguntas…”

https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e292/

Ubuntu OnAir: Documentation Office Hours 29th March 2024

“In this recording, we take a look at some of our favourite text editors. We’ll look at both vim and emacs in a future recording.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc-_Uu6asgA

Ksk Royal: UBUNTU 24.04 LTS FIRST LOOK - Top 5 BIG Features

“UBUNTU 24.04 LTS FIRST LOOK - Top 5 BIG Features. This is an early Look at the UPCOMING ubuntu 24.04 LTS which brings top new features and significant changes if you are coming from 22.04 & 20.04. The codename for this new LTS release is called NOBLE NUMBAT. In this video, I am going to talk about the top 5 significant features of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS scheduled to be released at the end of April. Let’s get started.”

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

9to5Linux: A First Look At Ubuntu 24.04

“In This Video We Are Looking At Ubuntu 24.04”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eHpELQGCME

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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

Updates and Security for Ubuntu 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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