Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 847

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 847 for the week of June 30 - July 6, 2024.

In this Issue

  • Developer Membership Board Election Results
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • ¡Teaser Trailer de UbuCon Latinoamérica 2024!
  • LoCo Events
  • Checkbox 4.0.0 stable release
  • Thunderbird beta/core24 snap available for testing
  • Upstream release of cloud-init 24.2
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.10, and 24.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Developer Membership Board Election Results

Robie Basak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Technical Board, gives the results of the Developer Membership Board election. We’re told Robie Basak, Simon Quigley and Benjamin Drung will serve for two year terms, and Brian Murray, Utkarsh Gupta, Simon Chopin and Thomas Ward will serve for one year. Lucas Kanashiro, Sebastien Bacher and Łukasz Zemczak have stood down, and are thanked for their service. We are told of some of the machinations due to insufficient nominations, and asked if we have objections to raise them within one week of the announcement.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 144154 (+14)
  • Critical: 307 (-1)
  • Unconfirmed: 72667 (+1)

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


  • German: 86.66% (46843/153)
  • Ukrainian: 85.86% (49645/1221)
  • French: 83.70% (57210/7329)
  • Swedish: 78.49% (75515/2339)
  • Spanish: 76.40% (82848/5953)

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

¡Teaser Trailer de UbuCon Latinoamérica 2024!

Carlos A. Maestre (ic3br34ker) informs us on the forthcoming UbuCon Latin America 2024. “UbuCon is the annual conference that brings together the global community of Ubuntu users and developers. It is a unique opportunity to learn, collaborate and celebrate all things Ubuntu and free software”. The event, scheduled for August 30th and 31st at the University of the Coast, Barranquilla, Colombia, will host speakers from at least five countries as well as experts from Canonical, on a wide range of topics. Links are provided for registration and further info.


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

Checkbox 4.0.0 stable release

Pierre Equoy reports that Checkbox v4.0.0 is available as a deb or a snap package. We’re told of some of the changes made, of benefits achieved, and given a warning that a new remote API is included which could cause breakage for some users. Details on install, thanks to contributors, a list of new features, notable bugfixes, and numerous links are included.


Thunderbird beta/core24 snap available for testing

Sebastien Bacher tells us the gnome46/core24 snapcraft gnome extension is ‘getting out of experimental status’ as other snaps are being rebased to this newer version. A beta of the thunderbird snap using this updated gnome46/core24 is available for testing, with details of how to install provided. We’re told feedback is welcome.


Upstream release of cloud-init 24.2

James Falcon reports that Cloud-init 24.2 is available. We’re told the release had 39 contributors fixing 53 issues. We are given some highlights, a changelog, and a note for downstream image creators.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Nasty regreSSHion bug in OpenSSH puts roughly 700K Linux boxes at risk

Conner Jones writes about CVE-2024-6387 which impacts OpenSSH’s server (sshd). We’re told Infosec researchers at Qualys discovered the race condition, and how it could be misused by attackers. We’re also told of links with the prior CVE-2006-5051 which was patched, but a change back in October 2020 caused this regression. Despite this ‘regreSSHion’ issue, Qualys still hold the OpenSSH project in high regard. A link to Ubuntu USN-6859-1 security notice is provided for reassurance.


Experimental Mir-based tiling WM is winning acceptance outside Ubuntopia

Liam Proven informs us that Miracle-WM tiling window manager for Canonical’s Mir display server has a new 0.3.0 version. With a note that it’s getting “prettier”, we’re shown an embedded (youtube) video that proves the point; Miracle-WM is also used in other distros too, We’re told how to install it, and reminded it’s still pre-release and given a link to the source code on GitHub.


In the Blogosphere

GNOME Shell & Mutter See “47.alpha” Releases With Many Big Changes

Michael Larabel talks about the GNOME 47 Alpha release, giving us many details of where GNOME 47 is currently, with various links for more details if required.


GNOME Mutter 46.2 Rolls Out To Ubuntu 24.04 Users, Experimental VRR Remains Rough

Michael Larabel writes that GNOME’s Mutter 46.2 has now rolled out to Ubuntu 24.04 LTS users. Along with some details of what is found in this update, we’re told that Ubuntu patches disabled the linux-drm-syncobj-v1 support as part of the stable release update. Links and more are provided.


Ubuntu 23.10 Support Ends July 11 – Upgrade Soon!

Joey Sneddon alerts any users still using Ubuntu 23.10 that the release reaches ‘End of Life’ on July 11, 2024. With a reminder of what EOL means, users are reminded to upgrade asap to Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 232

“This week we deep-dive into one of the best vulnerabilities we’ve seen in a long time regreSSHion - an unauthenticated, remote, root code-execution vulnerability in OpenSSH. Plus we cover updates for Plasma Workspace, Ruby, Netplan, FontForge, OpenVPN and a whole lot more.”


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 306 - A Raposa de Wall Street

“O Miguel voltou do hospital, mas todos receiam pelo seu estado de saúde: experimentou Plasma…e gostou. A comunidade médica está estupefacta com o fenómeno. Entretanto, escavações arqueológicas desenterraram um teclado antigo do ano 2000 DC e começou o processo de restauro. O Diogo trouxe todas as novidades da nova versão de Firefox e redes de espionagem que envolvem agentes russos; o site da Comunidade Ubuntu-PT cresce paulatinamente; o Omnivore reduziu heroicamente o número de abas abertas; a Raspberry Pi entrou no mercado de acções e o Steam segue a todo o vapor à conquista de jogos em GNU/Linux!”


Ubuntu OnAir: Documentation Office Hours 28th June 2024

“Here are the slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10aAUba2VglgvXYBTGcgVk6JlHUyAbmAd/view
From the Technical Authors team at Canonical, our Documentation Office Hours is recorded live every Friday. Anyone is welcome to join.”


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/ | https://discourse.ubuntu.com/upcoming-events

Updates and Security for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.10, and 24.04

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 11, 2024

Ubuntu 24.04 Updates

End of standard support: April 2029


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