Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 695 for the week of August 1 - 7, 2021.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Call for Content
  • Announcing the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - August 27, 2021 @ 5PM UTC
  • Anbox Cloud 1.11.0 has been released
  • Ways to improve documentation
  • Launchpad now runs on Python 3!
  • UbuntuOnAir update

  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, and 21.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations to this contributor!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 137524 (+36)
  • Critical: 332 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 68469 (+11)

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  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38799/1246)
  • German: 86.84% (42590/17)
  • French: 81.43% (60092/7204)
  • Spanish: 80.78% (62200/4054)
  • Swedish: 77.26% (73575/952)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

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The Hub

Call for Content

Rhys Davies reminds us UbuntuOnAir has "been back for a few months", and are now "looking for people to join the channel". We are provided with details of what is being asked for; asked to reply if we're interested. We are told not to worry about 'polish' with audio or video yet, that will be looked at in due course.

Announcing the Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - August 27, 2021 @ 5PM UTC

Heather Ellsworth tells us the next Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba will be on 28 August 2021 on both YouTube and Twitch. We are told we'll see Monica, Rhys, Heather and special guest Mike Sweet, the author of CUPS.

Anbox Cloud 1.11.0 has been released

Simon Fels tells us the "Anbox Cloud team is pleased to announce the release of Anbox Cloud 1.11.0", providing us with a link for all component versions. We are given a detailed explanation of new features and improvements (including some screengrabs), a list of the bugs fixed, and finally a link to the upgrade guide.

Ways to improve documentation

Daniele Procida in this post on the 'Ways to improve documentation' thread, tells us he recently joined Canonical as the Director of Engineering, and that "Canonical wants to address a raft of concerns around documentation". We are told that Canonical will be moving towards the Diátaxis framework for Ubuntu, and are running regular training workshops. These training workshops will likely be open for community contributors as well, with a request for the expression of thoughts on the training and how it can be better organized.

The Planet

Launchpad now runs on Python 3!

Colin Watson reports that Launchpad is now running Python 3 across all systems. Colin reflects on this change, and why it struck him more than his comparison with Mercurial. Providing some good & bads of the project, Colin discusses the python 2.7 to 3.5 change, what he'd do differently if he had a "time machine" (adding "type annotations in Python2 before Python3 branched"). He details what launchpad does, what made it a complex change, before moving to general lessons learnt (including regressions, memory leaks & other technical issues).

UbuntuOnAir update

Rhys Davies blogs that it's been a couple of months since UbuntuOnAir was restarted, and in this post talks about what has been done, lessons learnt and what's yet to come. Included are Office hours, Desktop Indabas, and other things. Finally Rhys makes a request for help, which is a call for feedback, and a call for contributions, including people to "host and run a recurring show". If this interests you, or you have any other suggestions a link to the discourse thread is provided, or you can message Rhys directly. A final note is that audio and video 'polish' issues can be sorted out later, so don't let that stop you.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

AMD + Valve Working On New Linux CPU Performance Scaling Design

Michael Larabel discusses the optimizations resulting in the joint venture between AMD and Valve. Of note is the performance increase in the ACPI CPUFreq code, and efforts around the Linux scheduler.

Ubuntu’s New Desktop Installer Is Now Available for Public Testing, Here’s How to Test It

Marius Nestor gives us a preview of the new Ubuntu Desktop Installer as made available in the latest daily build images of Ubuntu 21.10. In the changes promoting the more modern design are new and updated pages, with new abilities. As the installer is still in the development stage "there are still bugs in the installer, so it may not work as intended" and further enhancements are expected. Marius concludes by giving us a sneak peek of what will be included in the Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) release that is due on 14 October 2021.

Hurrah, Chrome for Linux Now Supports CSD Properly

Joey Sneddon reports on Google Chrome's fixes of several of the browser’s extant CSD issues. Namely removing the border around the frame and the addition of rounded window corners, "which creates a better overall experience".

Ubuntu OnAir: All About Development | Community Office Hours

"Curious about becoming a community developer for the Ubuntu project, or just wondering what's involved in the process? 🛠️In this week's community office hours August 5 at 18:00 UTC, where Rhys and Monica chat with Thomas Ward, one of our community Core Devs (among other things!) 🗨️"

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 125

"This week we discuss new kernel memory hardening and security development proposals from Ubuntu Security Alumnus Kees Cook, plus we look at details of security updates for WebKitGTK, libsndfile, GnuTLS, exiv2 and more."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E22 – Common Terms Season

"This week we’ve been migrating to Vault Warden and erasing data. We discuss the web browsers we use and bring you a command line love."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 154 - Pinetime

"Este é o primeiro episódio, de uma série, gravado previamente para publicação em Agosto. O Joaquim é um activo contribuidor para o código fonte do sistema operativo que corre no pinetime. Esta é apenas uma das suas valências, fiquem para ouvir tudo…"

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 9, 7pm – 8pm
  • Community Council: Wed, August 11, 11pm – Thu, August 12, 12am

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Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, and 21.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2023

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 21.04 Updates

End of life: January 2022


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