Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 716 for the week of December 26, 2021 - January 1, 2022.
In this Issue
- Ubuntu Stats
- Hot in Support
- On-screen keyboard support in Egmde
- Ubuntu Community Virtual exhibition at FOSSASIA 2022?
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- In the Blogosphere
- Featured Audio and Video
- Meeting Reports
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.04, and 21.10
- And much more!
- Open: 138284 (+148)
- Critical: 324 (0)
- Unconfirmed: 68988 (+96)
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
- Ukrainian: 88.03% (38719/1334)
- German: 87.00% (42050/22)
- French: 81.49% (59894/7173)
- Spanish: 80.85% (61962/4225)
- Swedish: 77.44% (73005/930)
Hot in Support
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions
Can't unzip 6 GB file: bad zipfile offset - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1384446/cant-unzip-6-gb-file-bad-zipfile-offset
How do I diagnose my issue, when I'm not sure if it is a hardware or software issue? - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1384357/how-do-i-diagnose-my-issue-when-im-not-sure-if-it-is-a-hardware-or-software-is
Installation screen cut off when installing Ubuntu in VirtualBox - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1384003/installation-screen-cut-off-when-installing-ubuntu-in-virtualbox
How to install a package via apt-get without flagging it as manually installed - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1383952/how-to-install-a-package-via-apt-get-without-flagging-it-as-manually-installed
how to upgrade Ubuntu packages in WSL alongside Microsoft Store auto-update - https://askubuntu.com/questions/1384209/how-to-upgrade-ubuntu-packages-in-wsl-alongside-microsoft-store-auto-update
Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/
Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads
cant get crontab to run - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2470498
Can't access ubuntu or bios after firmware update (F12 Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI) - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2470463
Malware, or a nuisance? - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2470465
Recursive folder deletion network shares - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2470500
Ubuntu Constantly Freezing/Crashing - https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2470369
Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/
The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:
Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4169-virtual-tempe-ubuntu-hour/
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4177-sierra-vista-ubuntu-hour/
Virtual Phoenix Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4181-virtual-phoenix-ubuntu-hour/
AZLOCO/CLUG Linux Workshop/Mini Installfest, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4243-azlococlug-linux-workshopmini-installfest/
Virtual AZLOCO/PLUG Install-fest/Linux Workshop, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/4185-virtual-azlocoplug-install-festlinux-workshop/
Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/
On-screen keyboard support in Egmde
Alan Griffiths reminds us of the recent On Screen Keyboard (OSK) support for Ubuntu Frame, and alerts us to an updated egmde that supports that same OSK. Instructions on adding the OSK to your system are provided, along with screen captures.
Ubuntu Community Virtual exhibition at FOSSASIA 2022?
Youngbin Han continues a discussion started on another post (link provided), and expresses the view that a virtual exhibition be held with the FOSSASIA 2022 virtual event. Youngbin proposes something like what Diogo Miguel Constantino Dos Santos proposed for the upcoming FOSDEM. If you have thoughts, would like to join, or just discuss details, you are invited to comment on this thread.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Kubernetes infographic: usage of cloud native technology in 2021 - https://ubuntu.com//blog/kubernetes-infographic
In the Blogosphere
Intel Has A Number Of Wi``Fi Improvements Ready For Linux 5.17
Michael Larabel tells us intel's WiFi driver "IWLWIFI" should have plenty of improvements. We are provided a list and description of these, which will impact both new and existing wireless hardware. Links are provided for more information.
Intel Alder Lake N Audio Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.17
Michael Larabel writes about some Alder Lake audio updates that we should see in Linux 5.17, giving details about the new features with links for more details.
Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 Arrives on January 5th, 2022, with Redesigned Greeter, More Fixes
Marius Nestor informs us that the UBports Foundation has made a call for testing of the next Over-the-Air (OTA) update for Ubuntu Touch devices. We are told it's mainly fixes and given details of these, and some improvements included in the update. We are told it will be released on 5 January 2022, and given a link if we'd like to help with testing.
GNOME Designers Exploring ‘Quick Settings’ Feature for GNOME Shell – And It Looks Great
Joey Sneddon discusses GNOME as being easy to use, and gives us a glimpse of what the GNOME developers are exploring, including a number of mockups.
Ubuntu Had A Great Year In Switching To Wayland, Continued Commercial Success
Michael Larabel writes about many of the things that "Ubuntu and parent company Canonical" achieved in 2021. Starting with the Ubuntu releases, mention is made of some of Canonical's contributions in improving GNOME that were pushed upstream. Next is Mir for IoT, and investments in WSL. Mention is made of snaps & a slow down in OpenZFS, before being reminded Canonical made a profit in 2020 with employees back above 500. Finally links are provided for the most popular Ubuntu articles on Phoronix.
Mesa's RADV Vulkan Driver Holds A Narrowing Lead Over AMDVLK With Ubuntu 21.10 On Wayland
Michael Larabel's testing of the AMDVLK 2021.Q4.3 open-source Vulkan driver reveals vastly improved performance when running under Wayland. Michael provides his benchmark results comparing Mesa's RADV alternative Vulkan driver on several games, as the base for testing. The final analysis: though AMDVLK is performing better and on par, gamers are advised to remain on the Mesa RADV driver due to the better gaming support.
Linux 5.17 To Replace SHA1 With BLAKE2s For Faster & More Secure "Random"
Michael Larabel reports of Jason Donenfeld's works that have queued "the change to remove SHA1 usage from the random.c code and to instead use BLAKE2s". BLAKE2 is expected to debut in the Linux 5.17 merge window.
Xfce’s Apps Update for December 2021: New Releases of Xfce Terminal, Whisker Menu, and More
Marius Nestor gives the December 2021 Xfce Apps Update, which starts with an update to Xfce terminal which has some new features. Next it's a Whisker Menu bugfix, then Exo Xfce library which has had various bug fixes and enhancements. Finally we are told libxfce4ui library has received updates, with a link provided for those needing more details.
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 144
"Happy holidays! This week we bring you the second part of a special two-part holiday themed feature by Camila from the Ubuntu Security team discussing how best to protect yourself and your systems from the top cyber threats faced during the holidays."
Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 175 - Abóboras
"O plano era fazer contas às previsões para 2021, mas entretanto apareceu o André e baralhou as nossas contas! Um episódio vivo e animados em que falámos sobre M1, Youtube e muito mais."
Design and Web team summary – 3 December 2021 - https://ubuntu.com//blog/design-and-web-team-summary-3-december-2021
Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Technical Board: Tue, January 4, 8pm – 9pm
- Ubuntu Membership Board: Thu, January 6, 10pm – 11pm
Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit: https://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.04, and 21.10
None reported this period.
Ubuntu 18.04 Updates
None reported this period.
End of Standard Support: April 2023
Ubuntu 20.04 Updates
linux-restricted-signatures-aws-5.11 5.11.0-1023.24~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029556.html
linux-restricted-modules-aws-5.11 5.11.0-1023.24~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029557.html
linux-restricted-modules-gcp-5.11 5.11.0-1024.26~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029558.html
linux-restricted-signatures-gcp-5.11 5.11.0-1024.26~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029559.html
linux-restricted-modules-oracle-5.11 5.11.0-1023.24~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029560.html
linux-restricted-signatures-oracle-5.11 5.11.0-1023.24~20.04.1+2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029561.html
linux-restricted-modules-oem-5.14 5.14.0-1013.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029562.html
linux-meta-oem-5.14 220.127.116.113.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029563.html
linux-oem-5.14 5.14.0-1013.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029564.html
linux-signed-oem-5.14 5.14.0-1013.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029565.html
linux-restricted-signatures-oem-5.14 5.14.0-1013.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/focal-changes/2021-December/029566.html
End of Standard Support: April 2025
Ubuntu 21.04 Updates
None reported this period.
End of life: January 2022
Ubuntu 21.10 Updates
None reported this period.
End of life: July 2022
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