Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 735 for the week of May 8 - 14, 2022.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Proposal: GNOME Text Editor as default text editor
  • Modren: a modern Linux store
  • Proposal: Sushi installed by default as file previewer
  • Ubuntu Core 22 Beta is now available
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.10, and 22.04
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 139218 (+210)
  • Critical: 324 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 69596 (+26)

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  • Ukrainian: 86.70% (41836/1619)
  • German: 86.04% (43915/745)
  • French: 80.20% (62293/7231)
  • Spanish: 79.29% (65155/5410)
  • Swedish: 76.03% (75423/974)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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The Hub

Proposal: GNOME Text Editor as default text editor

Jeremy Bicha tells us GNOME 42 switched the recommended text editor to 'gnome-text-editor'; he proposes Ubuntu 22.10 use it as default too. We are given some selected features of the gnome-text-editor, and told how we can try it out now if we're using Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Jeremy notes that whilst both 'gedit' and 'gnome-text-editor' have the same "Text Editor" name in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, gedit will have its name changed to 'gedit' in Ubuntu 22.10. We are told if this proposal is acceptable, 'gedit' will still be available for install; being located in 'universe', and that the 'gnome-text-editor' will be able to be user-replaced still.

Modren: a modern Linux store

Rudra Saraswat introduces Modren, a software store that handles snaps, flatpaks from Flathub, “APT”, and DEB packages. We are given a brief comparison with other popular app stores, then provided a list of supported backends and environments. Finally is the roadmap list of what's been done & is yet to do.

Proposal: Sushi installed by default as file previewer

Jeremy Bicha proposes 'gnome-sushi' gets included by default. Jeremy reminds us Sushi is a "previewer for nautilus", and how it's used; we are also reminded this has been proposed before. But it's different now with no dependencies to 'universe' anymore.

Ubuntu Core 22 Beta is now available

David Beamonte reminds us Ubuntu Core is a flavor of Ubuntu optimized for IoT and edge devices, and is now available as Ubuntu Core 22 beta. We are reminded of the strengths of Ubuntu Core, provided a link to download the product, and told it'll be released in the coming weeks.

Other Community News

Screen reader reads the data while computer is locked

Ivan Roganov makes the bug report as discovered by his cat, Loaf, whereby the screen reader is functional while the system's screen lock is activated; a screen lock bypass. Loaf's bug is being prosecuted as "Public Security". Ivan remarks "I expect Loaf being credited for this find. She really likes treats".

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Docker Desktop for Linux finally arrives

Steven Vaughan-Nichols gives us a quick rundown of Docker Desktop, and what it can provide for us. Then tells us the Docker Desktop for the Linux Desktop is here. We are also told Docker Extensions are also available, with some details on why this is useful using JFrog Xray as an example. Many links are provided if you need more details, and want to get it.

Windows Subsystem for Linux gets bleeding-edge Ubuntu

Richard Speed tells us Canonical is providing daily builds of "Ubuntu at Windows Subsystem for Linux". With a link to the Ubuntu announcement, we are told the build is currently Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu, and thus it may be "unstable and it will have bugs".

In the Blogosphere

KDE Connect is Now Available for iPhone & iPad

Joey Sneddon informs us that "an official KDE Connect mobile client is now available on the Apple App Store". This will allow those with iPhone and/or iPad to "benefit from a deeper set of integration between their mobile devices and their Linux desktop". A list of features of the KDE Connect for iPhone is provided, with a note it's less powerful than the Android client due to limits of iOS. Links are provided.

Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Will Reach End of Life on July 14th, 2022

Marius Nestor warns us that Ubuntu 21.10 reaches its End of Life on 14 July 2022, thus users are urged to upgrade their systems to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS before this date. We are told Canonical had set the date two months in advance of end-of-life, to allow plenty of time for users to upgrade. We are given some details of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, and then a brief mention of work starting on Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudo) that is due out 20 October 2022.

NVIDIA Finally Releases Open-Source Linux GPU Kernel Modules

Marius Nestor tells us NVIDIA has "announced they have started publishing their GPU kernel modules as open-source on GitHub as a first towards providing the community with an open NVIDIA graphics driver". We are told the kernel modulus "have a dual GPL/MIT license" and start with the NVIDIA 515 which entered public beta testing today. We are told "with each new release of their graphics driver, NVIDIA will publish a snapshot of the source code on GitHub". We are also told users will have the choice during installation of selecting the closed-source or open-source kernel module. Links are provided.

Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Daily Build ISOs Are Now Available for Download

Marius Nestor notes Ubuntu 22.10 has a release schedule with release date, and now reports daily ISO images for early adopters, developers, and testers. Marius notes it includes Desktop, Server and a number of flavors, including Raspberry Pi ARM64 image. We are also given some clues as to what we'll likely see during this development cycle.

New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Updates Patch 17 Vulnerabilities

Marius Nestor alerts us to new Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu releases excluding Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Marius provides details of the CVEs, who detected the flaw, and how an unpatched system could be exploited, and the releases impacted. We are told to apply patches and given the kernel versions with patches for Ubuntu 21.10, 20.04 LTS, and 18.04 LTS. We are also told Ubuntu 14.04 ESM & Ubuntu 16.04 ESM have received patches.

KDE Gear 22.04.1 Adds More Than 110 Changes to Your Favorite KDE Apps

Marius Nestor informs of several of the more than 110 changes in what he terms as a major update to KDE Gear's 22.04 first point release. Marius discusses the "noteworthy" changes for apps that are updated, several fixes, the added support, and enhancements. A link is provided to the changelog for more details.

Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Now Allows Enabling Native Wayland Support

Michael Larabel reports that the Chromium Snap web browser latest build "has now enabled (optional) Wayland support". In discussing the 2020 bug report on Wayland support being disabled, Michael relates the change that is landed enabling the option for run-time native Wayland. He provides the flag in the default preference for this option.

In Other News

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 194 - Pirocúmulo

"PEN com Ubuntu instalado: check! NUC com temperaturas aceitáveis: check! Ciclo completo de energia em mobilidade: check! E no tempo que sobrou ainda se falou de virtualização, Tribunal Constitucional, PiHoles e encontros Digital Rights Drinks…"

Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS overview

"In this video, I am going to show an overview of Ubuntu MATE 22.04 LTS and some of the applications pre-installed."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, May 16, 7pm – 8pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, May 17, 7pm – 8pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, May 18, 12pm – 1pm
  • Community Council: Wed, May 18, 11pm – Thu, May 19, 12am

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Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 21.10, and 22.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2023

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 21.10 Updates

End of life: July 2022

Ubuntu 22.04 Updates

End of life: April 2027


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