Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 736 for the week of May 15 - 21, 2022.

In this Issue

  • Call for nominations: Developer Membership Board
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Release of cloud-init 22.2
  • Plasma 5.25 Beta available for testing
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • 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!

General Community News

Call for nominations: Developer Membership Board

Robie Basak on behalf of the Developer Membership Board tells us Łukasz Zemczak, Thomas Ward, Dan Streetman and Robie Basak "have completed their two year terms on the DMB", and that Dan has resigned his seat, whilst the other three continue on a temporary extension until after the election. This post is a "call for nominations to fill their four seats", with a brief explanation of the board, the requirements of the nominees, how to nominate yourself or someone else, and where and when submissions must be made.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 139314 (+104)
  • Critical: 326 (+2)
  • Unconfirmed: 69645 (+49)

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  • Ukrainian: 86.71% (41805/1620)
  • German: 86.04% (43921/670)
  • French: 80.20% (62302/7230)
  • Spanish: 79.29% (65163/5410)
  • Swedish: 76.02% (75431/970)

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

Release of cloud-init 22.2

James Falcon tells us "Cloud-init release 22.2 is now available". James provides some details and highlights what we'll find in this release, with a changelog provided.

The Planet

Plasma 5.25 Beta available for testing

The Kubuntu team asks if we're using Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, or trying Kubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu. We're told Plasma 5.24.90 (Plasma 5.25 Beta) is available via Beta PPA for Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, or the daily builds. We are reminded it's a beta release, with the upstream KDE disclaimer provided so care should be taken if your machine is used for 'production'. But, commands to help install this system are provided if you're using Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, and where to report bugs if any are discovered.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

China's Kylin Linux targets second RISC-V platform

Simon Sharwood informs us that "China's military-derived and government-approved Linux distribution, Ubuntu Kylin, has revealed plans to target a second RISC-V platform". Reminding us of a version of the OS released earlier for the HiFive Unmatched board back in March, last week "Kylin developers revealed plans to work on another RISC-V product"; expressing the view that China may be trying to replace "all foreign-sourced PCs within two years". With discussion of Lenovo, we are told why RISC-V is so appealing.

Canonical is Recruiting Devs for ‘Ubuntu Gaming’ Team

Joey Sneddon reports that Canonical is seeking engineers to join the 'Ubuntu Gaming Experience' team. In providing us with some of the text in the job posting, we are shown how significant Joey considers this as to showing how seriously Canonical is taking this. We are given a glimpse of the skillset required of applicants. Finally, Joey reminds us of Canonical's investing in the community, and sees this as a plus with regards to the performance of Ubuntu 22.10 and beyond.

In the Blogosphere

"Ubuntu Preview" Makes It Easy To Try The Bleeding-Edge Ubuntu Experience On WSL

Michael Larabel writes that Canonical is investing 'a lot' to ensure a "first-rate Ubuntu experience when using Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux". This has now been extended with "Ubuntu Preview" which gives a daily-updated development build of Ubuntu on WSL (akin to Ubuntu's daily ISOs). We are provided a screenshot, some links, and reminded it is development software which isn't intended for production use.

Mesa 22.1 Released with Improvements for Elden Ring, Apex Legends, Zink, and More

Marius Nestor alerts us that Mesa's 22.1 open-source graphic stack is released. Marius relates the new features, extensions, and notes numerous bug fixes & improved game support. While the release is available from source, we are advised that if stability and reliability is of concern that we should await the 22.1.1 newest stable release.

KDE Plasma 5.25 Beta Is Here with Floating Panels, New Customization Options, and More

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE Project has released the public beta of KDE Plasma 5.25. We are told of some of what we'll find in this release, as revealed via multiple embedded videos, as well as descriptions of various app improvements. A link is provided to the release announcemen, and we're told the final release will be on 14 June 2022.

In Other News

For the Love of Ubuntu: Here are the Mascots of All Ubuntu Releases

Abhishek Prakash gives a brief on Ubuntu's version names and codenames. He notes that it was not until the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS ‘Hardy Heron’ release that mascots made their debut. He shares the mascot list, in screenshots, of all the releases for a nostalgic look back in history.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 159

"This week we bring you part 2 of our look at the new Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release and what’s in it for security, plus we cover security updates for DPDK, OpenSSL, Cron, RSyslog, Curl and more."

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 160

"Ubuntu get’s pwned again at Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022, plus we look at security updates for the Linux kernel, RSyslog, ClamAV, Apport and more."

Introduction to Ubuntu Core 20

"Ubuntu Core is an operating system designed for IoT and Edge devices. This Ubuntu Core 20 release enables innovators to create highly secure things and focus entirely on their own unique features and apps, with confinement and security updates built into the operating system."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 195 - Sobremesa

"O Miguel instalou um 22.04 limpo e ficou muito feliz! O Constantino virou designer, anda comprador de um template Hugo. O Carrondo resolveu, finalmente, o seu problema dos rsyncs! À boleia destes assuntos ainda se opinou sobre o Gnome 3, e alternativas e da entrevista (mais ou menos recente) a Mark Shuttleworth."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Ubuntu Desktop Indaba: Fri, May 27, 4pm – 5pm

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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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