Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 776 for the week of February 19 - 25, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS released
  • Lunar Lobster (to be 23.04) now in Feature Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Pro - FAQ
  • Ubuntu Flavor Packaging Defaults
  • Enable Flatpak in Xubuntu
  • Other Community News
  • 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 18.04, 20.04, 22.04, and 22.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS released

Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team reports the release of Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS for "Desktop, Server and Cloud products" as well as flavors. We are reminded why this release has occurred, its supported life, given links so we can download it, get support, and more.

This release was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles selected by our editors:

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Lunar Lobster (to be 23.04) now in Feature Freeze

Brian Murray reminds us of the Lunar Lobster release schedule, and reports that the release is now in Feature Freeze. We are reminded what this means, and given a link for the Feature Freeze Exception process should it be required.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 141250 (+134)
  • Critical: 316 (+1)
  • Unconfirmed: 70831 (+97)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see:


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/1030)
  • German: 86.39% (43308/88)
  • French: 80.73% (61302/6892)
  • Spanish: 80.13% (63229/4390)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/600)

Hot in Support

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LoCo Events

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

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Hub

Ubuntu Pro - FAQ

Lech has posted a Ubuntu Pro FAQ that was written in "collaboration with Ubuntu community leads". This document has an Executive summary section, asks if Ubuntu is still free, addresses differences between Main and Universe repositories, and more. It contains useful links & some examples, as well as some links for more details if required in this comprehensive doc. We are told this document will be altered as is required.

Ubuntu Flavor Packaging Defaults

Philip Kewisch writes about Ubuntu flavors, and that Ubuntu is a community of communities, before moving to packaging. We are told Ubuntu and flavors "consider debs and snaps the default", but with users able to use their "freedom of choice" and thus use other alternatives like Flatpak. We are told flatpak will just be an install away, but will no longer be a default for any Ubuntu flavor from 23.04 forward. A list of FAQ (updated as required) is also provided.

The issue is widely discussed; please also see:

The Planet

Enable Flatpak in Xubuntu

Sean Davis writes that Debian, Snap, and Appimage packages are dealt with 'out of the box' in Xubuntu. He then reminds us what Flatpaks are, including an embedded video too, and gives a reason/examples why Xubuntu users may want to use them. What follows is thus the commands needed to enable Flatpak support in Xubuntu, which includes GNOME Software app support. Screenshots are included.

Other Community News

Using Flatpaks on Lubuntu

Aaron Rainbolt (ArrayBolt3) advises, though Flatpak is not enabled by default, the packaging is available in the software repository. It only takes the two provided commands to install Flatpak, and enable the Flathub repository. Aaron, additionally, gives a short primer on the usage of the app store to facilitate finding desired Flatpak apps.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

This WSL tool is a must-have if you run many different distros

Richard Devine writes about WSL; which he considers a powerful tool. Richard says the WSL Distro Manager tool is a great little GUI utility that makes dealing with multiple distributions much easier. We are given the links to grab it on GitHub, or told a paid version is available on the Microsoft Store. A number of screenshots are included, along with descriptions on why this tool is so useful.

In the Blogosphere

No More Windows Woes: Wine 8.2 Brings Better Compatibility for Linux Users

Mehedi Hasan writes that Wine is a useful tool for those needing Windows applications and prefer a different platform. Mehedi tells us Wine 8.2 development version has recently been unveiled, gives us some details of what's new, touches on the 22 fixed bugs, and reports its "an impressive leap forward".

Wine-Staging 8.2 Brings Support For Native ODBC Drivers Plus Fixes A 15 Year Old Bug

Michael Larabel writes that in addition to Wine 8.2's release, Wine-Staging 8.2 is available that includes "more than 530 patches atop the upstream Wine code-base to provide various experimental/testing features". Michael writes specifically about the native ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) that can now be used. Along with some other notable improvements, Michael provides links for bug reports with the additional details, plus he names some programs where improved support can be noticed.

Ubuntu's New Desktop Installer Working On Auto-Install, Active Directory Integration

Michael Larabel writes that Canonical engineers are working hard to add "additional features and ironing out functionality found within the existing Ubiquity installer" on its replacement. Michael tells us J-P Nurmi has been working on auto install support and "GUI integration around Microsoft Active Directory support". We are told auto-install support from the kernel line will be available when a pending pull request lands. Some other features are mentioned, with some links for additional details.

GParted 1.5 Enables Repair When Checking exFAT File Systems

Marius Nestor reports on the maintenance update of Gparted 1.5. We are told it "enabled repair support when checking exFAT file systems, increases the minimum size for XFS filesystems" and more. We are told a number of issues were resolved with this update, given some links for more details, and told that a Gparted Live 1.5.0-1 distribution is also now available.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 188

"This week the common theme is vulnerabilities in setuid-root binaries and their use of environment variables, so we take a look at a great blog post from the Trail of Bits team about one such example in the venerable chfn plus we look at some security vulnerabilities in, and updates for the Linux kernel, Go Text, the X Server and more, and finally we cover the recent announcement of Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 235 - MiniDebConf Portugal 2023

"Os intrépidos repórteres do Podcast Ubuntu Portugal voltaram à MiniDebConf Portugal 2023, foram testemunhar como a salsicha é feita, estiveram à conversa com os organizadores (Bernelle Verster e José Calhariz) sobre como foi organizar esta MiniDebConf, e ainda recolheram inúmeros e interessantes testemunhos do público."

This Week in Linux: Episode 218 - KDE Plasma 5.27, Endless OS, Fedora 38, Future of Thunderbird & More Linux News

"On this episode of This Week in Linux, KDE has released a new version of their Plasma desktop. There’s a lot of distro news to cover like Endless OS, Fedora Linux, OpenMandriva, Escuelas Linux and more. We’ll also cover the future of Thunderbird email client and the latest release of the Budgie Desktop and so much more."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 22.04, and 22.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 18.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2023

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 22.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2027

Ubuntu 22.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2023


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