Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 779 for the week of March 12 - 18, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Lunar Lobster (23.04) UI Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • UbuCon Asia 2023 will be held in Indonesia!

  • LoCo Events

  • Focal Fossa (20.04.6 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking
  • Call for testing: ubuntu-frame
  • SCaLE 20X Retrospective
  • Steam call for testing!
  • Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - March 31, 2023 @ 4PM UTC
  • Time to prepare for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS End of Standard Support on 31 May 2023
  • 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

Lunar Lobster (23.04) UI Freeze

Paride Legovini reports that Ubuntu lunar lobster (23.04) is in User Interface freeze. Paride provides a link should more details be required.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 141332 (+44)
  • Critical: 318 (+4)
  • Unconfirmed: 70900 (+61)

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  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/900)
  • German: 86.39% (43306/106)
  • French: 80.74% (61282/6982)
  • Spanish: 80.13% (63229/5258)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1076)

Hot in Support

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LoCo News

UbuCon Asia 2023 will be held in Indonesia!

Youngbin Han (sukso96100) announces that Indonesia was selected as the location of this year's UbuCon Asia through the host city vote along with the vote process. As additional details are known the announcements will be made via UbuCon Asia social media or Ubuntu Discourse!

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

Focal Fossa (20.04.6 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak posts the Ubuntu 20.04.6 LTS point-release Status tracking document, which will be updated as required until the product has been released. A note is present that highlights the need to respin ISOs due to issues with some Nvidia driver installs.

Call for testing: ubuntu-frame

Michał Sawicz writes that further to the rollback of Ubuntu Frame last week, a re-release of Mir 2.12.1 is now planned with this request to test the image. Details of how to install and use it are provided, with any problems being reported on this thread, and an expectation that it is expected to be released to stable in a week.

SCaLE 20X Retrospective

Aaron Prisk writes about SCaLE held recently in Pasadena California for the 20th time. We are provided a list of those present, and a brief summary of some of the human connections made during SCaLE 20. Along with some photos, we are told to look out for the "orange booth" at the next SCaLE too.

Steam call for testing!

Ken VanDine tells us the Steam snap will soon be moved from "Early Access" to stable, and invites us to help test it. Reporting the work done to ensure popular Steam titles 'just work' thus far, we are invited to test with our favorite games and submit a steam report; some instructions are provided.

Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba (AMA) - March 31, 2023 @ 4PM UTC

Heather Ellsworth (hellsworth) advises that the next Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba is to be live streamed March 31, 2023 11:00 AM. This episode focuses on UBports/Mir and features these speakers: Heather Ellsworth (@hellsworth), Aaron Prisk (@aaronprisk ), Alfred Neumayer (@beidl ) - UBports engineer, Alan Griffiths (@alan_g ) - Mir engineer. One may Join in the discussion from either YouTube or Twitch; advanced questions are welcomed on the Discourse thread.

The Planet

Time to prepare for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS End of Standard Support on 31 May 2023

Lech Sandecki alerts us that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 'bionic beaver' will reach the end of its five year standard maintenance window on 31-May-2023. Existing users of 18.04 have the choice of upgrading to a later release, or enabling Ubuntu Pro support. This post gives details of Ubuntu Pro and ESM support.

Other Community News

This week in KDE: “More Wayland fixes”

Nate Graham reports on progress made within KDE within the last week. Along with some screen shots, we are walked through some of the UI improvements, then told of some significant bugfixes; which include links should we need more details. Many links are provided, with us invited to help test Plasma 5.27 and to get involved in the project if we can.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Ubuntu Lunar Lobster could be the surprise hit of 2023

Jack Wallen reminds us his last review of Ubuntu Desk top "declared it predictable" which "is a good thing", that Jack believes Ubuntu 23.04 will be again. We are told of the new installer (totally re-written but changes appear only cosmetic), plus GNOME 44.0’s promotion on the desk top. Using a number of screenshots, Jack walks us through what he sees using a daily image, and states "the Ubuntu development and design teams have proved to be masters of subtle and effective change".

Linux desktop leaders unite behind Flathub app store. Here's why

Steven Vaugan-Nichols reminds us that the GNOME Foundation and KDE Foundations are creating an appstore using Flatpak, giving us some of the benefits of appimage/flatpak & snap which containerize apps. We are then told why the chosen platform is Flatpak (instead of Snap), and given some stats on Flathub. Steven ends saying he hopes the store will succeed, as he expresses the view that this will help the Linux desktop.

After nearly two decades of waiting, GNOME 44 brings you... image thumbnails

Liam Proven writes that "GNOME 44 is reaching readiness", before moving to some of the technical changes that have occurred underneath what we use. Liam briefly touches on GTK3 to GTK4, Mutter advances, Wayland's fractional scaling, and more. We're told some features that disappeared in GNOME 43 (but were missed by users) have returned, with VPN support in settings; all of which should make this a welcome release.

In the Blogosphere

Ubuntu 23.04 Will Ship with Linux Kernel 6.2

Joey Sneddon writes that Ubuntu 23.04 will use the Linux 6.2 kernel at release. With a brief discussion on the 6.1 kernel & kernel LTS support, we are told this is a big deal even if you're using Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as that release will get the 23.04 kernel in due course too. Some links are provided for details, a quote from Dimitri John Ledkov reporting no further 6.1 builds will occur, and Joey reporting this is "exciting stuff".

Ubuntu 23.04 Default Wallpaper Revealed

Joey Sneddon writes it was "only natural that the designers of the official Ubuntu 23.04 background chose to lean lovingly into the ludicrous label with a lascivious zeal". Joey provides the image for us to look at, then discusses the image, telling us there is a colorized version & desaturated dull grayscale, with the release still scheduled for 20 April 2023.

9 Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) Features We Spotted So Far

Ahnkus Das writes in this blog about nine features spotted thus far in Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster). Ahnkus reminds us 23.04 is not a LTS release and is due out next month. Many screenshots are given with those nine features which includes the new installer, GNOME 44, mini ISO, app changes, Ubuntu Cinnamon as a flavor, the Linux 6.2 kernel, and more.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 238 - Chapéus há muitos

"Neste episódio em que temos os três anfitriões de volta: o Miguel compra artigos de roupa, o Tiago está infiltrado a preparar a revolução, mas teve que lidar com problemas de WiFi, o Diogo descobriu mais Software Livre de game dev e game design, e tivemos ainda mais um cantinho do Firefox com extensões fixes."

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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