Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 781 for the week of March 26 - April 1, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu Cinnamon for Official Flavor Status
  • Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) Beta released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • Call for testing: ubuntu-frame, mir-test-tools, mir-kiosk, egmde (Mir 2.13.0 update)
  • OpenStack 2023.1 Antelope for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

  • 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, 22.04, and 22.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu Cinnamon for Official Flavor Status

Lukasz Zemczak in this latest message on the mailing list thread informs Joshua Peisach and the Ubuntu Cinnamon team they have now been confirmed by vote and Technical Board meeting to be an official Ubuntu flavor.

Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) Beta released

Brian Murray on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team announces the release of Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products. With details of the release, including the ten flavors that are also included, we are given many links which include where we can download the products, report bugs, 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:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 141476 (+135)
  • Critical: 311 (-2)
  • Unconfirmed: 71002 (+86)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/1025)
  • German: 86.39% (43305/80)
  • French: 80.74% (61281/7063)
  • Spanish: 80.13% (63228/5508)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1083)

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

Call for testing: ubuntu-frame, mir-test-tools, mir-kiosk, egmde (Mir 2.13.0 update)

Alan Griffiths reports a list of snaps (with versions) that have been updated to the latest Mir release (2.13.0). These include mir-kiosk, egmde, mir-test-tools, and ubuntu-frame. Discussion then moves to mir-test-tools and ubuntu-frame being available for both 20 (core20) and 22 (core22) tracks. We are told the 22 track is still being set up, thus the 20 track is recommended. We are given a command to switch to the candidate channel for testing purposes, with a note that if no problems are reported the new versions will be promoted to stable in a week.

The Planet

OpenStack 2023.1 Antelope for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Corey, on behalf of the Ubuntu OpenStack Engineering team, announces "the general availability of OpenStack 2023.1 Antelope on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS". With a link to the upstream Openstack release notes, we are told how to install it on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, and the packages which will be upgraded when the cloud-archive repository is added. Links for more info are provided.

Other Community News

Ubuntu Touch OTA-1 Focal Release

The UBports Foundation proudly announces the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-1 Focal. This is the first release based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS; a list of supported devices is provided. This post includes a list of new features (which includes this as an opt-in update and not mandatory), and major changes and bug fixes. This is a long announcement which includes a list of apps, versions, and known issues. Links for more details are included if required.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu Let Hackers Launch DOS Attack & Execute Arbitrary Code

Balaji N tells us about recent security vulnerabilities addressed by Canonical. We are given a list of the packages which received fixes, before moving into some specifics on the various fixes. Links are provided.

Ubuntu Pro Tackles the Challenge of Enterprise Open Source Adoption

Lech Sandecki writes that many organizations still "have concerns" with Open Source, and that Ubuntu Pro will address some of that. We are told that for modern enterprises the issue is "when" open-source is adopted, not "if", with 97% of apps leveraging open-source code. With a description of what Ubuntu Pro is along with details of how this relates to enterprises, this article addresses how Ubuntu Pro will help enterprises.

In the Blogosphere

6 Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” Features That Are Worth Upgrading For

Sahil Kapoor writes about the six major features that will be found in Ubuntu 23.04. Screenshots are included, noting the items: the new installer, GNOME 44, 'flash wallpapers & brighter icons', a minimal ISO, and more.

KDE’s Plasma Mobile Gets Ported to KDE Frameworks 6 and Qt 6

Marius Nestor tells us that KDE Plasma Mobile Desktop Interface is undergoing lots of changes as the developers port it to KDE Frameworks 6 and Qt 6, whilst Plasma Mobile packages have completed their port. Marius walks us through some of the changes which included some rewriting & improvements in code, before telling us most of these app improvements will be included in KDE Gear 23.04; with some scheduled to be in KDE Gear 23.08. Links are included.

In Other News

Thinking about switching to Linux? 6 things you need to know

Jack Wallan talks about his history in using Linux, and that of the modern consumer and enterprise user and how it differs from that of the past. The article discusses a number of topics which include: it's easier than you think, linux is more than a kernel, distributions are like brands, great choice, help is everywhere, and most hardware will just work.

Ubuntu OnAir: Ubuntu Desktop Team Indaba - March 31, 2023

Heather Ellsworth, Alan Griffiths and Alfred Neumayer (UBports engineer) are on this Ubuntu Desktop Indaba which discusses "UBports and the amazing strides they’ve made over the years". Alan will also talk about Mir, which is used by UBports, and will answer any questions asked.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 192

"Ubuntu gets pwned at Pwn2Own 2023, plus we cover security updates for vulns in GitPython, object-path, amanda, url-parse and the Linux kernel - and we mention the recording of Alex’s Everything Open 2023 presentation as well." 91 unique CVEs addressed.

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 240 - WikiCon Portugal 2023, com André Barbosa

"As aventuras dos nossos ilustres anfitriões nesta semana que passou estiveram cheias de energia eléctrica. De 31 a 2 de Março vai decorrer em Lisboa a WikiCon Portugal 2023, mas o que é isso da WikiCon? Para nos explicar o que é, e como vai ser, convidámos o Presidente da Associação Wikimédia Portugal André Barbosa."

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: May 31, 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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