Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 784 for the week of April 16 - 22, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • FOSSASIA Summit 2023 Quick recap
  • Subiquity 23.04.2 has been released to the stable channel
  • The Firefox snap: Updates and Upgrades
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • 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, 22.10, and 23.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) released

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team reports the release of Ubuntu 23.04 for the main Server and Desktop products and flavors. With some details of what this means, we're also given many links for more specifics including to download.

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

Interested in the flavors? Release announcements as follows:

Media attention to the flavor's releases:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 141753 (+50)
  • Critical: 311 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 71148 (+40)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.29% (40423/934)
  • German: 86.40% (43280/110)
  • French: 80.74% (61281/7155)
  • Spanish: 80.14% (63172/5459)
  • Swedish: 77.43% (71812/1115)

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

FOSSASIA Summit 2023 Quick recap

Youngbin Han gives us a report on a joint Korean community booth at FOSSASIA Summit 2023. Four communities were represented at the booth: Ubuntu Korea Community (Korean LoCo), C++ Korea, Women Who Code Seoul, and Cloud Bandwagon. We are shown many photos, told about a short talk, and told another more detailed report is to come. Youngbin thanks Philipp Kewisch, Mauro Gaspari and the Ubuntu Community team for approving grants.

Subiquity 23.04.2 has been released to the stable channel

Dan Bungert tells us Subiquity 23.04.2 is now 'stable'. We are told this release focused on fixes that helped the Ubuntu Desktop installer, including partitioning & NetworkManager improvements. We are told of other improvements, along with a brief discussion of offline installs. Then, discussion of LVM and encryption is given, before being told of a known issue. We are given a list of differences between 23.04.2 & 23.04.1 versions (including links to bugs fixed), plus a link to the full changelog.

Other Community News

The Firefox snap: Updates and Upgrades

Oliver Smith reminds us quickly of some of the benefits the firefox snap, and the significant improvements made since first release. This is another update on the progress made on further improving the snap prior to the release of Ubuntu 23.04. Discussion on the 'pending update problem' is covered, with fixes that landed for desktop snaps found in snapd 2.59. Coverage of fixes such as firefox failing to detect GPU when running on the Raspberry Pi, and more are also discussed, along with many links for more details & tweaking/troubleshooting.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Proton 8.0-1 Published With More Games Now Running On Steam Play

Michael Larabel writes that Valve and CodeWeavers have released Proton 8.0-1, reminding us it's a downstream version of Wine, and the first based on Wine 8.0. We are also given a list of games that were "tested and considered to be playable" and a link for more info via GitHub.

Ubuntu Users Get New Linux Kernel Updates, 17 Security Vulnerabilities Patched

Marius Nestor alerts us to Canonical releasing new Linux kernels for all supported Ubuntu releases that fix 17 security vulnerabilities. We are given CVE details, kernels impacted, how systems could be exploited if left unpatched, and for some the discoverer of the flaw. The version of the kernel with patches is provided, and we're reminded to upgrade our systems as soon as possible and reboot.

KDE Gear 23.04 Open-Source Software Suite Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

Marius Nestor writes that the KDE Project has released KDE Gear 23.04 with "new apps, new features, and many improvements". We are told of those improvements and given a link to the full changelog.

In Other News

Ubuntu wants your CIO to love a Lunar Lobster

We are reminded Ubuntu "has a large enterprise customer base" particularly with servers, but given the opinion that the new Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop will appeal to both developers and corporate administrators. We are told the reasons for this in the writer's view, detailing some of the new features found in Ubuntu 23.04.

Linux Matters Podcast: Episode 1 - Mastodon on My Résumé

"In this episode we discuss: Running your own Mastodon for a group of friends. Looking for the best Linux-loving laptop to rival the Apple Silicon offerings. Using the Steam Deck as your primary gaming device."

Wimpy's World: Ubuntu | Final release process for Ubuntu MATE 23.04

"Happy Lunar lobster day! 🌙🦞 It's Ubuntu 23.04 release day, so naturally also the Ubuntu MATE 🧉 release day. I'll be running through the final release process and taking a peek at the Lunar Lobster artwork you can find in Ubuntu MATE 23.04."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: 243 - Lagostazilla Beta

"Além das nossas costumeiras aventuras semanais, que esta semana envolveram containers, Ubuntu Touch, Home Assistant e Ansible, nesta semana o maior foco tinha de ser um olhar sobre a Beta do Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster, em antecipação da release no dia 20 de Abril. Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Lubuntu e Ubuntu Studio."

Average Linux User: Ubuntu 23.04 review: Better than I expected

"In this review of Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster I will tell you why I was pleasantly surprised with it. Many things I complained about have been fixed or improved. I also liked all the new things that have been introduced to this Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster release. Watch the video for more details."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 18.04, 20.04, 22.04, 22.10, and 23.04

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

Ubuntu 23.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: January, 2024


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