Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 801 for the week of August 13 - 19, 2023.

In this Issue

  • Mantic Minotaur (to be 23.10) now in Feature Freeze
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events

  • An update on ~~App Store~~ Ubuntu Store
  • A Home for Ubuntu Mascot Assets
  • Anbox Cloud 1.19.0 has been released
  • Welcome Back, Patch Pilots! Ubuntu’s Guiding Stars Return
  • 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 20.04, 22.04, and 23.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Mantic Minotaur (to be 23.10) now in Feature Freeze

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak of the Ubuntu Release Team informs us Ubuntu Mantic Minotaur (23.10) is now in Feature Freeze. The focus now is on bug fixing, new feature additions must adhere to the freeze exception process. We're given details of what these mean, and links for additional details if required.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 142370 (-75)
  • Critical: 322 (+5)
  • Unconfirmed: 71504 (-73)

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


  • Ukrainian: 87.37% (40197/1025)
  • German: 86.45% (43105/253)
  • French: 82.28% (56372/7097)
  • Spanish: 80.22% (62942/4873)
  • Swedish: 77.52% (71529/734)

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

An update on ~~App Store~~ Ubuntu Store

Tim Holmes-Mitra gives us an update on the new Flutter-based app store. We're reminded it's a work-in-progress with focus on the 'core features', with mention of what we'll see in Ubuntu 23.10. We're given links for some more details, a reminder that Ubuntu currently has three software stores, and a link to get it so we can look, or to a youtube video for a preview.

A Home for Ubuntu Mascot Assets

Aaron Prisk writes about the Ubuntu release mascots, available from the Web & Design team’s new section. Aaron gives us a link, supporting various formats and sizes, where we can download them for our own usage.

Anbox Cloud 1.19.0 has been released

Keirthana T S tells us the Anbox Cloud team is pleased to announce the release of Anbox Cloud 1.19.0. We're given a list of the improvements, some updated features, and some removed functionality, as well as a list of bugs fixed. Links for upgrade instructions are provided.

Welcome Back, Patch Pilots! Ubuntu’s Guiding Stars Return

Philipp Kewisch writes about "an (old but) new initiative" being the Patch Pilot Program. We're told the goal of the program, given links for more details, and a guide on getting started. It's not just for newcomers though, with an invitation also out for those in the community who'd like to "mentor and guide newcomers".

The Planet

Why I use Ubuntu

Alan Pope decides to spend 20 minutes telling us why he (still) uses Ubuntu. He acknowledges the post gets long, and thus gives a short "tldr" : he likes it & it works, familiarity, has good security, software availability & is consistent. We're given a brief history of Alan's Linux exploration, before trying Ubuntu first in 2005. We're told Alan doesn't only use Ubuntu, but told why he continues to use it. Lastly we're given some "reasons not to be cheerful" or a few gripes (mainly with Canonical) but he still believes the good outweighs the bad.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

KDE Wallpaper Competition Kicks-Off – Win a 13-inch Framework Laptop

Joey Sneddon tells us about the KDE Wallpaper Competition, with rules provided, and entries accepted until 14 November 2023. The winning wallpaper will ship with KDE Plasma 6.0.

Linux Reworks AMD Zen 1 Divide-By-Zero Mitigation After Original Fix Inadequate

Michael Larabel firstly reminds us of the AMD Inception vulnerability, then tells us another AMD Zen CPU bug has been discovered that can leak data. We're told the "original workaround" was insufficient, thus a new patch has been created. Michael quotes AMD Linux engineer Borislav Petkov, and provides a link to the patch. The patch is expected to land on Linux 6.5-rc7.

AMD Inception "SRSO" Mitigation Cleanup & Fixes Head To Linux 6.5-rc7

Michael Larabel amplifies the mitigation effort. He advises that due to the haste in implementation further clean up is required. The revised code is now submitted for merging, including a fix for the AMD Zen 1 divide by zero bug, into the 6.5-rc7 kernel release, and will be back-ported.

The 4 Best New Features in Ubuntu 22.04.3

Sharqa Hameed writes about Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS. We're told of some of the newer features found in this release, and given some screenshots of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop.

GNOME 44.4 Is Out to Improve Epiphany, GNOME Software, and More

Marius Nestor blogs about the release of GNOME 44.4 by the GNOME Project. We're briefly told of the improvements and bug fixes, and given a link to the official release announcement.

KDE Frameworks 5.109 Improves Detection of GPUs on Dual-GPU Systems

Marius Nestor tells us the KDE Project has released KDE Frameworks 5.109. We're reminded what KDE Frameworks is, the reason for the release being a week later than expected, plus what improvements are contained with it. A link to the official announcement is provided, and we are told to update our system if using KDE apps when we can.

In Other News

Debian Celebrates 30 years!

The Debian Publicity Team has posted about their project being 30 years old. We're given a brief history of the project from its founding up to the present - "one of the largest and oldest FREE operating systems that still exist today". We're reminded what Debian is today, told of celebration parties in many countries, and of course that we are invited.

Ubuntu Security Podcast: Episode 205

"We’re back after unexpectedly going AWOL last week to bring you the latest in Ubuntu Security including the recently announced Downfall and GameOver(lay) vulnerabilities, plus we look at security updates for OpenSSH and GStreamer and we detail plans for using AppArmor to restrict the use of unprivileged user namespaces as an attack vector in future Ubuntu releases."

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 260 - Comunicado

"O Podcast Ubuntu Portugal vem por este meio esclarecer que são infundados os rumores de que o Miguel terá sido alegadamente vítima de envenenamento, defenestração ou regicídio. Alegadamente. O povo é sereno e aguarda serenamente por notícias da sucessão dinástica. Viva o Rei! Viva a República! Alegadamente."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Developer Membership Board: Mon, August 21, 4pm – 5pm
  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, August 22, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, August 22, 7pm – 8pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, August 23, 16:30 -

  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, August 24, 3pm – 4pm
  • Ubuntu Desktop Indaba: Fri, August 25, 4pm – 5pm

Times shown are UTC. For more details and farther dates please visit:

Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, and 23.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 22.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2027

Ubuntu 23.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: January 2024


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