Title: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 822

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 822 for the week of January 7 - 13, 2024. The Discourse post of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • New Ubuntu LoCo Council
  • Ubuntu Local Communities: Regional Contacts
  • LoCo Events
  • Call for Volunteers: UbuCon North America 2024
  • Announcing the Multipass 1.13.0 release
  • Ubuntu booth @ FOSSASIA Summit 2024 - Calling for volunteers
  • Ubuntu Desktop Dev Gaming Matrix
  • Wayland really breaks things… Just for now?
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Press
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, 23.04 and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Congratulations, Aaron! Thank you for your continued contributions to Ubuntu, and welcome to the team!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143783 (+143#)
  • Critical: 319 (-3)
  • Unconfirmed: 72520 (+95)

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


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38137/1087)
  • German: 86.47% (43039/198)
  • French: 82.33% (56217/7529)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62902/5098)
  • Swedish: 77.56% (71388/1131)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

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LoCo News

New Ubuntu LoCo Council

Merlijn Sebrechts, on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council, announces the new Ubuntu Local Communities (LoCo) Council. Congratulations are given to Mattia Rizzolo, Diogo Constantino, Lucas Kanashiro, Youngbin Han and Bhavani Shankar who have been elected for two years. A link to the election results is provided, as well as a thank you given for all candidates.

Ubuntu Local Communities: Regional Contacts

Naudy Villarroel Urquiola tells us about Regional Contacts, and why they are useful. We're then provided with the names and links to these contacts for the Región Andes, Eastern & Southern regions of Venezuela.

LoCo Events

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

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the respective LoCo Team calendar to browse upcoming events.

Please see:

The Hub

Call for Volunteers: UbuCon North America 2024

Simon Quigley makes a call for volunteers for UbuCon North America 2024, which will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. If you're interested in helping out (or just following the progress in real time) please join the provided Matrix channel.

Announcing the Multipass 1.13.0 release

Christopher Townsend reports the release of Multipass 1.13.0 from the Multipass team. Snapshots (of instances) are introduced, as well as covering other significant changes. Commands and notes on installing/upgrading to this version are provided, with an extra reminder for macOS users. Links are provided for more details, including where to file issues.

Ubuntu booth @ FOSSASIA Summit 2024 - Calling for volunteers

Youngbin Han writes about FOSSASIA Summit to be held in Hanoi Vietnam on 8-10 April 2024. Youngbin plans on giving a talk, and organizing a Ubuntu community booth, and asks if we'd like to join him. If you're interested, please get in touch with Youngbin before the middle of February. Details are provided.

Ubuntu Desktop Dev Gaming Matrix

Ashton Nelson briefly touches on Canonical's gaming team discussions venues, before announcing a new public Ubuntu Gaming Matrix room specifically devoted to Ubuntu Desktop development and gaming. Anyone is welcome to join and links to join are provided.

The Planet

Colin Watson: Going freelance

Colin Watson blogs that after nearly twenty years, he has moved on from Canonical and the launchpad team. We're told he is now a freelance developer, focusing on Debian packaging and Python development, with links to his sites. We are told his first 'gig' is with a Freexian infrastructure project.

Wayland really breaks things… Just for now?

Matthias Klumpp continues a thread of recent blogs, which includes replies to Nate Graham's blogs discussing Wayland protocol additions. Firstly Matthias gives some 'facts' being what he sees as good in Wayland, before getting to his 'but' (which includes porting applications to Linux). Some discussion on application requirements, especially in the scientific world is given (where multiple windows for apps is beneficial), and thus limitations in the current Wayland protocol. Next is window position restoration, proposed in 2018 and still not completed, along with other issues. Finally Matthias asks what he considers an important question: what do we want of Wayland ?

Other Community News

Updating Lubuntu's Release Management Delegation

Simon Quigley writes to the Ubuntu Technical Board, Ubuntu Release Team, and Lubuntu Community on the importance of delegation, and for a reminder of Lubuntu's governance. With Simon being the current Release Manager, he updates the delegation for Lubuntu's Assistant Release Management Team, and asks for Aaron Rainbolt (arraybolt3) and Dan Simmons (kc2bez) to be welcomed with open arms in their new role.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Press

A new Linux kernel has been released and it's one of the largest ever

Jack Wallen writes about the new "big" Linux kernel 6.7. This article covers many of the new features, including Bcachefs, 32-bit emulation for x86-64 kernels, NVIDIA GSP firmware, & more.

In the Blogosphere

GNOME Shell & Mutter 46 Alpha Released

Michael Larabel tells us the 46.alpha builds of GNOME Shell and Mutter are now available for testing. We're told we should see this in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (or Fedora 40) when they release; as GNOME 46 is still expected to release on 20 March 2024. A list of new features is provided, as well as a link to the github commit for 46.alpha.

KDE Plasma 6.0 Release Candidate Available For Testing

Michael Larabel writes that the release candidate of Plasma 6.0 is now out, along with updated Qt6-ported KDE Gear apps & KDE Frameworks 6.0. We're given some brief details, including the date for the second release candidate (31 January); final release is expected on 28 February 2024.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 6.5 from Ubuntu 23.10

Marius Nestor informs us that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS now has the Linux 6.5 kernel available, as "Hardware Enablement", from Ubuntu 23.10. We're reminded of some of the additional benefits found in the 6.5 kernel (over 6.2 or prior kernels) and reminded to update our systems if we haven't updated to it yet.

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS To Get 12 Years of Updates

Sourav Rudra reminds us of the prior clues we've been given as to what we'll see in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, including an embedded link to Destination Linux's Interview with Mark Shuttleworth at the Ubuntu Summit. The interview 'leaked' that 12 years of support will now be standard with a Pro account. This post talks about that, and guides us towards Ubuntu Pro subscriptions, which are available for free.

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 281 - Eles Querem É Poleiro no Pacote

"Desta vez recebemos o João Jotta, que nos veio falar do que anda a fazer para estragar sistemas operativos Livres ou o Toque de Midas ao Contrário. O Diogo iniciou uma fulgurante carreira política que dará sem dúvida origem a inúmeros incidentes diplomáticos e o Miguel mais uma vez suscitou a ira de uma boa secção de ouvintes, que escreverão cartas indignadas. Também discutimos geoestratégia militar na Guerra dos Pacotes e contratações para o plantel dos Snaps; quem ama Jellyfin e porquê; quem pode usar Ubuntu Pro e jogos de tabuleiro sem tabuleiro. Já agora; alguém sabe onde fica o Wisconsin…?"

Destination Linux: episode 354 - Interview with Frank Karlitschek of Nextcloud

"On this episode of Destination Linux (354), Frank Karlitschek of Nextcloud joins us for an interview at the Ubuntu Summit to discuss Nextcloud, the importance of self-hosting, Open Source, KDE, and more."

Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • Main Inclusion Requests (MIR) Status: Tue, January 16, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Technical Board: Tue, January 16, 8pm – 9pm
  • Ubuntu Membership Board: Wed, January 17, 12pm – 1pm
  • High-Performance Computing Team: Wed, January 17, 16:30 -
  • Ubuntu Foundations: Thu, January 18, 4pm – 5pm
  • Matrix Council Meeting: Thu , January 18, 17:00

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

Updates and Security for 20.04, 22.04, 23.04 and 23.10

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 Life: January 25, 2024

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024


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