Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 824 for the week of January 21 - 27, 2024. The Discourse post of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) reached End of Life on January 25, 2024
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • LoCo Events
  • Ubuntu Budgie 24.04 wallpaper contest
  • Communications
  • Modern Communications Platforms - Call for feedback [Update]
  • Introducing Kernel 6.8 for the 24.04 Noble Numbat Release
  • Ubuntu Livepatch service now supports over 60 different kernels
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.04, and 23.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

23.04 (Lunar Lobster) reached End of Life on January 25, 2024

Brian Murray gives a follow up to the warning notice last month, telling us that Ubuntu 23.04 is now End of Life. We're told what this means, and given a link so as to upgrade any Ubuntu 23.04 systems to Ubuntu 23.10.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 143781 (-1066)
  • Critical: 320 (+18)
  • Unconfirmed: 72497 (-66)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad


  • Ukrainian: 88.01% (38137/1091)
  • German: 86.47% (43039/220)
  • French: 82.33% (56217/7406)
  • Spanish: 80.23% (62902/5075)
  • Swedish: 77.56% (71388/1027)

Hot in Support

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions

Ask (and answer!) questions at: https://askubuntu.com/

Ubuntu Forums Top 5 Threads

Find more support at: https://ubuntuforums.org/

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

Ubuntu Budgie 24.04 wallpaper contest

Mauro Gaspari posts details of the Ubuntu Budgie 24.04 LTS Wallpaper Contest. Rules are provided which includes the timeline of the competition, and some guidelines for better wallpaper images. All submissions need to be under a suitable license with details provided.



Aaron Prisk, in continuing our communications documentation, provides a page introducing readers to Matrix & IRC. If interested in either, readers are pointed to other links for more specific details.


Modern Communications Platforms - Call for feedback [Update]

Mauro Gaspari writes an update on an existing thread; that people have "been working hard" to improve Matrix documentation, which is still a work in progress. We're invited to join in on this writing task if we can. Thanks are given to Aaron Prisk, Philipp Kewisch, as well as members of the [temporary] Matrix Council (Seth Arnold, Nils Büchner, Marc Gilligan & Merlijn Sebrechts) as well as to Aaron Rainbolt.


Introducing Kernel 6.8 for the 24.04 Noble Numbat Release

Andrea Righi reports the "tentative target kernel" for Ubuntu 24.04 LTS is Linux 6.8. Reminding us of the deadline dates for this release, we're told an experimental build of the latest Ubuntu kernel can be found on the Canonical Kernel team unstable PPA, which will be updated weekly until in Ubuntu repositories. We're reminded this is still experimental at this stage, before being given the "most noticeable changes" and more.


The Planet

Ubuntu Livepatch service now supports over 60 different kernels

Dimitri John Ledkov writes about the Livepatch service and what it provides. We're told of some of the expanded coverage it has progressively received, plus the next architecture (ARM64) that hasn't yet got coverage. This post includes a "call for help" if you're able to assist in getting ARM64 fully functional.


Other Community News

Launchpad-linked federated Matrix accounts

ines-almeida tells us that Launchpad accounts can now list matrix accounts. This completes a request made by the Canonical Community team, being used also to make a slight rework of the frontend which alters how social accounts are displayed on launchpad profiles. We're also told of new API endpoints, with a link to the API documentation for more details.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

4 reasons to try Mozilla’s new Firefox Linux package for Ubuntu and Debian derivatives

Gabriel Bustamente & Johan Lorenzo inform us that Mozilla has released a new Firefox package for Linux users (especially useful for Debian & Ubuntu users). We're told of some benefits (performance, faster updates), that it's built by Mozilla, and we are given links so we can look at, or use it.


Ubuntu Pro Packages in ‘Software Updater’ Garner Criticism

Joey Sneddon writes about how Canonical's package updates in Ubuntu Pro messages are shown when Ubuntu users update their systems. With a link to a bug report on the issue, along with some of the criticism expressed on the matter, Joey notes what Ubuntu Pro provides. He adds he believes the notification has benefits; that the messages reveal security issues that are optionally available for immediate attention. This is a long and detailed post on the topic, and includes key quotes from some Canonical developers.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 283 - Dia da Protecção de Dados e Privacidade

"Neste dia muito caro para nós, recebemos um convidado especial: Francisco Core, da PrivacyLX. Numa conversa animada sobre Privacidade e Direitos Digitais, foram abordados os medos, inquietações, ansiedades e esperanças sobre o estado actual da privacidade no mundo digital, a sua realidade portuguesa e internacional e as tendências para onde nos levam. Uma questão complexa, multidimensional e que obviamente não cabe num segmento de uma hora - mas esperamos que pelo menos desperte o interesse de todos para algo que tem uma importância extrema (ainda que pouco visível) nas nossas vidas."


Inside Operator Day: Manage your software operators

"Welcome to our deep-dive series of operator day, where we highlight exclusive sessions from Operator Day for anyone interested in software operators and automating software operations.
Based on the previous video, we show how Juju and Charms are applied in an Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) approach. See how we can use the Juju provider for Terraform for the Charms presented in the previous sessions for automating the creation of a fully integrated application setup.
After roll-out, IT admins need a consolidated view about the landscape. A second session will cover how Juju covers multiple deployments and how to stay in control with the Juju dashboard."


Meeting Reports

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Times shown are UTC unless otherwise specified. For more details and farther dates please visit: https://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

Updates and Security for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.04 & 23.10

Security Updates

Please read here for Ubuntu 23.04 & 23.10 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

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates


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