Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 840 for the week of May 12 -18, 2024.
The Discourse post of this issue is available here.

In this Issue

  • Philipp Kewisch: Time to set the sails for a new journey
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Hot in Support
  • UbuCon Korea 2024 - CFP deadline extended by May 26
  • Mini UbuCon Malaysia 2024
  • LoCo Events
  • Introducing the Enhanced KubuQA: Revolutionizing ISO Testing Across Ubuntu Flavors
  • Social Gatherings
  • Mir release 2.17.0
  • Anbox Cloud 1.22.0 has been released
  • Ubuntu Desktop’s 24.10 Dev Cycle - The Roadmap
  • Other Community News
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In the Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Meeting Reports
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.10, and 24.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Philipp Kewisch: Time to set the sails for a new journey

Philipp Kewisch talks about the privilege and honor it's been working on bringing "free software to the widest audience", before telling us he will leave Canonical at the end of May. We're told we can reach out to Mauro Gaspari or Aaron Prisk now or into the future.


Welcome New Members and Developers

  • Kernel Upload Rights:
  • Portia Stephens (portias);
  • Kuba Pawlak (~kuba-t-pawlak);
  • Kevin Becker (kevinbecker);
  • Agathe Porte (gagath);
  • Bethany Jamison (bjamison);
  • Noah Wager (~nwager);


Congratulations to these contributors!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open: 144602 (+10)
  • Critical: 314 (0)
  • Unconfirmed: 72870 (+11)

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


  • German: 86.61% (47012/188)
  • Ukrainian: 85.74% (50040/1304)
  • French: 83.70% (57204/7150)
  • Swedish: 78.48% (75550/1105)
  • Spanish: 76.40% (82838/4856)

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 News

UbuCon Korea 2024 - CFP deadline extended by May 26

Jungmin Yoon tells us the deadline for proposals for UbuCon Korea 2024 has been extended until May 26, 2024. We're reminded what is required, including the four types of proposals being accepted, as well as being given key dates and places where we can go to get any questions answered.


Mini UbuCon Malaysia 2024

9m2pju informs us that the "Siber Siaga and the CyberDSA team have partnered with the Ubuntu Malaysia LoCo Team" to bring the Mini UbuCon Malaysia 2024. This post addresses why we'd want to attend UbuCon Malaysia 2024, as well as giving us event details & a link to register when we're ready.


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

Introducing the Enhanced KubuQA: Revolutionizing ISO Testing Across Ubuntu Flavors

Rick Timmis informs us the Kubuntu team have significantly updated KubuQA, which is a streamlined ISO testing tool for Ubuntu and all flavors. We're told what KubuQA is, then told of the new features (its not for just Kubuntu now), and that it supports 24.04/noble & 24.10/oracular. A 'call to action' is made to Ubuntu flavor leads, as well as some details of getting involved in testing/QA.


Social Gatherings

Laura Czajkowski gives a brief report on a recent social gathering on the RAT (real ale train) meet, before putting forward some ideas for future summer gatherings. We're told the list can be added to (including other locations).


Mir release 2.17.0

Matthew Kosarek on behalf of the Mir team announces this special release of Mir 2.17.0. We're given an ABI summary which highlights many changes, as well as a list of enhancements, the packaging changes, and the bugs fixed.


Anbox Cloud 1.22.0 has been released

Keirthana T S on behalf of the Anbox Cloud team announces the release of Anbox Cloud 1.22.0. We're given the new features and improvements found in this release in list form (with links for more details for many), as well as a link to depreciations, and details on known issues. A list of bugs fixed , and links to upgrade instructions are given too.


Ubuntu Desktop’s 24.10 Dev Cycle - The Roadmap

Oliver Smith tells us he is "taking on the role of Interim Engineering Director for the Ubuntu Desktop team" before moving to the roadmap of Ubuntu 24.10 Oracular Oriole. We're reminded this roadmap is subject to change, then walked through many areas where efforts will be invested this cycle. This is a long and detailed post, with ideas welcome.


Other Community News

These 5 cool KDE Plasma features could woo you from Windows

Jack Wallen starts with how KDE Plasma has always impressed him. In this post Jack explores some features of KDE Plasma, including choice of desktop menu styles, krunner, customization (everywhere), widgets, and activities. We're told these features only 'scratch the surface', and given numerous screenshots to fully appreciate what Jack discusses.


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In the Blogosphere

Mesa 24.1-rc4 Backports NVK DRM Format Modifiers Support

Michael Larabel updates us on Mesa 24.1 RC4 as the stable release approaches. We're given some details, and told there are no Mesa 24.1 release blockers currently known thus the stable release looks good.


Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu OnAir: Documentation Office Hours 10th May 2024

"A special live in-person recording from Madrid with several technical authors answering questions such as 'What's the most trouble your work has got you into?'"


Ubuntu Portugal Podcast: Episode 299 - Budo dos Dados Abertos, com Frederico Muñoz

"Esta semana fomos conhecer um utilizador de Gnu/Linux de nível ancião-guru, que construiu a sua carreira graças ao Software Livre. Além de ser um CNCF Ambassador, cria Software Livre interessante no seu tempo livre - cujo exemplo mais conhecido é um sistema de análise do posicionamento relativo dos partidos, nas votações da Assembleia da República."


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/ | https://discourse.ubuntu.com/upcoming-events

Updates and Security for Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04, 23.10, and 24.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 20.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2025

Ubuntu 22.04 Updates

End of Standard Support: April 2027

Ubuntu 23.10 Updates

End of Life: July 2024

Ubuntu 24.04 Updates

End of standard support: April 2029


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