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Ubuntu 22.10 Aiming To Support The $16+ Sipeed LicheeRV RISC-V Board
Ubuntu 22.10 Aiming To Support The $16+ Sipeed LicheeRV RISC-V Board

In addition to Ubuntu supporting the StarFive VisionFive and Nezha RISC-V boards, Canonical engineers are also working on supporting the Sipeed LicheeRV board too for next month's 22.10 release. The Sipeed LicheeRV is notable in being one of the cheapest RISC-V boards out there: pricing starts at $16.90 USD.

16 September 2022 - Sipeed LicheeRV - 4 Comments
Ubuntu Summit Making A Return In November
Ubuntu Summit Making A Return In November

Canonical used to host a stellar in-person event each Ubuntu Linux development cycle with the Ubuntu Developer Summit. That was over a decade ago and then it became largely a virtual event and then faded away in favor of Canonical's internal road-map planning and other developer sprints among their employees. Coming up in November in Prague is the return of an in-person official event with the Ubuntu Summit.

11 September 2022 - Ubuntu Summit - Add A Comment
Ubuntu Talks Up Its GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering Support In 22.04/22.10
Ubuntu Talks Up Its GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering Support In 22.04/22.10

Originally carried as a patch against Ubuntu 22.04 for its GNOME 42 desktop and continued to be maintained against GNOME 43 for the upcoming Ubuntu 22.10 is supporting dynamic triple buffering with the Mutter compositor. This has allowed Ubuntu's GNOME desktop environment to perform better for some systems albeit not upstream in GNOME.

5 September 2022 - GNOME Triple Buffering - 41 Comments
Ubuntu Unity Becoming An Official Flavor With 22.10 Release
Ubuntu Unity Becoming An Official Flavor With 22.10 Release

While it's been years since Canonical dropped Unity as the official desktop environment of Ubuntu, some within the open-source community have still been maintaining it and running an unofficial Ubuntu Unity flavor of the distribution. Now with next month's Ubuntu 22.10 release, Ubuntu Unity will be an official flavor/spin.

3 September 2022 - Ubuntu Unity - 39 Comments
Canonical Continues Snap'ing Up Linux Gaming For Ubuntu
Canonical Continues Snap'ing Up Linux Gaming For Ubuntu

In addition to continued improvements to its Steam Snap for running that gaming client within Canonical's sandboxed confines, the latest Linux gaming component to receive similar treatment is now Feral Interactive's GameMode.

30 August 2022 - Ubuntu Snaps... - 73 Comments
Ubuntu Isn't Yet Onboard With GNOME's "Device Security" Screen
Ubuntu Isn't Yet Onboard With GNOME's "Device Security" Screen

Coming with GNOME 43 is a "Device Security" panel within the GNOME Control Center. While intended to help ensure their system is protected, Ubuntu isn't onboard with this Device Security functionality yet and has stripped it out from their GNOME build for Ubuntu 22.10.

28 August 2022 - Device Security - 59 Comments
Ubuntu 22.10 To Ship With WebP Image Support Out-Of-The-Box
Ubuntu 22.10 To Ship With WebP Image Support Out-Of-The-Box

Prior to this past week's Ubuntu 22.10 feature freeze, webp-pixbuf-loader was promoted to the main archive for allowing WebP images to have thumbnail support within the GNOME desktop on this next Ubuntu release and being able to open up WebP image files within the GNOME image viewer and the like.

28 August 2022 - Ubuntu 22.10 webp-pixbuf-loader - 52 Comments
Dell Now Preloading Ubuntu 22.04 LTS On New XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition
Dell Now Preloading Ubuntu 22.04 LTS On New XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition

Last month Dell announced their new Alder Lake powered XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition laptop was certified by Canonical for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. At the time though it was still shipping to customers with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS while now Dell has moved to preloading Ubuntu 22.04 LTS directly from the factory.

23 August 2022 - Alder Lake XPS Laptop - 9 Comments
Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS Released
Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS Released

Following a one week delay due to a last minute blocker bug being discovered, Canonical today has shipped Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS as the first point release to this current long-term support series.

11 August 2022 - Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS - 34 Comments
GNOME Console Could Be Ubuntu 22.10's GNOME Terminal Replacement
GNOME Console Could Be Ubuntu 22.10's GNOME Terminal Replacement

Back in May was a proposal by Canonical desktop software engineer Jeremy Bicha to use the new GNOME Console as the default terminal application in Ubuntu 22.10, replacing the GNOME Terminal. That default change hasn't happened yet but some necessary improvements have now been made to Ubuntu Kinetic's gnome-console package ahead of that possible shift.

2 August 2022 - GNOME Console Progress - 61 Comments
An Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Fix Is Coming For A Very Annoying & Serious APT Problem
An Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Fix Is Coming For A Very Annoying & Serious APT Problem

Recently on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS I've noticed that after installing dependencies for a number of benchmarks that the Ubuntu Linux installation is simply broken... I can start off with a clean install of Ubuntu 22.04 desktop but then after installing the dependencies for a number of tests, the Ubuntu installation is effectively unusable until going back and reinstalling numerous default packages. The desktop is no longer installed, networking support was dropped, and many other packages went missing. It turns out it's due to problematic and unintentional APT package management behavior that is now being fixed.

14 July 2022 - Broken System - 48 Comments
Ubuntu Achieves A ~50% Reduction In Start Time For Firefox Snap

Canonical engineers have been continuing their quest to improve the start-up time for the Snap version of Mozilla Firefox that is used by default on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. With the latest improvements now pushed to the Firefox Snap, they are seeing around a 50% reduction in start-time for the web browser.

8 July 2022 - Firefox Snap Performance - 87 Comments
Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Finally Seeing Progress On Supporting VA-API GPU Acceleration

Those making use of Ubuntu's Chromium Snap for running the Google open-source web browser have been without VA-API support for GPU-based video acceleration within this sandboxed app. Fortunately, it looks like that will soon be crossed off the list for ensuring Ubuntu users can enjoy VA-API acceleration for lowering CPU resources and better power efficiency on Intel graphics and other Mesa Gallium3D drivers supporting VA-API.

4 July 2022 - Chromium Snap + VA-API - 25 Comments
Ubuntu Developers Have An Idea For Handling The Over-Eager Systemd OOMD App Killing
Ubuntu Developers Have An Idea For Handling The Over-Eager Systemd OOMD App Killing

With the recent release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS it is shipping systemd-oomd by default on their desktop for trying to better handle low-memory / out-of-memory situations. However, in real-world use systemd-oomd is too easily killing user-space applications like Firefox and Chrome when approaching memory pressure. This is a poor Ubuntu 22.04 user experience but the developers now have an idea for their approach to addressing this solution.

23 June 2022 - systemd-oomd - 56 Comments
LightDM Display Manager 2022 Status Update: Not Much Going On
LightDM Display Manager 2022 Status Update: Not Much Going On

From 2011 to 2017 while Ubuntu had been using the LightDM display manager developed by Canonical, their engineers were actively supporting it and making new releases to coincide with new Ubuntu Linux updates. But with Ubuntu now using GDM as its default desktop display manager, there hasn't been a new LightDM release in three years and not much in the way of upstream activity. Today Canonical's lead LightDM maintainer issued a status update for the project.

23 June 2022 - LightDM - 27 Comments
Canonical Continues Working On Ubuntu's Firefox Snap Performance
Canonical Continues Working On Ubuntu's Firefox Snap Performance

Slow start-up performance of the Firefox web browser has been a frequent complaint on Ubuntu Linux since Canonical shifted over to using the Snap'ed version of Firefox by default. It's certainly what I find most annoying with Ubuntu as well, but at least Canonical engineers continue working on addressing the performance and other awkward issues with the Firefox Snap.

16 June 2022 - Improving Firefox Snap Performance - 74 Comments
Ubuntu Deciding How To Tame Their systemd-oomd Killing Experience
Ubuntu Deciding How To Tame Their systemd-oomd Killing Experience

One of the many changes with the recent Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release was enabling systemd-oomd by default as the out-of-memory daemon that can kill processes when under memory pressure. Unfortunately, for some users this has led to a poor desktop experience with finding their applications being unexpectedly killed. Ubuntu developers are now discussing how to improve this OOMD handling.

9 June 2022 - Out Of Memory - 42 Comments
Ubuntu Desktop Exploring Microsoft Azure AD Integration
Ubuntu Desktop Exploring Microsoft Azure AD Integration

Since Ubuntu 20.10 there has been Active Directory integration in the Ubiquity installer while now it looks like the latest effort by Canonical on enhancing the Ubuntu desktop for the enterprise is around Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integration.

20 May 2022 - Azure Active Directory - 9 Comments
"Ubuntu Preview" Makes It Easy To Try The Bleeding-Edge Ubuntu Experience On WSL
"Ubuntu Preview" Makes It Easy To Try The Bleeding-Edge Ubuntu Experience On WSL

Canonical continues investing a lot in ensuring a first-rate Ubuntu experience when using Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL/WSL2) with Windows 10 and newer. Rather than needing to wait longer to see the fruits of that work in the next Ubuntu releases, Canonical has now made "Ubuntu Preview" available from the Microsoft Store to have a daily-updated, bleeding-edge Ubuntu experience.

17 May 2022 - Windows Subsystem For Linux - 12 Comments

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