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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
Ubuntu Outlines How To Use Its Real-Time Kernel Beta - It Requires Ubuntu Advantage
Ubuntu Outlines How To Use Its Real-Time Kernel Beta - It Requires Ubuntu Advantage

With last week's release of the much anticipated Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Canonical announced they would begin providing a real-time kernel flavor too for this Long Term Support release though that RT kernel is initially in beta form. Today they outlined more information on their real-time kernel beta and how to actually go about trying it out.

27 April 2022 - Ubuntu Real-Time Kernel - 17 Comments
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Default To Wayland With NVIDIA For v510+ Driver
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Default To Wayland With NVIDIA For v510+ Driver

A change that had been expected but finally buttoned up in time for next month's Jammy Jellyfish release: Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will now default to using the GNOME Wayland session when running the NVIDIA proprietary driver. The caveat/limitation is that's only the case when using the NVIDIA 510 series driver or newer and not when using any of the older legacy driver branches.

22 March 2022 - Ubuntu 22.04 + NVIDIA 510 - 38 Comments
Ubuntu Talks Up Faster KDE Snaps, But Still Takes A While For Cold Apps To Launch
Ubuntu Talks Up Faster KDE Snaps, But Still Takes A While For Cold Apps To Launch

Back in late 2020 it was originally talked about for Canonical's effort around Snap packages to switch to LZO compression for faster start-up times. Today they published a new blog post on the Ubuntu site highlighting the Snap speed-ups while looking at KDE packages. The LZO-compressed packages are faster than XZ indeed, but still rather a lengthy start-up time for cold apps.

17 March 2022 - LZO Compression Pays Off - 76 Comments
cPanel 102 Is Ready With Full Ubuntu LTS Support
cPanel 102 Is Ready With Full Ubuntu LTS Support

As part of diversifying their supported range of Linux distributions since it was announced CentOS 8 would be going end-of-life, the popular cPanel commercial software package for easing the administration of Linux web server has added support for AlmaLinux and wit cPanel v102 is full support for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

9 March 2022 - cPanel 102 + Ubuntu - 2 Comments
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS To Carry GNOME Triple Buffering Support
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS To Carry GNOME Triple Buffering Support

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be carrying the patches so the GNOME desktop makes use of the on-demand triple buffering support when necessary in order to boost the GPU rendering performance in order to allow for a smoother desktop experience.

7 March 2022 - GNOME Triple Buffering - 17 Comments
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Planning To Stick With Linux 5.15 By Default
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Planning To Stick With Linux 5.15 By Default

It turns out Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is planning to use the Linux 5.15 kernel as its default kernel. It makes sense in that Linux 5.15 is also a long-term support kernel, but unfortunate in that Ubuntu LTS releases haven't always used LTS kernel versions and v5.15 will be a half-year old already by the time the "Jammy Jellyfish" ships in April. This is a choice particularly unfortunate for those with recent hardware but at least there is the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA and other non-default options available.

14 January 2022 - Linux 5.15 Kernel - 57 Comments
Canonical To Focus On A New, More Modular Snapcraft - Current Codebase Goes Legacy
Canonical To Focus On A New, More Modular Snapcraft - Current Codebase Goes Legacy

A few minutes ago a new Ubuntu blog post hit the wire entitled "The Future of Snapcraft" where immediately I wondered if it was announcing plans to move away from their own app packaging/store/update tech and shift over to a Flatpak world like the rest of the Linux ecosystem for app sandboxing, app store, and distribution. Nope, but they are going to overhaul Snapcraft's architecture.

7 January 2022 - More Modular Snapcraft - 99 Comments
Ubuntu Had A Great Year In Switching To Wayland, Continued Commercial Success
Ubuntu Had A Great Year In Switching To Wayland, Continued Commercial Success

Ubuntu and parent company Canonical had another great year not only on the Linux desktop but continuing its commercial successes around the server, cloud, and IoT sectors too. Ubuntu 21.04 and 21.10 delivered new features across all fronts this year and developers are now busy preparing for the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release next spring.

30 December 2021 - Ubuntu 2021 - 24 Comments
Ubuntu Rethinking Its Initramfs Compression Strategy
Ubuntu Rethinking Its Initramfs Compression Strategy

While Ubuntu switched from LZ4 to Zstd for compressing its initramfs, they now are finding they were too aggressive in defaulting to Zstd with the highest compression level of 19. Due to speed and memory consumption concerns, they are looking at lowering their Zstd compression level.

8 December 2021 - Zstd Too High - 40 Comments

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