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Kernel Team Summary – September 20, 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:00:51 +0000

September 13 through September 18 Development (Artful / 17.10) Important upcoming dates: Final Beta - Sept 28 (~1 week away) Kernel Freeze - Oct 5 (~2 weeks away) Final Freeze - Oct 12 (~3 weeks away) Ubuntu 17.10 - Oct 19 (~4 weeks away) We intend to target a 4.13 kernel for the Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 19 Sep 2017

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:16:25 +0000

Hello Ubuntu Server! The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team […]

Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:48:33 +0000

I had the distinct honor to deliver the closing keynote of the UbuCon Europe conference in Paris a few weeks ago.  First off -- what a beautiful conference and venue!  Kudos to the organizers who really put together a truly remarkable event. ...

Webinar: OpenStack Pike is here, what’s new?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:04:36 +0000

Sign up for our new webinar about the Canonical OpenStack Pike release. Join us to learn about the new features and how to upgrade from Ocata to Pike using OpenStack Charms.  

MAAS 2.3.0 Alpha 3 release!

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:35:15 +0000

MAAS 2.3.0 (alpha3) New Features & Improvements Hardware Testing (backend only) MAAS has now introduced an improved hardware testing framework. This new framework allows MAAS to test individual components of a single machine, as well as providing better feedback to the user for each of those tests. This feature has introduced: Ability to define a custom testing script with a YAML definition – Each custom test can be defined with YAML that will provide information about the test. This information includes the script name, description, required packages, and other metadata about what information the script will gather. This information can then be displayed in the UI. Ability to pass parameters – Adds the ability to pass specific parameters to the scripts. For example, in upcoming beta releases, users would be able to select which disks they want to test if they don’t want to test all disks. Running test individually – Improves the way how hardware tests are run per component. This allows MAAS to run tests against any individual component (such a single disk). Adding additional performance tests Added a CPU performance test with 7z. Added a storage performance test with fio. Please note that individual results for each of the components is currently only available over the API. Upcoming beta release will include various UI improvements that will allow the user to better surface and interface with these new features. Rack Controller Deployment in Whitebox Switches MAAS has now the ability to install and configure a MAAS rack controller once a machine has been deployed. As of today, this feature is only available when MAAS detects the machine is a whitebox switch. As such, all MAAS certified whitebox switches will be deployed with a MAAS rack controller. Currently certified switches include the Wedge 100 and the Wedge 40. Please note that this features makes use of the MAAS snap to configure the rack controller on the deployed machine. Since snap store mirrors are not yet available, this will require the machine to have access to the internet to be able to install the MAAS snap. Improved DNS Reloading This new release introduces various improvements to the DNS reload mechanism. This allows MAAS to be smarter about when to reload DNS after changes have been automatically detected or made. UI – Controller Versions & Notifications MAAS now surfaces the version of each running controller, and notifies the users of any version mismatch between the region and rack controllers. This helps administrators identify mismatches when upgrading their MAAS on a multi-node MAAS cluster, such as a HA setup. Issues fixed in this release #1702703    Cannot run maas-regiond without /bin/maas-rack #1711414    [2.3, snap] Cannot delete a rack controller running from the snap #1712450    [2.3] 500 error when uploading a new commissioning script #1714273    [2.3, snap] Rack Controller from the snap fails to power manage on IPMI #1715634    ‘tags machines’ takes 30+ seconds to respond with list of 9 nodes #1676992    [2.2] Zesty ISO install fails on region controller due to postgresql not running #1703035    MAAS should warn on version skew between controllers #1708512    [2.3, UI] DNS and Description Labels misaligned on subnet details page #1711700    [2.x] MAAS should avoid updating DNS if nothing changed #1712422    [2.3] MAAS does not report form errors on script upload #1712423    [2.3] 500 error when clicking the ‘Upload’ button with no script selected. #1684094    [2.2.0rc2, UI, Subnets] Make the contextual menu language consistent across MAAS #1688066    [2.2] VNC/SPICE graphical console for debugging purpose on libvirt pod created VMs #1707850    [2.2] MAAS doesn’t repor[...]

LXD: Weekly Status #15

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:18:06 +0000

Introduction This week has been pretty quiet as far as upstream changes since half the team was attending the Open Source Summity, the Linux Plumbers Conference and the Linux Security Summit in Los Angeles, California. We got to talk with other container runtime maintainers, kernel developers and users, having a lot of very productive discussions […]

Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: September 15, 2017

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:47:48 +0000

A fairly short update this week as we’re in bug fixing mode ahead of final beta in a couple of weeks. GNOME This week saw the release of GNOME 3.26, and we’re ready to ship it in 17.10. This will bring new versions of the core applications and new features as described in the GNOME […]

Security Team Weekly Summary: September 14, 2017

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:31:52 +0000

The Security Team weekly reports are intended to be very short summaries of the Security Team’s weekly activities. If you would like to reach the Security Team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-hardened channel on FreeNode. Alternatively, you can mail the Ubuntu Hardened mailing list at: During the last week, the Ubuntu Security team: Triaged 234 public […]

Kernel Team Summary – September 13, 2017

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:46:56 +0000

September 05 through September 12 Development (Artful / 17.10) Important upcoming dates: Final Beta - Sept 28 (~2 weeks away) Kernel Freeze - Oct 5 (~3 weeks away) Final Freeze - Oct 12 (~4 weeks away) Ubuntu 17.10 - Oct 19 (~5 weeks away) We intend to target a 4.13 kernel for the Ubuntu […]

Running Ubuntu Containers with Hyper-V Isolation on Windows

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:39 +0000

Canonical and Microsoft have teamed up to deliver an truly special experience — running Ubuntu containers with Hyper-V Isolation on Windows 10 and Windows Servers! We have published a fantastic tutorial at, with screenshots and easy-to-follow instructions.  You should be up and running in minutes! Follow that tutorial, and you’ll be able to launch Ubuntu […]