Welcome to the sixth edition of my Weekly FOSS Roundup! This week, I’ve been hard at it with cleaning up Xubuntu bugs and hacking on docs. A new Linux vulnerability, “Dirty Pipe” was announced. And Xfce has been accepted into the 2022 Google Summer of Code program. What a week!
Dirty Pipe Linux Vulnerability Discovered
A new Linux vulnerability that allows attackers to overwrite readonly files, including immutable files and those on readonly Btrfs snapshots. Kernel versions 5.10.102, 5.15.25, and 5.16.11 have already been patched. Update your machines now!
Xfce Accepted into Google Summer of Code 2022
Xfce will again be part of the Google Summer of Code (abbreviated “GSoC”) in 2022. GSoC is a program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development with a 12+ week mentorship program.
Submissions for the 22.04 Xubuntu Wallpaper Contest are Now Closed
After receiving a fantastic 126 submissions from numerous contributors, the 22.04 Xubuntu Wallpaper Contest is now closed for additional submissions. The Xubuntu Team will now begin the voting process with results expected within the next two weeks.
This Week's Xfce Releases
Xfce Screenshooter 1.9.10 features a handful of fixes and now uses symbolic icons for the interface. This means that the application will automatically look better regardless of if you use a dark or light GTK theme.
Xubuntu Bug Spring Cleaning
I’m not sure what prompted me, but I got into a cleaning mood this week. I started the long and arduous task of cleaning up Xubuntu’s bug reports. After starting with nearly 2,000 bug reports that affect Xubuntu and it’s related packages, I’ve reduced this list to a (still-large) 1,584 bugs! There’s still lots of work to do, and probably a hundred or some more bugs that could be cleaned up or de-duplicated.
Making Strides with Xubuntu Documentation
I had a really productive week with the Xubuntu Documentation, getting the Todo list down to just two more chapters. I need to go through and cleanup some of the formatting and tag usage, but we should be ready to merge this week! The latest documentation has been built below.
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