Welcome to another edition of the newsletter! A biweekly news update you are so familiar with, but only a little different this time. First of all, Jeroen Baten is no longer the main editor. We are very grateful for the work he has done for the previous editions. So big thanks for that!
What will happen now? Well, for that we need your help! The goal is to turn the newsletter into a true community initiative: Produced by and for the community. So, this is a call on everybody to contribute and reshape this newsletter into something that is relevant and valuable for everyone here.
Enjoy reading and we look forward to hearing from you!
The UBports Newsletter Team
Development updates & news
First things first: The OTA 24 Release
The developers in our community have been working overtime to get the OTA 24 release out. The decision was made to revert the new contact backend and move this to the Ubuntu Touch 20.04 release. The return of the contact sync should be working by now in RC and Dev channel. We are getting closer to reverse the old contact backend any time now!
We need your help with testing! Read the blog to find out what needs to be done.
With the first beta versions of Ubuntu Touch 20.04 (Focal Fossa) being released very soon, End Of Live (EOL) of Ubuntu Touch 16.04 is approaching rapidly. After the release of OTA 24, Ubuntu Touch will reach maintenance mode which implies a feature freeze to all software components of Ubuntu Touch 16.04. The future OTA’s for 16.04 will only provide fixes for grave bugs and security fixes - including packages of the base OS from Canonical Ltd.'s Ubuntu 16.04 ESM subscription service - Hence a big thanks to Canonical Ltd for sponsoring the inclusion of Extended Security Maintenance updates into Ubuntu Touch 16.04.
What will happen now? After OTA-24, all feature development will target Ubuntu Touch 20.04. Ubuntu Touch 16.04 bug fixes will be accepted, but developers need to make sure that an addressed issue has already been resolved for Ubuntu Touch 20.04 (or is not present there, at all).
For more information check the Telegram development channelChannel
On the UBports Forum there is a section for Ubuntu Touch 20.04 Forum
Other Development Updates
Debian: We are now at 90% packaging before the Debian Bookworm freeze. The 12-01-22 packaging must be finished. You can track the status here: Track Live Status:
Another helpful tip: Know that forum questions get priority so please post them beforehand by using the forum link. During the show, you can interact with the presenters via Youtube Livechat and Telegram.
Fosdem takes place 4&5 February 2023 in Brussels. This would be a great opportunity to catch up! Currently we are applying for talks and presentations in the Mobile dev room. There is a possibility we share a booth with Ubuntu – although this isn’t confirmed yet.
Do you have ideas to help organizing the event? Please join the Telegram group
We are currently thinking about how we can improve awareness about Ubuntu Touch. This also means we need to improve our efforts to bring Ubuntu Touch more under the attention of people ‘out there’ (on a long term basis). It would be wonderful if we can attract more users – and keep them!
Are you someone who has creative talent – being good in writing, designing, or making any sort of content such as podcasts, videos, or whatever, and would you like to bring your passion for UT to the rest of the world? Then we would be so happy to facilitate you as best as we can!