Ubuntu Server development summary – 20 March 2018

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 mailing list.

Spotlight: Call for Testing – Netplan

The Bionic release is just a few weeks away!

Mathieu from the Ubuntu Foundations team has put out a
call for testing for Netplan
which is a utility for easily configuring networking on a linux system.

If you have a server that you are using for Bionic testing, please look
in /etc/netplan and give netplan a run through. Note that only new
installs of Artful+ will be enabled for netplan.

Helpful Links:


  • cloud-init 18.1 and now tip as of de34dc7c pushed to Bionic
  • Fix GCE datasource processing to observe and act on user-data. LP:
  • cloud-init version 17.2.35 SRUed to artful/xenial
  • Support for setting hostname from metadata prior to network bringup.
    This fixes vsphere multi-vm deployments all coming up with the same
    ‘ubuntu’ hostname. LP: #1746455
  • Support initramfs iscsi root so network devices aren’t disconnected
    before shutdown
  • Added cloud-config module cc_snap which enables loading snap
    assertions, configuring snapd and installing snap packages on Ubuntu.
    Deprecated cc_snappy and cc_snap_config modules.
  • Make salt minion work on FreeBSD (Dominic Schlegel)
  • Simplify compound conditionals (Rémy Léone)
  • Change some list creation and population to literals (Rémy Léone)
  • Add puppet 4 support configurable in cc_puppet module (Romanos
  • Fix datasouce Azure get_hostname function for hostname bounce
    (Douglas Jordan) LP:#1754495
  • OpenNebula datasource now uses network config v2 to support IPv6
    config (Akihiko Ota)
  • Add Hetzner Cloud datasource support (Markus Schade)


  • git-ubuntu release 0.7.4 now available

Bug Work and Triage

Contact the Ubuntu Server team

Ubuntu Server Packages

Below is a summary of uploads to the development and supported releases.
Current status of the Debian to Ubuntu merges is tracked on the
Merge-o-Matic page. For a full
list of recent merges with change logs please see the Ubuntu Server

Proposed Uploads to the Supported Releases

Please consider testing the following by enabling
, checking
packages for update regressions, and making sure to mark affected bugs
verified as

Total: 4

Uploads Released to the Supported Releases

Total: 32

Uploads to the Development Release

Total: 88

About the author

David is the engineering manager of Ubuntu Server. He is focused on making sure Ubuntu Server is a world-class platform for delivery of enterprise and cloud-native workloads.

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