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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download & Important Features

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download: Ubuntu 20.04 is the upcoming LTS (Long Term Support) Version. In this article, I will discuss the important features and software tweaks that are required by the Ubuntu users. A few days before, The discussion about Ubuntu 20.04 features & expectations has been created in Sub-reddit. Here I have posted the list of some important features and software tweaks that users deeply required.

So read on to learn more details on key Ubuntu 20.04 LTS download, features, changes, and improvements, more of which will be added to this post as and when they are revealed.


Interesting Facts About Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa”

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download & Important Features

The Ubuntu 20.04 code-name is ‘Focal Fossa’.

This is a fitting moniker in many respects. The word ‘Focal’ means ‘center point’ or ‘most important part’, while Fossa (as fans of the film Madagascar will know) is a cat-like predator native to the island of Madagascar.

Ergo Ubuntu 20.04 is being signposted as both an important and successful update.

Ubuntu 20.04 is the next long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, and follows on from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS launched back in 2018 (and supported until 2023).

Do you know the support lifespan of Ubuntu 20.04?

Every LTS release is supported for 5 years on the desktop and server.

Notably, this release will be supported for 10 years as an ‘extended maintenance release’ (ESM). ESM status is not free and is tailored towards businesses, industry and enterprise customers of  Ubuntu Advantage.


Ubuntu 20.04 Release Date & Full Schedule

Canonical makes new Ubuntu release regularly. It enables developers, users, and businesses to plan and make timely schedules with the certainty of access to newer versions.

An interesting thing that we would like to highlight quickly is these releases version numbers are in the format of Year and Month of release (YY.MM). For example, Ubuntu 18.04 was released in April 2018.

Long Term Releases (LTS) are made every two years in April. They are the “enterprise-grade” of Ubuntu and are the most popular and highly utilized. An estimated number of 95% of all Ubuntu installations both in Desktop and Servers are LTS releases.

Canonical also make interim releases of Ubuntu every six months between LTS releases. Examples include Ubuntu 19.04 and Ubuntu 19.10 being the latest, which were published after Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release. Interim releases are not LTS and are only supported for nine months. The advantage of these versions is the inclusion of the latest technologies during development.

Coming back to Ubuntu 20.04 schedule, its launch is targetted on April 23, 2020. Below are the schedules of this release together with important milestones.

Testing week (optional): January 9, 2020

Testing week is when we have the Beta/Alpha releases. They are always optional. Ubuntu developers encourage a lot of testing during this period, and the releases are made quite faster.

Feature Freeze: February 27, 2020

No new features will be added to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Unless in critical situations. The focus is now on improving the existing features.

UI Freeze: March 19, 2020

The development of the User Interface stops. No additional features or changes will be made to the UI from this point. If you are a writer, this is the perfect time to take screenshots or screencasts.

Beta Freeze: April 2, 2020

If you are eager to test the new features in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, then you can start from this date. However, if you are an end-user and not a developer, it is safer to wait for the final release.

Kernel Freeze: April 9, 2020

The kernel freeze is a deadline for kernel updates.

Final Freeze: April 16, 2020

From this date, no changes, updates, or features will be made to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Only rare bug fixes, if any.

Final release: April 23, 2020

It is the official release date of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS stable release. Both Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu server. Users should be able to update to the latest version.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download & Important Features
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Details


New Features in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Since Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is a stable release, Canonical main focus is on its stability. Ubuntu 18.04 users might notice a little difference in the user interface and overall performance. However, Ubuntu 19.10 users should not expect a lot of changes.

Let’s take a look at some of the new features, update, and changes to expect in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

1. Improved theme

There’s a new version of the current Yaru theme. This uses ‘purple’ as the main accent color in most places, rather than orange and green. The color of folder icons has also been radically altered, as the screenshot shows below.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download & Important Features

With Ubuntu 19.10 release, Canonical introduced a dark variant of the Yaru theme. In Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, they have made a step further. It comes with three variations that user can switch from “Settings” — Yaru dark, Yaru Light and Yaru standard that falls in between ‘dark and light.’

Appearence panels insitu 1

2. GNOME 3.36

Ubuntu 20.04 will have the latest GNOME 3.36 release. This means that all the new features in 3.36 will be available for Ubuntu 20.04. Let’s take a quick look at some of these GNOME features.

  • Improved Cantarell fonts design
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts for the image viewer
  • Additional preference changes in the GNOME web browser like crashed tabs fixes, opening PDF’s, etc

3. No Amazon Web Launcher

For the past eight years or so, Ubuntu included an Amazon app installed by default. This so-called Amazon app did nothing but open the Amazon website of your country (if there is one) in a web browser with Ubuntu’s affiliate link.

Ubuntu 13.04 Amazon Launcher
The Amazon shopping app disappears from Ubuntu 20.04.

5. Linux Kernel 5.4

Ubuntu 20.04 will feature the latest LTS kernel 5.4. This means that you’ll get native ExFAT support and all the other performance improvements and new hardware supports that come with it.

The experimental ZFS support introduced in 19.10 will remain in experimental but will surely see some improvements. GNOME 3.36 should make the cut along with Linux kernel 5.4.

4. Improved ZFS install support

Ubuntu became the first Linux distribution to introduce of ZFS as root in Ubuntu 19.04 release. Linus Torvalds has expressed his worries concerning this file system. However, ZFS is still prevalent in the market.

It is the only stable file system offering data protection and can survive in the most hostile environment. Unfortunately, ZFS had not entirely accepted by the Ubuntu community due to incompatibilities with CDDL and Linux’s GL license.

6. No Python2 support

Python 2 was first released in 2000. After twenty years, Python 2 has finally reached the end of life.

Ubuntu 20.04 won’t support Python 2 anymore and you’ll have to content yourself with Python 3.

7. New Wallpapers

With every Ubuntu release, Canonical does not seize to excite users with a new set of wallpapers and themes. With the latest version of Ubuntu, users can expect new wallpapers and, of course, a default one for their screen.

These are some of the features to expect in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. However, this post will be updated as development progresses, and we approach the final release.


Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download

For anxious developers and users, it’s now possible to download the daily builds for Ubuntu 20.04 for testing purposes. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download from the Ubuntu CD image server.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Download Daily Build

Note that this is still the development stage, and these ISO images should not be deployed in the production end. Test them on your spare computer or via virtualization software like VMware or Virtualbox.

Freshly spun ISO files will be made available to users until the final release on April 23, 2020.

Even though daily builds are mainly meant for testing and debugging, installing them on your computer is an excellent way of flowing with the development cycle. Whenever a new release is made, you can update your system to the latest version until the final release.

Upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Users running Ubuntu 19.04 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS can upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 by without a hassle. However, those still using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will first have to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04, followed by Ubuntu 19.04 upgrade, and then to Focal Fossa.

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