With the release of the official release of Ubuntu 19.10 the user’s attention now turned to the next major update: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to be released April 23, 2020.
At this early stage of release – daily builds yet – not too much information and not enough concrete plans.
But we know, when will Ubuntu 20.04, how long it will be supported, and even some early details about what improvements will be included in the release.
So read on to find out more details about the main features, changes and enhancements Ubuntu 20.04 LTS that will be added to this post as they appear.
Ubuntu 20.04 ‘Focal Fossa’
The code name for Ubuntu 20.04 – “Focal Fossa”.
It’s a fitting nickname in many ways. The word “Focus” means “Central point” or “most important part”, while the fossa (how to learn fans of the movie “Madagascar”) – cat predator living on the island of Madagascar.
Consequently, the developers of Ubuntu 20.04 as an important and successful update.
Ubuntu 20.04 is the next Ubuntu long-term support (LTS) and is a continuation Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, released in 2018 (and supported until 2023).
Each LTS release is supported for 5 years for desktop computers and servers.
It is noteworthy that this version will be supported for 10 years as a “premium service” (ESM). The status of the ESM is not free and is suitable for business, industry and corporate clients Ubuntu Advantage.
Release date Ubuntu 20.04
Release date Ubuntu 20.04 – 23 APR 2020.
This date is listed as on Launchpad (where the Ubuntu development), and in accordance with the schedule, Wikipedia Ubuntu.
Other important milestones throughout the entire development cycle Focal Fossa include:
- Week of testing: January 9, 2020
- UI frieze: March 19, 2020
- Ubuntu 20.04 beta release: 2 April 2020
- Frieze kernel: 9 APR 2020
- Pre-release: April 16, 2020
Planned improvements Ubuntu 20.04
According to tradition, the Ubuntu LTS releases are relatively conservative when talking about the changes and new features, that is, don’t expect major changes in Ubuntu 20.04.
This does not mean that there will be no new features or significant changes, just every nut and bolt LTS release is carefully assessed before inclusion on the basis of how it can affect the overall stability and maintenance release. Or in other words, only those functions that the Ubuntu developers can support for five years.
Among the changes is a new topic. More precisely, a new version of the current theme Yaru, in which the main accent colors used are “purple”. There is also the possibility to customize the folder icons, as you can see in the screenshot above.
You may have heard that Ubuntu has removed the web launcher Amazon from all of their installation images. This is a small change that many users will appreciate.
Installer slideshow in Ubuntu have also been updated in the latest daily builds, while GNOME Shell 3.36 preparing for the introduction, complete with a stunning new lock screen.
Here is a list of other scheduled changes in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
- GNOME 3.36
- Linux 5.4 Kernel
- Improved support for installing ZFS
- New Wallpaper
- Reduced size image .iso
- In Thunderbird Lightning Extension added
- Added multi-display support in GDM
- A few improvements to gamers
- Improved performance of GNOME Shell
Admittedly, this list may now not look impressive, but don’t worry: it will only grow in the coming months.
Download Ubuntu 20.04
Ahead of the stable version, released in April 2020, you can download daily build Ubuntu 20.04 directly from the server CD images Ubuntu.
Download Ubuntu 20.04 (daily build)
“Current” daily live build (avoid waiting) are generated by the build system every day, and although they passed a series of quality checks, these cannot be considered as absolutely stable.
And what is the improvement, addition, or update you particularly want to see in a future release?