Ubuntu 20.04 codenamed “Focal Fossa” was released on 23 April 2020.
Glad about the release of Ubuntu 20.04? Let’s see what will bring this new release with long term support.
Overview of new features in Ubuntu 20.04
Since this is a LTS release, stability is paramount. The Canonical team will not take any radical changes.
Users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS probably would have noticed the visual changes and performance improvements, but I don’t think you will see a lot of differences between 19.10 and 20.04.
1. Additional options the default
Again, Canonical is experimenting with themes. 19.10 in Ubuntu, the default theme Yaru appeared dark version. In Ubuntu 20.04 there are three options of standard themes Yaru: Light, Dark and Standard.
You don’t even need to install GNOME Tweaks to switch between the default themes. This option is built into the app Settings.
Ubuntu 20.04 also has a slightly different view, with emphasis on the eggplant color as a secondary accent color (instead of the usual blue and green).
2. GNOME 3.36 and all accompanying visual enhancements and performance improvements
In Ubuntu 20.04 used the latest release of GNOME 3.36 release. This means that all new functions 3.36 also available in Ubuntu 20.04.
For example, updated lock screen.
Now no longer need to scroll down the page to go to the lock screen. Just one click and you are on the login screen to the system.
3. Disable all notifications on the desktop with the button “do Not disturb”.
Distracted by notifications? You can use the option ‘do not disturb’ to shut them down.
4. Fractional scaling
Ubunu finally supports fractional scaling. If you’ve ever noticed that the icons on a 100% scale look too small or too large by 200%, you can take advantage of fractional scaling.
When this feature is enabled, you can set the scaling at 125, 150, 175 and 200 percent.
Fractional scaling didn’t work for my monitors. The system issued the error to hardware limitations.
5. Don’t like the Dock? You can finally get rid of it
I know a few people who don’t like the launcher or dock with a dock, usually located on the left side of the screen.
In older versions you could change the location on the bottom or right side, or hide it when the application window approached, but you couldn’t hide it forever.
Now you can turn it off completely. There is a new application called, surprisingly, the Extensions to manage extensions, and you can use it to disable the dock completely.
6. Advantage snap front apt
Canonical continues to promote universal packaging format Snap. Earlier Ubuntu used apt to install the program, but now, the new release of Ubuntu 20.04 offers two options: snap and apt that immediately catches the eye, as the order of the listing starts with the snap.
7. Linux 5.4 Kernel
Ubuntu 20.04 contains the latest kernel LTS 5.4. This means you get built-in support for ExFAT and all the other performance improvements and support for new equipment that go with it.
8. Quick installation, fast download
Thanks to new compression algorithms, now installing Ubuntu 20.04 takes less time. In addition, Ubuntu 20.04 also loads faster compared to 18.04.
I used systemd-analyze to analyze the load time in both versions.
9. Improved support for ZFS
Ubuntu was the first Linux distribution which introduced ZFS as a file system with the Ubuntu release 19.10. In Ubuntu 20.04 improved ZFS support.
10. No more Amazon apps and python 2
Over the past eight years or so, Ubuntu has included the Amazon app installed by default. This so-called Amazon app did nothing but opened the Amazon website of your country (if any) in the web browser via the affiliate link Ubuntu. App for shopping Amazon disappears from Ubuntu 20.04.
Python 2 was first released in 2000. Twenty years later, Python 2 has finally reached the end of his life. Ubuntu 20.04 will no longer support Python 2, and you will have to settle for Python 3.
11. WireGuard VPN
Though Ubuntu 20.04 and will not use the kernel 5.6, at least immediately, it supports WireGuard in the kernel 5.4.
WireGuard is a new milestone in the industry of VPN and thus the inclusion WireGuard in its core should give some impetus to Ubuntu 20.04.
12. No 32-bit systems Ubuntu 20.04
For several years, Ubuntu does not provide ISO for 32-bit computers. But, at least, have 32-bit Ubuntu users can still switch to Ubuntu 18.04.
Now this is not possible. Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 impossible if you are using 32-bit Ubuntu 18.04. If you try to run the update, you will see an error message of this kind.
In other words, if you are using 32-bit Ubuntu 18.04, you will have to stay with him until April 2023.
13. Still some improvements “under the hood”
There are several:
- GNOME 3.36 less resource-intensive and easy to use.
- Improved support for Thunderbolt
- A large part of the software has been updated to newer versions.
- You will get NVIDIA drivers installed with the distribution.
I showed some of those improvements in this video. Can look:
Things you should know about Ubuntu 20.04
Is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release (long term support). It will be supported for five years. This means that if you use 20.04, you can use it until April 2025 without the need to upgrade the computer to a newer version of Ubuntu.
Corporate customers can purchase extended support for another five years.
If you are using Ubuntu or Ubuntu 18.04 19.10, you will be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 from your system.
If you are using Ubuntu 16.04, first you need to go to Ubuntu 18.04, and then on Ubuntu 20.04.
How to download Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS comes out tonight (UK time). The distribution will be officially available in a few hours.
If you do not want to wait, you can download the daily build. It’s almost the same thing, that final Assembly. Keep your system updated and you will be on the same level as the final stable release.
Download Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Daily Build 64-bit ISO
Which feature you like the most in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release?