This is a continually updated article about upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release. All the important develops associated with this release is added to this page.
Ubuntu 20.04 release date
Ubuntu 20.04 codenamed Focal Fossa will be released on April 23, 2020. Here’s the release schedule for Ubuntu 20.04 with important milestones:
- Testing week: January 9, 2020
- Feature Freeze: February 27, 2020
- User Interface Freeze: March 19, 2020
- Ubuntu 20.04 Beta: April 2, 2020
- Kernel Freeze: April 9, 2020
- Release Candidate: April 16, 2020
- Final stable release of Ubuntu 20.04: April 23, 2020
Why Ubuntu 20.04 is called Focal Fossa?
The codenames of Ubuntu releases are composed of two words starting with the same letter. First world is usually and adjective while the second word is usually an animal species.
Focal is a common English world meaning “center or most important part”. Fossa is a cat-like animal found in Madagascar.
Excited about Ubuntu 20.04? Let’s see what new changes this LTS release will have.
New features in Ubuntu 20.04
Since it’s an LTS release, stability is of the upmost importance. Canonical team won’t try any radical changes here. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users would surely notice the visual changes and performance improvements but I don’t think you’ll see many changes between 19.10 and 20.04.
1. Improved default theme
Canonical is experimenting with themes again. In Ubuntu 19.10, the default Yaru theme introduced a dark version.
Ubuntu 20.04 will also have the dark and light variant of the Yaru theme. However, it will have slightly different look with emphasis on aubergine as second accent color (instead of blue and green).
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.
3. No Amazon app anymore
For past eight years or so, Ubuntu included an Amazon app installed by default. This so-called Amazon app did nothing but open Amazon website of your country (if there is one) in a web browser with Ubuntu’s affiliate link.
The Amazon shopping app disappears from Ubuntu 20.04.
4. Linux Kernel 5.4
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.
5. Improved ZFS support
Ubuntu became the first mainstream Linux distribution to introduce ZFS as root with Ubuntu 19.10 release.
While Linus Torvalds may not like ZFS, it is still a popular file system. Ubuntu 20.04 will see improved support for ZFS.
Though Ubuntu 20.04 won’t be using kernel 5.6 at least immediately, it is backporting WireGuard in kernel 5.4. WireGuard is the new buzz in VPN industry and thus including WireGuard in its kernel will give some boost to Ubuntu 20.04 in the cloud scenario.
7. No more Python 2
Python 2 was first release in 2000. After twenty years, Python 2 has finally reached end of life.
Ubuntu 20.04 won’t support Python 2 anymore and you’ll have to content yourself with Python 3.
I’ll update this article as the development progresses.
Things you should know about Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04 is a LTS (long term support) release. It will be supported for five years. This means if you use 20.04, you can use it till April, 2025 without needing to upgrade your computer to a new Ubuntu release.
Enterprise clients can buy the extended support maintenance for five more years.
If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or Ubuntu 19.10, you’ll be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 from within your system.
If you are using Ubuntu 16.04, you would need to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 first and then upgrade to 20.04.
Download Ubuntu 20.04 Daily Builds (only for testing)
If you want to test out Ubuntu 20.04, the daily builds are available.
Keep in mind that it is still in the development stage. You should not use it on production systems, your main computer and other important systems. Use it on a spare computer or use VirtualBox.
What features are you looking forward to in Ubuntu 20.04?