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 19.10 is about to be released today and we already have some updates on the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release due in April 2020.
Ubuntu 20.04 is called Focal Fossa
As OMG! Ubuntu first noted, Ubuntu 20.04 has been codenamed “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.
Ubuntu 20.04 release date
The official release schedule for Ubuntu 20.04 has not been revealed yet. However, Ubuntu development follows a set pattern and based on that I can make an intelligent guess about Ubuntu 20.04 release.
Ubuntu 20.04 will be released on April 24, 2020.
How can I say that? I hope you know the logic behind Ubuntu’s version number and codename. Ubuntu follows a twenty six weeks release cycle for the October releases and a twenty seven weeks release cycle for the April release. There is an extra week here to compensate for the Christmas holidays.
Have you noticed that Ubuntu is always released on a Thursday? They surely follow the ‘no release Friday’ strictly. So, is it safe to say that “if it’s Thursday, it must be Ubuntu”?
Poor humor attempt aside, I hope you liked the little trivia about Ubuntu releases. Maybe you would also like the charming little movie “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium“.
What features to expect in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS?
The development of Ubuntu 20.04 hasn’t started yet so I’ll have to make a few guesses again.
Ubuntu 20.04 is a long term support (LTS) release and it will be supported for five years for normal users and for ten years if you opt for the paid extended support maintenance.
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.
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.
I’ll update this article as the development progresses.