Canonical releases Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa with new Yaru theme, GNOME 3.36 and 5 years of support

Ubuntu 20.04 Now Available
And the day has come. We already have a new Long Term Support version of the Canonical system: in a few moments, we can install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa, a launch that, in addition to including its own novelties, continues the work begun 6 months ago with the arrival of Eoan Ermine. For example, it includes GNOME 3.36, which continues the performance improvements that were introduced in GNOME 3.34, and has included full support for ZFS as root, something that arrived in Ubuntu 19.10, but with certain limitations.

On the other hand and as in each new release, the moment has also been used to update the operating system kernel, now using Linux 5.4. It is not a great improvement if we consider that Eoan Ermine uses Linux 5.3, but Canonical usually stays in LTS versions of the kernel in its LTS versions, and that is exactly what Focal Fossa is. Below you have a list with the most outstanding news that have come along with this version.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS highlights

  • 5 years of support, until April 2025.
  • Linux 5.4.
  • Graphical environment GNOME 3.36, which includes:
    • Do not disturb mode.
    • Improved screen sharing support in Wayland.
    • Improved management on teams with multiple GPUs.
    • Improved performance.
    • Graphene integration in GNOME Shell and Mutter.
    • Support for the Flatpak sandbox in WebKit 2.28. You have also enabled WebGL and Web Audio in the WebKit settings.
    • GNOME Shell supports launching generated processes on systemd scopes.
    • The system menu has been reorganized.
    • The system dialogs have been redesigned.
    • General improvements in the user interface.
    • Redesigned home screen.
    • Ability to rename the app launcher folders.
  • The Extensions app is now included to manage GNOME extensions.
  • Improved support for gestures.
  • WireGuard support: this is a feature that Linus Torvalds has introduced in Linux 5.6, but Canonical has brought it (backport) to be available in the new version of their operating system even if you use Linux 5.4.
  • Python 3 by default.
  • Improved support for ZFS.
  • Manufacturer's logo when starting the system, next to the Ubuntu name.
  • The Amazon app has been removed.
  • New wallpapers, which includes the winner of the "World Cup", which is Ubuntu 8.04.
  • New version of Yaru, where the aubergine color stands out in some menus / buttons and the gray in the folders. It also includes light, dark, and mixed themes.
  • Support for multi-monitor GDM.
  • Fractional scaling in Xorg.
  • Updated packages with the latest versions of software such as Firefox or Thunderbird.

Ubuntu LTS 20.04 It is now available to install, but we still cannot download it from the official website, which you can access from this link. Yes we can update to the new version from the operating system, something we can do from the update manager or by opening a terminal and typing the following:

sudo do-release-upgrade

Let's enjoy it!


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  1.   Pablo said

    When executing from the terminal the command sudo do-release-upgrade says:

    There is no development version of an LTS available.

    I suppose it is not really available yet (April 24, 2020 13.30pm from Argentina)

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi, Pablo. Try update-manager -c -d. If you use Ubuntu, the package is already installed. If you use another distro (like Kubuntu), you have to install it first (sudo apt install update-manager).

      A greeting.

      1.    Pablo said

        Great, so if it works. Thank you!! What you indicate is the solution (at least for Ubuntu 18.04.4).

        I have marked that it notify the LTS versions in the software updates part but with that it did not work either.

  2.   Shemodo said

    From Settings «notify me about new version», check the box and it works