Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) released

Iain Lane laney at ubuntu.com
Thu Apr 23 17:47:04 UTC 2020

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our eighth long-term support
release, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud and Core.

Codenamed "Focal Fossa", 20.04 LTS continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

The Ubuntu kernel has been updated to the 5.4 based Linux kernel,
with additional support for Wireguard VPN, AUFS5, and improved support
for IBM, Intel, Raspberry Pi and AMD hardware.

Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 LTS features the latest version of the GNOME
desktop environment, 3.36. Notable changes from 18.04 LTS include
performance improvements, a new lock screen design, and support for
fractional scaling under X11. 20.04 LTS also features a new
look-and-feel: the “Yaru” theme, available in both light and dark

20.04 LTS also brings support for installing an Ubuntu desktop system on
top of ZFS. The latest version brings performance enhancements and
optional encryption support. Zsys, Ubuntu’s ZFS system tool, provides
automated system and user state saving. Tight integration with GRUB
allows a user to revert to any system state on boot and go back in time
to pave the way to a bulletproof Ubuntu Desktop.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS includes Python 3.8 as the default version but Python
2.7 is still available in the Ubuntu archive.

Ubuntu Server brings major updates to industry-standard packages
available on private clouds, public clouds, containers or bare metal in
your datacentre. Included are an updated HA/Clustering stack, PHP 7.4,
Ruby 2.7, Postgres 12, MySQL 8 and updated OpenSSH with U2F support for

The newest Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE,
Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu are also being released today.

More details can be found for these at their individual release notes:


Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop,
Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud and Ubuntu Core. All the remaining flavours
will be supported for 3 years. Additional security support is available
with ESM (Extended Security Maintenance).

To get Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

In order to download Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, visit:


Users of Ubuntu 19.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 20.04 LTS
via Update Manager shortly. Users of 18.04 LTS will be offered the
automatic upgrade when 20.04.1 LTS is released, which is scheduled for
July 23rd. For further information about upgrading, see:


As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free
of charge.

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes
on the release itself. They are available at:


Find out what's new in this release with a graphical overview:


If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren't sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

   #ubuntu on irc.freenode.net

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and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A
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incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

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On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

Iain Lane                                  [ iain at orangesquash.org.uk ]
Debian Developer                                   [ laney at debian.org ]
Ubuntu Developer                                   [ laney at ubuntu.com ]
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