Introduction to Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
With the latest 20.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu Linux a lot of exciting new features and improvements has been added. The Ubuntu developers have been working hard on this release that is scheduled for April 23rd. The 20.04 release will feature the 5.4 kernel and Gnome 3.36, this release will be supported for 5 years.
Whats New in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Ubuntu 20.04 comes with a flicker-less booting experience and will now show the computers O.E.M. logo which you see with Windows 10. Ubuntu 20.04 will be coming with a brand new theme called Yaru, Yaru will ship with a default theme light theme and dark theme.
The Amazon app is not be available anymore (yay) due to poor ratings, and many bugs.
ExFat will be available, which is being developed by Microsoft, this also makes Ubuntu more compatible with a wide variety of different devices.
Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome is at version 3.36 which has many improvements in responsiveness which also includes a brand new lock screen. This theme also include a dark mode (which could be switched automatically with a user script). Gnome 3.36 also introduces the long awaited Do not Disturb toggle. So if you are working and don’t wish any notifications from applications you can enable this feature to stop notifications from popping up.
Ubuntu 20.04 also include a virtual private network (VPN) client WireGuard which will bring more security and privacy to Ubuntu Linux users, WireGuard VPN will also be back-ported to Ubuntu 18.04.
- Support for the Intel and AMD Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
- Native ExFat support;
This will eliminates the 4GB filesystem size limit the File Allocation Table (FAT) suffers from, This will give Ubuntu 20.04 a wider support for other hardware and devices.
- VirtIO-FS integration for file and folder sharing between virtual machines (VMs).
VirtIO-FS integration in the Linux kernel debuted with the release of Linux kernel 5.4. This merge gives you quicker file and folder transfers between the host system and guest operating systems via virtual machines (VMs) than the previous VirtIO-8 and VirtIO-9P. VirtIO-FS integration employs FUSE to export the directories from the host virtual machine (VM) and mounts them onto guest virtual machine (VM) more expeditiously than in the past. Besides the improved file transfer speeds, VirtIO-FS features better POSIX compliance and integrates QEMU support in Linux kernel 5.4.
- Support for Realtek RTL8125 network chips.
- Much better XFS support.
Ubuntu Software Center is replaced by Snap Store.
The Snap Store (snap-store) replaces Ubuntu software center as the default tool for finding and installing packages and snaps.
Of course not everything is perfect (sadly enough) Some bugs could not be fixed in time of release, and some of them are major (shrugs).
- #1822026 Date reported 2019-03-28: nouveau drivers can cause crashes and freezes on some hardware, if that happens you have to select safe mode and install the NVidia proprietary drivers.
- #1824905 Date reported 2019-04-16: When selecting install 3rd party drivers causes a long delay before the next step becomes available.
- #1870736 Date reported 2020-04-04: Fractional Scaling does not work with the NVidia Proprietary drivers.
- #1845801 Date reported 2019-09-28: Automatic login doesn’t work with the NVidia Proprietary drivers.
With other words NVidia with Gnome 3.36 have some serious issues together. Hopefully this will be fixed before the first point release (which in my opinion should). The Quality control is terrible at Canonical, with high priority bugs sitting there for over a year that should never be an issue if you are serious about your product you put out. All these bugs should have been fixed.
Ubuntu had some great releases and terrible releases in the past. This release is great but has some sharp edges especially the NVidia driver issues that should’ve been fixed a year ago shouldn’t even be an issue at all in the final release, besides this issue this release is one of the great ones with a lot of great “new” features.
I give this release a 9/10 and its definitely worth a try, but you’d need a descent system as Ubuntu 20.04 requires as a minimum a dual core 2GHz processor, and 4GB or RAM (system memory) and 25GB of system storage. And for 3D graphic effects you will need a ATI or NVidia 3D graphic accelerated videocard/GPU. If your system doesn’t support it, you could try one of the other “flavors” like Xubuntu which uses XFCE, or Lubuntu which uses LXQT, Ubuntu Mate which uses the Mate desktop. Or ZorinOS which is the one I use.
you can download the latest version of Ubuntu 20.04 here