Canonical has released the latest version of its Ubuntu Linux, one of the most popular Linux distributions; which offers several exciting new features designed to improve performance and security; including a built-in VPN, support for ExFat and ZFS, and more. Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” is now available for download.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is a long-term support version. Canonical releases updates for LTS versions for five years; Therefore, if users use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in the versions Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Core or Ubuntu Kylin, they have security for the next five years until April 2025. For a fee, Canonical also offers ten years of support (Extended Maintenance Release, ESM) for LTS versions.
New features in Ubuntu 20.04
The new version of Ubuntu comes with refreshed Yaru theme which the developers introduced in Ubuntu 18.10 for the first time. You no longer need to install GNOME Tweaks to switch between the default theme variants. This option is embedded in the Settings application. The three theme variants are Light, Standard, and Dark on top of a sound theme. Users can switch between the three theme variants under Settings > Appearance.
Canonical has also removed the Amazon Web Launcher; however, the biggest feature is the WireGuard support. Including WireGuard in its kernel will give some boost to Ubuntu 20.04 in the cloud scenario.
Other new features include improvements to Thunderbolt support, NVIDIA drivers on the ISO itself, and support for the latest version of the Oracle-based Z File System (ZFS).
In a press release, CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth explained that he wants Ubuntu’s latest release to be the standard reference platform secure cloud and edge computing.
“Accelerating open source globally is our mission. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is the new state of the art open source platform for the enterprise and the entrepreneur. We bring together thousands of contributors and the world’s largest technology companies to make Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the standard reference platform for secure cloud and edge compute.”
Downloads are already available on the official Ubuntu website. Interested users may download Desktop and Server versions of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from the site to run them directly or install them on systems.
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