Top 10 Features of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS promises major features and here we run down a list of top 10 features of Ubuntu 20.04.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” to be released on April 23, 2020 At this moment, developers are working to iron out last-minute fixes and preparing for the release day. And it is almost final what to expect in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. An array of changes catering to core, desktop environment and software is available.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop in Dark Mode
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop in Dark Mode

Here is a quick rundown of important features.

Top 10 Features of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

  1. Performance Improvement of GNOME Shell

When you install Ubuntu 20.04, the first thing you would notice is the faster response time of GNOME 3.36 desktop environment. A lot of work went into the core of GNOME Shell to improve the end-user experience.

  1. Linux Kernel 5.4

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is powered by Linux 5.4 kernel version. Kernel 5.4 brings improved hardware support, secure VPN technology WireGuard support, Livepatch support as well which brings you reboot-free kernel updates which is a game-changer for Servers running Ubuntu 20.0

  1. Faster ZFS Support

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS now supports ZFS which provides many advanced file system features such as clones, advanced snapshots, etc. It was available in Ubuntu 19.10 as an experimental feature. This support improves the reliability of the Ubuntu operating system in production and enterprise deployments.

  1. Fractional Scaling

With Ubuntu 20.04, you can now enjoy fractional scaling with High-resolution monitors, displays. It features scaling percentages in settings with options – 100%, 125%, 150%, 175% and 200%. Now you do not need to run some tweak commands in GNOME to enable it as it is available by default.

Fractional Scaling in Ubuntu 20.04
Fractional Scaling in Ubuntu 20.04
  1. Multi-monitor Support

If you have a multi-monitor setup, Ubuntu 20.04 makes it easier to setup and configure with options such as positioning, scaling, login field, dock options etc.

  1. Revamped lock and login screen

The login and lock screen is completely revamped with a nice and clean look; a bit of modern as well. The desktop environment option went to the right bottom section where you can choose between ‘Ubuntu’, ‘Ubuntu on Wayland’ options, etc.

Lock Screen in Ubuntu 20.04
Lock Screen in Ubuntu 20.04
  1. New Dark Mode and Wallpapers

Ubuntu 20.04 brings built-in dark mode with changes to its default theme. Folder icons moved away from a traditional orange color to dark grey. Three Window colors are available – Light, Standard, and Dark. You can select via Settings -> Appearance section.

Ubuntu 20.04 Dark Mode
Ubuntu 20.04 Dark Mode

A set of new wallpapers is introduced as well as it happened for all Ubuntu releases in the past.

New “working in background” icon.

Working in background icon
Working in background icon
  1. Software App as Snap

The Software app which used to find, install, remove applications from Ubuntu system is not available as snap. It’s just the same application, with the snap build is available in this release.

  1. Updated Applications

With Ubuntu 20.04, all default applications are available as their latest release. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • Firefox 75
  • Thunderbird 68.7
  • The calculator app is now replaced with apt version instead of snap version
  • Rhythmbox 3.4
  • LibreOffice 6.4.2
  1. OEM Vendor Logo during boot

You can see the OEM vendor logo during the boot-up of your system from now on alongside the Ubuntu logo with a new animation.

A complete list of changes would be available on the release day. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is scheduled to be released on April 23, 2020. If you are interested, you can download the daily build and try.

If you are considering upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from Ubuntu 19.10 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – read this guide.


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