Notebookcheck
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is here

Image via Canonical
Image via Canonical
Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa" is now available for download. The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution brings a bevy of updates, including a built-in VPN, support for ExFat and ZFS, and more.
Sam Medley,
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

The newest version of Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions, is finally here. 

Ubuntu 20.04, known as “Focal Fossa,” dropped this week with a ton of new features. Built on the Linux 5.4 kernel, there are some major enhancements. Primarily, the integration of WireGuard, a fairly popular VPN, means Ubuntu users will now have a VPN service from the outset. Additionally, the new version of Ubuntu can now read the Z File System (ZFS) and ExFat file systems. The former is an Oracle-based file system, while the latter is typically used in Windows and Microsoft devices.

There are a few other features of note as well, including a new kernel lockdown mode that divorces the root account from the kernel in some instances. This offers another layer of protection for users by preventing a compromised root account from mucking about in the system kernel without the user’s knowledge (for the most part). 

On the desktop front, not too much has changed. Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” now uses GNOME 3.36 as its default desktop. GNOME 3.36 includes a dark theme, new lock screens, improved performance, and a few other nice touches. Linux gamers may be happy to know Ubuntu 20.04 comes with Feral Interactive’s GameMode tool, which optimizes some games by allocating more system power or I/O priority to the software, and includes Nvidia’s proprietary GPU drivers by default.

There are quite a few other additions to Ubuntu 20.04. Notably absent, however, is the pre-installed Amazon app that came with prior releases. You can see them all the changes by checking Canonical’s site. You can download Ubuntu 20.04 here.

Are you a Ubuntu user? What are your thoughts about Ubuntu 20.04? Let us know in the comments. 

Source(s)

Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1125 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
contact me via: @samuel_medley
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 04 > Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is here
Sam Medley, 2020-04-24 (Update: 2020-04-24)