Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

What’s new in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS?

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The Ubuntu 19.10 life cycle will end in July this year, and the next largest version will be Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Its major updates and improvements will be terminated before 2030. Ubuntu 20.04 is the eighth LTS release of Ubuntu and is scheduled to be released on April 23 this year.

Let ‘s take a look at what highlights 20.04 will bring.

The first is the theme change. Yaru theme will have a theme change from light to dark. The checkboxes, radio buttons, sliders, and progress bars under this theme are no longer blue or green, but purple. Switching from green to purple reduces overall mixed colors without disrupting the harmony of Ubuntu itself.

Secondly, another long-awaited demand from the Ubuntu community will also be met, and the pre-installed Amazon app will be deleted. The Amazon icon on Ubuntu has been hanging on the desktop, which has been talked about for a long time. The pre-installed Amazon app is relatively tasteless, and related survey data reflects this.

Ubuntu 20.04 will use the Linux 5.4 kernel, which has new features such as kernel lock mode and exFAT support.

The kernel lock function is mainly to prevent the root account from tampering with the kernel code, thereby drawing a line between user-mode processes and code. When this feature is enabled, even the root account cannot access certain kernel features, protecting the operating system from compromised root accounts.

The exFAT file system is a replacement for FAT32. It was developed by Microsoft but is not only used in Windows systems. ExFAT is currently widely used in the entire electronics industry, especially SD cards, USB flash drives, digital cameras, and MP3 players.

On the other hand, support for ZFS as a root directory, introduced in version 19.10, will be further improved, however, it will remain experimental.

In addition, Ubuntu 20.04 enhancements include:

  • GNOME upgrade from v3.34 to v3.36
  • Game related improvements