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Ubuntu 20.04: Welcome to the future, Linux LTS disciples

This is most definitely the strangest spring in a very long time, with all sorts of event and hardware delays or outright cancellations. But one thing that has arrived right on schedule? The latest version of Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa, as this release is known) is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, which means Ubuntu’s parent company, Canonical, will provide support through 2025. The LTS releases are what Canonical calls “enterprise grade,” and these tend to be conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies. The interim releases, like last year’s Ubuntu 19.10, are instead where the company tends to experiment. Perhaps not surprisingly, Canonical estimates that 95 percent of all Ubuntu installations are LTS releases. Which is to say, this is a big update that the bulk of Ubuntu’s user base will be upgrading to eventually.