Canonical, the developer of Ubuntu is about now rounding up with the development of the next Long-term support (LTS) release, Ubuntu 20.04, which follows on Ubuntu 19.10, whose support is scheduled to end in July 2020; Ubuntu 20.04 as LTS release will get major updates and improvements until 2030.
While Ubuntu is an open-source Linux distribution based on Debian, which is released in three editions: Server, Desktop, and Core, with all editions able to run on computer alone, or in a virtual machine.
The codename for Ubuntu 20.04 is 'Focal Fossa' - with the word 'Focal' meaning 'most important part', while Fossa is a cat-like predator that is native to the island of Madagascar, as fans of the film Madagascar may already know. Canonical usually follow a 25-week schedule for the October releases and for April, a 27-week schedule. So, the life cycle of Ubuntu 20.04 will include the 27-week release schedule.
Updates & Release schedule for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
As Canonical publishes new releases of Ubuntu, it tends to help the community, and developers to plan with certainty on new open source upstream capabilities available with the latest releases.
The Long Term Support (LTS) releases are published every two years in April, and as LTS releases are the ‘enterprise grade’ releases of Ubuntu, with an estimated 95% of all Ubuntu installations as LTS releases, and over 60% of large-scale production clouds running on Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04 and 14.04 LTS, which are the most popular OSes so far.
And every six months in between the LTS versions, Canonical pushes an interim release of Ubuntu, with 18.10 being the latest of such instances. These releases are production-quality grades and supported for their lifespan, with sufficient time for users to update, albeit the releases don't receive the long-term commitment of LTS releases.
Major Features of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
The release date is scheduled for April 23, 2020, meanwhile Canonical has already revealed the major changes that will be coming with the Ubuntu 20.04 release.
Among the notable features for Ubuntu 20.04 is support for Linux kernel 5.4 which provides the latest kernel features, such as lockdown mode and exFAT support, with improvements to the ZFS support which was introduced in 19.10 release, though it is still an experimental feature.
Additional features include, upgrade to GNOME from v3.34 to v3.36, some gaming-related improvements and Fractional scaling in the Xorg sessions.
If you wish to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 and currently using Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.10, you can do so directly by following the guide provided here. And if you’re still stuck on the 16.04, you'll need to upgrade to 18.04 first before you can upgrade to 20.04.