Canonical has finally released Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS as the first point release for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which made debut on 23 April 2020 with a number of enhancements.
While Ubuntu 20.04 will still be supported for additional five years until 2025, and users can also extend its security support through the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) program for a fee.
Along with the first point release for Ubuntu 20.04, the Ubuntu team also announced the point versions of other seven official Ubuntu flavors, namely: Kubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu Budgie 20.04.1 LTS, Lubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, Xubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 20.04.1 LTS, and Ubuntu Studio 20.04.1 LTS.
What’s New in Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS?
Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS mainly included a number of bug fixes, security and hardware updates, like the recent BootHole bug that affected most of the Linux distributions via GRUB2 bootloader with Secure Boot.
In addition to the bug fixes, this first point release also includes all security updates from the Ubuntu Security Notice list affecting Ubuntu 20.04 LTS that were released on July 29, 2020. However, Ubuntu 20.04.1 did not bring the much awaited new Hardware Enablement Stack (HWE), which often comes with first point releases, as it shipped with the same Linux kernel 5.4 as in 20.04.
You can read the full list of all the bugs fixed starting from Ubuntu 20.04 to 20.04.1, by visiting the change summary page.
How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
If you want to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.10 to Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS now, you can use the force upgrade process. But all previous users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will soon receive the notification for an automatic upgrade to 20.04.1 LTS.
For new users, you can download the ISO images of Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS which is now available on the official page. You can also see the upgrade instructions available here, if you need guidance in upgrading your system.