Ubuntu 20.04 launched, named as “Focal Fossa”

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Ubuntu 20.04 launched with a game mode tool, VPN service and allows to read ZFS and ExFAT file systems and has a cool name “Focal Fossa”

Ubuntu is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. Ubuntu is officially released in three editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for the internet of things devices and robots. All the editions can run on the computer alone, or in a virtual machine. Ubuntu is a popular operating system for cloud computing, with support for OpenStack.

Ubuntu is released every six months, with long-term support (LTS) releases every two years. As of 23 April 2020, the latest release and also the most recent long-term support release is 20.04 (“Focal Fossa”), which is supported until 2025 under public support and until 2030 as a paid option. One of the most popular Linux distribution Ubuntu rolls its new version and names it “Focal Fossa”. Ubuntu has impressed its users with its latest update that has ton of new features. Built on the Linux 5.4 kernel, there are some major enhancements.

Ubuntu has added the integration of WireGuard, a fairly popular VPN, means Ubuntu users will now have a VPN service from the outset. Moreover, Ubuntu adds 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.

Ubuntu 20.04 has something interesting for Linux gamers, as Ubuntu adds 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.

Ubuntu has added support for reading 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.

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.

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