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Ubuntu will work with your existing PC files, printers, cameras, music players and smartphones - and it comes with thousands of free apps.

Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu's stylish, intuitive interface. Fast, secure and with thousands of apps to choose from, Ubuntu gives you a clean and streamlined experience that you can really make your own.

If you are interested in giving Ubuntu a try without running any risk, please check out our Guide: Running Linux From a USB Drive As a Virtual Machine or Bootable Disk.

Secure

You can surf in safety with Ubuntu — confident that your files and data will stay protected. A built-in firewall and virus protection are available. And if a potential threat appears, we provide automatic updates which you can install in a single click. You get added security with AppArmor, which protects your important applications so attackers can’t access your system. And thanks to Firefox and gnome-keyring, Ubuntu helps you keep your private information private. So whether it’s accessing your bank account or sharing sensitive data with friends or colleagues, you’ll have peace of mind when you need it the most.

  • Automatic security updates
  • Defence against viruses
  • Anti-phishing
  • File encryption
  • Password protection
  • Built with security in mind

Compatible

Ubuntu works brilliantly with a range of devices. Simply plug in your MP3 player, camera or printer and you’ll be up and running straight away. No installation CDs. No fuss. And it’s compatible with Windows too! So you can open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents stress-free.

Fast

Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it's super-fast on newer machines. With no unnecessary programs and trial software slowing things down, booting up and opening a browser takes seconds. Unlike other operating systems that leave you staring at the screen, waiting to get online. And Ubuntu won’t grow sluggish over time. It’s fast. And it stays fast.

Accessible

Accessibility is central to the Ubuntu philosophy. We believe that computing is for everyone regardless of nationality, race, gender or disability. Fully translated into over 40 languages, Ubuntu also includes essential assistive technologies, which are, of course, completely free.

What's New:

Updated Packages

As with every Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS comes with a selection of the latest and greatest software developed by the free software community.

Linux Kernel

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is based on the long-term supported Linux release series 5.4. Notable features and enhancements in 5.4 since 5.3 include:
  • Support for new hardware including Intel Comet Lake CPUs and initial Tiger Lake platforms, AMD Navi 12 and 14 GPUs, Arcturus and Renoir APUs along with Navi 12 + Arcturus power features.
  • Support has been added for the exFAT filesystem, virtio-fs for sharing filesystems with virtualized guests and fs-verity for detecting file modifications.
  • Built in support for the WireGuard VPN.
  • Enablement of lockdown in integrity mode.
  • Other notable kernel updates to 5.4 since version 4.15 released in 18.04 LTS include:
  • Support for AMD Rome CPUs, Radeon RX Vega M and Navi GPUs, Intel Cannon Lake platforms.
  • Support for raspberry pi (Pi 2B, Pi 3B, Pi 3A+, Pi 3B+, CM3, CM3+, Pi 4B)
  • Significant power-saving improvements.
  • Numerous USB 3.2 and Type-C improvements.
  • A new mount API, the io_uring interface, KVM support for AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization and pidfd support.
  • Boot speed improvements through changing the default kernel compression algorithm to lz4 (in Ubuntu 19.10) on most architectures, and changing the default initramfs compression algorithm to lz4 on all architectures.

Toolchain Upgrades ?️

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS comes with refreshed state-of-the-art toolchain including new upstream releases of glibc 2.31, ☕ OpenJDK 11, rustc 1.41, GCC 9.3, ? Python 3.8.2, ? ruby 2.7.0, php 7.4, ? perl 5.30, golang 1.13.

Ubuntu Desktop

  • New graphical boot splash (integrates with the system BIOS logo).
  • Refreshed Yaru theme ?
    • Light/Dark theme switching
  • GNOME 3.36
    • New lock screen design.
    • New system menu design.
    • New app folder design.
    • Smoother performance, lower CPU usage for window and overview animations, JavaScript execution, mouse movement and window movement (which also has lower latency now).
    • 10-bit deep colour support.
    • X11 fractional scaling.
  • Mesa 20.0 OpenGL stack
  • BlueZ 5.53
  • PulseAudio 14.0 (prerelease)
  • Firefox 75.0
  • Thunderbird 68.7.0
  • LibreOffice 6.4

As well as the usual myriad of bug fixes for supported platforms. You can read the complete release notes for Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa here.