Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” Release Date And Upgrade Methods

Following the tradition of a regular Long Term Support (LTS) release after every two years, the Canonical team is about to finish the development of the next LTS release, Ubuntu 20.04.

After Ubuntu 19.10, whose life support will end on July 2020, Ubuntu 20.04 is the much-awaited LTS with major updates and improvements with the end of life until 2030.

UBUNTU 20.04 LTS: RELEASE SCHEDULE

If you don’t know, Canonical follows a 25-week schedule for October releases and a 27-week schedule for April. Hence, the development lifecycle of Ubuntu 20.04 includes the 27-week release schedule.

As listed in the Ubuntu wiki, here are the key events with the release schedule:

FEB 27, 2020: FEATURE FREEZE

In the 19th week, the Ubuntu team stops introducing new features, packages, and APIs.

They start focussing on fixing bugs in the development release.

MAR 19, 2020: USER INTERFACE FREEZE

At this point, no other updates occur in the user interface. Subsequently, the documentation process also starts, including the latest screenshots.

MAR 26, 2020: DOCUMENTATION STRING FREEZE

Following all features and user interface updates, creating and modifying strings ceases in the documentation.

Although, if string change is needed at the later stage, it would be added exceptionally with team approval.

APRIL 2, 2020: BETA FREEZE

It is the closing point for developers to experience Ubuntu before its final release and suggest any bug fixes or error.

APRIL 9, 2020: KERNEL FREEZE

The kernel freeze is a deadline for kernel updates.

APRIL 16 – FINAL FREEZE

Final freeze is the penultimate stage of the final release. The team confirms all fixes.

APRIL 23 – FINAL STABLE RELEASE

How to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 using command

First of all, reate a backup of your system.

Upgrade all installed packages of Ubuntu version 18.04
$sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Reboot the Ubuntu Linux system
$sudo reboot

Install the Ubuntu update tool
$sudo apt install update-manager-core

Start the upgrade procdure
$sudo do-release-upgrade
$sudo reboot

Enjoy the Ubuntu 20.04!

At the End

Finally, the finished product launches for everyone at the end of the development cycle.

Click here to download the daily build.

Note: This is a continuously updated article about the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. We’ll be updating it to add new features that are going to be a part of the final Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release. Keep reading.

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