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OnWorks Ubuntu 20 online, our Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for you that was released on April 23, 2020, succeeding Ubuntu 19.10 as the latest stable release of this hugely popular Linux-based operating system .







The list of new features in Ubuntu online, version 20, are the following:

1. More default theme variants and the aubergine touch Canonical is experimenting with themes again.

In Ubuntu 19.10, the default Yaru theme introduced a dark version. Ubuntu 20.04 takes it further three variants of the default Yaru theme: Light, Dark and Standard. You don'teven need to install GNOME Tweaks to switch between the default theme variants. This option is embedded into the Settings application. Ubuntu 20.04 also has slightly different look with emphasis on aubergine as second accent color (instead of the regular blue and green).

2. GNOME 3.36 and all the visual and performance improvements that come with it Ubuntu 20.04 has the latest GNOME 3.36 release.

This means that all the new features in 3.36 are also available for Ubuntu 20.04. For example, you'll notice a revamped lock screen. The one more good thing is that now you don't need to scroll down to go to the lock screen anymore. A single click and you'll be on the login screen.

3. Disable all desktop notification with 'Do Not Disturb' button Getting distracted by desktop notifications?

You can utilize the 'do not disturb' option to toggle the desktop notifications.

4. Fractional scaling Ubuntu finally brings fractional scaling.

If you always found that icons at 100% looked too small and bit too big at 200%, you can take advantage of the fractional scaling. When enabled, you can set the scaling to 125, 150, 175 and 200

5. Don't like the dock? You can finally get rid of it

People who don't like the launcher or the dock with application shortcuts which is usually found in the left side of the screen. In older versions, you can change its location to bottom or right side or hide it when an application window approached it but you could not hide it permanently. If you never liked the dock, you can now disable it completely. There is a new application, unsurprisingly called Extensions, to manage extensions and you can use it to disable the dock completely.

6. Snaps before apts

Canonical keeps on pushing its universal packaging format snap. It is even more evident in Ubuntu 20.04 release. If you try to run a program that is not installed, earlier it used to suggest apt command for installing it.

7. Linux Kernel 5.4

Ubuntu 20.04 features the latest LTS kernel 5.4. This means that you get native ExFAT support and all the other performance improvements and new hardware supports that come with it.

8. Faster install, faster boot

Thanks to the new compression algorithms, it now takes less time to install Ubuntu 20.04. Not only that, Ubuntu 20.04 also boots faster in comparison to 18.04.

9. Improved ZFS support

Ubuntu became the first mainstream Linux distribution to introduce ZFS as root with Ubuntu 19.10 release. While Linus Torvalds may not like ZFS, it is still a popular file system. Ubuntu 20.04 sees improved support for ZFS.

10. No Amazon app, no python 2

For past eight years or so, Ubuntu included an Amazon app installed by default. This so-called Amazon app did nothing but open Amazon website of your country (if there is one) in a web browser with Ubuntu's affiliate link. The Amazon shopping app disappears from Ubuntu 20.04. Python 2 was first release in 2000.

After twenty years, Python 2 has finally reached end of life. Ubuntu 20.04 won't support Python 2 anymore and you'll have to content yourself with Python 3.

11. WireGuard VPN specially backported

Though Ubuntu 20.04 won't be using kernel 5.6 at least immediately, it is backporting WireGuard in kernel 5.4. WireGuard is the new buzz in VPN industry and thus including WireGuard in its kernel should give some boost to Ubuntu 20.04 in the cloud scenario.

12. No 32-bit systems for Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu is not providing ISO for 32-bit computers for a few years now. But at least existing 32-bit Ubuntu users could still upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04.

13. Under the hood improvements

There are a few under the hood improvements:

GNOME 3.36 is less resource hungry and it feels sleek and light to use

There are improvements to Thunderbolt support

Most of the software have been upgraded to newer version

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