Ubuntu 20.04 just got released and as you are aware, Ubuntu 20.04 and 18.04 are LTS (long term support) releases. What that means is that they will have exclusive support for 5 years since the time they were released. Therefore, for five years straight since the time of release, you can use whichever LTS version without needing to upgrade your computer to a new Ubuntu release.
This brief article puts Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 side by side by comparing them against some of the dominant features that they possess. We shall put them in tabular format for easier comparison and to keep it neat and brief as well. Shall we begin with the feature comparison?
|Feature||Ubuntu 20.04||Ubuntu 18.04|
|Release Date||23rd April 2020||26th April 2018|
|Code names||Focal Fossa||Bionic Beaver|
|Default display server||Xorg is the default display server in Ubuntu 18.04||Xorg became the default display server in Ubuntu 18.04|
|Linux Kernel||Ubuntu 20.04 comes with Kernel 5.4.|
You get native ExFAT support and other performance improvements
|Ubuntu 18.04 came with Kernel 4.15|
|32-bit and 64-bit||There is no 32-bit system for Ubuntu 20.04||Ubuntu 18.04 has both with 32-bit and 64-bit|
|Gnome||GNOME 3.36 plus the visual and performance improvements of the version||GNOME 3.28 plus the visual and performance improvements of the version|
|Visual differences||Ubuntu 20.04 enhances the default Yaru theme with three flavors: Light, Dark, and Standard.|
Ubuntu 20.04 is prettier
|Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users noticed minor visual changes with a touch of dark on Nautilus.|
|It is now possible to mute notifications in settings||No setting to mute notifications|
|Dock||You now have the chance to remove the Dock using Extensions application||There is no option to remove the Dock at users’ discretion.|
|Installation time||Compared to Ubuntu 18.04, it takes less time to install Ubuntu 20.04 due to new compression algorithms.||Slower to installed compared to Ubuntu 20.04|
|Boot time||Ubuntu 20.04 also boots faster in comparison to 18.04||Slower to boot compared to Ubuntu 20.04|
|WireGuard Support||WireGuard has been backported to Kernel 5.4 in Ubuntu 20.04.||No WireGuard support|
|Snap Apps||More campaign for Snap usage||Supports Snap Apps|
|Python||Python3 by default||Still has Python2 preinstalled|
|X11 fractional||X11 fractional scaling||No X11 fractional scaling|
|PHP||php 7.4 is default version installable||php 7.3|
Ubuntu 20.04 has come with many changes and evident improvements when it is compared to its recent LTS predecessor Ubuntu 18.04. The future of Canonical seems to be gently bright and garnished with better ornaments as time fares on. For all Ubuntu lovers, we are sure you will enjoy the new release which you can find on the link below.
Another half a decade for Ubuntu just begun as minds go back to the hum, the shuffle, the ups, the downs and the glimmers of delight to come up with another beast to grace the world with. We wish the Canonical team a peaceful and fruitful time as they continue to do the magic that they do every few years. For you our readers, thank you for passing by to get your daily juices.
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