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?

FeatureUbuntu 20.04Ubuntu 18.04
Release Date23rd April 202026th April 2018
Code namesFocal FossaBionic Beaver
Default display serverXorg is the default display server in Ubuntu 18.04Xorg became the default display server in Ubuntu 18.04
Linux KernelUbuntu 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-bitThere is no 32-bit system for Ubuntu 20.04Ubuntu 18.04 has both with 32-bit and 64-bit
GnomeGNOME 3.36 plus the visual and performance improvements of the versionGNOME 3.28 plus the visual and performance improvements of the version
Visual differencesUbuntu 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.
Mute /Disable
It is now possible to mute notifications in settingsNo setting to mute notifications
DockYou now have the chance to remove the Dock using Extensions applicationThere is no option to remove the Dock at users’ discretion.
Installation timeCompared 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 timeUbuntu 20.04 also boots faster in comparison to 18.04Slower to boot compared to Ubuntu 20.04
WireGuard SupportWireGuard has been backported to Kernel 5.4 in Ubuntu 20.04.No WireGuard support
Snap AppsMore campaign for Snap usageSupports Snap Apps
PythonPython3 by defaultStill has Python2 preinstalled
X11 fractionalX11 fractional scalingNo X11 fractional scaling
PHPphp 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.

Install Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop – Full Steps With Screenshots

Final Thoughts

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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