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The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed…

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Following Ubuntu 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’, the next version of Ubuntu will, as expected, be based around the letter “F”.

But it’s not going to be Feral Ferret, Famous Fox or Finicky Falcon. No, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is codenamed the “Focal Fossa“.

And I think it’s a fabulously fitting title.

Most of us have barely had time to explore the exuberant excesses of the Eoan Ermine release and yet, development never stops.

As convention dictates, each Ubuntu codename combines an adjective and an animal (real or otherwise), alliteratively.

And for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS that combination is “focal”, and “fossa” — but what do these words mean?

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codenamed The Focal Fossa, Arriving On 23 April

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codenamed The Focal Fossa, Arriving On 23 April

    With Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" releasing tomorrow (17 October), development is about to kick-off for the next Ubuntu development cycle under the codename Focal Fossa.

    Ubuntu has already been through "FF" before with the Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) while this time around the codename is the Focal Fossa. A fossa is considered a relative of the mongoose and found in areas around Madagascar. The size of a fossa is comparable to a small cougar, according to Wikipedia.

    Making the Focal Fossa particularly exciting is that Ubuntu 20.04 will be a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS expect GNOME 3.36 as the default desktop, the X.Org based session to still remain the default, Linux 5.5 + GCC 9 + Mesa 20.0 powering the stack, and continued work on their newly-enabled ZFS root file-system support on the desktop. With Ubuntu 20.04 being an LTS release popular in the enterprise, also expect to find the very latest enterprise packages and the likes of PHP 7.4.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Be Dubbed "Focal Fossa," Slated for Release

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Be Dubbed "Focal Fossa," Slated for Release on April 23rd

    According to the official release schedule, the development cycle of the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system will kick off next week on October 24th with the toolchain upload, of course based on the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

    Even though it's a long-term supported (LTS) series, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will continue the same development cycle as before, which means that only a beta version will be released to the public for testing before the final release. The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Beta is expected next year on April 2nd.

    The final release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) will see the light day of April 23rd, 2020. Until then, there's only a few hours left before the Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) release hits the streets, so stay tuned on our Linux/FOSS news section for the official release announcement with all the juicy details and, of course, the download links.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename and Release Date

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename and Release Date

    As OMG! Ubuntu first noted, Ubuntu 20.04 has been codenamed “Focal Fossa”.

    The codenames of Ubuntu releases are composed of two words starting with the same letter. First world is usually and adjective while the second word is usually an animal species.

    Focal is a common English world meaning “center or most important part”. Fossa is a cat-like animal found in Madagascar.

Ubuntu 20.04 Release Date & Planned Features

  • Ubuntu 20.04 Release Date & Planned Features

    This early in the release cycle — development isn’t even open on Launchpad yet — there’s not an awful lot of information to go on and few plans are in place.

    But we do know when it’s due for release, how long it’ll be supported for, and some of the basic foundational details that will unpin it.

Ubuntu 20.04 code-named Focal Fossa will release on April 23

  • Ubuntu 20.04 code-named Focal Fossa will release on April 23

    From what we know so far, the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS has been given the code name “Focal Fossa,” and is expected to be available to the general public starting from April 23rd of the coming year.

    The code names of major Ubuntu updates are chosen in alphabetical order. Since ‘Eoan Ermine’ was suggested to be the code name of Ubuntu 19.10, we already knew that Ubuntu 20.04 would be codenamed after the letter ‘F.’ And, this is just what happened as the news broke out that this LTS version of Ubuntu will be called Focal Fossa.

    Now that we know what it’s called, it only makes sense to dig deeper and find out the real inspiration behind its code name.

    When it comes to Ubuntu code names, the first word is an adjective, whereas the second is an animal species. Here, Focal means necessary, and Fossa is a carnivorous mammal that looks similar to a cat and could be seen in Madagascar.

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