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Focal Fossa on the desktop

James Phipps

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Focal Fossa imageOn April 23, 2020, Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu announced the availability of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.  We use Ubuntu Server for several production workloads on AWS but on one of my development \home computers,  I've been running Ubuntu desktop since version 18.04.  For those of you reading this blog that has no experience with Ubuntu, it is an operating system similar to Windows 10 or Mac OS.  It is free to download, install, and use.  I just got around to upgrading my desktop from version 19.10 last weekend.  The computer that this runs on is a Dell All-in-One.

The upgrade process was relatively smooth.  I did have some issues with LVM but once that was resolved it was smooth sailing.  I also do some light gaming on this machine so I had to update Steam but once that was done Civilization VI  seemed to run smoother than before.  Surprisingly, I had no issues with drivers. So far all of my hardware was plug and play similar to a Windows 10 computer.  Several free apps that I run on this development machine such as Gimp and other desktop publishing applications allow me to update graphic files and media for websites without having to purchase the expensive Adobe Suite.  I've been able to easily get Microsoft Teams for collaboration, Thunderbird for email, and free applications such as Libre Office to work without having to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite of products.  The new dark mode and theme customization settings are welcome additions.

Overall performance and responsiveness so far rival any of the other Operating Systems I've used in the past including Windows 10.  Boot up times are extremely fast and overall responsiveness is very snappy.  So far, I'm very impressed with this release.  The ease of installation, speed and responsiveness, application availability, and polished look may outshine Windows 10 depending on the use case.