If you’re on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and you’ve been waiting for the prompt that lets you upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS you can relax: it’s rolling out
Confused? I imagine a lot of people reading this post will be. So I’ll recap: an Ubuntu LTS to LTS upgrade is only “officially” possible once the first point release to the latest LTS has gone live.
But until it does you can’t upgrade one LTS to the new LTS., not without diving into the command line.
Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS was released in July. In theory, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users should’ve started to see the “there’s a newer version of Ubuntu” upgrade prompt box on their desktops from this date onwards.
But they didn’t.
Critical bugs affecting the upgrade process meant Canonical had to be cautious. So they held back sending out upgrade notifications until the relevant issues could be resolved.
Which, I’m pleased to say, have now have.
Ubuntu 20.04.01 LTS is now present in the meta release file LTS systems use to check for new LTS release. When Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users next check for updates (assuming they’ve installed all available) they will be able to opt-in to and upgrade to 20.04 LTS.
Better late than never.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS delivers a gargantuan amount of changes over Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, including a newer (and more capable) GNOME Shell, updated versions of core apps like LibreOffice and Thunderbird, and there’s a new Linux kernel along for the ride too.
For even more detail on what’s new in ubuntu 20.04 LTS watch our recap video: