Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla Released! Features GNOME 3.38 & Kernel 5.8

Ubuntu 20.10, codenamed “Groovy Gorilla”, was officially released today as the 33rd release of the most popular Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 20.10 will be supported for 9 months until July 2021. If you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (5-year support) instead.

Ubuntu 20.10 features GNOME 3.38 desktop environment, Linux Kernel 5.8. With the updated kernel, you’ll get:

  • Better WiFi connection quality.
  • USB 4 (Thunderbolt 3 protocol) support.
  • X86 Enable 5-level paging support by default
  • Intel Gen11 (Ice Lake) and Gen12 (Tiger Lake) graphics support
  • Initial support for AMD Family 19h (Zen 3)
  • Thermal pressure tracking for systems for better task placement wrt CPU core
  • XFS online repair
  • OverlayFS pairing with VirtIO-FS
  • Active State Power Management (ASPM) for improved power savings of PCIe-to-PCI devices
  • Initial support for POWER10

Other features include:

  • Updated Toolchain: glibc 2.32, OpenJDK 11, rustc 1.41, GCC 10, LLVM 11, Python 3.8.6, ruby 2.7.0, php 7.4.9, perl 5.30, golang 1.13.
  • First release with desktop images for the Raspberry Pi 4.
  • Updated applications.

Download Ubuntu:

To get Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop, Server, as well as its flavors, go to:

Upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10:

To upgrade your current Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 20.10, do following steps one by one:

  1. First make a backup of all your important data.
  2. Then disable all third-party PPA repositories.
  3. Launch Software Updater and install all available updates. And restart if it asks.
  4. Launch Software & Updates, and go to Updates tab. Select ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version: For any new version‘.
  5. Launch Software Updater again and you’ll see the prompt to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.10.

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Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.