What is the latest LTS version of Ubuntu?

The latest LTS version of Ubuntu is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa,” which was released on April 23, 2020. Canonical releases new stable versions of Ubuntu every six months and new Long Term Support versions every two years.

The latest non-LTS version of Ubuntu is Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo”.

The latest LTS version is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa”

The latest version with long-term support of this Linux distribution is Ubuntu 20.04 with the code name “Focal Fossa”. It uses version 5.4 of the Linux kernel. Ubuntu releases are always named after animals, and this version is named after that fossa, a feline animal found on the island of Madagascar.

This is a Long Term Support, or “LTS” release, which means it will be backed with free security and maintenance updates for five years from the release date. Since Ubuntu 20.04 was released on April 23, 2020, Canonical will support it with updates until April 2025.

Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” offers a variety of improvements under the hood, a more modern GNOME shell desktop and a new desktop theme with lots of purple.

What’s new in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa”

How to check if you have the latest version

Ubuntu's About window

You can check which version of Ubuntu you have installed in the settings window of your desktop or by running a command in a terminal window.


If you’re using the standard version of Ubuntu with the newer GNOME Shell or an older Unity desktop, click the icon in the upper right corner of your desktop and click either the Settings icon or the “System Preferences” option in the menu. Click the Details option in the left sidebar or click the Details icon under System if you see a window with a variety of icons.

Here you can see the version of Ubuntu you are using. You can also use the “lsb_release -a”Command in a terminal window to find this information on any edition of Ubuntu.

How to check which version of Ubuntu you have installed

How to update to the latest version

You can upgrade from one Ubuntu version to the next at any time. To the example, you can now upgrade directly from Ubuntu 19.10 to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. You can also upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

If you’re running an LTS version of Ubuntu and want to upgrade to a non-LTS version – for exampleIf you want to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 20.10, you need to tell Ubuntu that you want to see “any new version”, not just “long term support versions”. This option is available under Software & Updates> Updates> Notify me of a new Ubuntu version.

to Upgrade to the latest available version of Ubuntu, press Alt + F2, type the following command, and press Enter:

update-manager -c

Enter


If you don’t see a message that the new version is available, press Alt + F2, type the following command, and then press Enter:

/usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/check-new-release-gtk

You will see a message telling you that a new version is now available, if any. Click Yes, Update Now to install it on your system

The Upgrade window available from Ubuntu.

You can also upgrade from the terminal by using the sudo do-release-upgrade Command. You may need to do this sudo apt install update-manager-core Command first to install it. Edit the /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades File to choose which versions of Ubuntu the tool will install.

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