The Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS release arrived earlier this month but Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users are still waiting to be notified that the upgrade is available — so what gives?
If you check the “meta file” Ubuntu LTS releases use to ‘find’ new versions you’ll spot that it doesn’t (yet) include Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (though the recent 16.04.7 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS releases are both present).
Is this omission a bug?
No, it turns out; it’s intentional.
Ubuntu’s Alan Pope has said “…it’s common for us to hold back upgrades for a bit until we’re super confident people will get a good experience”.
While I don’t know specifically why 20.04.1 LTS isn’t “good” enough (yet) it’s reassuring to know that no-one is an outlier, it’s not bug, and it’s certainly not the fault of a wonky system. For now though fans of the Focal Fossa will have to wait to sample the release officially…
Not that anyone need wait if they don’t want to! It’s possible to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from 18.04 LTS by running the
do-release-upgrade -d command (the ‘d’ denoting ‘development’) at the command line.
Are you among those waiting to upgrade? Or maybe you’ve already done it; share your thoughts down in the comments.
Thanks Tais & others