So you’ve chosen Ubuntu. Count on installing Ubuntu and discover that there are multiple active Ubuntu versions.
That bothers you about the latest Ubuntu version. Let me help you with that.
The latest Ubuntu version is Ubuntu 21.04. It is a short-term release that was released in April 2021 and is supported until January 2022. After that, you need to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 (will be released in October 2021).
The latest version of LTS is Ubuntu 20.04, codenamed Focal Fossa. It was released in April 2020 and will be supported until April 2025. If you don’t want to update your version every nine months, stick with the latest LTS version.
Version 18.04 is still active in other current Ubuntu releases. It will be supported until April 2023. However, if you want to do a fresh Ubuntu installation, you should go for the latest Ubuntu LTS version which is 20.04.
For your information, every two years there is a new LTS version and three non-LTS versions in between (every six months). You can read this article to learn more about Ubuntu LTS and non-LTS versions.
The non-LTS versions often bring the most modern functions, but with smaller iterations. And the next LTS version is expected to have all of the features added to the non-LTS versions.
Latest LTS version of Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa”
Each version of Ubuntu is associated with a code name, often named after animals in alphabetical order.
In this case it is “Fossa“Which refers to a feline animal found in Madagascar.
Ubuntu 20.04 comes with Linux Kernel 5.4 and is supported up to April 2025. And the latest version of LTS points is Ubuntu 04/20/3.
If you’re using the latest point release (via a clean install), you may have Linux Kernel 5.11 if your hardware doesn’t fully support Linux 5.4
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The Long Term Support releases are usually known to add major feature enhancements, while the non-LTS releases add cutting edge technology for testing and preparing for the next LTS release.
When looking at the features of Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 21.04, you should get an idea of the differences between an LTS and a non-LTS release.
Which Ubuntu versions are LTS?
Not just limited to the version number, there are also several Ubuntu flavors available. Some of them offer similar software update support and others just offer you three year updates (as opposed to five from Canonical).
So if you want to explore these, I suggest that you know which version of Ubuntu to use before deciding to install a variant of Ubuntu.
How long will Ubuntu LTS be supported?
Each version of Ubuntu is supported until the end of its life.
For LTS versions, this is usually five years. And for non-LTS versions, it’s nine months.
Should I upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS?
First, you should check the version of Ubuntu installed on your computer.
If you are using an older version of LTS, you should definitely consider upgrading to the new version for better hardware compatibility, workflow, and performance.
If you don’t want to compromise the user experience, you can stick with the older version until the end of its life.
How do I update to the latest Ubuntu version?
You can update to the latest Ubuntu version using the graphical user interface (GUI) or the terminal.
Just go to the Software Updater, it should check and notify you when an update is available.
For help, you can check out our upgrade instructions to upgrade your Ubuntu version quickly and with no hassle.