The fifth point release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is available for download.
Now, now: don’t get too excited. Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS is a freshly created installation image consisting of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS more all major security fixes, bug fixes and app update issues since the release of Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS, which was back in February.
Periodic updates to install support are necessary because they reduce the number of post-installation updates a user must install after (or during, as it’s an option) installation.
So if you are already using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and you have installed all updates as they are released not need to reinstall anything to “get” 20.04.5 LTS. You are not miss anything; you’ve got it all included in these new images – in fact, you’ve had it for a while!
But if you don’t currently using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and planning to, this brand new ISO is the one to use.
Linux 5.15 is the big lure of this intermediate release, the kernel being ported from the Ubuntu 22.04 release in April. Linux 5.15 introduces a new NTFS file system driver, an in-kernel SMB file server, EXT4 changes (this is Ubuntu’s default file system), and support for power profiles on some Acer laptops.
Other updates that come with the new ISO include GNOME Shell 3.36.8, LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 and Mozilla Firefox 104 – not the Snap version, I might add.
Download Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS
You can download Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS from the Ubuntu website right now. It comes as a 3.1GB ISO image that you can use to create a bootable USB drive or bootable DVD (optical media is still an issue for some people). Either way, make sure you’re not on a metered connection when you hit the download button.
Again, for clarity: if you’re already running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, you don’t need to download anything; as long as you have installed all available updates, you “have” Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS.