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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) released

Written for Ubuntu by Steve Langasek on 2020-04-23

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our eighth long-term support release, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, and Cloud.

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Final Beta released

Written for Ubuntu by Kees Cook on 2020-04-03

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu
20.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Final Beta released

Written for Ubuntu by Steve Langasek on 2018-04-06

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Adam Conrad on 2014-10-23

Codenamed "Utopic Unicorn", 14.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including
a new 3.16-based kernel, a new AppArmor with fine-grained socket control,
and more.

Ubuntu Desktop has seen incremental improvements, with newer versions of
GTK and Qt, updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice, and
improvements to Unity, including improved High-DPI display support.

Ubuntu Server 14.10 includes the Juno release of OpenStack, alongside
deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when
deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public
clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server
technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream
versions with a variety of new features.

The newest Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and
Ubuntu Studio are also being released today. More details can be found
for these at their individual release notes:

   https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes#Official_flavours

Maintenance updates will be provided for 9 months for all flavours
releasing with 14.10.

Ubuntu 13.04 Released

Written for Ubuntu by Colin Watson on 2013-04-25

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 13.04 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. This release cycle has seen a significant push toward daily quality, which has allowed most developers and users to participate more actively throughout the cycle, and we feel this also shows in the final quality of this release.

Along with performance improvements to Unity, updates to common desktop packages, and updated core and toolchain components, Ubuntu 13.04 also includes the new Friends service, to consolidate all social networking accounts via Ubuntu Online Accounts. Also included is a tech preview of Upstart's new user session feature.

Ubuntu Server 13.04 includes the Grizzly release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features, and a preview of the new Go rewrite of Juju is available in the backports repository.

Read more about the new features of Ubuntu 13.04 in the following press releases:

   http://ubunt.eu/1304Server
   http://ubunt.eu/1304Client

Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 13.04 for 9 months, through January 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is now available in 42 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

   http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-13.04-translation-stats.html

The newest Kubuntu 13.04, Edubuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 13.04, Lubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu Studio 13.04 are also being released today. More details can be found in their announcements:

   Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/13-04-release
   Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/13.04-release
   Lubuntu: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/13.04
   Ubuntu Studio: http://ubuntustudio.org/?p=726

This release cycle, we welcome two new flavours to the Ubuntu archive, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin. For more information about each, see their wiki pages, and welcome them to the family:

   Ubuntu GNOME: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME
   UbuntuKylin: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuKylin

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