Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 16:44

Finally, this is my review of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa on its Panorama, Power, and Life for all users divided in three parts after I used it in enough period of time. I go from the point of view of twelve years ago the legendary 8.04 Hardy Heron version and the slogan Just Work we easily find when installing this amazing operating system. Once one part finished, I will update this preface article until all parts finished. I am enjoying writing this and I hope you also enjoy this review series even better. Happy reading!

(Do you remember this legendary wallpaper? Now it's included again in Focal Fossa after twelve years thanks to Ubuntu World Cup held earlier this year.)

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Acknowledgement...

Congratulations and gratitude to all Ubuntu developers! I want to say first these things. Even at worldwide pandemic of Corona virus disease these days, Ubuntu, brings us happy news: the leading free and open source operating system still release on time at April 2020 just as expected. A fortunate release also for everyone as Microsoft Windows Seven already reached end of life earlier this year. It brings a lot of new technology improvements by keeping its usability and user-friendliness. It is an operating system for everyone in this new age. I am glad I discover Ubuntu 20.04.

(The slogan Just Work appears on the installation splash screen of Ubuntu 20.04) 

Before we begin everything...

Do you remember? Ubuntu is an old African word meaning humanity for human beings. That is the tagline we already are rare to see these days and thanks to 20.04 we remember it once again. In the past, version 8.04 called Hardy Heron and this year this release 20.04 is called Focal Fossa. Focal includes Hardy Heron's wallpaper, the legendary one, from the age when we still often heard that Ubuntu tagline. Now Ubuntu grew very much leaving the old times all alone thanks to the advancement of GNU, Linux kernel, and especially the GNOME 3.36 user interface we are facing now. Compare that to that old version Hardy Heron released a decade ago that looks very plain with its double panel.

Our computer standard today is far more advanced than the Hardy Heron age. Aside from that, nowadays mobile phones have been a norm that almost everybody use. So that Ubuntu. Now it requires better computer specification and looks more like a mobile phone than a desktop. What I can guarantee you is, any computer that runs Windows 10 well can run Ubuntu 20.04 well too. My own specification is rather very low yet it still works with my two different installations of Focal. Don't worry to try Focal right now!


Before:
  • Fit in a 700MB capacity cd.
  • Supports both i386 and amd64 computers.
  • GNOME 2.
  • Synaptic Package Manager included.
  • Wubi first appearance.
  • Transmission first appearance.
  • Brasero included, so we can burn CDs.
  • Supported for 5 years.
  • Without Amazon.
  • Has six variants: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu
After:
  • Unfit in a cd anymore, dvd capacity is necessary now.
  • Does not support i386 anymore, amd64 only now.
  • GNOME 3.36. 
  • Synaptic is gone.
  • Wubi is gone.
  • Transmission is still included.
  • Brasero is gone.
  • Supported for 5 years, and until 10 years with Ubuntu Advantage.
  • Without Amazon.
  • Has seven variants: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, U. MATE, U. Budgie, U. Kylin

These are a simplest overview I can give you as the beginning of this review.


This series will go on...

Life is harder these days whcn Corona pandemic spreads so I finally decided to divide my review into three parts:

I. Panorama


First part will talk about everything look and feel and state of manufactured computers availability of Ubuntu 20.04.

II. Power


Second part will talk about technical aspects especially software installation method and configuration.

III. Life


Last part will talk about everything applications and how Ubuntu 20.04 can be used in real life.


Hardware used...

Computer I use to make this review is Acer Aspire One 756 - Intel Pentium 1.3GHz - 6GB RAM - Intel HD video card - Broadcom BCM4313 wifi - Ext2 Filesystem - 14GB disk partition on a usb flash drive branded SanDisk Cruzer Blade. This is the same hardware I had since years I made many GNU/Linux reviews here on UbuntuBuzz.

First links first...

Either it is waiting this series going, or you simply are curious, you can read the announcement links first.

To be continued to the first part...


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