Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS (Focal Fossa) Is Out with Linux Kernel 5.11 and Mesa 21 Graphics Stack

Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS

Canonical released today Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS as the third point release for its long-term supported Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series.

Coming more than six months after Ubuntu 20.04.2, the Ubuntu 20.04.3 point release is here with updated kernel and graphics stacks from the Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) release. More precisely, it’s powered by the HWE (Hardware Enablement) Linux 5.11 kernel series and uses the latest Mesa 21.0 graphics stack.

As usual, the Linux 5.11 HWE kernel included in the Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS point release is intended for new installations where the hardware is not fully supported by the stock kernel. As such, if you’re using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with the stock kernel, you won’t receive the newer kernel when performing an upgrade.

Other than that, most of the packages have been updated to their latest versions to provide users with an updated installation media so they won’t have to download hundreds of updates from the repositories after a new installation is performed.

The Ubuntu Desktop flavor comes with the same GNOME 3.36.8 desktop environment by default, while the rest of the official flavors (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, and Ubuntu Kylin) include the same desktop environments that were used in the previous point release.

You can download Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS right now using the download links below. Existing users need only to ensure that their installations are up to date at all times by installing all the latest updates from the repositories using the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade commands in the Terminal app.

Released on April 23rd, 2020, the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series is supported for a least five years, until April 2025, on the desktop, with regular software and security updates, and Canonical provides users with new, up-to-date installation medias every six months.

The next point release will be Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS, scheduled for February 2022.

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