What do we expect from Linux distributions in 2020?

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There are a lot of Linux distributions today. Some of them with general purposes and others focused on a specific field. However, they all have a lot in common, which makes migration from one to another not so difficult. And in the coming year 2020, it will not be the exception. Every year we have important news in the Linux distributions and many users expect them fervently. But, what do we expect from Linux distributions in 2020? so in this post, let’s try to put most of them in context and answer this question.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Perhaps the most awaited

Yes, next year there will be a new LTS version of Ubuntu. And this will probably make it the release of the year. Because Ubuntu is the most popular distribution in the world. And because its server version is gaining more and more popularity among sysadmin along with Debian and the RHEL family.

On the other hand, in Ubuntu, we will find a very versatile system for developers, multimedia editors and for the home user who only enjoys the Internet. So, it is easy to deduce that the whole Ubuntu user base will be anxious for this new LTS version.

What is known about this version? Well, for now, the development has not been started because on the horizon is Ubuntu 19.10 which is the next stop. However, we already know that Ubuntu 20.04 will continue to support the 32 bits. Which ensures that at least until 2025 this architecture will enjoy Ubuntu. On the other hand, we expect many improvements in snap packages and LXD containers that are technologies of Canonical.

Finally, we suppose that a very recent version of Gnome, the Linux kernel and the latest versions of Firefox, LibreOffice and the multimedia section will come. Anyway, there are several months left for the launch and as we know more, we will inform it.

The Maturation of Debian and CentOS

Debian 10 and CentOS 8 have recently been released. Debian in July and CentOS 8 has been pretty little. The problem with them has not been stability or usability but that certain important applications like Docker or MongoDB have not migrated their packages quickly and effectively. Of course, we will always be able to support these applications thanks to the source code, but this is not optimal.

Bearing this in mind, we expect these distributions to improve their already impressive stability but above all that developers adapt their applications to these new versions. As all Debian and CentOS software is not free of bugs and the year 2020 is outlined as the year of the maturity of these distributions.

Finally, to complement these releases are expected corrections versions. Debian already did it with version 10.1 and next year more will come. In the case of CentOS that depends on RHEL, we expect version 8.1 that will give life to a new version of CentOS.

Linux Mint and its well-defined way

Sometimes I think that Linux Mint and the very small team have clearer goals than the same large distributions. The way to do the things of Linux Mint can be even predictable but that is where the strength of the distribution lies stability and reliability.

Linux Mint is based on the LTS versions of Ubuntu, so when a new version of Ubuntu comes next year, we will have a new major version of Linux Mint. It is then expected versions 20 and maybe 20.1.

Linux Mint is another distribution with a strong user base that likes the smooth style and friendly tools of the distribution. Although it is said that Linux Mint is a distribution for novices, the truth is that more and more “professionals” use it for its ease of use and that it comes ready for work.

Finally, the project has presented some changes such as the logo and referring to the internal work of the team.

Sometimes we don’t give OpenSUSE much credit

I personally love OpenSUSE, it is a modern, nice and above all stable distribution. It also has important support that is SUSE, a large company in the IT sector. And sometimes we do not give much credit to pretty good distribution and updated packages.

In 2020, OpenSUSE should have a new major version based on a new SUSE Linux Enterprise. It should come with great updates in the graphical section as well as in the support of advanced drivers.

If we combine all this with the infrastructure surrounding OpenSUSE. So, the year 2020 sounds like a promising year for the distribution of Gecko.

Conclusion

The year 2020 sounds like a good year for some Linux distributions. For others, they are stages of consolidation and maturation. Anyway, in this post, we only emphasized the most popular ones and the ones we write frequently. But in Linux, we also have Arch Linux and its derivatives or Deepin which is already based on Debian Stable. Or ElementaryOS which is based on Ubuntu’s LTS. Just to name a few.

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