Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS Release Notes Edit on GitHub

Pop!_OS 20.04 was released April 30, 2020.

Pop!_OS 20.04 Release Notes

To advance keyboard driven control, keyboard shortcuts have been modified in Pop!_OS 20.04.

Notable Shortcut Changes

Action Old Shortcut New Shortcut
Lock Screen + L + ESC
Move to Workspace Up or Down + / + Ctrl + /
Close Window + W + Q
Toggle Maximize + Ctrl + + M

New Features

Pop Shell Automatic Window Tiling

Pop!_OS 20.04 features automatic window tiling. To activate tiling mode, click the tiling menu icon at the top right of the screen and toggle on Tile Windows. Open and newly launched windows will be automatically tiled. Toggling off Tile Windows will revert to floating mode. Click the tiling menu icon again and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. This help application will show you how to navigate, move, and resize windows all with your keyboard.

New Application Switcher and Launcher

Type Super + / to activate the new application switcher and launcher. Instead of Super + Tabbing through application icons, simply type Super + / and start typing the name of the application you want to switch to or launch.

Flatpak support with the Flathub

Pop!_Shop now includes Flatpak application support and the Flathub application repository by default. The source of applications is visible when viewing application details. System76 continues to curate and package key applications such as Steam, Atom, and VS Code. Pop!_OS repositories are prioritized to provide the best user experience for these applications.

Hybrid Graphics

Customers with integrated and discrete graphics can now choose Hybrid Graphics from the battery section of the user menu. While in Hybrid Graphics mode, right clicking an application in the Activities overview offers a “Launch Using Dedicated Graphics Card” option. This enables customers to use battery-saving integrated graphics while launching specific apps on the dedicated GPU.

Offline Upgrades

Version upgrades allow you to download the upgrade in the background and then apply it offline when you’re ready to perform the upgrade.

Application Indicators in Top Bar

Application indicators are now present at the top right of the desktop by default.

More Accessible Pop!_Picks

Pop!_Shop now loads up to 20 Pop!_Picks making highlighted applications more accessible. These are curated and preferred applications tested to provide the best experience.

Theme Updates

Dark mode is enabled by default. Default desktop wallpaper has a new design. Both defaults can be changed within the Appearance settings.

GNOME 3.36

  • New lockscreen.
  • Additional performance improvements.
  • New Extensions application to GNOME Shell Extensions and their settings.
  • Better organized power off / logout section in the user menu.
  • Most password dialogs now have the option to reveal the password by clicking the “eye” icon.
  • App folders in the application overview can now be renamed.
  • GNOME Settings sections have been rearranged for easier navigation.
  • The privacy section now lists applications that have been granted permission to access location services, camera and microphone. Access can be revoked on a per-app basis.
  • The user and about sections both received an interface redesign. Both are more explicit in their presentation of information, and make changing settings easier.

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Article last modified: 2021-01-20