Are you nuts to switch to the Narwhal? Check out Ubuntu 11.04

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2011 - 11:54 AM |
Tagged: Unity, Ubuntu 11.04, ubuntu, OS, natty narwhal, linux, gnome

Natty Narwhal, officially called Ubuntu 11.04, has arrived on the scene and it brings some changes to the way you will look at Linux.  It was designed to be the first desktop version to dump the Gnome GUI in favour of the Unity interface that has been previously used on netbook and other lower powered machines.  The design its self is fairly minimalistic as you would expect from what it was first implemented as, but not to the point where you won't recognize the familiar dock style interface common to OS X and Win 7.  Ars Technica takes you through a thorough look at the newest Linux and the pluses and minuses of the new GUI.


"Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narwhal, rose from the depths last week. The update brings a number of significant new features to the Linux-based operating system. It includes a much-improved refresh of the Unity shell and a number of other significant improvements throughout the application stack.

This is the first version of Ubuntu to ship with Unity on the desktop. Due to the far-reaching nature of the changes that accompany the transition to a new desktop shell, this review will focus almost entirely on Unity and how it impacts the Ubuntu user experience. We will also look at how Unity compares with GNOME 3.0 and the classic GNOME experience."

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Source: Ars Technica

May 12, 2011 | 12:53 PM - Posted by struijen

Just don't let them touch your balls!

May 12, 2011 | 07:42 PM - Posted by Shawn Patrick (not verified)

Sorry this is an awful release. The major problem with Ubuntu is that Mark Shuttleworth has way too much power now. He's removing stuff like Open Office and Gnome because of personal differences.... Unity is nowhere near ready to be released a a stable product. If you use ubuntu, stick with 10.54 or better yet use Linux Mint. These poor releases is example why Ubuntu should not stick with a 6 month release no matter what.

May 13, 2011 | 03:39 AM - Posted by orb (not verified)

The OpenOffice suite is defunct as Oracle now owns the name and is no longer backing development, it is replaced by LibreOffice, which is a legitimate fork.

Unity on the other hand is a decent but immature product, primarily designed around small screens and is not really suitable for workstation use. For now users can opt to continue using Gnome 2.6 as "classic mode" from the login manager, in the future Gnome 3 will be available. KDE and XFCE are also still available as alternative interfaces.

May 15, 2011 | 11:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i really like this release.. runs well and fast on my 64 bit laptop. am even considering developing for it now. its a breath of fresh air and not the same old same old. my 70 yr old mother is now using it in conjunction with 10.10 on her desktop. i like the way this company is moving forward with unity and i will not consider gnome shell due to its lack of insight, mutter, forced and lack of touch .. forced 3d acceleration(my video card will never be fully supported by nouveau).

besides, i gotta have my wobbly windows and i get that with unity and compiz.. keep on innovating my friends.

peace to all linux flavors

May 16, 2011 | 08:00 AM - Posted by Ali Kahn (not verified)

Unity. Loaded Natty. Did not like it at first, but, now I am beginning to appreciate it. still not exactly what I want, but I can deal with it. I just wish there was more to know how to make some of the features function the way I want, but then, maybe I need to be more aggressive.


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