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Gallery: Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" Main Desktop with LibreOffice Writer

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 now uses the "Unity" user interface, which features a prominent "Task Bar" on the left hand side that acts as both a task manager in addition to a common application launcher. Shown on the desktop is LibreOffice Writer, the word processing program that comes with the new LibreOffice productivity suite which replaces OpenOffice 3 in previous versions of Ubuntu.

See also Jason Perlow's full report, Ubuntu Linux 11.04: A whale of changes for Canonical's user base.

14 comments
bthegeek
bthegeek

I dont mind trying out new Unity interface as long as there are fewer bugs.

auogoke
auogoke

you and I are able to access and use this forum "free" of charge. Are you sure you want to remove it?

zclayton2
zclayton2

can you move it? I despise crap on the side bar.

norm7446
norm7446

Don't know what people find so difficult about the new unity interface. When Redmond changed to the Aero interface on Vista. I cant remember people saying " I don't like that " all they said was " Have you seen what the new Windows can do. All I can say is bring it on. How many of those that have posted on this have installed and used Unity.

mitch
mitch

Look like another instance of someone fixing something that ain't broke.

kinggoddard
kinggoddard

They are really trying to attract attention by creating garbage. Make some new features already stop playing with the interface its fine.

philip
philip

Once again the reviewer has shot himself in the foot. It is a 16x9 world or doesn't he watch TV? The purpose of having icons etc on the left and right hand sides of the screen is to take up the space created by the change to widescreen. At the moment te world is drowning in 4x3 apps which do not use the widescreen attributes. Wake up at the back!

derojunkie
derojunkie

It looks good and friendlier then previous versions that I have tried. I like Ubuntu and for a Linux novice like me it works great. Not to hard to configure something once you get the idea. Canonical keep making it better and friendlier. :-)

kbhagchandani
kbhagchandani

Ubuntu is my favourite OS . Improving user interface is nice job but their is something that is needed is to improve the user friendliness as of the windows do . That includes operations of daily life . That is use of this OS on office desk . I feel it troublesome to connect Internet using DSL and all i have to do with mesh up with commands and configuration . And this is true for most of the jobs we do . It can become a good replacement of windows if user friendliness can be achieved especially for office users . Also the user interface will become much pretty with default installation of conky and configuration bit similar to PinGuyOS .

tafra
tafra

Dont like it! Maybe on some tablet interface like this has some sense, otherwise is no go!

mcgregor.jim
mcgregor.jim

I thought Ubuntu was on track for the past couple of years but the last release and now 11.04 shows that they are more intent on fracturing than unifying.

auogoke
auogoke

@MTsyko Maybe so... If experience is anything to go by, Unity version 1.01 will be enhanced as users weigh in about its form and functionality. Hopefully it will improve. Like you, I am hoping that by deploying Unity,Canonical can give organizations and end-user the kind of "stability/predictability" that attracts you to XUbuntu.

nwallette
nwallette

I'm all for alternatives to the traditional desktop paradigm. I like the immediacy of the new mobile consumption revolution. The only thing standing in the way of that level of usability on a computer is the software. If we can find a balance between accessibility and still being able to get things done with just a few Xterm windows, I'll be happy. Still kind of a KDE guy though. 4.5.5 seems to *finally* have most of the show-stopping bugs squashed. I've taken to just launching my killer KDE apps from Fluxbox though. It's incredibly fast in comparison.

MTsyko
MTsyko like.author.displayName 1 Like

Further evidence of why I do not want Unity. Noob's might like it but I don't. Guess I'll go to xubuntu, at least they aren't changing their interface with every release.