I know I’m a little slow at getting to this, but I’m still pretty excited about it! It’s only 14 days until Ubuntu 11.04 is released and there are a lot of neat features coming with it!
You can read all about — as well as get the beta version — here: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/natty/beta
With Ubuntu 11.04 you will notice some big changes from 10.10, namely the Unity interface will now be default (as opposed to Gnome). But if you don’t like Unity, don’t panic! 11.04 will come with 3 different options for your user interface:
- Ubuntu: it runs Unity. It requires 3D driver support.
- Ubuntu Classic: it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It supports all video hardware and video drivers.
- Ubuntu Classic (No Effects): it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It is in 2D mode only.
These are easily selectable from the login screen. When I get a chance, I’ll put a quick post up with some screenshots for those more visually inclined.
There are also some nice updates to the Software Center (allowing user rating/review!) and also some nice updates to Ubuntu One!
Since my laptop has been sitting in its case doing nothing for several months, I think it’s about time I break it out and do something with it. I’ve had a triple-boot on it, with Ubuntu (originally 8.04, but upgraded all the way to 10.10), Windows XP, and Windows Vista (which I NEVER used, never even activated). Since I rarely used the XP partition, I think I might wipe the whole hard drive and just install Ubuntu 11.04 and maybe do XP through VirtualBox… If I do that, maybe I’ll put up a guide…