Ubuntu version 11.04 is out now and it has new features which makes it easier to use. The new version was released on Thursday and its unofficial name is ‘Natty Narwhal’. There is a new unity interface added and the most noticeable change here is located on the screen’s left side. It is quite similar to the taskbar of Windows 7 and you can drag and drop the icons to and from it. The apps can also be launched easily and quickly.
Unity interface was made originally for the smaller Netbook screens and it gives you easier file management. It also has new dashboard for easier access to the files and applications and Workspaces which make managing multiple windows easier. There’s always the Classic interface of Ubuntu if you don’t like these new elements.
You will be able to connect iPhone to Ubuntu for navigating the file system but there is no support for Android phones here. It is said that the new version also works well with Ubuntu One, a cloud based service. You can sync your files and preferences in cloud.
So do you miss something on migration to Ubuntu? For us, we don’t use it all the time because there isn’t any speech recognition software here like the Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Apart from that, there isn’t any program of easy text completion which can fill a big amount of the boilerplate text by few hotkeys. If someone would create such apps for Ubuntu, we’d definitely be interested.
The positives of Ubuntu include an OS that is free from any worms and virus. Also it is an open-source OS so you don’t have to pay anything for it. Ubuntu has one compelling aspect, its customizability. Compiz is one of our favorite tools for graphical customization and it is enabled with wild graphical transitions between the window and application movements. The best effects are the virtual 3D desktops and windows that’ll wobble and bend when you shake them.
One cool Ubuntu characteristic is that you can download the 698 image, then burn it to a disc and then run it from the CD itself without installing it on your machine. It is a great way for trying out this Linux based OS (operating system) that is getting pretty refined and it is almost as easy to use as PC or Mac.
You can download the latest Ubuntu version from here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download