Top 10 Ubuntu 11.10 Features
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Beta of the Ubuntu 11.10 operating system is knocking on our doors, as it will be released next Thursday, and we though this will be a good moment to list some of the most important features that will be added in the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) release.
Ubuntu 11.10 is dubbed Oneiric Ocelot and will include new and breathtaking "under the hood" technologies, such as Linux kernel 3.0, multi-arch support, GNOME 3.2 desktop environment, GTK3, Python 3.2, GCC 4.6.1, Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) 1.5.0, and lots more.
The following article will list 10 of the new features implemented in the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, due for release on October 13th, 2011. 1. Breathtaking login manager (a.k.a login screen or display manager) 2. Lots of Unity launcher, Unity Dash, and Unity panel improvements, including smart application finder when dragging different files, unread counters for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Empathy and Pidgin, and smart search in Dash. 3. Awesome backup up tool, called Deja Dup, that will backup and restore all the files (yes, including the hidden ones) in your home folder. 4. Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0 as the default email client (replacing Evolution Mail and Calendar, which has been completely removed from the system). 5. Mozilla Firefox 7.0 as the default web browser! 6. Brand-new ALT+Tab functionality that will work across multiple desktops. 7. Improved office suite - LibreOffice 3.4 8. Easily access various settings straight from the Unity panel, to setup your monitor, bluetooth devices, startup applications, printers, USB devices, and system updates. 9. Simplified and good looking file manager - Nautilus 3 10. Breathtaking Ubuntu Software Center!
Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) will be the 15th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Don't forget to visit our website on September 1st for an in-depth article about the Ubuntu 11.10 Beta release, where we will unveil more of Oneiric's features.
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|Comment #1.1 by: jmalcolm on 26 Aug 2011, 19:19 GMT|
Really? My system says 3.1.12 and I just updated it this morning.
|Comment #3 by: Shankly on 24 Aug 2011, 18:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No reboot/restart under indicator applet session?
|Comment #3.1 by: Marius Nestor on 25 Aug 2011, 08:10 GMT|
It's hidden under the shut down option...
|Comment #4 by: TobiSGD on 24 Aug 2011, 19:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
In which way it is a feature of Ubuntu that a new version of it has new versions of the software software installed (Firefox, LibreOffice)?
Shouldn't it be this way by default?
|Comment #4.1 by: Marius Nestor on 25 Aug 2011, 08:06 GMT|
If we look at Fedora 16 for example (which is also in Alpha state) we can see a Firefox 5 installed... so yes, this is a feature!
|Comment #4.2 by: jmalcolm on 26 Aug 2011, 19:25 GMT|
1) Can you get this software on Intrepid Ibis or any other older Ubuntu even after doing a full apt-get dist-upgrade (or using the Upgrade Manager)? No. Why, because newer packages are a "feature" of the newer OS.
2) Many people see their OS as a unit. It comes with whatever it comes with and they do not change versions to anything newer. To them, newer software is a feature.
2) You can of course install any updated software yourself if you know what you are doing. Linux is very modular. Of course, if you take that view, then what packages DO count as a feature of the OS? I mean, you can upgrade Dapper Drake (old Ubuntu) to the 3.1 version of the Linux kernel if you like. Should we then not list a new kernel as a new feature of the OS when a new version is released?
Ubuntu is just a distribution of a bunch of software. Each new version of Ubuntu simply offers newer (hopefully enhanced) versions of all that software. What would you count as features if it is not new software?
|Comment #5 by: Klauf on 24 Aug 2011, 19:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nice Fedora 16 jpeg-files in 2nd screenshot :-)
|Comment #6 by: Ubuntu freek on 24 Aug 2011, 19:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This leave me speechless , thank to Mark shuttleworth and canonical for wat they have done over the year for linux. I beleave ubuntu wil always be the leader in linux desktop the reset will follow.I run Ubuntu on my desktop when ubuntu 4.10 was release.Thanks to softpedia make this the review possible
|Comment #7 by: dragonbite on 24 Aug 2011, 19:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Looks good, can't wait to try it out!
|Comment #8 by: Will on 24 Aug 2011, 20:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
A link to those cool blue ray/spots wallpapers, would be appreciated :)
|Comment #8.1 by: Marius Nestor on 25 Aug 2011, 08:03 GMT|
Here's the wallpaper - http://lh5.ggpht.com/-Y41mIjAjowU/TCB8cCucUmI/AAAAAAAAABk/UWWVVH-WHis/rayair2.png
|Comment #9 by: Hermac on 24 Aug 2011, 21:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
1. Ok, a nice looking display manager, so what?
2. This sounds good.
3. Another backup tool? There are too many already!
4. It was about time! That said, I just use the gmail web interface...
5. Normal app upgrade, what's so exciting?
6. Annoying mac-style behavior.
7. Normal app upgrade, what's so exciting?
8. This just means that with the start menu gone, the settings became hardly accessible, but they were perfectly accessible before Unity.
9. Simplified _again_?
10. No comment.
|Comment #9.1 by: daymo on 27 Aug 2011, 12:58 GMT|
I agree with you. Also until you can put the unity bar at the bottom of the screen I'm steering clear of ubuntu.
|Comment #9.2 by: Tarik on 12 Oct 2011, 12:20 GMT|
You summed the whole thing up!
|Comment #9.3 by: borholo on 30 Oct 2011, 05:16 GMT|
Its so easy doing that,what r ur issues with linux.we not @ war just ignore it and stick to ur favourite OS
|Comment #10 by: Carling on 24 Aug 2011, 21:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
What's Breathtaking about the login manager?
What's Breathtaking About the Software Center? it looks like a over crowded total mess up
Improved office suite - LibreOffice 3.4 will come in other distros
Simplified and good looking file manager
Looks reasonable, nothing to shout about.
Easily access various settings straight from the Unity panel,
Looks reasonable, nothing to shout about.
There are still better Distros than ubuntu that don't get any recognition Every body is ubuntu crazy
|Comment #10.1 by: askari on 25 Aug 2011, 06:55 GMT|
well nice comment dude
|Comment #11 by: andreluizmg on 25 Aug 2011, 01:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
looking good cant wait to have it on my pc!
|Comment #12 by: rishidev on 25 Aug 2011, 04:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This still isnt enough and canonical will have to do a lot more work to exceed in excess the 200 million mark of ubuntu users in the near future.
|Comment #12.1 by: Darael on 27 Aug 2011, 12:20 GMT|
Why don't you make some suggestions - or even contributions - then, rather than just saying "they'll need to do more". Anyone can say that. Much harder is to provide /useful/ commentary.
|Comment #13.1 by: nick on 25 Aug 2011, 07:00 GMT|
I love unity
|Comment #13.2 by: edw on 25 Aug 2011, 07:57 GMT|
I think Unity is the worst idea that Canonical had! Unity wants to look like MacOS but cannot and falls short of coming close to Win7! The great ideas and features that existed with multiple Compiz desktops is being wasted with such stupid tiles that Microsoft started! Please folk - don't you see that this is going in the totally wrong dirction???
|Comment #13.3 by: PoohBah on 01 Sep 2011, 09:18 GMT|
Unity is completely hopeless on my netbook: extremely difficult to use with a mouse; virtually impossible with the touchpad. It's not really much better on my desktop pc. At least I can change back to Gnome, where it's quick and easy to start up a task without all the faffing around. I don't expect that to be any better with 11.10, whatever other improvements there may be.
|Comment #13.4 by: unity123 on 02 Sep 2011, 02:52 GMT|
I think Ubuntu should go with unity. A good interface can change the world (example android). As long as I can access my terminal, I want to see different distributions (at least major one) go with their own tweak on Desktop environment and styles. If every distribution use default look of gnome2 or gnome3 what is the point of having different distributions. What work did they do other than collecting all the standard packages, compile and give as such. If anything can make a difference for Ubuntu, its unity (they may fail or rise). If I want, I can still go with Gnome 1 by compiling all old libraries, or grab gnome 2 (fork), since I am still not comfortable with Unity. More Desktop environments means more options. That is a good thing if people understand how Linux works. It was very hard for me to switch from Fedora 7/8 to Ubuntu 8.04. I am not going back.
|Comment #14 by: Pranav on 25 Aug 2011, 09:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Don't take it otherwise. Unity is good & futuristic move. Unity interface is hugely modified mainly for improving user experience for touch screen devices. Not all people just want to check mail or read docs or newsletters on tablets. Future demand is to have a better & enterprise OS for IT professionals & devs for touch screen devices.
iPad is ok for all fun stuff , internet & multimedia but for some serious work, it falls short. Microsoft is already cooking next version of windows for tablets & touch screen optimisation for really serious use. Ubuntu with unity is a smart move for new generation touch screens.
|Comment #15 by: frostwyrm on 25 Aug 2011, 12:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i can't comprehend why are forcing their weird design choices on their users, unity(left side dock) is useless
simplified nautilus - lol, wut?
I'll try to use KDE4, its slightly less insane, otherwise I'll just stop using linux desktop, its not worth all the problems and now its even more restrictive than windows and I find it incredibly funny
|Comment #15.1 by: Random Geek on 26 Aug 2011, 14:59 GMT|
I understand your frustration, but I see a couple problems with your idea of abandoning Linux because of Ubuntu Unity.
1. You can install other desktops on Ubuntu with their software manager.
2. The Gnome 2 desktop will still be available to install on Ubuntu, as `gnome-session-fallback`
3. There are *many* other Linux distributions to choose from. Ubuntu emphasizes friendliness for the new user. It does a fine job of that. It's far from the only option, though.
|Comment #15.2 by: ButchLac on 27 Aug 2011, 00:26 GMT|
I totally agree with this frostwyrm. I'm actually afraid for linux. Unity Blows, gnome sucks now. I'm using KDE now but that's not as good as gnome 2. It was nice while it lasted.
|Comment #16 by: Sicofante on 26 Aug 2011, 18:23 UTC|| reply to this comment|
May I ask what's the resolution of the screen in those screenshots? It looks a lot better than the huge fonts and icons I'm used to in former Ubuntu installs.
|Comment #17 by: Joeman1 on 26 Aug 2011, 19:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yeah, but will the performance improve? Currently, KDE blows away Unity when it comes to full screen applications like Games...
|Comment #17.1 by: myself on 27 Aug 2011, 19:08 GMT|
I'm trying it on a vbox machine and compared to lucid, the performance is horrible, but I hope that's a alpha problem.
|Comment #18 by: Masternetra on 26 Aug 2011, 19:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'll be happy if its stable and my bcm4312 wireless card works out off the bat, I believe the drivers broadcom open sourced supports bcm43xx, could be wrong but I think they do..just not implemented yet, and bcmwl-kernal-source in 11.04 was a disaster, nothing in native 11.04 will run my bcm4312, not b43, not sta, not bcmwl-kernel-source. I have to use mavericks version of bcmwl-kernel-source as well as dkms (connection is seriously unstable if I don't). Hopefully this will be corrected in 11.10 at some point...
|Comment #19 by: Emil on 26 Aug 2011, 20:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
#1, #6 and #10 are the things that makes me interested in 11.10, because even though they are minor things, they are unique to Ubuntu and look great. Details like these gives Ubuntu a feel of... unity! (pun intended)
|Comment #20 by: Kennyv on 27 Aug 2011, 12:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nice, Really nice! Looking forward to the release!
|Comment #21 by: KDE lover on 27 Aug 2011, 19:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As for now, KDE functionality is unsurpassed and so unique.
There you have different workspaces each with a different set of widgets and wallpapers as well as different activities, the ability to tab applications and so much customization than makes unity to seem as primitive. So kubuntu is the way to go and no ubuntu!
|Comment #22 by: Jonez on 28 Aug 2011, 07:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
They are finally catching up to the point where the interface and OS is starting to become more user-friendly to those who don't know very much coding.
I know very little, but I have to admit, I'm loving the Ubuntu 11.04 much more than Windows 7 -- I only wish I could still be able to install/play games like I could on Win7.
I'm definitely looking forward to the stable release of 11.10
|Comment #22.1 by: ChrisW on 02 Sep 2011, 00:40 GMT|
Hi! Could consider getting CrossOver re games. Things have certainly improved for Linux anyway, and opensource gaming continues to expand freedom's frontiers!
|Comment #22.2 by: Tarik on 12 Oct 2011, 12:22 GMT|
Indeed, I wish Canonical would spend efforts improving interoperability with M$ products. That would pull a whole lot of people into Linux instantly.
|Comment #23 by: Matt on 29 Aug 2011, 03:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
LOVE those hints of puce ... when are they going to wake up and fire their designers??
|Comment #24 by: Dylan C on 07 Sep 2011, 19:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This release looks awesome! Screw the haters! They are just jealous because Canonical is brave enough to risk everything on a new idea! If you don't like Unity then use KDE or Xfce and stop whining! -_-
|Comment #24.1 by: Arkania on 20 Sep 2011, 14:48 GMT|
Linux is about choice. If you don't like Unity you have a myriad of choices out there and I think Canonical is doing a fantastic job with their efforts in making linux user friendly to the masses.
|Comment #26 by: useless on 12 Oct 2011, 11:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I adobt the 11.10 anyway cos don like windows or apple.
How to install it to mini laptop dont show that usuall boot menu while starting up?
Running on poor windows 7 starter.
Mc Cartney didnt wed Rose Garden/?
|Comment #27 by: DARWIN on 28 Oct 2011, 18:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Lots of crashes no synaptic in gui!!!
|Comment #28 by: Pavel on 09 Nov 2011, 23:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I've switched from Windows to Ubuntu 2 years ago, and I really enjoy it so far. I've finally realized after all the MS nightmare that actually it IS possible that the system works for the user and not vice-versa as in the case of Windows' paranoia-driven security realm and all that nonsense with antiviruses, antispywares, antimalwares, antifartwares, etc, where you need to spend 50% if not more of your computer usage lifetime on the above-mentioned ridicule. Ubuntu has NONE of that stupidity! And I love it!! And I'm sure I'm not alone, as more and more conscious people are switching from Windows to Ubuntu. Actually Canonical is doing a great job of targeting the inclusion of wider range of users through Ubuntu, attracting them to Linux as a consequence. Just think about the majority of Windows users finally switching to Ubuntu, just like I did. Now that would be really amazing! I would love to see that!! Due to that I believe old-school Linux users should stop trashing Canonical's Ubuntu due to such minor drawbacks as less-customizable launcher and/or less-recognizable GUI. After all, it's a small price to pay for attracting a large number of Windows users. Plus, there are plenty more Linux distros and those not liking Ubuntu may simply switch the Linux distros. But let Canonical do its greater job of its smart strategy of gaining the substantial market niche for Linux as a whole. In fact, when I initially started using Ubuntu (Karmic Koala) I wasn't so excited about the GUI and the general OS appearance, OK it was just there and working fine, but when 11.04 was released I became very excited and actually got dragged into exploring Linux world more intensely. 3`~Long-Live-Linux~3`
|Comment #29 by: kaba on 22 Feb 2012, 06:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ubuntu supporte MSOffice and Adobe Reader ?
|Comment #29.1 by: Marius Nestor on 22 Feb 2012, 08:47 GMT|
All MS Office documents can be viewed and modified under Ubuntu using LibreOffice suite.
Adobe Reader has a native application for Ubuntu: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Text-Editing-Processing/Others/Adobe-Reader-1963.shtml
|Comment #30 by: giftachi on 04 Jul 2012, 11:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
the system is nice and well featured.........love to see more of the ubuntu up dates
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