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9. ARM support
That's right, you can now use Ubuntu while using an ARM processor. This change means Ubuntu will be able to support tablets. Although Canonical is certain that the big deal with ARM will be multicore processor-powered servers, I believe the bigger deal is tablets. I can only hope Ubuntu jumps on that bandwagon as quickly as possible. I want a Linux-powered tablet.
10. New Compiz and Unity
Yes, the compositor is Compiz, and the combination is really starting to gel. But what is best about this partnership is the performance boost 11.10 enjoys. Running the compositor will no longer cause the desktop to lag. You will now enjoy an incredibly snappy and robust desktop that works exactly as expected. You no longer feel that Unity and Compiz are at odds with one another.
Big step forward
Ubuntu 11.10 offers significant improvements over 11.04, which is, of course, to be expected. What wasn't expected was for Ubuntu Unity to improve so quickly. Bravo to Canonical and the Ubuntu developers. They have worked some magic on a desktop that I thought was bound for extinction.
This story originally appeared as 10 things to love about Ubuntu 11.10 on TechRepublic.
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