Ten factors that make Ubuntu 11.10 a hit

Ten factors that make Ubuntu 11.10 a hit

Summary: Thanks to a number of real improvements, the latest release of the Ubuntu operating system has put earlier disappointments behind it, says Jack Wallen


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  • OneConf

    8. OneConf
    OneConf is a great tool that lets you record software information from Ubuntu One so that it can be synchronised with other computers as needed. At the moment, this information does not include application settings and configurations, but that may become available one day.

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  • ARM support

    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.

  • Compiz

    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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  • I just cant get on with Ubuntu Unity
    Although I still use Ubuntu 11.10 the first thing I do is install gnome3 also known as gnome-shell (apt-get install gnome-shell).

    unity uses global menu - like a mac - so it's file-edit menu is in the top right of the screen, this optimises screen real state when windows are maximised but when not maximised application usage is disjointed. In addition not all apps work properly with global menu I have seen apps that are just unusable... New users shouldnt be exposed to this but with ubuntu unity they are.

    Gnome3 / Gnome shell isnt perfect but it is better and more coherent than unity... I have to admit that Gnome3 has significantly changed since first previewed and incorporates many of the unity ideas... but it is just done better and has many great features of its own.

    Gnome3 and KDE4 are the best desktops currently available for Linux.

    This is what I do after installing a fresh ubuntu 11.10 system... in case it helps anyone.

    # Nautilus; tweaked.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

    #handbrake repo - 11.10 not currently available
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

    # gnome 3.0 team repo
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

    # medibuntu
    sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

    sudo apt-get --yes install ubuntu-restricted-extras app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu libdvdcss2 mplayer vlc smplayer gnome-mplayer filezilla chromium-browser ssh nfs-common gimp ttf-mscorefonts-installer handbrake mythtv-frontend

    #add to the end of the previous line either w64codecs OR w32codecs depending if you installed the 32 or 64 bit version of ubuntu.

    sudo apt-get --yes install nautilus-actions nautilus-scripts-manager nautilus-gksu nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-ideviceinfo nautilus-script-manager nautilus-filename-repairer nautilus-image-converter gnome-photo-printer gpointing-device-settings
  • Ubuntu is buggy and the upgrade process from one version to the next leaves a lot to be desired. After using Ubuntu for many years Ive made the switch to Debian last year and until I did I didnt realise how good Linux was, I actually thought all those bugs were in 'Linux' but they're not, the're just in Ubuntu. Interesting to look at the screenshots to see how ugly each new release is, but I shant be going back.
  • Like a Mac eh? Mmm dont tell Apple!
  • 1000272134 and bluedalmatian

    with you both there but then I'm still in 10.04 land (and happy with it)