Ubuntu Linux 11.04 to ship Unity 'shell'

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 to ship Unity 'shell'

Summary: Jono Bacon, Canonical's Ubuntu Community Manager (and of LUGradio fame) posted a blog entry yesterday announcing Mark Shuttleworth's announcement at that Ubuntu Developer Summit that Ubuntu Linux 11.04 will be shipping with the Unity interface.

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Jono Bacon, Canonical's Ubuntu Community Manager (and of LUGradio fame) posted a blog entry yesterday announcing Mark Shuttleworth's announcement at that Ubuntu Developer Summit that Ubuntu Linux 11.04 will be shipping with the Unity interface. Phew.

My gut reaction is caution. I tried Ubuntu Netbook on an old Acer Aspire One and found it very slow, cramped and unconfigurable. I now have a customised version of Xubuntu running, streamlined, easy to use and swift.

So, I'm not overly anxious to have a left-hand vertical dock and different interface foisted upon my beloved Ubuntu. There's an interesting blog post by bolsh over at GNOME blogs entitled Ubuntu to move to Unity as default desktop for 11.04, with some more in-depth analysis about what it means for Canonical's relationship with the GNOME desktop and equal doses of caution.

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  • This makes me wonder why they keep changing the UI. First it was moving the window buttons from the right side to the left (like Macs), now they are changing the desktop environment altogether. I really like the fact that Canonical has really put forth the campaign to get Ubuntu on the market and compete against Microsoft at PC vendors. But, if they continue to change the UI often, users that try to migrate from Windows may be more confused because of no UI continuity between Ubuntu releases.
    Chris_Clay
  • apexwm: I guess it's a fine balance between innovation and & continuation. They want to make Ubuntu better (and different) from Windows to separate them but there is always the risk of failure with innovation. I for one won't be very happy if I *have* to have a left-hand-side dock. But I guess with Linux, it's easy to switch to a distro more suited to your needs (I would look at Mint, Fedora, MEPIS etc.)
    Jake Rayson