Friday, April 29, 2011

Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' (11.04) - released

After blogging about Panasonic's lay off announcement, its time to give some good news. Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' (11.04) is released! This is the first desktop version of Ubuntu to have Unity Desktop. It is designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks, including, for example, a vertical application switcher. Unlike GNOME, Xfce or KDE Plasma Desktop, Unity is not a collection of applications but designed to be used with existing GTK+ programs.

The main feature of the new version is the Unity desktop. It uses a hardware acceleration for rendering and the downside of this is that not all machine supports this rendering technology. Fortunately, Natty Narwhal still have the classic environment "GNOME" and can be activated during the log in.

Another noticeable changed is the music player, Ubuntu used Rhythmbox as the default player, in this new version it uses Banshee.

After I finished downloading my Ubuntu copy, I will test and write a full review about it. If you'd like to test the new version drop by to Ubuntu and download the version 11.04.

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