Ubuntu 11.04 will be released on April 28th, 2011. It contains a significant visual redesign called Unity, which is a shell over the more traditional desktop environment found in previous Ubuntu releases (called GNOME). There will likely be a lot of critique of Unity over the next few days and weeks, but by most testing and user reviews, Unity is a significant step forward in usability for both computer novices and experts alike. I have compiled a set of links demonstrating some of Ubuntu’s new features in 11.04.
- OMG! Ubuntu’s Guide to Unity
- How Jorge multitasks in Unity
- How Jorge uses the Unity Dash
- Jorge’s Power User’s Guide to Unity (this has a lot of good other links that I won’t repeat)
I am excited to make the switch. I’ve been trying Unity out at various points of development via “live cd,” and it’s really nice to work with. I’m looking forward to doing a complete reinstall this week to check out the new installation procedure as well. Let me know what you think in the comments!