Yesterday I wrote a post on Unbuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot, that I thought I had published, but incredibly that damn thing went mysteriously missing!
I only discovered that it was missing late last night, and quite frankly I have absolutely no idea, none what so ever, what happened to it! All day long I simply assumed that it was published and I had absolutely no clue otherwise.
Did I accidentally erase it; I'm I going senile?
Hell if I know the answer to the above, but today I've decided to do a much smaller post on my missing original, relying instead on the above (Ubuntu introductory video) and the videos below, as well as the the comments of a few others, such as my young nephew, Rob Williams, the editor-in-chief of the popular tech site TechGage, and others instead of my own.
Rob is not only a tech editor, but also happens to be a Linux expert to boot, and he explained that one of his biggest complaints about the last upgrade, 11.04, was with its new 'Unity' mode which does away with the classical Gnome task bar (think Windows), and he commented that:
"The biggest issues had to do with Unity, either with bugs or the tedium incurred when using it. Since that release, Canonical has fixed up those bugs and made the environment easier to use overall, while adding in some new functionality."
Personally, even though I rather like both Gnome and KDE, I find that the more I use Unity, the more that I actually like it. It takes a bit of getting used to mind you, but over time, I'm really beginning to think that I actually prefer it to the others.
There are four main new features with Ubuntu 11.04, consisting of: Ubuntu Software Centre, The launcher, The new dash (think OS X dock) and its new Application Switching feature, all of which are demoed in the following video:
Speaking of the New Software Centre, Ryan Paul, wrote in his post, "Dreamy Ubuntu 11.10":
"The ability to sell programs to Ubuntu users through the Ubuntu Software Center could make the platform a more appealing target for commercial software developers than it has been historically. The new developer site offers a useful starting point to educate developers about how they can take advantage of the opportunity that Ubuntu presents for growing their audience."
I agree totally, the Software Centre is very appealing and to me, anyway, it's definitely one of the better features from 11.10. With over 36,ooo software titles available, it's not exactly Apple's App Store, but it's a great start and there's a lot to keep one happily busy exploring all the goodies contained within. I know, I spend a hell-of-a-lot of time exploring it on a daily basis already.
Below is a video of 11.10's upgraded Unity interface feature in action, and, if you ask me, it looks ever soooooo...... pretty, doesn't it?
Below is another video of Ubuntu 11.10, this time showing Compiz in action. Compiz is sort of animated OS X desk top graphics, but rather on steroids as you can see below:
The one thing about Linux that I've always loved was the fact that it has a type of 'try-it-before-you-buy-it' option, namely you can download it onto a CD or USB thumb drive and run it from there. This way you don't have to take the risk of wiping out your present OS and all of its precious data, yet giving you the opportunity to experience all that Linux has to offer!
Personally, I prefer to simply use Wubi which allows you to install it along side of your present Windows OS partition. Wubi modifies your boot-up, giving you the option of selecting to run either Windows or Ubuntu. If you fail to specify which OS you want, you'll automatically be booted into Windows which remains the default OS. Obviously, if you want to only run Ubuntu your better off eliminating Windows altogether and doing a reformatting your disk and installing a clean copy of Ubuntu, but if your like me, well you'll probably want the option of being able to run both OS's.
There are, of course, a lot of much more detail reviews of Ubuntu out there, like DeskTopLinuxReview's 7-page post that you can find here, or others here, or here, but all I want say, in conclusion, is that I really, really like Ubuntu 11.10. It's not perfect, of course, but then again, as far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as a perfect OS, but 11.10 comes a lot closer than any other Linux distro that I personally have used in the past, and that includes all previous versions of Ubuntu.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, October 20, 2011
PS, for more info on this great OS check out the great Ubuntu site: OMGUbuntu