Ubuntu 11.04 & Unity 3.6 | Sneak Peek at what’s being cooked by Ubuntu Devs

A bit long title for this post though but to start with the Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal’s default desktop environment viz ‘Unity‘ that just got updated to version 3.6. This release comes with a lot of bug-fixes and updates.¬† The recent upgrade to Unity and other programs just made Unity even more usable by fixing many bit-size bugs. The process is still being continued as Natty reached ‘feature freeze’ as per the schedule and now, there will not be any significant feature improvements. The developer team will now be focusing on Stability and Looks of Ubuntu. As Natty has reached only Alpha 2, we wont suggest you to get it on your machines due to stability reasons (still an Ubuntu freak then go on)but to keep you updated, we have come up with some significant features &¬†improvements in Natty from software packages to Unity.

Alpha 3

Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3 -> Direct-link (Torrent)
Kubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3 -> Direct-link (Torrent)
Xubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3 – > Direct-link (Torrent)
Ubuntu Studio 11.04 Alpha 3 -> Direct Link (Torrent)


Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1 has been released and has been fully reviewed.

Whats New

  • Unity has been updated to version 3.6.
  • Firefox Beta 12 is present by default.
  • Banshee 1.9.2 is the default media player.
  • Ubuntu Software Center has been updated. It now shows ‘recommendations’ and ‘featured apps’ also.
  • Compiz 0.9.4 comes to Unity.
  • Python 2.7 is packed in.
  • LibreOffice gets updated to version 3.3.1 with the cool new icons.
  • Window management – windows go below launcher and panel.
  • Unity Launcher’s ‘auto-hide’ animation is really cool.
  • Ubuntu LiveCD now lets you upgrade directly from older version.
  • KDE 4.6 is released and is inlcuded in Kubuntu.
  • Xfce 4.8 is out and raedy to use.
  • The new gtk and xfwm4 theme for Xubuntu is now in Natty Narwhal. It is called “greybird”.
  • OwnCloud: A cloud based file storage program for KDE has been included.

For more details about Unity, see Changelog.

Unity Desktop

Unity project was started by Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical & has gone on to deliver a consistent user experience for desktop and netbook users alike. Putting great design at the heart of the project, Unity and its technologies such as Application indicators, System indicators, and Notify OSD, have strived to solve common problems in the Free Software desktop while optimizing the experience for touch, consistency and collaboration.

Smells good….here, take a look :->>

Keyboard Shortcuts

Unity is also about to get keyboard shortcuts but they are not implemented yet. But yes, this is coming and really sounds just like Windows 7. These are like :-


  • Super – Invoke the Launcher.
  • Alt-F1 – Put keyboard focus on the Launcher.
  • Super-1 or 2 or 3 and so on until 0 – Open or focus an application.
  • Super-T – Open the rubbish bin.
  • Ctrl-Alt-T – Launch a terminal window.


  • Super (tap) – A tap opens the Dash
  • Super-A – Open Applications place
  • Super-F – Open Files & Folders place


  • F10 – Open the first menu on the panel

Window Management

  • Super-? – Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces.
  • Super-? – Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in current workspace.
  • Super-D – Minimize all windows; hitting it again restores them.

Check out this post for further details.

Ubuntu LiveCD

Ubuntu 11.04 LiveCD gets an updated ‘Ubiquity’ which lets you upgrade to newer versions of Ubuntu from older ones like 10.04 or 10.10 to 11.04 directly from the LiveCD without losing your installed programs and other data. But its not desirable to do it now because the present version of Ubuntu 11.04 is just the Alpha 3 and not the stable release. Wait for the stale release or the release candidate. They will be put by April. Till then, we will keep you updated.

Thats all folks! We will be back with more Unity updates soon. Till then keep visiting and dont forget to ask any queries at our Forums.

Njoy !


About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.