Ubuntu 11.10 codenamed Oneiric Ocelot is here making it the 15th release of Ubuntu and taking another step forward in making Ubuntu a better user experience.After integration of Unity in Ubuntu Natty Narwhal this distribution takes another step forward in making Unity a better user experience though some shouting from the Ubuntu Community (but that always occurs 😛 ).In a nutshell this version comes with following changes
- Linux Kernel 3 with ARM Support
- Improved 32-Bit Compatibility on 64-Bit System
- Customizable Login Screen Manager “LightDM”
- Improved Ubuntu Unity User Interface along with Compiz
- Brand New Ubuntu Software Center
- Completely Rewritten Microblogging Platform Gwibber
- Thunderbird As Default Email Client replacing Evolution
- Déjà Dup For System BackUp
- Improved LibreOffice
Other feature for this release include support for GNOME 3 which was kinda freaky in Ubuntu 11.04 , improved Nautilus , better Ubuntu One integration and all this in a smaller DVD (of-course content size is smaller not the DVD). More on that later but first lets install it . . .
Like rest of the Ubuntu distributions this too comes with very easy to use installer with no hassles in installation at all.It has been optimized to a great extent effectively taking less than 15 minutes for my machine
TAKING CONTROL ON THE PANEL
If Steve Jobs would’ve been alive he would definitely agree that small things do matter and this is what takes user experience to next level . Like for example this consolidated Power Menu lying on the top right which I’ve started using so ofter that I don’t even need to put few things in my Unity Panel , its just so simple
On the breeze access to User Accounts lets you switch as well as manage user accounts in a go with just few clicks.
Not major changes here just that Sound Applet comes with better integration of Banshee which too has been upgraded to version 2.2 .
Network Manager has been improved which now boasts of much better support with configuring network devices on the breeze (though there is still some bug while changing network connections for me atleast)
LOGIN MANAGER : LIGHTDM
Ubuntu Software Center(USC) is completely revamped in Ubuntu 11.10 featuring one click installation for almost all the applications.Nautilus has been removed and now USC is solely responsible for Software Management in Ubuntu though you can install Nautilus anytime whenever you want.USC comes with categorization of various applications including the paid ones with previews of Top Rated as well as Newly Added Applications . The new interface looks neat and intuitive though a bit laggy with features to view Installed applications along with your installation history.
Gwibber 3.2 is a complete new experience from previous version.It has been rewritten using Vala and GTK3 making it much more faster and lighter consuming less resources (though I personally use Hotot for Twitter and Chrome for Facebook).
Déjà Dup has been added to Ubuntu 11.10 as default backup tool with support to upload files directly to the cloud.Lets hope this one gets better .Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool that hides the complexity of backing up and uses duplicity as the backend.
THINGS STILL TO LOOK OUT FOR . . .
Though this is a good package but I’m still missing Native App for Cutomizing Themes and Icons Complete Recovery Solution.Overall I’ll give it 7/10