Ubuntu 11.04 Released

For those of you watching Ubuntu's website recently, you may have noticed a new version of the popular and easy to use Linux distribution has surfaced. It can be downloaded from the previously linked site free of charge.  Among the various new features, the Unity interface is set as the default UI, and includes the launcher (an OS X like dock), the dash (a popup menu with user defined shortcuts), and workspaces (a virtual desktop manager).  According to the Ubuntu website, the OS can boot in as little as 7 seconds (following POST). 

Driving all of this eye candy is Gnome 2.32.1 (according to Ubuntu Vibes).  If your current equipment is not capable of Unity, the classic desktop experience will kick in as to keep you moving along with minimal lag.  Those of you wanting to experiment with Gnome 3, it cannot be installed via the Ubuntu repositories, and there have been reports of system instabilities post installation, though there is a workaround.  If you're ready to install, there are 3 options for download, one for a CD/USB stick type installation, another to create a second boot partition alongside windows, and another for a standard standalone installation.  The downloads are a one size fits all affair -- no longer is the Ubuntu Netbook edition or Desktop edition; there's just a single download for all platforms. 

Have an experience with this version?  Please share in the comments section below!

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Gr8!
So now the 1% of users can chose between (3 main desktop environments + several smaller ones) * something like 50 distributions * several active versions each distribution * a dozen of way to install software.
We all felt the lack of utter fragmentation here!

soldier1st said,
Unity is pure garbage.

I think it's a big improvement from Gnome. Gnome reminds me of Windows 95. Where as unity is a lot modern and more clean looking.

I run Ubuntu on my office PC, and use VMs for all my Windows needs. Keeps my office's big brother software off my PC and also keeps my unix skills sharp. Not loving Unity yet, but I'll give it another shot.

@Mr. Dee, You may hate Linux, but keep in mind that when Microsoft starts charging money 4 Software As A Service in Windows 8, Linux will take over the PC Market Share!

Ok guys, I need some help, UBUNTU installed just fine On me Dell Net Book (Inspiron 1012), however the installer locks up on both my Dell Zino 400 HD and my Dell Dimension 8400 when the hard disk drive partisioner starts up! Any Ideas?

hated unity > switched to classic > switched to unity > switched to classic > switched to unity = stayed with unity ... not only do you get accustomed to it but it did in fact improve on my work habits.

familiarize yourself with keyboard shortcuts and it goes rather well.

Pro tip: If the upgrade is taking too long, you can grab a copy of the ISO in about 7 minutes over a decent connection via Bittorrent.

... I know right, a legitimate use for Bittorrent!

Tried it, ditched unity as it just made everything take too long to do. Then tried gnome 3, it was equally stupid. Back to gnome 2 and classic for me.

Amazingly all this worked from a 10.10 install I'd upgraded from beta 1 upwards

still a long way to catch up with windows.. no matter what they do, neither gnome or kde will make any sense

So far, I like Unity a lot. Setting up desktop effects required me to install the compiz config manually (why wasn't it included? ), and the global bar messed up everytime I changed an option in there so I had to relog between each change until I got everything like wanted it.

Hope it does NOT Still Suck...... For god sake, it should have feature that take advantage of Intel Speed Step Technology. Use a lot CPU when needed not 100% all the time like this

I tried to upgrade and after an hour rebooted and sopped working, so i installed from the last image and the applications freezed when i tried to change the language, search for update, install proprietary (but ubuntu certified) drivers, and even when i tried to make the font smaller!
I was a little shocked, and felt the urge to beat my head when i tried to personalize unity, or at least change that ugly color scheme
Now I'm returned to ubuntu classic with clearlooks, but can't understand how you can do wrong so many thing in a simple os update

I installed this on my laptop yesterday and after playing with it I'm not a fan of Unity. Its not so much the use of it but the size of it along with the crappy Orange colours the like to use.

tried to upgrade. Result - cannot boot anymore. Looks like grub boot table destroyed. Well, don't need actually anymore

cpu said,
tried to upgrade. Result - cannot boot anymore. Looks like grub boot table destroyed. Well, don't need actually anymore

Have to say my limited experience of trying to do dist-upgrades on Ubuntu has almost universally ended in failure...

cpu said,
tried to upgrade. Result - cannot boot anymore. Looks like grub boot table destroyed. Well, don't need actually anymore

You didn't backup... you know, just in case?
Operating system upgrades are dangerous!

cpu said,
tried to upgrade. Result - cannot boot anymore. Looks like grub boot table destroyed. Well, don't need actually anymore

Yep... same here. Not a problem, though, did a fresh install with 11.04 after that.

Mr. Dee said,
Word on the street is, they should have renamed this release 'Udumbtu' or 'Udumptu'

hahahah and windows i s windoze, microsfot = micro$oft !1!! lolmao

KDE had a lot of defectors, including Linus Torvalds, when they first released 4.0. If Unity isn't what you want now, maybe it will be when Oneiric Ocelot comes out in November.

Installed on my Compaq V5000 only to remove it as it didn't have the broadcom drivers now. Too much of a hassle at the time tonight to try to install them. 10.10 has full support so stayed there.

Looks promising though, installed the server on a PC here and it is running pretty good, had an odd glitch in the install process though - it seems that on both the Desktop and the Server, if you don't choose an option right away, the system freezes for a while, or in full forcing a reboot. Otherwise, install was good.

Once they push a new update after a while, I might re-try the desktop version later.


I have to say, I didn't find Unity to be that great. Compared to the speed and responsiveness of the regular Gnome Shell, it's just too slow. Clicking a program to start on the App Bar I seem to wait longer than with the old Gnome Desktop. Besides, I like having a menu where I can just see everything all at once, rather than having to click a few more times to see other programs.

devHead said,
I have to say, I didn't find Unity to be that great. Compared to the speed and responsiveness of the regular Gnome Shell, it's just too slow. Clicking a program to start on the App Bar I seem to wait longer than with the old Gnome Desktop. Besides, I like having a menu where I can just see everything all at once, rather than having to click a few more times to see other programs.

Sure it's just not an illusion that makes it seem so? Did you try to actually benchmark it? Because I cannot say that I notice any difference in the speed/responsiveness compared to 10.10.

I am not really sure that this is aimed at the typical Linux user. I think Ubuntu is beginning to really see a new market. I think it is a good thing overall.

SirEvan said,
For what...OSX?

Gentoo Linux is better than Ubuntu Linux. You have full control over stuff that Canonical tries to decide for you, so you can make it be whatever you want it to be.

Tried out 11.04 today. Didn't like Unity one bit. The application finder or whatever is pretty half assed too. Gnome do is so much better.

I love Unity. For some reason I cannot seem to like Gnome 3. That is just me though.

Looking forward to see what Linux Mint will do for their customized distribution.

DarkNovaGamer said,
I love Unity. For some reason I cannot seem to like Gnome 3. That is just me though.

Looking forward to see what Linux Mint will do for their customized distribution.


Linux Mint announced not too long ago that they will be using GNOME 3.

DarkNovaGamer said,
I love Unity. For some reason I cannot seem to like Gnome 3. That is just me though.

Looking forward to see what Linux Mint will do for their customized distribution.

I thought they planned on remaining with Gnome 2.x.x for the time being.

thartist said,
Great! Now we can have Linux Mint 11! the most polished and user friendly distro out there.

+1 can't wait to see Gnome 3.0 in Linux mint 11.

Neowin appears broken, I keep getting [#2001] Sorry, the server is too busy to handle your request, please try again in a moment.

On topic though, Unity has chased off a lot of people. Such major decisions in UI change make some users realize that, "Hey, they only ever spend 6 months on a release before they start working on the next one..." There's a whole topic on a Debian forum I visit with 13 pages so far of people that have switched from Ubuntu to Debian in the past couple of months, Good thing it's all FOSS so we're free to come and go, install, remove and customize to our heart's content, :-D