Ubuntu 11.10 announced, titled Oneiric Ocelot

In a post to his blog, Mark Shuttleworth has announced Ubuntu 11.10, following the naming scheme of previous releases with the subtitle Oneiric Ocelot. Continuing on from the changes Natty Narwhal will bring to the table, Oneiric will be focused on refining the new Unity interface, hopefully enabling users of a wider range of hardware to experience the newer features.

Oneiric has its roots in the Greek word for dream, "oneiros", and is used to describe dreaming or dreams themselves. Shuttleworth sees Oneiric Ocelot as explaining how innovation comes about: "part daydream, part discipline."

In the meantime, the Ubuntu community has its efforts focused on Natty Narwhal, due for an April release. Natty will bring the Unity user interface to all editions of Ubuntu, having debuted on the Netbook edition in October.

Unity is designed with ease of use and effective use of screen estate in mind, but the move hasn't seen its fair share of controversy from the GNOME community, who fear Unity may fragment the userbase. While Unity moves away from the traditional GNOME interface, GNOME will eventually be included with Ubuntu again as an optional extra, most likely with Oneiric.

Shuttleworth says that Natty is a "stretch release", so don't expect any radical changes in Oneiric. One new feature that will make Oneiric is a 2D version of Unity for those running on lower-powered hardware, but beyond that, Shuttleworth is remaining tight-lipped.

Post-Oneiric plans are already being mapped out, with the as-yet-unnamed 12.04 being a Long Term Support release. LTS releases tend to focus on stability and long-term functionality. Canonical will need to make decisions on which platforms to support for its cloud-based services with 12.04, but Shuttleworth is confident that they will be able to come to a decision based on "free and flexible terms."

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I hope they fix Ubuntu. It runs damn hot and cost battery life. Look like ubuntu doesn't know anything about intel power saving technology like down clock for tasks do not need high performance.

the netbooks at my school run ubuntu, and it was the worst computer experience i've ever had. had to restart 3 times, before it would connect to the wifi. just an unstable os

Even the latest realeases don't pick up my D-Link wifi usb adapter. No internets, no Ubuntu. Better luck next time.

It's a shame cuz I'd really like to experience this OS for a while.

I'll take it you don't use Ubuntu Deihmos?

You'll notice Mac has had less change than Ubuntu over the years, and I don't hear Mac users complaining...

At least the last release of Ubuntu gave us a new interface to play with... UNITY!

At any rate. Progression is good for all, regardless of who is making it. Every sector seems to improve something which eventually finds it's way into everything if its good which allows us, the consumers, to win!

Ubuntu is one OS that just keep releasing the same thing over and over. They all basically look and feel the same. They all look ugly too.

Deihmos said,
Ubuntu is one OS that just keep releasing the same thing over and over. They all basically look and feel the same. They all look ugly too.

Spoken in the true sense of someone who is misinformed and clueless when it comes to this OS.

Silverskull said,
You're kidding, right? -_-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases

Also. This is OS X 10.3, released the year before the first release of Ubuntu.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AM_MacOSX_Panther.png

So uhm...


Those screenshots confirm what I just said. The last release changed up the colors but it basically looks the sameas all the other releases before it. The same ugly fonts, ancient menus and it just looks like something from the 90s. Just the same old over and over. Where is the progress?

Deihmos said,

Those screenshots confirm what I just said. The last release changed up the colors but it basically looks the sameas all the other releases before it. The same ugly fonts, ancient menus and it just looks like something from the 90s. Just the same old over and over. Where is the progress?

Could you not also say the same thing about Windows 7? I mean after all, the only thing that changed between XP and 7 was the addition of transparency to the Windows and taskbar!

Majesticmerc said,

Could you not also say the same thing about Windows 7? I mean after all, the only thing that changed between XP and 7 was the addition of transparency to the Windows and taskbar!


If you believe that so be it.

Deihmos said,

If you believe that so be it.

He didn't say he believed that, he was making a comparison to show how ridiculous your statements were. You are entitled to your opinion that Ubuntu is ugly of course, but don't try to present that opinion as a fact. It makes you look pompous and ignorant.

TRC said,

He didn't say he believed that, he was making a comparison to show how ridiculous your statements were. You are entitled to your opinion that Ubuntu is ugly of course, but don't try to present that opinion as a fact. It makes you look pompous and ignorant.


Do I have to put "in my opinion" after every statement? Of course it is my opinion!

Deihmos said,

Those screenshots confirm what I just said. The last release changed up the colors but it basically looks the sameas all the other releases before it. The same ugly fonts, ancient menus and it just looks like something from the 90s. Just the same old over and over. Where is the progress?

Ugly look and fonts??? Have you seen the new Ubuntu Themes and Ubuntu font? Also, you obviously don't know what you are talking about when it comes to OSes. Ubuntu has gotten wayyy better now. It just works and it works out of the box.. Well out of the iso for me.

You are one of those people tricked by thinking looks mean major change. Ubuntu's under the hood work is amazing and they even gone further with 10.10 with the look.

If you are one of those users complaining about the look, then you aren't a real Linux user. The OS will only reflect how you want it to reflect. If it's ugly and more, then that means you want it to be that way. All I know is that my Linux install does everything that I need and more. Might take some work to get it that way, but it's possible.

yanike said,

Ugly look and fonts??? Have you seen the new Ubuntu Themes and Ubuntu font? Also, you obviously don't know what you are talking about when it comes to OSes. Ubuntu has gotten wayyy better now. It just works and it works out of the box.. Well out of the iso for me.

You are one of those people tricked by thinking looks mean major change. Ubuntu's under the hood work is amazing and they even gone further with 10.10 with the look.

If you are one of those users complaining about the look, then you aren't a real Linux user. The OS will only reflect how you want it to reflect. If it's ugly and more, then that means you want it to be that way. All I know is that my Linux install does everything that I need and more. Might take some work to get it that way, but it's possible.

under the hood its Debian, not Ubuntu. Most packages in Ubuntu (if not practically all) come from Debian Sid. The looks used to be Gnome with Compiz, which can be setup on almost every Linux distro.

This release actually seems to come with its own (or new) window manager.

yanike said,
It just works and it works out of the box.. Well out of the iso for me..

Does it include nVidia drivers and media codecs in the iso?

last time I tried a linux distro, I had to get those manually. was a bit of a pita imo.

Shadowzz said,

under the hood its Debian, not Ubuntu. Most packages in Ubuntu (if not practically all) come from Debian Sid. The looks used to be Gnome with Compiz, which can be setup on almost every Linux distro.

This release actually seems to come with its own (or new) window manager.

I know under the hood is Debian, but Ubuntu has also added their own touches.

AKLP said,
"Oneiros" means nothing in the greek language, "Oneiro" on the other side, does...

You are incorrect. Oneiros can easily be substituted for Oneiro to produce the english word "dream/dreams". Although the correct term technically, for "dreams" is Oneiroi.

I'm eagerly anticipating the day when they run out of alphabet.
Maybe I should "Anxiously Anticipate" it instead.

Xerino said,
they can name it zippy mcdoodle for all I care, as long as it works...

That's not an animal, but Zippy Zebra would work.

Xerax said,
Exactly OSX, Windows and Oneiric Ocelot.

Why are you comparing general OS names to the codename of this Ubuntu release?

KavazovAngel said,

Nope. Windows 7's codename was Windows 7.


I think if you go back far enough the code name was Blackcomb lol

betadan said,

I think if you go back far enough the code name was Blackcomb lol

I believe "Blackcomb" was the original project codename, but was then scrapped and they started work on "Longhorn" (Windows Vista). Thereafter "Vienna" (Windows 7) was started up but sometime afterwards the codename was changed to "7" which stuck to its release title "Windows 7".

Kushan said,

Shouldn't that be Vienna, Snow Leopard and Oneiric Ocelot?


Yes, pretty much... People don't use to call Unbuntu releases by their codenames unless they're trying to be obnoxious.

DarkNovaGamer said,

I believe "Blackcomb" was the original project codename, but was then scrapped and they started work on "Longhorn" (Windows Vista). Thereafter "Vienna" (Windows 7) was started up but sometime afterwards the codename was changed to "7" which stuck to its release title "Windows 7".


development codename name is different from a Release codename.
Would rather see Ubuntu stick with more normal codenames and less often, as almost every version release has its own codename. Their roots are with debian. Stick by its ways please!

DarkNovaGamer said,
I believe "Blackcomb" was the original project codename, but was then scrapped and they started work on "Longhorn" (Windows Vista). Thereafter "Vienna" (Windows 7) was started up but sometime afterwards the codename was changed to "7" which stuck to its release title "Windows 7".

The Blackcomb codename was dropped when they killed the three pillars of longhorn.