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Canonical Releases Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

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Canonical has released Ubuntu 11.10, code-named Oneiric Ocelot, for download.

The latest version is designed to deliver a consistent look and feel across laptops, desktops and netbooks thanks to an upgrade of the desktop shell Unity. 11.10 also includes improvements to the Ubuntu Software Center as well as Ubuntu One, that now supports music streaming to Android and iPhones via the personal Ubuntu One cloud.

Unity comes with a much needed refresh and begins to live up to previous expectations. Among the enhancements is 2D fall-back as well as the addition of lenses in Dash. Dash, which is the search interface in Ubuntu, now features four different lenses as subdivisions for search and target home, applications, files, and music. The music lens is tied to the Banshee music player and can play music files  without actually opening Banshee separately. There is also instant access to and the Amazon MP3 store.

Additionally, Ubuntu 11.10 includes the Deja Dup backup utility, which allows users to back up their local data to the Ubuntu One cloud free of charge. Mozilla's Thunderbird has become the default email client in Ubuntu, while Evolution is now an optional download.

Of course, the new lease is based on the Linux 3.0 kernel and employs an update to GNOME 3.2 as legacy desktop environment.

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    runswindows95 , October 14, 2011 11:19 PM
    Agreed. They really should release a version that just uses GNOME.
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    zacktheperson , October 14, 2011 11:14 PM
    Canonical, oh why hath thou ruined Ubuntu 11.10 with an even more restrictive Unity GUI and locked down the classic gnome.
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    runswindows95 , October 14, 2011 11:19 PM
    Agreed. They really should release a version that just uses GNOME.
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    zacktheperson , October 14, 2011 11:21 PM
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    runswindows95 , October 14, 2011 11:22 PM
    That would work. I just installed 11.10, and I don't like it at all. I might switch to Lubuntu or Kubuntu.
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    JeTJL , October 14, 2011 11:40 PM
    Was rather difficult to find stuff (Apps) in 11.04 Hopefully dash might make it easier to find them.

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    runswindows95 , October 14, 2011 11:41 PM
    Oh, that reminds me. You have to install the Package Manager. Why did they take that out?!
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    Prey , October 14, 2011 11:57 PM
    Hopefully the next iteration of Ubuntu will revert back as everyone wants, My sys76 laptop will just keep 11.04 for a bit longer!
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2011 12:48 AM
    I'm not sure what everybody is whining about. If you want a classic gnome2-like experience, use Xubuntu. If you want Gnome-Shell, they have a package for it.

    I installed it yesterday hours after it came out, after a rough alpha and beta cycle, it actually turned out OK. It has good usability for power users, it's stable, and it doesn't get in the way.
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    boris152 , October 15, 2011 12:59 AM
    If you're looking for an Ubuntu-based distro with classic Gnome support, Linux Mint is the most popular. It's like being able to breath again after using Ubuntu.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 15, 2011 3:19 AM
    Remove Unity, Ubuntu One, this new backup BS, install Gnome and it's ready to be used. Not that I'll upgrade from 10.10 on my netbook without any reason; but I'll be sure to play around with it on my desktop.
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    blader15sk8 , October 15, 2011 3:53 AM
    boris152If you're looking for an Ubuntu-based distro with classic Gnome support, Linux Mint is the most popular. It's like being able to breath again after using Ubuntu.

    I second this.
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    antilycus , October 15, 2011 4:19 AM
    Or just learn the CLI and install GNOME or your gui of choice from there. My mail server (citadel) doesn't use a gui at all. LOVE IT
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 15, 2011 6:01 AM
    1. it installed in about double the time of 11.04
    2. the boot time has also increased.
    3. there is no "ubuntu classic" by default.
    4. unity is basically crap for people who have switched to ubuntu from windows.
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    tlmck , October 15, 2011 9:18 AM
    I switched to Peppermint some time back and have not missed Ubuntu. 15 second boots and 2-3 second shutdowns just cannot be beat.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2011 12:01 PM
    Antilycus: +1, Ubuntu Server is awesome for being CLI-only, it's so fast and resource efficient.

    I can make a Ubuntu test-VM of a new server on any old piece-o-crap desktop laying around my work, and it will run respectably on any machine with atleast 512mb or RAM, if it doesn't have virt-acceleration. If I decide to move the test VM into production, I can export it, and then import it onto a real VM server, and Ubuntu is smart enough to detect the hardware changes.

    If I need a GUI for anything I'm working on, I can just install GUI tools on my regular PC like PGAdmin, Eclipse, etc... and then use Samba shares or the network to connect to the VM.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2011 12:02 PM
    Oops, meant "EVEN if it doesn't have virt-acceleration"
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    mikeangs2004 , October 16, 2011 2:12 AM
    It installed flawlessly for w/in Windows in my laptop and advanced dual boot in my Desktop. I would say just like all previous versions, the laptop had some minor display driver issues w/ G1 Intel HD graphics at least.
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2011 9:17 PM
    I like the unity interface. Maybe my needs are just simple, but so far it suits my needs. Using it on my 'home' pc & laptop.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 16, 2011 9:31 PM
    Well, after installing it on a test rig I can confirm that there're quite a few bugs with the update manager. Missing software descriptions, can't change the repository sources, etc.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2011 6:43 PM
    Check out PinguyOS
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