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Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Reviewed In Depth

Test System Specs

64-bit Desktop Test System

Operating System 1Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (64-bit) w/ Unity
Operating System 2Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (64-bit) w/ GNOME 2 Shell
Operating System 3Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750(Lynnfield) @ 2.88 GHz (quad-core)
MotherboardGigabyte GA-P55A-UD7 (F7 BIOS)
Memory8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 4870 Reference Board 512 MB GDDR5 (PCIe 2.0)
StorageSeagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
OpticalAsus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Power SupplyCorsair TX750W (750 W max)
ChassisZalman MS-1000 HS2
CPU CoolerScythe Mugen 2 Revision B
Mouse 1Logitech Cordless TrackMan Wheel
Mouse 2Apple Magic Trackpad

32-bit Mobile Test System

Operating System 1Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (32-bit) w/ Unity
Operating System 2Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (32-bit) w/ GNOME 2 Shell
Operating System 3Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (32-bit)
Operating System 4Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx (32-bit)
ModelDell Inspiron Mini 10v (first-generation)
ProcessorIntel Atom N270 @ 1.6 GHz
Memory1 GB DDR2-533
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Storage120 GB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM SATA HDD
  • jryan388
    One problem I faced with the standard unity desktop is the horrible performance even on my Athlon II @ 3.6 and Radeon 5750. I upgraded on launch day, so maybe canonical fixed it by now, but the performance was absolutely abysmal. The easiest fix is the unity-2d package. Great performance, doesn't look any worse.
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  • ksa-_-jed
    U should add more distros to the benchmarks like Debian, Fedora, and open SUSE.
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  • shiftmx112
    Meh is exactly how I described 10.10 Still gonna try Unity.
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  • Yuka
    11.04 sucks; plain and simple.

    Power users can do little to nothing to fix things between gnome3 and the buggy Unity.

    I wouldn't even bother with 11.04 when 10.04 is rock solid.

    Cheers!
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  • davewolfgang
    I tried the upgrade, but unity is blech. I am still using the upgrade, but doing the classic.

    But I may go back to 10.10 for my EeePC.
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  • adamovera
    jryan388One problem I faced with the standard unity desktop is the horrible performance even on my Athlon II @ 3.6 and Radeon 5750. I upgraded on launch day, so maybe canonical fixed it by now, but the performance was absolutely abysmal. The easiest fix is the unity-2d package. Great performance, doesn't look any worse.Wow, that isn't right, the old X2 test system which has a considerably older Nvidia card runs it great. What's the full specs?
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  • adamovera
    ksa-_-jedU should add more distros to the benchmarks like Debian, Fedora, and open SUSE.Fedora 15/GNOME 3 coming up next. I have never had any luck whatsoever with openSUSE, will keep trying new versions as they come out though.
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  • bellman80
    I tried 11.04. Unity was more annoying than useful. I installed the new Linux Mint instead, I'm a happy camper now.
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  • Tamz_msc
    I'm going to stick with 10.04, because it has been running rock-solid without a glitch for almost a year. It was able to find drivers for my on-board audio which even Windows 7 could not find.

    Unity is not my cup of tea., though I'm looking forward to GNOME 3.0.

    Till then Lucid Lynx FTW!
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  • RogueKitsune
    Unity is a nice idea, but not my cup of tea. Overall I am happy with the changes in 11.04. Right now i have my laptop(AMD Turion x2, radeon x1200)running it with no problems(everything worked out of the box)
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