After 6 months in the making the latest release of Ubuntu – version 11.10 – is now available to download.
Sporting a retuned Unity interface, new and improved features, and even some new applications Ubuntu 11.10 certainly promises a lot – but does it live up to the hype?
Ubuntu 11.10 builds upon the groundwork laid in Ubuntu 11.04. Whilst there are many changes within Ubuntu 11.10 they are evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
But that’s not a bad thing, for example the Unity interface has matured into a dependable and intuitive work tool; the default application set has been rethought; and the new login screen ‘fits’ the overall style of the Unity desktop. All relatively minor or subtle changes on their own by all add up to a greater cohesive whole.
Canonical’s Jane Silber cites this ‘ease of use and stylishness’ as why Ubuntu is now a global phenomenon, ‘not just for system administrators, developers and expert users’ she says ‘but for a growing community of home users that want a simpler, safer way to use the PC.”
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