It has been almost a week since the final release of new Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal happened. I have been using Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal ever since it’s first alpha release came out and I am really impressed with the end product. So, is it a bit of overstretch to give Ubuntu 11.04 the “favorite Ubuntu ever” title already? Let’s explore.
The New Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Experience
What’s so new about it? EVERYTHING! Gone are the days of incremental improvements as far as Canonical and Ubuntu are concerned. Ubuntu 11.04 is a giant leap forward. But not all of the changes have been received well amongst it’s huge loyal user base. I have been receiving regular mails from people complaining about anything and everything about new Ubuntu 11.04 and it’s Unity interface. So I have finally decided to get my point across. Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, without any sort of hesitation, is my favorite Ubuntu ever, period.
Having said that, I never really had any sort of major technical issues with any Ubuntu releases so far. All my hardware drivers including that of wifi and graphics ones are enabled automatically and Compiz has always worked like a charm. From the mails I have been receiving, one common factor I noticed above all, are issues somehow related to Compiz. Maybe the smooth Compiz rendering itself is the primary reason why I like Ubuntu 11.04 so much. But the Unity factor cannot be ignored.
Take the new Unity launcher for example. Unity launcher coupled with its useful array of Unity keyboard shortcuts are proving to be the real difference as far I am concerned. In my case, there are around 5-6 most commonly used applications in Ubuntu and all I need is to include them in the Unity launcher. That’s it. I can easily access my favorite apps in no time. Now, let’s take it step by step. What are the new stuff that makes Ubuntu 11.04 really special.