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Post by trog @ 11:43am 14/10/11 | 1 Comments
The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution has landed. Ubuntu 11.10 - or if you prefer their alternative naming conventions - continues to try to usher in the era of Linux on the desktop with the following improvements:
The Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of apps. With the Ubuntu 11.10 redesign, you can see the top-rated apps, compare apps by rating and user reviews, keep track of what you’ve installed, and sync your apps between all your Ubuntu computers.

It’s pretty hard to miss the launcher that sits on the left-hand side of your screen. It’s designed to make getting to your favourite tools and applications quick and easy. You can hide and reveal it, add and remove applications and bookmarks, and keep track of your open windows.

When you click on the Ubuntu logo in the top-left corner of the launcher, the new dash will appear. It’s another simple way to get to your shortcuts and search for other applications and programs. So you can get fast access to your email, music, pictures and much more. And you can search by type of app or file with our new filters menu.

Ubuntu 11.10 gives you a really easy way to manage multiple windows and applications. You can use Alt + Tab and Alt + Grave to switch between applications or application windows. No more cramping multiple apps into a small space.
Probably more useful to new users is this really impressive web tour of Ubuntu, which offers a taste of the operating system in your own browser (worth a look just for the sheer technical nerdy neatness).

We have the i386 and AMD64 Desktop ISOs available for download if you're looking for a fast mirror.



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skythra
Posted 12:06pm 14/10/11
I played with an RC of this, Ubuntu is really striving to get as user friendly as possible. For a little now their new interface really helps people get to basic functionality and makes it easy to install new softwares very simply.

They've run with the android/apple style "app store" which has categories of applications from stuff like Libre Office (which has replaced open office i guess) but also ratings for applications. This even helps me, who has been fiddling with ubuntu for more than what like 5 years, and been playing with open source the day I bought my own PC at age 16, because knowing the names of open source variants is kind of tough, they change all the time, and often they die from a better variant gaining more popularity.

It's pretty great that it's all delivered over the internet, usually from quota free sources. Also having availaibility for such a huge range of applications and being completely free.

But you're never going to replace windows with it.
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