Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 released

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 has been released yesterday. Being only Alpha 1 there are a lot of packages and features in heavy development, transition or out-right not included at all yet. As such don’t take too much away from this overview – a lot of things are going to change between now and April! But since Unity received an update a couple of days ago, I though you might want to see a new video with Unity in action (thanx to Andrew from WebUpd8)

Unity Desktop

This is the big one. With work only starting on Desktop Unity in October it’s impressive seeing the amount of progress made in such little time.

Unity changes:
  • changing the icon theme will also change the icons in the Unity launcher (“dock”) – this wasn’t working in 10.10. Unfortunately the icons only change after a log out and I can’t do that and keep recording (and if I disable and re-enable Unity, it crashes).
  • the number of open windows is indicated by dots under the icon on the Unity Launcher. Clicking an icon for an application that has more then one window open will trigger an expose effect for the windows
  • right now, clicking the Ubuntu logo will launch Nautilus (applications folder) instead of Dash (about a week ago, this button did nothing). This should change in Alpha 2.


The switch to Compiz from Mutter was certainly a good decision, not only does Unity now feel much more responsive it also looks very, very good.

The panel can also be set to auto-hide and ‘float’.

Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity by default, however if your graphics card is not supported, it falls back to the classic Gnome look:
Unity Ubuntu 11.04 - no 3d support
However, even if you graphic card supports Unity, you can still login to the classic Gnome because there are 2 sessions you can choose from in GDM: Ubuntu desktop will run Unity (if supported by your hardware) and Ubuntu Classic which is the old Gnome look that supports all hardware and video drivers (which were previously supported by Ubuntu).


Ubuntu ‘Classic’ Desktop

If, for whatever reason, you want/need to revert to the traditional Ubuntu desktop just select ‘Ubuntu Classic Desktop’ from the session menu before logging in.

Sound menu changes

The Ubuntu Sound Menu has had a few minor changes already including new player control buttons and an ‘indented’ cover art frame.


Indicator-datetime is back

My favourite indicator is back – Indicator-Datetime! I’ve absolutely no logical/sane reason as to why I love it so much but it’s there, rocking out with its calendar widget…


Panel applets

I suppose the biggest change most users would recoil in horror at when using the Alpha is the redaction of traditional panel applets; applications using the old system tray are now at a loss.

Network Manager

The Network Manager applet now wears ‘indicator’ clothes. It feels feeble to say that this makes a huge difference to the way the desktop ‘feels’ but it really does.



Download Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1
(for testing purposes only!)
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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is here for You

The Perfect 10


Free and open source apps, safe and fast web browsing, a dedicated music store and much more. Ubuntu brings the very best technologies straight to your desktop.


Browse the web

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox – for fast, safe web browsing. You can also choose alternative browsers including Google Chromium from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Included software:

Firefox web browser Firefox web browser

Supported software:

Flash Flash Google Chrome

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Create professional documents and presentations

OpenOffice.org is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and has everything you need to create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations. OpenOffice.org is easy to use, packed with the features you need and completely free.

Included software:

OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org

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Get all the software you need

The Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of open-source and carefully selected free applications. And now you can buy apps too. Browse software in categories including: education, games, sound and video, graphics, programming and office. All the applications are easy to find, easy to install and easy to buy.



Featured applications from the Ubuntu Software Centre:

Blender – the world renowned tool for creating 3d artwork, animations and games.
Frozen Bubble – Play solo or join you friends in this addictive game as you try to burst the bubbles before they reach the bottom.
Cheese! – Have fun with your web cam. Use this simple app to take pictures, create special effects and share your photos with your friends.

Email and chat

Get chatting with Empathy. Quickly integrate your chat accounts from Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Jabber, AOL, QQ and many more. Evolution Mail provides easy, intuitive email.

Included software:

Empathy IM Empathy IM Evolution Mail Evolution Mail

Supported software:

Skype Skype  Thunderbird

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Social from the start

Ubuntu’s new Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window. Being connected for work or fun has never been so easy.

Included software:

Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Identi.ca Identi.ca

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New in 10.10. Ubuntu’s music player includes an integrated store, so you can buy and download new tracks with just a few clicks. And thanks to Ubuntu One’s file-syncing magic you can stream your music uninterrupted to your Android device or iPhone.

Included software:

Ubuntu One Music Store Ubuntu One Music Store Rhythmbox music player Rhythmbox music player

Support for:

iPhone  Android

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Photo magic

Ubuntu is chock full of apps to help you manage, fix and share your photos with the world, whatever gadget you use to take them. Support for cameras and phones is legendary and all without drivers. And Shotwell allows you to manage and share your pictures easily – on all the most popular photo and social network sites. And did we mention the apps are free?

Included software:

 Shotwell  Flickr  GIMP

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Discover Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is the personal cloud service that simplifies your digital life. Imagine buying music and getting it delivered to the computers of your choice. Or synchronising your files and notes and accessing them from anywhere. Or consolidating your computer and mobile phone contacts and safely sharing documents and pictures with them. Ubuntu One does all this and more.

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Make, play and edit video

Watch all your favourite content from YouTube, iPlayer, and MSN Player. Play your own videos with Movie Player or use Pitivi to edit your videos.

Included software:

Pitivi video editor Pitivi video editor Movie Player Movie Player

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Start fast with Ubuntu

Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it’s super-fast on newer machines. After loading, opening a browser takes seconds, unlike other operating systems that leave you staring at the screen, waiting to get online.

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Choose from hundreds of games

The Ubuntu Software Centre offers hundreds of games, including puzzles, adventures, tactical challenges and more. All free to choose and free to use.

Supported software:


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Accessibility in Ubuntu

At the heart of Ubuntu’s philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone, whatever your circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible operating systems and is fully translated into 25 languages with more being added all the time.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate has just been released

Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate has just been released. There aren’t many visual changes since the beta version, because the most of the visual changes happened before the beta, so see this post, but there are a few things better mentioning. So here will be mentioned only what’s new – visually – since the Ubuntu 10.10 beta release!

New installer slideshow

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat will be released with a completely revamped installer. Already seen the new features and basic look a while back, but the slideshow has been updated recently so WebUpd8’s Team recorded a video for the whole Ubuntu 10.10 installation process, which you can watch below:

Ubuntu Font Family

The new Ubuntu font is now shipped with Ubuntu (all the flavors) but has not been set as the default font, at least not for now. You can see the new font throughout all the screenshots in this post, but here is also a larger screenshot:

The Ubuntu Font Family has been released as a Libre font, licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence 1.0:

Canonical are working with SFLC and SIL on a revision of the OFL with the intent of adopting that revision for a future version of the Ubuntu Font Family. This Ubuntu Font Licence serves as an interim licence until that is complete.

Default theme pack (Ambiance and Radiance)

Ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots
The default theme – Ambiance, as well as it’s lighter version – Radiance, received an update since the beta and while the new version doesn’t bring any major changes, it fixes a lot of issues: you can now resize the windows easily by dragging the bottom left corner, the disabled menu items text readability has been improved and the menus should now be faster (although there’s still a small issue with this yet).

Ubuntu Software Center Now Handles .deb file installation

Ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots
Ubuntu Software Center reached version 3.0.2 and it has replaced gdebi for installing .deb files. That means that now when you double click a .deb file, it will open the Ubuntu Software Center and you can install it from there. When this happens, a warning message is displayed in the Software Center: “Please install X via your normal software channels. Only install this file if you trust the origin”.

Sound Menu

The Sound Menu was further improved and it should now respect your current theme colors:

New default wallpaper

Ubuntu 10.10 default wallpaper
Back when Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta was released it already had a new default wallpaper. But because the users didn’t like it, it was changed with a new wallpaper which you can see in the image above. Besides the new default wallpaper, the Maverick update also brought a bundle of all the community wallpapers as an animated wallpaper.

Ubuntu Extras repository is live

The new Ubuntu Extras repository is now live and should be added by default. This repository was built to hold completely new applications so users don’t have to wait for a new Ubuntu version to install an application which just came out. Please note that this repository will not hold updated versions of the applications already in the Ubuntu repositories! More info about this: New Ubuntu “Extras” Repository Is Now Live

Software Sources disabled from the System menu

Software Sources has been removed from the System > Administration menu. It can still be accessed from the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager and you can also re-enable it (right click the System menu, select “Edit menus” and then scroll down to Administration and check the box next to “Software Sources”) but it’s not available in the menu by default anymore.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate

Unity home screen screenshot ubuntu 10.10
The Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate (Unity & Co.) doesn’t bring any visual changes at all (compared to Beta) and while ever since Ubuntu 10.10 beta was released it worked just fine, after some updates from a few days ago, UNE started freezing again so it’s not usable at the time I’m writing this. Hopefully everything will be fixed soon.

Can / should I upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 already?

I’ve been using Ubuntu 10.10 for some time now and for the past few weeks everything has been stable. Also, if when the beta was released I couldn’t enable the desktop effects (I’m using an Nvidia graphics card), now this finally works (it has for some time). Also, the bug which didn’t allow you to installed .deb files has been fixed so that’s out of the way too and most of the crashes I was experiencing when the beta was released, are now gone.

If you’re using an ATI graphics card, WebUpd8 reader Tamás Nagy sent us a tip a few days ago telling us that FGLRX finally works with Ubuntu 10.10 (Xorg 1.9 and 2.6.35/6 kernel) so if you’re using FGLRX you can finally enable the desktop effects and actually boot without getting a blank screen.
About the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate: the story is the same as it was with the beta version: while it was usable at some point, it’s not anymore and everything crashes and freezes so I advice against installing / upgrading UNE 10.10 for now.

How to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10

If you’ve installed any of the alphas or the beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 and constantly installed the updates that come through the Update Manager, you are already using the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate.

If you’re running an older Ubuntu version (10.04, 9.10 and so on), to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC, all you have to do is press ALT + F2 and type:

  1. Open teminal or press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC

Some materials and images are taken from W8

The New “Extras” Repository is now live in Maverick

The new Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat “Extras” repository is now live (http://extras.ubuntu.com/). This repository will be holding new post-release applications.

This repository will not hold updated versions of the applications already in the Ubuntu repositories. It was built to hold completely new applications so users don’t have to wait for a new Ubuntu version to install an application which just came out (application, not new application version!).
That means the Ubuntu Extras repository doesn’t have any purpose until after the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat final release.
Ubuntu Software Center
The new “extras.ubuntu.com” repository was planned to be added to the default sources.list starting with Ubuntu Maverick Alpha 3 along with a prototype UI in the Ubuntu Software Center – so the new apps could are easily discoverable. The Ubuntu Software Center got the “What’s new” section, but the repository hasn’t yet been added to the default Ubuntu 10.10 sources, which means that the apps under “What’s new in the USC are not the ones in the Extras repo.
Besides the obvious advantage this brings to the end user: they get to install new applications without upgrading to newer Ubuntu versions and without using a PPA (and instead use an official, 100% safe repository), there’s also one other big advantage: the developers don’t have to release their applications in time for the Ubuntu development which could mean less bugs, more attention to details.
All the applications in the new Extras repository will be synced from a PPA (which you can add if you want to have these applications a bit sooner than the Extras repository).



Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta Has Been Released

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta has been released seconds ago.

There have been many changes and updates in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat since Alpha 3, so let’s take a look at what’s new – in both Desktop and Netbook editions. We’ve already posted most of these changes when the packages were updated in Maverick, but as always, we’ll take a closer look at what’s new with each alpha/beta release. Watch out, huge post ahead!

Ubuntu (Desktop edition) 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta


The Light Themes were updated and use more orange now. Also, Radiance has been modified to look more like Ambiance. The developers say these themes should not be seen as different themes but different flavours.
Here are screenshots with Ambiance and Radiance:


Ambiance Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat


Radiance Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat


In case you’re using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and want to install the new themes from Maverick, see the instructions at the bottom of THIS post.

Impression Ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat


The Community Themes package was also updated. Nothing big in the new version except the updated Impression and Night Impression (which you can see in the screenshot above) themes.
The Community Themes package is not installed by default but you can install it by searching for it in the Ubuntu Software Center.

The Humanity icons got an update but the changes are not very noticeable, the most significant changes being a new “home” icon and new back/forward/up icons:


Humanity icon theme ubuntu 10.10 screenshot
(New home, back/forward/up Humanity icons)

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta also comes with a new default wallpaper. This has been quite a controversial subject in the past week because a lot of users felt Ubuntu could do better:


Ubuntu 10.10 default wallpaper
(The new Ubuntu 10.10 default wallpaper)


However, it appears this will not be the final wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. We’ll see…

With the new wallpaper also came beautiful new community wallpapers:

Ubuntu 10.10 community wallpapers


If you’re not using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat yet, you can download both the new default wallpaper and the community wallpapers from HERE.

Ubuntu 10.10 installer screenshot
(The new Ubuntu installer – main screen)


The Ubuntu Installer got a completely new design. But not only that – it can now install mp3 playback support so you can have that from your first Ubuntu login. Of course, you’ll be needing a working Internet connection for that. Here’s a screenshot:


ubuntu 10.10 screenshot installer

Another major change to the Ubuntu installer is that once you select the partition where you want to install Ubuntu, the formating and installation begins. So the installation takes place while you complete the rest of the process like selecting your location or entering your password thus the time required to install Ubuntu has decreased by simply changing the order installer steps order:


ubuntu 10.10 installer

The Sound menu, which will make its debut with Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat was also updated:

– With the Ambiance theme:

Ubuntu 10.10 sound menu screenshot

– With the Radiance theme:

Ubuntu 10.10 sound menu screenshot

For comparison, here’s how it used to look:

old ubuntu 10.10 sound menu

For now, only Rhythmbox is working with the sound menu, but soon, Banshee and Amarok should also be supported.

Ubuntu Software Center got many changes to both the looks (a new background, colors and border for “Featured” and “What’s New”) and functionality:


Ubuntu Software Center 10.10

A new feature called “Where is it?” tells you where to find an application you’ve just installed (in the menu):


Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center Where Is It

Another new feature in Ubuntu Software Center called “Choose addons” displays the addons (if available) for an application when you try to install that application:


Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center addons

Starting with Ubuntu 10.10, there will also be an item you can purchase via Ubuntu Software Center, for testing purposes only:


USC purchase item

However, the buying process does not work for now.

And since users may want to reinstall the items they purchase, a a “Reinstall purchases” menu item has been added:


USC reinstall purchases menu item

(Shotwell photo manager)


F-Spot has been replaced as the default photo manager in Ubuntu 10.10 with Shotwell. Initially this change was planned for Ubuntu Netbook Edition only, but the feedback was encouraging so the Ubuntu devs decided to make it default for the Desktop too. The final decision for this was taken recently, on August 25.
Throughout all of these screenshots you can also spot the new Ubuntu font. The font is still available only in a private PPA so it’s not available in Maverick and the date for when it will be made available for everyone is not yet known. The font has got both the italics and bold versions recently so there are probably only bugs to be fixed.

Ubuntu multi touch

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat will also come with an amazing new feature: it will support Multi-Touch, even for the applications which do not support this by default. Check out these videos for a live demo.

And now something more technical: there will be no BTRFS support in Maverick – this has been postponed for Natty as there’s not enough time to complete all the remaining work for Maverick. BTRFS is a new copy on write file system for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration.


Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta (the Unity interface)


Although this was pretty much known, Banshee has been confirmed as a default application in UNE only last week.
Unity got many visual changes as usual, such as a new home screen – this is the first thing you see when you click the Ubuntu logo:


Unity home screen screenshot ubuntu 10.10

The trash, applications and files items in the “dock” got pretty new icons:

unity une 10.10

Another change brings your USB keys/Cameras/CD-Drives to the Unity launcher (dock) so you can easily launch a file manager with their location or eject them:


Unity Ubuntu 10.10 eject drive screenshot

Maximized windows no longer have window decorations but once you unmaximize the applications, they get the window decorations back. Also, the buttons on the top panel have been updated to use the new Ambiance theme:


Ubuntu 10.10 netbook edition


Note: if you’ve installed any of the alphas, you already have all the changes in Ubuntu 10.10 Beta.

Should I upgrade already?

And now some info on how stable Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Desktop / Netbook editions are.
I’ve been running Maverick Desktop for about 2 weeks now and even though there were some more serious bugs at first, they have been fixed. There is still a bug with the PPAs (see a fix HERE), you can’t manually install .debs (you must install them via command line) and some occasional GNOME panel applets crashes but that’s mostly all so Maverick (Desktop) is usable.
Now, about the Netbook Edition: well, here there’s a different story: a memory leak in the Appmenu is one of the nasty bugs – and even if you remove it, Unity is not usable at the moment: when switching between the Applications and Files, the computer freezes every ~30 seconds – at least for me. Also, I’ve experienced a lot of crashes using the Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 so far. But please note that I’ve tested it using my Desktop computer and not a netbook. And a weird fact: Unity only worked for me after installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers.
This being said, the decision to start using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat beta is yours!

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Desktop / Netbook edition (direct download links for the Desktop: 32bit | 64bit) or upgrade from an older version by pressing ALT + F2 and entering: “update-manager -d”.

Bittorrent files are also available:

Up next:

  • RC: 30 September
  • Ubuntu 10.10 final: October 10 (10.10.10).



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