The Desktop Faces Of Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1
Phoronix: The Desktop Faces Of Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1
Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1 is set to be released today and many of you have been wondering what Canonical's Unity desktop will look like in this forthcoming release codenamed Natty Narwhal. I, for one, have been quite interested based upon the terrible Unity experience in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook, so I fired up the latest Ubuntu Natty daily LiveCD released this morning. Here are some screenshots of the new Ubuntu Unity desktop as it stands in Natty Alpha 1 along with screenshots of Natty's classic GNOME desktop.
The "Applications" "Places" and "System" menus are fast and organised my stuff nicely. I loved it when I switched from the dark side.
Now I will be forced  to get back to that slow "Start" menu-like  interface? Great.
 Running gnome2 for the rest of my life is not really an option.
 Mint has something like that, KDE is the same, Gnome-Shell and Unity again will be using a global button for these.
You will be able to not use Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 and use the old panel - it is still being updated and maintained for those that don't have hardware accelerated graphics drivers.
Originally Posted by HokTar
You could also use Gnome Shell with some other kind of launcher - I used to use it with Docky for instance (but the new layout is more like a dock now so it's not so much needed)
The unity doc can also be disabled from Compizconfig.
The Apps button needs a static search field that searches as you type.
I think the size of the doc should be adjustable, as well as if apps can overlap it.
Firefox 4 is awesome.
Further observations. Ubuntu software center doesn't load, but package manager does. I'm no longer able to disable the Unity doc, maybe the initial launch the classic desktop was loaded?? After the PC is turned off it takes 3-4 attempts for it to make it to the logon prompt. Otherwise it is fairly stable, just use standby and don't power down! It also installed 70+ updates since lastnight.
Originally Posted by synapse
Canīt say Iīm that impressed either. Looks nice, but no thanks. I havenīt bothered with Ubuntu proper in a while anyway. Itīs all Sidux (or whatever they want to call themselves nowadays), Arch, and Kubuntu.
So if I load unity from the classic desktop, compiz has an option to float and auto-hide the doc, autohide should be the default behavior. After using it a while they have quite a bit of work to do be as good as Cairo, but it is alpha software.
You can edit what shows up on the menu with alacarte command (or right-click on the menu and 'Edit Menu.'
Originally Posted by Again617
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