So the next update with Ubuntu dropped yesterday. Usually I will wait a week or two before I begin updating my machines. You hear of terrible waits, days + in upgrading. This time, though, shortly after the upgrade was posted, I began to upgrade. I figured I would start with the Dell Vostro 1320. I dual boot it with Windows 7 and did have a Unity-ish dock on it, so I knew how the video card would perform.
So the upgrade took about 25 minutes. Shocking! It downloaded quickly and then installed quickly as well. After a reboot, I got to work.
First thing to look at: Unity. Ubuntu’s new dock/application organizer. I use Rocket Dock on the Windows side and had used Docky on the Ubuntu side. A dock is just a necessity these days. So what do I think of Unity? So far so good. I like the dock on the left side, so that is a win. I still do not know all the ins and outs with it, but slowly, I am learning. I installed Compiz Config Settings Manager so I could change some things with Unity. The dock? Originally the icons were HUGE. I downsized them a little. I put in some other apps, and away I went.
Ubuntu 11.04 now ships with Libre Office. Just in case you were under a rock, when Oracle (in my Axis of Evil) bought Sun, many on the Open Office team saw nothing good from those upgrades. A small faction left Oracle/Sun and developed The Document Foundation. Their chief task was to use Open Office code, generate a new app, Libre Office, and in essence fork the most popular open source document application. It does not look too different yet, but I like going with it now.
No other real big deals outside of those two. Looking forward, Unity will allow Ubuntu to drop things like Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) that they designed for netbooks and tablets. While Unity will definitely allow for a nice touchscreen experience, I fear it may be too late for wide traction. There is this green alien guy out there on millions of devices already. I do think this again separates Ubuntu from all other Linux distros, and it takes a large step away from the status quo. I look forward to see how these things develop in the future.