The State Of Unity In Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1

The first alpha release of Ubuntu 11.04 is set to arrive this Thursday and one of the most prominent changes to be found in Canonical’s April 2011 Linux distribution update is the Unity desktop by default rather than GNOME2 or the GNOME
3.0 Shell on the desktop — up to this point Ubuntu’s Unity had just been used on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. For those that have yet to try out the latest Ubuntu “Natty Narwhal” packages in preparation for this first alpha release, you are probably curious how far along is this new Unity desktop. Well, fortunately, Canonical’s Rick Spencer who is the Director of Ubuntu Engineering has provided a Unity update.

For those interested, Rick Spencer has written this blog post where he outlines his views on Unity in Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1. There’s also an image (embedded below) comparing Unity in Maverick to where it’s currently at in Ubuntu Natty to where the target point is for each of the different core areas.

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