Ubuntu 11.04 a.k.a. Natty Narwhal alpha is scheduled to be released on December 2nd: (see the complete release schedule, here). Unsatisfied Maverick users (including me) are expecting new version of ubuntu, as there were no new interesting interface revisions to boast out with it.
UPDATE: This post is outdated, the updated post is @ Ubuntu 11.04 Natty – Screenshots, Review, What’s New [UPDATED]
Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal daily ISO files are available to download (Note:Don’t install it on production machine), but you can test in VirtualBox.
Update 1: Natty alpha 2 is released download it from here
Update 2: The release date is rescheduled, here
There has been many changes in the Default application selection in the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal from Ubuntu 10.10. Here’s some new features:
- Unity as been confirmed as default for Ubuntu 11.04 – desktop edition, the desktop version will use the global menu (AppMenu).
- LibreOffice will likely be included in next version of Ubuntu if it’s ready
- Firefox 4 is still favored over Chrome as the default browser in Ubuntu. Chrome still poses too many challenges for Ubuntu (the release cycle doesn’t fit well with Ubuntu Update model and also there are issues with the Global Menu integrations and so on).
- The decision to replace Evolution with Thunderbird in Ubuntu has been deferred. Hopefully Thunderbird will be ready in a cycle or two (it misses a calendar, exchange support, integration with appmenu and messaging menu).
- Oneconf will be included by default in Ubuntu 11.04. OneConf is a mechanism for recording software information in Ubuntu One, and synchronizing with other computers as needed.
- Gnome-dictionary will be removed from the CD
- Nautilus Elementary was also brought up for discussion, but was rejected “because the patches are considered hacks”.
- In Natty Narwhal Software Center “For Purchase” category will be updated with more commercial software. And you will be able to sponsor your favorite app by donating any money amount to developers.
- GTK app Remmina will replace TSClient as the default remote desktop client in Ubuntu 11.04.