Moving To Natty Narwhal: What’s New?

Basically, a new OS would mean new features right? It’s practically like living in a whole different environment. As I said previously, moving to Ubuntu wasn’t a real hassle. It all takes some common sense as well as being adventurous to try out the new stuff to get the most out of this OS. Ubuntu welcomes its new users to its community with the Ubuntu Wiki, which covers the basics of using this OS.

 

What exactly is Unity?
The default desktop in Ubuntu was changed to Unity from the usual GNOME. The Unity interface is one great excuse to use Ubuntu. It certainly is different from GNOME. What I like about this interface is it is simple yet beautiful. The Unity launcher at the left side of the screen is Ubuntu’s answer to the Windows Start button and the Mac App Dock. It works very well and gives users a lot of screen space when it hides automatically. The top bar is also very usefull, keeping the important things such as battery information, wireless connections, date and time within the reach of the user. You can also add more apps as you wish.

At first, I thought that the Unity interface replicated a Mac OS X interface, especially with the top bar controls. But there is something that makes Unity stand out – though I’m not sure what – that made me fall in love with it. The notification baloons are lovely, the dash is also a nice and easy way to find stuff and there seems to be more social media interaction with Evolution and Gwibber. One problem still remains, Unity is not as customizable as GNOME and this can drive some of the Ubuntu users up the wall.

 

Introducing Ubuntu One
Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s answer to cloud computing. It allows you to sync all your files and music. The best part of this is you don’t really need to be running Ubuntu to use this service. It’s compatible with Windows and also smartphones. Music streaming is also available with the Ubuntu One Music Store – this works more like iTunes on Apple. The only problem I found was that not every song in today’s music industry was available, which kind off frustrated me.

Ubuntu One

The basic sign up for Ubuntu One gives you 2GB free storage, and you can buy more as you wish. There certainly are many more cloud storage options but Ubuntu One makes it much easier to sync, especially for Ubuntu users.

 

The Ubuntu Software Center
The Ubuntu Software Center is what I would like to call heaven. It’s amazing what applications you can find in here. The software center is rather organized with all the apps divided into categories and in some cases, sub-categories. Users can easily find the application they want, view a review of it and install it. The process is rather simple and you can install many applications at one go.

Ubuntu Software Center

The Ubuntu Software Center also keeps track of all software installed on the system. You can view all your installed software and choose to remove them without additional dialog boxes that you usually get on Windows. This application basically acts the same way as Add/Remove Programs on Windows.

 

A more organized interface
If you hated that never organized Windows desktop and Mac desktop, Ubuntu is the way to go. Desktops are a lot neater and icons can be resized as you like with different sizes for each icon. Screenlets can be installed, putting all necessary stuff on the desktop in a neat, beautiful and simplified way. Natty Narwhal also enable Workspaces where you can switch easily to four different windows. Users can easily customize what to place on each window to avoid a cluttered screen.

workspace

Natty Narwhal gives you a whole bunch of new features that you can really enjoy and go crazy over, especially if you are new to the Ubuntu community. I’m still trying out the new stuff here and hope to make full use of the features it offers.

Don’t forget to read the last part of Moving to Natty Narwhal which shall be coming soon, and if you missed the first article, you are much welcomed to read it – Moving to Natty Narwhal: The Switch.

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