With the Ubuntu 11.10 User Interface and Beta freeze happening on the same day it was inevitable that a lot of updates would be rolling down down the update shute thick and fast.
Rather than bore you with too much exposition let’s dive right on in and take a gander and some of the most notable changes Ubuntu 11.10 is snow sporting…
New Software Centre, New Software Centre Icon
The “new look” Ubuntu Software Centre 5 is now default in Ubuntu 11.10. To accompany the instore revamp comes an outside one too: a new Software Centre icon!
The icon up close:
Window Button Behaviour
Window button for maximised apps in Ubuntu 11.10 Unity have a new behaviour: they hide by default. A quick mouse over reveals them. This is a tidy and logical change – you only need the buttons when your mouse is in their vicinity anyway.
The Unity Dash now has some Window Controls of its own. Hitting ‘Maximise’ extends the Dash fullscreen; ‘Minimize’ reduces the Dash to half screen; and ‘Close’, well… you can guess!
Whilst we’re on the subject of Unity’s Dash – check out its new icon.
It reminds me of those old curved-screen CRT monitors…
The filter buttons for refining a search in the File, Music and Application lenses have been touched up, and a ‘ratings’ filter has been also been added.
The default mail client – Mozilla Thunderbird – has received a visual polish, benefiting from an Ambiance-themed makeover: -
Changing theme made easy
If you were worried that changing GTK theme would be difficult in Oneiric, think again: the theme can be changed using the drop down box at the bottom of the wallpaper dialog.
Alt+` = Multi-window switching
Daniel Holbach mentioned the Alt+` (Alt plus grave) switching in his development update earlier today. I can attest that it’s as slick in use as it is in looks.
Before you begin to panic because your keyboard has the ‘`’ key in a strange location, the switcher short-cuts are all customizable via the ‘Switcher’ tab in the Unity plugin in Compiz Configuration Settings Manager.