Unity 5.8 landed in Ubuntu 12.04 this weekend – but what’s new and what’s improved? Let’s take a quick gander…
The Music Lens has added support for Rhythmbox:
The Dash now tells you when it can’t find a file, app or folder related to a search: -
The HUD now adapts to your Launcher auto-hide and icon-size settings: -
Calling the HUD also uses a slightly slicker animation: -
An initial version of Ubuntu Software Center/Unity Launcher integration appears in this release. The ‘full version’, as demoed below, is expected to arrive in Unity 5.10.
Following our recent poll run in tandem with the Ubuntu Design Team on how best to deploy the Unity Launcher on multi-monitor screens, a new option has been added to the Displays settings pane that lets you choose whether a launcher is shown on screen or all.
Also making its debut is a toggle for enabling/disabling ‘Sticky Edges’ for the Launcher on multi-monitor set-ups.
Other changes appearing in this release include: -
- Minor tweaks to UI of Dash (alignments, spacing, etc)
- Improved ‘chameleonic’ colouring of items, including NotifyOSD bubbles
- ‘Arrow’ keys navigation of Alt+Tab
- Performance improvements
- Bug fixes