Ubuntu 11.10 was released the other day, so I decided to take the plunge! Quite a big one since I was previously using 10.10, since I wasn’t too keen on 11.04. When I tried 11.04 I didn’t like it that much, there was a lot of little things that annoyed me, I didn’t like Unity that much. So I’ve decided to give it a second chance..
Truth be told I actually really like it. There’s just something about it now which I seem to like, maybe in the future I’ll end up back at classic gnome but for now I’m sticking with Unity. They have made quite a few changes, they changed a few of the icons which I wasn’t too keen on so instantly got my Faenza icon theme back, which leads to explaining something that has irritated me first. One thing about the previous Ubuntu versions was being able to customise the theme so much, so if a pre-set theme didn’t take to your liking you could most likely change the thing which irritated you.
As shown by this image these are the only settings you have to change the theme settings. This really annoyed me since I had to download a different app to actually change my icon set. To find out yourself how to do this go to my friends blog post. I also like how they have changed that the Ubuntu icon is not in the top left corner, for some reason I didn’t like how it looked and they have now implemented it into the Unity dock. The Unity dock’s default size I think seemed rather big, so I had to download yet another app to change that, which annoys me since if people don’t know what they are doing then….what the hell are they going to do! To find a detailed way on changing the unity dock size the check Ubuntu geek’s blog post. For me it never had an instant effect so I thought it never worked, so when it came to turning my computer on and off I found out that it did(thankfully).
Also one of the features I missed when I was using 10.10 was one they copied off Windows! Being able to drag your applications to either side of the screen to make it fill half the screen or drag it to the top to make it full screen. I’ve actually always liked this feature since I used to find myself trying to half my applications in size manually which was…truth be told a pain in the arse. They did actually implement it into 11.04 but there was graphical errors and it just looked horrid and were so obvious. Thankfully they have sorted it out now and they’ve made it work with Ubuntu brilliantly…
Another new addition which actually made me want 11.10 even more(not joking) was the login screen. Wow, it looks so awesome! I don’t really need to explain in words, just look at it;
There isn’t much more I want to say, the backgrounds are okay, I must say I preferred 11.04′s default backgrounds but that’s not a big issue. It runs really good, I’ve run into no speed issues and basically had no problems. Default applications for Music and browsing the web wasn’t to my taste, I swapped banshee music player for Rhythmbox and Firefox for Google Chrome, although I have nothing against Firefox.
I know I could’ve included more but I’m not one to go into too much detail! Hope you liked my post anyways!