Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10)

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Anyone playing around with the latest Ubuntu? I put the WUBI version on my Win7 netbook. It's got some weird known bugs (I have a synaptic trackpad and it repeatedly freezes a few minutes into a session), but otherwise it's fairly pretty. The Radiance theme is really attractive.

    They've got some new Google integration, although it's still sort of half-baked.

    I guess Gnome has a new tool called gnome-documents that is moving towards an easy way to integrate Google Docs with a Linux environment. Right now, it isn't built into Ocelot, but it looks like, maybe in the next year, your Google Docs could appear like any other drive space in Linux, which would be interesting (especially since Chrome appears like it will stay essentially closed to the Chromebook market for now). Although there have been tools for a while now, if this gets streamlined, so that you could log into your Google account when you boot up Ubuntu and have your Google docs fully read/write integrated with the office suite in Ubuntu, that would be an impressive free alternative to a system like iCloud.

    All in all, there are still a lot of the usual frustrations with Ubuntu, and it still wasn't possible to avoid having to open an editor within minutes and edit system scripts and config files, but Ubuntu seems to continue plugging along nicely.

    Of course, iTunes is still a major reason not to go in that direction. These days 99% of my netbook's use is iTunes and Chrome.
     
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Wasn't aware there was a new version. I must try this out.
     
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  4. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Lots of people seem to be reacting violently to it... I noticed that the left-sided bar has the same issue as the auto-hide taskbar in Windows -- sometimes it refuses to pop out when I hover with some apps maximized. I like the OS X style menu bar, except that it takes up extra space vs. having Chrome on Windows (where the tab / title bar is pushed all the way to the top).

    I like the dashboard, although I miss the thing previous editions of Netbook Remix had that forced apps and windows to be full-screen for you (is that still tucked away somewhere? I couldn't find it).

    I haven't tried the new KDE recently, but perhaps, like it, it will just take some time before Unity settles down. One bad thing about the way linux works is that it's fairly likely there'll be a next new thing before anyone gets Unity to a half-way usable state.
     

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