"Our goal with Unity is unprecedented ease of use,
visual style and performance on the Linux desktop," Canonical and
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth wrote in his blog last month.
That statement can also stand as a summary of the goals for
Ubuntu 11.10 (better known as Oneiric Ocelot). Judging from the
beta released last week, Ocelot promises to be a release that, so
far as users are concerned, is less about innovation than about
perfecting interfaces -- mainly the Unity desktop, but also one or
two other applications.