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Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5 Screenshot Tour

Feb 27, 2009, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Nestor)

"What's new in Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5? Well, there are a few interesting things... You had the pleasure to see some of them this week, thanks to our hard working people who are monitoring every change daily, here at the Softpedia Labs. Among the new features we can notice a couple of new desktop effects. For example, when you enter the GNOME session you will now notice a nice fade effect that makes the transition from the login manager to the desktop. Also, when you change your workspaces... the desktop will not slide anymore, only the opened windows (this is the result of a modification in Compiz's Desktop Wall plugin).

"And now, for the "hot stuff".... As you (probably) already know, there is a new notification system implemented a week ago. It is called Notify OSD and it can handle both keyboard actions, such as volume and brightness, and application notifications. What does this mean? Well... for example, when you change the volume or the brightness of your monitor, when a network connection has been established, when an application crash occurs, when someone sends you a message on Pidgin, when a song is changed in Rhythmbox (other media players are also supported)... a very nice and stylish notification will be displayed for a few seconds in the top right corner of the screen. The notifications are black, but if you activate Compiz, they will be a little transparent... and they go completely transparent when you hover the mouse pointer over them. For more details, see the third screenshot on the first and fourth rows."

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