Deployment Ease, Experimentation Highlights of Ubuntu 11.04

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“For starters, anyone who reads Linux blogs at least once in a
while knows by now that Natty’s major claim to fame is the Unity
desktop interface, which will become the default in new
installations. Traditional GNOME will remain available as an
option, at least for this release cycle, as will a 2D version of
Unity catered to users whose hardware doesn’t support the video
acceleration demanded by the default interface.

“Asked about the motivations behind the switch to Unity, George
stressed simplicity and ease-of-deployment. ‘The direction for
Unity is to try to simplify the user interface,’ he explained. In
addition, he pointed to the increasing importance of mobile phone
interfaces, which Unity parallels in many respects, as a ‘reference
point’ for user expectations — even as he cautioned that, at
least for now, Canonical has no plans to try to compete on mobile

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