Named after the somewhat improbable Narwhal, this release sees the rollout of the new Unity interface, which is a major overhaul of the traditional Gnome look that Ubuntu has been wearing since it was first released back in 2004.
Unity is a completely new interface, written from scratch over the last few months at a breakneck pace. It’s probably going to have more bugs in it than it really should, but if you don’t like it the standard Gnome desktop is still installed, just log out and switch to “Gnome classic” at the login screen.
Apart from Unity, there’s the usual grab-bag of updated packages, and a few other changes:
- The default music player is now Banshee
- Libre Office has replaced Open Office (it’s pretty much exactly the same)
- Firefox 4.0
Loads more info here:
Jump in and help squash the last few bugs if you’re game, otherwise grab the final version when it’s released later this month.