Canonical Introduces the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot; Positive Changes to Previous Version

Canonical has introduced the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, which brings a lot of new improvements over the previous version.

The new version, aimed at simplifying the user experience, smooths over the shortcomings of the previous version, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narhwal, that introduced the new Unity desktop - not well received by some users.

Canonical said that this release had developers working hard to enhance the Unity user experience and introduce some additional functions at the same time.

According to an article on Ars Technia, the new Ubuntu features a cleaner user interface. The open source operating system also has a new music search option integrated into the Banshee music player.

Another significant change is that Canonical has replaced the Evolution email client with Mozilla Thunderbird. The company was planning to replace Firefox with Chrome, but decided against it. Canonical plans to introduce Chrome in Ubuntu sometime next year.

Canonical also said that Gnome log-in manager has been replaced by LightDM. Canonical has started working on the next version, Ubuntu 12.04, to be released in April 2012.