The new Canonical Linux comes with Unity, a brand new user interface that replaces the previous GNOME UI.
The move came as a desperate attempt from Canonical to convince the users of the Mac and Windows platform to shift to Linux, which in spite of being a much sought after product in the server space, failed almost miserably when it comes to attract the desktop consumers in the long run.
The Ubuntu 11.04, also known as Natty Narwhal, was unveiled last month on the 28th and it features a renovated user interface, primarily inspired from the Windows 7 and Mac OS X platform.
Following the release of the product, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth wrote on his blog:
“We set out to bring the joys and freedoms and innovation and performance and security that have always been part of the Linux platform, to a consumer audience.”
“We put user’s first because we committed to test and iterate Unity’s design with real users, and evolve it based on those findings,” he added.
With Unity, Canonical has certainly opted for an entirely new direction. It brings in multiple flavours of the Linux OS under a single user interface, thus rejecting the existing idea of one dedicated UI for desktops, one for servers and another for notebooks.