May 5th Meeting Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Tonight's Meeting focus was on showing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty and the Unity desktop and we spent about an hour and half doing so. Linux is undergoing some significant changes in the way we experience the Desktop. With Ubuntu, the future is Unity as we move towards touch screens and a friendlier workspace. It is different from the world of drop down cascading windows like menus and panels taking up valuable real estate at the top and bottom (or sides) of your screen. This month we explored that world in Ubuntu 11.04 and what follows is my presentation outline and links that I used or recommended. Next month, we will explore the GNOME 3.0 Desktop shell experience on Fedora 15 which is the first major distribution to ship with GNOME 3.0 as the default desktop and core. 11.04 Login Screen - Choice of Sessions - You can can still choose between Unity or continue to use Ubuntu Classic which is the Ubuntu GNOME 2.x Desktop which some of us have grown to love and use. New Features in Unity (Which is New!) Launcher - Dock with applications Windows key as "SuperKey" Quick Press - Toggle and escape function. Hard Press - Shows "superkey access codes" for applications in Dock. Dash Access from upper left icon, Alt-F2, or the SuperKey Dash is basically a menu through which you can access Applications, Files and folders by clicking the Ubuntu Logo on the Launcher. The Launcher turns grey when you open the dash. Run 6 minute video Alt-F2 provides run command (A little like gnome do) Change in how your work - top panel application menus! "Global App Menu" Ubuntu Software Center - Demo Scrollbars - New - for applications that don't have scroll bars. Software for Purchase - Newhttp://askubuntu.com/questions/28086/unity- Windows Snap in Unity - Now provides the ability to move folders and applications to one side of the screen or the other and have it snap to a half screen view, just like those Microsoft Windows users have been able to in Windows 7. Try it, you'll like it! Keyboard Shortcuts Image (Desktop Background) Cheat Sheet (PDF) Web Link (where you will find both the downloads and a tour): http://askubuntu.com/questions/28086/unity-keyboard-mouse-shortcuts How can I configure Unity http://askubuntu.com/questions/29553/how-can-i-configure-unity Compiz Settings Manager (aka cssm, not installed by default) webpage also discusses gconf and laucher trigger action. Lens Search Tools Extensions. http://askubuntu.com/questions/31712/how-do-i-install-the-ask-ubuntu-unity-lens-and-how-do-i-use-it What's the right terminology - askubuntu response http://askubuntu.com/questions/10228/whats-the-right-terminology-for-unitys-ui-elements/19166#19166 Power User's Guide to Unity Jorge Castro http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795149014/the-power-users-guide-to-unity Many Links! Be sure to check out Rick Spencer's Getting Started Guide, good documentation that doesn't exist currently at Ubuntu (They are still writing the manual Indicators Weather Applet installed. Others Videos Network, Memory, and CPU Usage Indicator for Ubuntu: System Load Indicator http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/network-memory-and-cpu-usage-indicator.html (Not installed because I use Conky). Top things to do after installation: Top 10 Things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 aka Natty Narwhal http://www.multimediaboom.com/top-10-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-11-04-aka-natty-narwhal/ Top Things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal http://www.unixmen.com/linux-tutorials/linux-distributions/linux-distributions4-ubuntu/1540-top-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-1104-natty-narwhal Also the HowTo Forge has its perfect desktop solution out now http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-11.04-natty-narwhal-with-ubuntu-classic Super_OS Ubuntu 11.04 has been released and includes additional drivers along with multimedia support not available in the Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop release while including the Unity desktop. http://hacktolive.org/blog/2011/super-os-11-04-released/ Ubuntu Open Week http://ubuntu-news.org/ Schedule: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/Timetable (Corrected, sort of) Logs: Monday Sessions Tuesday Sessions Wednesday Sessions Thursday Sessions Friday Sessions I showed a part of a video from Ubuntu Open Week on how to "Spread the Word on Ubuntu" which is a great tutorial on using Inkscape to to make posters including clipart resources. Here is a link to that video on Blip TV Making Posters to Spread Ubuntu Video. You might want to check out his blog at DoctorMo's Blog and if you scroll down he offers some sound thoughts on upgrading to 11.04 with two blogs, one on Ubuntu Insistant Upgrades & Testing and the second on General User Advice: Don’t Upgrade Without Help and he even includes a comment "using 11.04 myself (when I can get it working)" and this he was one of the presenters at Ubuntu Open Week! Also, if you want some cool 11.04 wallpaper check out Natty Narwhal Wallpaper (Cool is in the eye of the beholder). Miscellaneous Notes on post install tasks. Fix Medibuntu Repository: wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu 9 Essential Things to do 10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04