Ubuntu tweaks Unity UI, adds ARM support to server

Ubuntu brings in new features to the Unity custom UI, and adds a much-appreciated ARM support to its server version

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Ubuntu is probably one of the most popular Linux out there, and one of the fastest to bring out newer versions to keep pace with the latest demand of the users. As part of this endeavor, Canonical has just tweaked the Unity UI a little. The new version, nicknamed Oneiric Ocelot, will have the concept of "scopes and lenses" instead of "places" in the previous release. “Scopes are data sources, and can tap into any online or offline data set as long as they can generate categorised results for a search”, said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of developer Canonical. "Lenses are various ways to present the data that come from Scopes."

There are also subtle visual refinements, like automatic adjustment to the desktop you have customized rather than a flat dark theme as before. There are also subtle animation and advanced effects like the Blur effect to enhance your visual delight.

The server edition of Ubuntu 11.10 will now support ARM architecture. Set to be release in October, this version will support both 32Bit and 64Bit x86 as well as ARM processors. Initial development focus and optimisation will be around the most popular Ubuntu workloads of web/network infrastructure and distributed data processing via NoSQL.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-08-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)