Freebie Friday: Ubuntu 11.04

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As everyone interested in Linux would know, Ubuntu 11.04 (codenamed “Natty Narwhal”) was released this week. And it’s free!

Linux is a secure operating system with a plethora of free applications for virtually every purpose. And it gets friendlier every year in spades. Ubuntu has been the most popular distribution of Linux virtually since its launch in 2004.

Judging by the comments on our Your Say posts, there are quite a few Linux users among our readers. I used Linux (in various versions) as my only operating system from 2003 to 2009, and found it did everything I needed it to.

Some people, however, may find that Linux lacks a few essential apps that they absolutely require, Though now that Adobe Creative Suite for Linux is on the radar, that may eventually change for many of you.

In any case, it’s definitely worth checking out. I don’t believe that anyone who hasn’t tried Linux can honestly call themselves a geek!

Have you tried the new Ubuntu yet? Will you be sticking with the new Unity desktop environment, moving on to Gnome 4, or staying with the safe and familiar? Do you prefer a different Linux distro? Or did you find that Linux doesn’t suit you? Let us know in the comments.


  • Adrian Try

    I installed Natty on my netbook as soon as it was available. Unfortunately it uses the uncooperative GMA500 chip, and I haven’t got graphics acceleration working yet.

    That means I haven’t been able to try out Unity yet. I did try the previous version last year on Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I’m not yet convinced that it’s the best option for me.

  • David

    If you have an old netbook or laptop lying around I can highly recommend this. Should run much faster than the bulky windows alternative.

    The installer should set up a “dual boot” so when you turn the laptop on you can pick between your existing windows or the new ubuntu linux install.

  • Ryan

    I’ve been using Ubuntu for the last three months, switching from slackware linux and it has better environment. At least it is a good start for anyone who never touch linux before.

  • suy

    You probably meant GNOME 3, not 4. I’m personally a huge fan of KDE. I dislike the lack of features and almost no customization of GNOME.

    • Adrian Try

      Thanks Suy, I did mean Gnome 3. I prefer KDE too, though I used Gnome for a couple of years and was surprised at how easily I adjusted! Thanks for your comment.

  • artnook

    Great news! :)

  • Graphics Design

    GNOME 3 is supposedly much more configurable if you want a Unity-type shell with more options; I’ll try it out soon. I noticed last night that Unity really fails when you have lots of stuff open at once, since my Saturday night usually involves a large amount of browsers, terminals, and text editors. Constant power users should probably stick with GNOME, although that raises the question of why you’re on Ubuntu .

  • Anarcorder

    I’ m using ElementaryOS as my only operating system since it’ s initial release. It is based on Ubuntu, but much more intuitive. Many unnecessary stuff has been removed so it’ s lighter and faster. Some of the great features are still in development, so the next release should be pure awesomeness!