A new Compiz-based Unity version (3.4.6) was uploaded to the Ubuntu 11.04 repositories minutes ago, getting one of the features you've just seen in the Unity 2D video we've posted earlier: when pressing and holding the Super key, a number is displayed for each application in the Unity launcher and pressing that number will launch / raise that app.
Unity 2D (Qt) is finally getting closer in design to the regular Unity. Check out this video recorded by by om26er:
Andrea Azzarone, who's also behind the menu integrated in the window titlebar Unity mockup we've posted last week has created a patch that provides an option to change the Unity launcher ("dock") icon size.
Check out this video featuring his actual code (not a mockup!):
The Ubuntu devs really like to push updates at night but luckily I'm usually awake when that happens so I can tell you what's new in Unity as soon as the updates are released.
One of the design goals of Unity is to reduce the clutter of the desktop, another is to use space more efficiently.
"Does Natty's Unity require proprietary graphics card drivers?" was a question posted on AskUbuntu and who better to answer this question then Mark Suttleworth himself (who apparently is quite an active AskUbuntu user)?
Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.10 was released today bringing mostly bug-fixes but also 2 new features:
- Automatically disable broken software sources
When you start Ubuntu Tweak, it disables broken software sources (PPAs, etc.) and notify the user to make it easy to fix:
As you probably know, the Ubuntu 11.04 panel doesn't let you add applets - it's not that panel is locked like it was in Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition, it simply doesn't support applets (it doesn't have such a feature) as the top Unity panel is not a Gnome panel.
Gnome Shell and Unity may have started on separate paths, but they are definitely heading to the same direction. Seif Lotfy has just posted a screenshot (not mockup!) of his current work: Zeitgeist and Gnome Shell:
Unity has finally been made default in Ubuntu (desktop) 11.04 Natty Narwhal yesterday, as you can see in the Ubuntu meta changelog. That means that if you download the latest Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal daily build and boot from it, you should get Unity without having to install / enable anything. The same changelog mentions that Screen has been removed from the desktop version.
Now that Unity will be used by default in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, it's been getting a lot of attention and there are discussions going on about if and how the Global Menu (AppMenu) will behave on the desktop, a better way of managing multiple desktops and many other subjects. One such discussion drew my attention and I though I'd share it with you.
Video: UDS Natty 11.04 - Mark Shuttleworth's Keynote
The UDS-N (Ubuntu Developer Summit - Natty Narwhal) started today and Mark Shuttleworth already announced that Unity w
Because there aren't too many touch-enabled devices so only a few people can enjoy the touch functionality in Unity (Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition), the guys at Canonical blog posted a video showing off the amazing multi-touch capabilities of Unity:
Unity received yet another update in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat yesterday. This version partially fixes the application search in the Unity application launcher and file browser - also known as Dash (the file search actually looks completely fixed).
The Unity Launcher-dock won't get an autohide feature in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10, however such a feature is planned for UNE 11.04. That's probably going to annoy a lot of people: most websites are not designed for browsing on a screen width smaller than 1024px and even applications like OpenOffice are hard to use with the Unity Launcher on a 7 inch screen.