Ubuntu 10.10 For Netbooks To Have A Single Menu
Since rolling out Ubuntu Netbook Remix two years ago, Canonical has invested a great deal in improving this netbook-focused spin of Ubuntu to work well on such mobile platforms as it competes with Moblin / MeeGo and others. Developers have worked on making a functional yet innovative user-interface (including ARM-specific UI work), hardware optimizations, and tweaking various applications to run on the less-powerful and smaller devices. With Ubuntu 10.10, more changes are coming to the netbook edition.
Ubuntu 10.10 (codenamed the "Maverick Meerkat") is set to integrate GNOME 3.0 and according to Mark Shuttleworth this post-LTS release will integrate more social networking capabilities, continued speed improvements for netbooks / mobile devices to make for a speedy Internet experience, more virtualization / cloud computing enhancements, and other new features. Per the Ubuntu 10.10 release schedule, the Maverick Meerkat should be officially released on the 28th of October.
This morning Mark Shuttleworth has outlined plans for another new feature of Ubuntu 10.10 and that's for a "global menu" with Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Canonical continues to look at ways to optimize the netbook experience and they feel a better user experience can be achieved by providing a single menu system in order to conserve vertical space on the generally low-resolution screens.
In the first few iterations of Ubuntu’s netbook-oriented UI, we concentrated on collapsing the window title into the top panel. In 10.10, we’re going to put the menu there.
All of the details concerning this Ubuntu improvement for netbooks can be read about on Mark Shuttleworth's blog.
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