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Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 2 "Natty Narwhal" Released

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Published on 14 April 2011 04:40 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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There's just two weeks left until the planned release of Ubuntu 11.04, a.k.a. the Natty Narwhal. With the release candidate for Natty having been dropped due to scheduling issues around Easter, a second beta was released today by Canonical as the final pre-release.

Most Phoronix readers should already be quite familiar with Ubuntu 11.04, but key features include:

- Switching to the Unity Desktop by default. Canonical has switched away from using the GNOME 2.0 desktop or the GNOME 3.0 Shell to instead their custom-developed Unity shell with the Compiz window manager. To this day Unity still receives very mixed reviews with various concerns over its premature adoption and not yet being ready to replace the GNOME desktop without notable regressions.
- Unity 2D is the Ubuntu ARM desktop interface.
- Ubuntu Server 11.04 features Cobbler and MCollective for server provisioning, PowerNap 2.0 for power control, there's a new version of Eucayptus, OpenStack is now included as a technology preview, and there's virtualization updates.
- The Linux 2.6.38 kernel, Mesa 7.10.1, GCC 4.5.2, dpkg 1.16, X.Org Server 1.10 are the core components of the stack.
- Firefox 4.0, LibreOffice 3.3.2, and Banshee 2.0 are key desktop applications.
- Ubuntu Software Center has received various improvements, including support for ratings and reviews.
- Ubuntu One has received various improvements for this Canonical cloud storage platform.

The Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" Beta 2 release announcement can be found on the ubuntu-announce mailing list.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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