After the conclusion of the Ubuntu Developers Summit – Oneiric, we pretty much knew what to expect from Ubuntu 11.10. Today, Jason Warner from Canonical has made the feature list for Ubuntu 11.10 official. Let us take a look at the new features that are making it into Ubutnu 11.10 one by one.
After resisting the change to GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 11.10 will finally make the move to GNOME 3. Ubuntu 11.10 will, however, continue to use Unity not GNOME 3.
The move to GNOME 3 is likely to be the most challenging part of the Oneiric development. GNOME 3 does not have any indicator menu integration yet and there are no GTK3 themes as well.
LightDM will replace GDM
The earlier reports that LightDM might replace GDM has been confirmed. LightDM is a light weight display manager which supports extensive themeing capabilities not supported in either KDM or GDM.
There has been no confirmation yet as to whether LightDM will replace KDM as well.
Unity 2D will replace Ubuntu Classic Desktop
In Ubuntu 11.04, the Ubuntu Classic Desktop was used to provide a fall back option if the hardware cannot run Unity. In Ubuntu 11.10, the Ubuntu Classic Desktop has been removed and Unity 2D will be used as a fall back option.
The addition of Unity 2D means that for the first time in its history, Ubuntu will come with Qt by default something which Shuttleworth has said will happen earlier this year.
Software Center to get better
The Ubuntu Software Center is also getting a new look which emphasizes touch friendliness. It will also be better integrated into Unity and the performance will receive a boost.
Thunderbird will be the default email client
The talks about Thunderbird replacing Evolution as the default email client has been confirmed. Thunderbird is a much more feature rich and faster email client than Evolution. However, work needs to be done to give Thunderbird the same features as Evolution has due of its deep GNOME integration.
Gwibber UI to change
There is no doubt that Gwibber is one of the most frustrating applications to use that comes by default with Ubuntu. In Ubuntu 11.10, that might change. Gwibbber is about to get a UI port to improve its responsiveness and give it a more modern look.
As we have mentioned before, Ubuntu 11.10 come with the backup tool Deja Dup by default.