After Natty Narwhal, now begins the wait for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

With the first release of the year with Natty Narwhal Canonical is on full swing with preparations for, the second of the Ubuntu bi-annual release for the year, the Oneiric Ocelot.

Bi-terminology for every bi-annual release of Ubuntu

Ubuntu follows a unique two-term nomenclature for all its two releases each year. The first term is an adjective from the English alphabet series followed by animal name from the same alphabet. Ubuntu release is named by the year first followed by the month of release. Therefore, the just released, path-breaking Ubuntu was 11.04 with a tradename Natty Narwhal. The following Ubuntu release slated for October release is called Ubuntu 11.10 and will be called Oneiric Ocelot.

Oneiric Ocelot the path-definer

If its predecessor was path-breaking in nature by moving to the Unity platform from the traditional GNOME 3, Oneiric Ocelot in October will be a path-definer as in the next six months, Ubuntu’ s future default applications are going to be well-defined.

The Ubuntu 11.10 repositories (yes, it is already available) are a road map of what to expect in October’s release. However, there will be required changes to these in the final release.

Here go the blueprint

The Ubuntu Developer Meet on May 9th will help define on most of the defaults but here are some of the leading defaults in the competition.


The browser that will be default on the Oneiric Ocelot will be decided between Firefox and Chromium that are schedule for release almost at the same time. Though, Chromium is being pitched as the likely browser this will have to wait for May 9th.

Ligther Greeter

Lighter Greeter is more likely for Oneiric Ocelot as LightDM is being preferred for its 10,000 lines of C in comparison to 50,000 C lines for GDM. Besides, LightDM offers HTML/CSS as well as Javascript allowing greater theme-ing for greeters.

Unity 2D will be default

Qt libraries in CD will be available with Ubuntu 11.10, and Unity 2D with Qt is the most likely default.

Backup Tool

Open source community experts believe a default Ubuntu backup tool is what is significantly lacking. This need is being addressed with an under-the-hood backup tool that has User Interface with central control panel, replacing Deja Dup Interface, which if included will have the Ubuntu One support for cloud synchronization services.

Thuderbird over Evolution

Though Evolution is the default, things are likely to change following the UDS-0 on May 9th in Budapest and Thunderbird chosen as it allows experimental integration with Unity as Thunderbird 3.3 alpha is already available. New age developers are more comfortable with Thunderbird and there are greater number of extension that are more usable and intuitive.

These are some of the things to come on the Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot and more of the things to come will be much clearer post UDS-O in Budapest in May first week.

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  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Paul Ward

    I just hate the way Canonical have gone with this.
    Unfortunately after 3 years of using Ubuntu I can no longer stay.
    I’m off to MINT where you will still be able to have more choices and configuration options and not have a commercial-type desktop thrust on you.

  • jack

    Paul, you still have a choice at Ubuntu:
    – Unity (3D)
    – Gnome 2.x classic
    – Unity 2D (if installed)
    – Gnome 3 Shell (if installed)
    – any kind of shell (if installed)

  • Paul Ward

    Sorry Jack I thought Ubuntu 11.10 was not going to be shipped with Classic Gnome that,s why I’ve moved to MINT.

    I suppose I could just keep with 10.10 or manually install things – but I dont think that’s the point somehow.

  • David

    This release has been the worst release of Ubuntu I have ever seen. I can only get the i386 desktop version to boot. I absolutely hate the unity interface. Once I finally got the i386 version to load I tried to change over to gnome 3 now I get an error about the ICEAuthority file not being able to be changed. I googled on-line tried the one fix that was proposed and that didn’t clear it. I have seen a lot of the same issue with no answers on how to fix it. This release has me looking for another Distro to support my needs

  • Paul Ward

    Yes I had issues with it myself. Basically everything worked okay, but it was the lack of configuration I didn’t like, and then hearing that classic gnome interface wasn’t going to be included in 11.10.
    Personally I liked the task bar at the top and a menu to select programs from. Couldn’t change any of that – didn’t seem to think there was any point using classic gnome when it wasn’t going to be included in the next release
    I DID GIVE IT A SHOT – I tried it for a couple of weeks -but I had to find something else.
    Try MINT 10 (I believe 11 will be out soon) – they are keeping with Gnome 2 (not 3) for the time being – its Debian based like Ubuntu you can use the same repositories and I’m finding it great

  • Condoulo

    11.10 won’t be shipping with the classic GNOME 2.x desktop, BUT, thats not because Canonical is trying to force anything upon you, thats because they’re moving Unity over from a GNOME 2.x base to a GNOME 3.x/GTK3 base.

    you can’t have both around without breaking something big time. So essentially 11.04 is the choice between Unity and GNOME 2 Panel interface, and 11.10 will be the choice of Unity or the GNOME 3 Shell.

  • Condoulo

    Thats because as I said in another reply, Unity is currently still on a GNOME 2.x base, so using GNOME 3 with the GNOME-shell is going to break quite a lot of stuff in 11.04. If you’re wanting Ubuntu with GNOME 3, you’re going to have to wait till 11.10 from what it seems.

    And ***** the 64-bit version won’t boot for ya. Works just fine on my end.

  • Karen Sutton

    Please don’t force the Unity interface with that hideous sidebar on us with out a choice in 11.10
    I hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have used Ubuntu for a long time and it seems like this is a bad move. I won’t use 11.10 unless I have a choice in interfaces or they get rid of that horrible sidebar. At least make it movable or something. This *****.

  • HopeLess

    Natty looks like a poor mac os version without usability and workflow. If u want to know where the development will end- take a look at android. Welcome to the cloud. The worst version of ubuntu I`ve ever had installed. Mark Shuttleworth is trying to imitate Steve Jobs. Ridiculous. Please rename Oneiric Ocelot into Fanboyuntu.

    Going to change the distro. Linux Mint Xfce (based on debian) looks promising.


  • HopeLess

    By the way,Zeitgeist is the next step to Big Brother is watching you.

  • Paul Ward

    As I said earlier I have given it a go and personally I think its PANTS – I’ve switched to MINT – its basically like Ubuntu used to be and they are going to keep it that way for the foreseeable.
    I purchased the Fluendo codecs for Ubuntu and tried to install them on MINT – and it didnt even need them.
    It’s great – nice look and feel to it. I wont be going back to Ubuntu.
    The new edition out at the end of may will have Libreoffice as deafult.