I just upgraded my Samsung n135 from Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition to Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwal” beta 1 and I’m a happy man:
- the Unity launcher now auto-hides, which is no luxury on a 1024X600 screen.
- Mutter has been replace by Compiz, so no more crashes when adding an external monitor.
- Compiz replacing Mutter also seems to have a (very) positive impact on windowing performance.
But this is beta 1, there are bound to be some bugs and especially the launcher isn’t perfect yet;
- sometimes only half of Unity launcher appears when it comes out of hiding.
- I couldn’t make the it scroll down to see the icons at the bottom.
- And non Unity launcher-related: the screen sometimes flickers while the brightness seem to be auto-adjusting (which shouldn’t happen as there’s no light sensor in my netbook) UPDATE: this got even worse after upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, but there is a solution
Anyway, beta 2 is expected April 14th and the final release should hit the web on the 28th. Looking forward to a Ubuntu that’s perfect for my teeny weeny netbook. I’m curious to see how Gnome3”s Shell will do in comparison!