Usability Testers Give Thumbs To New Linux Desktop Beta Release

26 March 2012
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

Techies are in for a treat – Canonical are set to release the latest version of their flagship Linux operating system titled Ubuntu 12.04, with the most recent beta version due to hit distributors on April 26.

Many bloggers who received an early release of Ubuntu for usability testing purposes are already praising the latest version of the OS, which is based as ever on Debian Linux with GNOME 3.3.20 running under the unity desktop.

The OS currently supports the expected range of Linux file systems, including Btfrs, ext3, etx4, JFS, ReiserFS, and XFS, using ext4 by default.

It has been circulating in the tech news for a while now that Ubuntu are planning to introduce a radical change to their user interface that will be doing away with the menu in the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointers), marking a major shift from the display format which has been the hallmark of the desktop for thirty years now.

Replacing the old with the new, the revamped user interface will however in this upcoming release still use Unity as its primary desktop.

Usability testers have reported that the desktop is running quickly and smoothly on low end machines, in stark contrast to the modern system requirements of Microsoft’s imminent Windows 8 release.

Version 12.04 is shaping up to be a strong release and with an easy install process, the open source platform could be a good starting point for those curious to experience the Linux environment.

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