Difference Between Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04 are the two different versions of the operating system released by Ubuntu and are quite different from each other. Ubuntu 10.10 has Unity interface which can only be used for Netbook editions. On the other hand, Ubuntu 11.04 has the Unity interface which can be used for GNOME shell.

In Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu Netbook edition is combined with the desktop edition. Moreover, two new applications, namely LiberOffice and Banshee have been introduced in Ubuntu 11.04, which have replaced OpenOffcie.org and Rythmbox. In contrast, Ubuntu 10.10 only has Rhythmbox and OpenOffcie.org. Furthermore, Ubuntu 11.04 has built-in Mozilla Firefox 4 while Ubuntu 10.10 has an older version of Mozilla Firefox.

In Ubuntu 10.10, Linux Kernel 2.6.35 is used, whereas in Ubuntu 11.04, Linux Kernel 2.6.38 is used. Given the improvements, Ubuntu 11.04 has a more user-friendly interface as compared to its predecessor.


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    Ubuntu 10.10

    It is a non-LTS product of Ubuntu and is commonly known as Maverick Meerkat or just Meerkat. It was announced on April 2, 2010 by Mark Shuttleworth, who is the leader of Ubuntu team and the founder of Canonical, and was officially released on October 10, 2010.

    It is one of the most extensively used operating systems released by Ubuntu. It introduced a new 'Unity interface' which can be used in the Netbook edition. Unity is a type of shield interface for GNOME desktop. In addition, it includes features like built-in photo manager, Ubuntu font and an image organiser known as Shotwell. It is to be noted that it was made to be supported only until April 2012.

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    Ubuntu 11.04

    It is the successor of Ubuntu 10.10 and was released in April 2011. It is generally known as Natty Narwhal or just Natty. It uses the Unity User Interface as its built-in interface for the desktop GNOME shell. It will be important to mention that the built-in Unity interface was criticised a lot by the GNOME community as it damaged their market share.

    In Ubuntu 11.04, Banshee has replaced Rhythmbox as the built-in music player. Moreover, OpenOffcie.org has been replaced by LiberOffice. With all the updates, this version is considered as one of the most advanced Ubuntu operating systems as it merges the Ubuntu Netbook Edition with its desktop edition.

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