There’s one thing I really don’t like about the Ubuntu Netbook Remix user interface. It covers up the desktop. And you could make a case that the traditional concept of a desktop for storing program icons and temporary files is outdated. But I’m used to it, and I’m getting old, crotchety, and set in my ways, gosh darn it. Anyway, it looks like the newest version of the UNR interface might make it easier to use Ubuntu’s custom program launcher for netbooks while still giving you a little access to a desktop.
Ubuntu Mini has some screenshots of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Alpha 4 Netbook Remix. If you’re still with me after reading that long, long name, what it basically means is that the next major version of Ubuntu Linux is due out in October, and the latest pre-release version of the operating system features a few more changes to the netbook-specific user interface.
For the most part, things look much the same as they did with last month’s release. But now the menus will dynamically resize to let you see part of the desktop behind the program launcher if it doesn’t need to fill the whole screen with icons. Folder animations are also back, for better or worse.
Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 is available for download from Canonical. Or if you just want to check out some more pretty pictures, hit up Ubuntu Mini.