Today it’s the day, Ubuntu 11.04 has been officially released and they server are now under “attack” by all the Ubuntu users that are trying to download the new release or update a former version, for me it took around 3 hours to finish the download of the 1400 packages needed to upgrade from Xubuntu 10.10 to 11.04 with two disconnection.
But Ubuntu is not the only thing released in these days; yesterday, has been released Slackware 13.37 ( codenamed leet ) and today it was also released version 2011.04 of Chakra Linux. Really a lot of news.
As wrote, while I’m writing my computer is doing the automatic upgrade of the packages, so soon enough i’ll sit ( or at least i hope so) on a working Xubuntu 11.04, but if I had to install from scratch i’m not so sure (as I was with the version 9.10) that I would choose ubuntu, it is always the most used distribution, however, i start to don’t like some things, such as default applications made with Mono or Unity instead of Gnome, perhaps petty but still signs, i’ll see in which direction they go with the version 11.10 and also for the next LTS release the 12.04.
Features of the 3 distributions in 3 rows:
Unity is now the default in the Ubuntu Desktop session.The kernel shipped is the 2.6.38 and the two big changes are Libreoffice instead of Openoffice (great news) and Banshee as standard media player (not a so great news). Ubuntu is available also with XFCE and KDE.
Slackware 13.37 uses the 188.8.131.52 Linux kernel, and also ships with 184.108.40.206 kernels for those who want to run the latest The long-awaited Firefox 4.0 web browser is included, the X Window System has been upgraded; Slackware it’s not shipped with a defaut desktop environment so you can choose one during installation.
The Chakra Project it’s based on ArchLinux tailored to work perfectly with KDE, in version 2011.04 there is kernel 220.127.116.11 and many packages updates. KDE got updated to 4.6.2 and Libreoffice has been ported too.