The latest edition of Ubuntu, version 11.04, will be released April 28 2011. The new edition will sport the new Unity user interface, an easier install and LibreOffice (a fork of OpenOffice). The new user interface, Unity, is a bar on the side of the screen with launcher icons, designed for a ‘highly mobile computing’ experience. The new design is said to take inspiration from mobile phones and is already used in the Ubuntu Netbook edition.
The move to Unity has come over a change from the long-running GNOME shell, due to design differences from Ubuntu and GNOME team. Ubuntu 11.04 will not include a fallback GNOME user interface like previous editions. The beta is available on the Ubuntu website for a test-drive.