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    Natty Info: Your UI options

    Thinking about installing Natty? Not sure how you will deal with a new UI? You don't have to use the New UI!

    Natty offers 3 UI options at login:



    Ubuntu Classic (No Effects)

    This is the stripped-down 'race car' version of the UI. It is very fast, and is a very good choice for systems with fewer resources or power users that just want to work very quickly:



    Ubuntu Classic

    If you love Compiz, the Desktop Cube and Wobbly windows, then Ubuntu Classic is for you. You can use CCSM to setup the effects that make your non-Ubuntu friends jealous:



    Ubuntu (Unity)

    You can still try Unity whenever you want by logging out of your 'Classic' mode, and logging into 'Ubuntu' (Unity) mode:



    To help you use Unity better, here are a few basic tips.

    System Settings are now a found in the 'Power/Log Out' menu:



    Right Click on the icons in the launcher for more options (options vary depending on the icon):



    You can use CCSM to change the Launcher Icon size and the transparency of the top panel:



    The Workspace Switcher uses the 'Desktop Wall' format. You can drag windows from one workspace to another right here:

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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    When you use an application full screen, the launcher gets out of your way by moving to the left. To get it back, move your mouse to the left edge of the screen.

    Another method to get the launcher to appear without using the mouse is to press the 'Windows' key (known in Linux as the 'Super' key or on the Mac as the 'Apple' key):



    Notice that every icon has a number or letter – press the 3 to launch the 3rd icon, 5 to launch the 5th icon and so on.

    When searching applications, begin typing and the matching applications will show immediately:



    Here are the installation options for 11.04:



    The upgrade process can be done using the LiveUSB/LiveCD. If you have several PCs up upgrade to Natty, this may be the fastest way to upgrade them. It is also useful for upgrading on PCs that have no or very limited Internet access.

    For those who do support, the installation now warns folks that uppercase letters are not allowed in user names:


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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog1 View Post
    Another method to get the launcher to appear without using the mouse is to press the 'Windows' key:
    It's alternatively called either the meta key or the super key. Please stop calling it the "windows" key, which it isn't.
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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw== View Post
    It's alternatively called either the meta key or the super key. Please stop calling it the "windows" key, which it isn't.
    aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw,

    Interesting - the Logo on this key is either an MS Windows logo, or (if you have a Mac) an Apple Logo. Look though I might, I don't see the words of meta or super on it that a new Ubuntu user would recognize. I don't argue that it's real use is, in fact, better worded as super (I don't care for calling it meta, that is just silly). I suppose that it would also be more accurate than change the wording of the 'A' to: 'Send ASCII 65 or 97'. But I just can't get myself to do that; not for new users, anyway.

    Now, I would be willing to call it the Super (Windows) key, but frankly that seems very wrong.

    I will have to think about this. Too bad it doesn't have an Ubuntu logo or Linux Penguin, but even then I would want to call it the 'Ubuntu' Key or 'Penguin' Key, not the super key (unless the Penguin was wearing a cape - that would make a difference!).

    Yeah, gonna need to think about this.

    Too bad the key has that darn Windows logo on it; makes calling it by another name so much harder.


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    p.s. aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw, I am glad you found something to dislike about this simple introduction. Your positive feedback is most helpful. By the way, do you have trouble remembering your login name?


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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog1 View Post
    aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw,

    I will have to think about this. Too bad it doesn't have an Ubuntu logo or Linux Penguin, but even then I would want to call it the 'Ubuntu' Key or 'Penguin' Key, not the super key (unless the Penguin was wearing a cape - that would make a difference!).

    Yeah, gonna need to think about this.

    Too bad the key has that darn Windows logo on it; makes calling it by another name so much harder.
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    The Hedge, looking for the words meta or super on the keyboard.
    ......................

    That's hilarious Hedge!!! Let me help you find that key...
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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch70 View Post
    That's hilarious Hedge!!! Let me help you find that key...
    Dutch70, where were you when I needed you?

    However - that Penguin is NOT wearing a cape!

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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog1 View Post
    p.s. aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw, ... do you have trouble remembering your login name?
    It seems that you do, Hedge; you left off the "==" at the end of aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw=='s name.

    I'd love to know what your name means, aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw==.
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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    It seems that you do, Hedge; you left off the "==" at the end of aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw=='s name.

    I'd love to know what your name means, aG93IGRvIGkgdWJ1bnR1Pw==.
    OK - you caught me 'fair and square'. I was too busy being silly to notice I had dropped the "==".

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    p.s. Paddy Landau - in all seriousness, should I be referring to that key in another way?
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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Nice one, thanks for this

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    Re: Natty Info: Your UI options

    Thank you. A few useful instructions for people (like me) who will be completely lost the first time I use it.
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