User Interface Compared: Ubuntu 11.04 VS. Mac OS X

Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 has been released with new look and new features. The popular linux operating system now use Unity as default desktop environment and it looks like Apple Mac OS X.Here are Ubuntu 11.04 new features and the similar features in existing Mac OS X:

The launcher

Ubuntu laucher osx dock

Ubuntu 11.04 has a launcher on the left-hand side of screen. It is where you put your favorite applications for quick access and keep track of your open windows.

Mac OS X: You get a dock which do the exactly same thing.

The dash

Ubuntu dash osx spotlight

Clicking on the Ubuntu logo in the top-left corner of your screen, the new dash will appear. It allows you to search for application, files and folders.

Mac OS X: the spotlight search located in the top-right corner of your screen also allows you to do system wide search for applications, files and folders.


Ubuntu workspaces osx spaces

Ubuntu 11.04 Workspaces is a virtual desktop spaces for you to easily manage multiple windows and applications.

Mac OS X: the Spaces feature does exactly the same thing.

Download Ubuntu 11.04

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Video: What’s new in Ubuntu 11.04

The following is the Ubuntu 11.04 new features video:

My two cents

As an OS X user, I found Ubuntu 11.04 interface very familiar and I would love to install it in my non-Mac computer.

[OS X spaces screenshot via Geezy]

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7 thoughts on “User Interface Compared: Ubuntu 11.04 VS. Mac OS X”

    • As far as I understand, Ubuntu will switch the desktop environment if
      user’s computer hardware is not enough power to support the new
      beautiful interface.

  1. I used a dock like that in linux before Ubutnu or MAC OS X had ever came out. Workspaces, thats old Linux tech., that has been around for years too. The only thing that I would think was actually “new” would be the Dash/Spotlight. I don’t remember seeing it before. Figured I would let you know this isn’t new tech. It just has all been put together. Docks…..not invented by MAC. Workspaces/Desktop…..not invented by MAC.

    • 100% correct.

      Linux alt to Spotlight is called — Deskbar you can set it to sit in the very same place where spotlight sits and functions in the very same way.
      Anyways kudos goes to Cononical for finally integrating some of these features by default.

  2. @dtigue:disqus Ubuntu is Linux… therefore if you are trying to point out that Ubuntu has stolen it from Linux it completely dissolves your point…


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