I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal on my desktop system. It’s a multi-boot setup along with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Windows XP. One of the first things I’ve noticed after the install was the Grub menu is no longer visible. I’m getting a “signal out of range” error.
The Grub menu still works however. If wait long enough, after 10 seconds, the default Ubuntu 11.04 installation is launched. Choosing another option is like throwing darts in the dark. You don’t really know what you’ve selected until after the operating system is launched. The “signal out of range” error means Ubuntu has selected an incorrect screen resolution or refresh rate for Grub.
You can correct this by installing the “Startup Manager” and choosing the correct resolution. I’ve set my resolution to 1280 x 1024 and 24 bits. After setting the correct setting, you will need to reboot. The Grub Menu should be visible. If not repeat the process until the menu appears.
If everything goes according to plan, Canonical is set to release Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal tomorrow, April 28. There will be some drastic changes to the desktop with Unity replacing Gnome 3 as the graphical environment. LibreOffice is also replacing OpenOffice for the Office productivity tools. In addition, Ubuntu is also set to release the Ubuntu Server, Xubuntu, Kubuntu among others.
It should be a fun day tomorrow. I will be downloading and installing 11.04 on a virtual machine. By the way, I have been using Unity on my Ubuntu 10.04 desktop system for several days now to get a head start with Unity. I can’t wait to get my hands on Natty Narwhal to see the latest and greatest from Ubuntu.
Ubuntu will stop supporting Ubuntu 8.04 aka Hardy Heron on May 12th. That means no software updates and no security fixes for this old favorite. Hardy Heron was one of my favorite Ubuntu releases ever. I was with Hardy Heron for more than a year, mainly because it was very stable and had long term support. I continued to use Hardy even when 8.10 and 9.04 were out. I’m using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS now. Like they say, all good things come to an end. We will miss you, Hardy. Ok, now to Ubuntu 11.04. What’s up with this Unity interface?
The next Ubuntu release, version 11.04, code name Natty Narwhal, will be so drastically different than any Ubuntu release, that you may not recognize it at first glance. The changes are going to be so dramatic. First of all, the Gnome Shell we are all accustomed to seeing, will be replaced by the Unity interface, which is already the standard in Ubuntu Netbook releases. Here’s a sneak peek of the Unity interface.
The Unity interface’s main strength is having easy access to applications. The familiar Gnome pull down menu taskbar at top of the screen will go away, to be replaced with Unity’s icons on the left side of the screen. The Unity interface comes with social media in mind. Unity users will be able to access Twitter and Facebook straight from their desktop.
In terms of office suite, LibreOffice will replace Open Office as announced earlier by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu releases. In addition, Firefox 4 will be the default browser, along with Banshee, which will replace the Rythmbox Music Player.
Finally, here’s a sneak video of Ubuntu running the Unity interface.