of the GNOME 2.10 Desktop & Developer Platform was
includes a number of interesting new features, such as a video player and a
CD ripping utility, and hundreds of bug fixes.
Released on schedule, to the day, it is the culmination of six months effort
by GNOME contributors around the world: hackers, documentors, usability and
accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, sysadmins, companies,
artists, users and testers.
Digging a bit deeper, the
What's New document describes a wide variety of improvements.
Here are the highlights:
- Nautilus file manager improvements:
- Performance and stability improvements.
- Better interoperability with web browsers.
- Usability improvements.
- Automatic renaming for new files.
- New artistic desktop backgrounds to choose from.
- Improved typing focus as per the Freedesktop.org standard.
- Inclusion of the Totem video player.
- Inclusion of the Sound Juicer CD ripper.
- Epiphany web browser improvements:
- A better full screen mode.
- Secure site display in the location bar.
- Exportable bookmarks.
- A new extension manager.
- Evolution email and groupware client improvements:
- Support for offline email, contact, and calendar work.
- The ability to attach files to events.
- Support for exceptions on recurring events.
- Support for US weather information.
- Support for shared folders.
- Inclusion of GnomeMeeting for VoIP and video conferencing.
- Better keyboard layout selection through the control panel.
- New and improved Panel Items (Applets):
- Removal of the Actions panel menu.
- New Places and Desktop menus.
- An integrated modem control applet.
- An optional panel trash can.
- Built-in controls for mounting removable media.
- An improved weather monitor.
- A new sound mixer.
- Support for the Sticky Notes note taking applet.
- A processor speed monitor for laptops.
- Removal of the CD applet, the Wireless applet, and the Mailbox Monitor.
- GNOME Utilities improvements:
- GNOME text highlighting and spell checking improvements.
- A wider selection of archive formats for the Archive Manager.
- The GNOME Dictionary adds word suggestions and online dictionary linking.
- The Floppy Formatter adds support for USB drives.
- System Administration improvements:
- GNOME System Tools has improved support for wireless networking.
- User and group administration has been improved.
- More system changes are applied instantly.
- The Log Manager now supports the viewing of multiple logs.
- Archived logs can now be opened.
- Logs can be copied to the clipboard.
- Game Improvements:
- A new version of Same GNOME has been added.
- The Nibbles game adds browsing of the local network for other users.
- The GNOME 2.10 Development Platform has API improvements.
- Full Python language bindings are now included.
standards compliance, a few
known issues (bugs) and more.
There is also a
GNOME 2.12 release schedule, look for the next version in about
GNOME 2.10 adds some useful features to what is already a mature
and stable desktop environment.
The source code for GNOME 2.10 and a live CD are available for download
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