March 13, 2008

GNOME 2.22 Released!

The GNOME community announced the release of GNOME 2.22 after six months of development. With its aim to provide ease of use, stability, and first class internationalization and accessibility support, let’s see some of the new features of this release.

Like any other release, this release also has new features, improvements, bug fixes, and translations. New application named Cheese. Cheese lets you take photos and make videos using your computer's webcam. It’s an open-source clone of Apple's Photobooth. Vinagre is a new remote desktop client that supports multiple simultaneous connections.

Some newly introduced features include window compositing on capable platforms. By default, this feature is disabled. GNOME has also added live previews when switching windows, transparency effects, simplified keyboard settings, improvements to tomboy and much more. Evolution, GNOME’s messaging and calendar application has also evolved to support Google Calendars and custom message labels (tagging) for your email.

So far we discussed about UI and utilities enhancement, but GNOME comes with some architectural changes as well! Two major changes include: GVFS and GIO. GVFS is the replacement for GNOME-VFS and GIO, a new shared library that is part of GLib and provides the API for GVFS. GVFS will provide a network-transparent virtual filesystem layer for GTK+ and provide better APIs for developers.

I just started GNOME 2.22 VMware Live Demo download which is around 1G and can’t wait to get it downloaded. As of now, Live CD is still not available. New version will be available for installation in Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04. And I am looking forward to move from Ubuntu 6.06 to 8.04! :)

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