GNOME 2.24 desktop released
GNOME has released its latest version namely 2.24. GNOME is the default desktop in many Linux distributions. It’s philosophy is to keep the desktop simple. Throw out clutter and complexity from the desktop. GNOME developer team follows it’s own Human Interface Guidelines in developing applications for the GNOME desktop.
New Features in GNOME 2.24
These are some of the features in GNOME 2.24 which the users should look for…
- New Instant Messenger named Empathy supports among othre protocols, XMPP/SIP audio and video conferencing as available on the Nokia N800/N810 devices (video requires H.263 codecs for GStreamer to be installed).
- A time tracking utility integrated with the GNOME desktop which allows you to manage your time better on similar lines as David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD).
- Ekiga 3.0 which is a full-featured audio/video conferencing client for GNOME, and which sports a new spiffy interface. Ekiga 3.0 features SIP presence support, PBX line monitoring, better video codecs support (H.264, H.263+, MPEG-4 and Theora), accelerated video and optional fullscreen and many SIP-related improvements for robust conferencing.
- Nautilus file manager now supports a new compact view for viewing files. Also the GNOME developers have scummed to the much asked for demand that is tabbed browsing in Nautilus.
- Deskbar in GNOME 2.24 now supports even more actions such as being a calculator, search support for Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia and even code search.
- Support for multi-head monitors in its monitor resolution settings GUI.
- GNOME 2.24 comes bundled with a new sound theme.
- Support for high resolution Youtube videos and remote non-local text subtitling.
- More choice in the use of wallpapers.
Of course, apart from the more visible features mentioned above, there are scores of other features such as better accessibility settings, Internationalization, mobile support for GNOME and a whole lot for developers.
For the complete list of features, read the official GNOME 2.24 Release Notes.