Gnome 2.20 released!

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GNOME 2.20 is the latest version of the GNOME Desktop: a popular, multi-platform desktop environment. GNOME’s focus is ease of use, stability, and first class internationalization and accessibility support. Based on Free and Open Source Software, GNOME provides all of the common tools computer users expect of a modern computing environment, as well as a flexible and powerful platform for software developers.

The improvements in GNOME 2.20 include: Improved support for right-to-left languages; desktop search integrated into the file chooser dialog; convenient new features in the Evolution email and calendar client; enhanced browsing of image collections; simplified system preferences; efficient power management and incredibly accurate laptop battery monitoring. Developers receive more help with application development thanks to a new version of the GTK+ toolkit, improved tools, and a great new documentation web site.

 

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Fedora 8 Test 1 Released

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Fedora 8 is promising new features like:

  • Optional replacement for GNOME panel that uses online services via mugshot;
  • Enhanced Bluetooth support;
  • Fedora 8 Bookmarks;
  • Make core dumps self-identifying enough to find the exact correct versions of all relevant binaries and debuginfo;
  • Buddy Helper app promotes Free alternatives and guides users trying to play content under restricted codecs;
  • Fix the dictionary proliferation problem;
  • Integrating KDE 4.0, a new major version of KDE;
  • Improved support for using Fedora on Laptops;
  • Support for Nepali Language;
  • Nodoka, new default theme for GNOME;
  • We need to remove pam_console and migrate all users to use the ACLs as set by HAL;
  • Easy and painless administration;
  • Using delta RPM updates by default. Saves heavy amount of bandwidth and time for updates;
  • Feature rich sound server (Pulse Audio);
  • Make rsyslog the new default syslog daemon.
  • Rsyslog has an assorted set of new features that make system administration easier;
  • TeXLive 2007 inclusion;
  • Make the default x86_64 kernel tickless;
  • Secure remote mangement for Xen, KVM & QEMU virtualization;
  • Powertop is included. Need to start tracking egregious offenders;
  • Don?t start XFS font server daemon by default and fix font packages. Savings on performance and bootup time;
  • Use and integrate XULRunner which is the Gecko browser engine separated from the user interface.

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Proposed Fedora 8 Features

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Fedora 8 is currently under development and is scheduled for release in November of this year (2007). This is a quick overview of the proposed features. As these are proposed features and as it is still about 4 months from release some of these will change.

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