April 15, 2006
he new administration suite allows system administrators to control and configure the GNOME desktop to specific needs. Two new applications have been created for this: Pessulus allows administrators to lockdown the GNOME desktop for corporate environments, Internet cafes, and schools; and Sabayon allows administrators to graphically configure generic, role-based user profiles, exactly as they would configure their own desktop and then apply them to user accounts.
A new panel-based program launcher and search bar has been created, called Deskbar. Users will be able to use several internet search engines and content providers directly, without breaking workflow by starting another application. It will also enable them to launch desktop applications related to a word or phrase and its functionality is extensible by plugins.
GNOME 2.14 also includes Ekiga, the new version of GNOME’s softphone client formally known as GNOME Meeting. With Ekiga, users are able to make video or audio calls over the Internet, using the industry standard protocal SIP. SIP is also used by Google Talk, and popular PBX software such as Asterisk.
This new release also includes several changes to improve system performance. Several important components of the GNOME desktop are now measurably faster, including text rendering, memory allocation, and numerous individual applications. Faster font rendering and memory allocation benefit all GNOME and GTK+ based applications without the need for recompilation. For application developers, a new memory allocator has been created, called GSlice, which will make the desktop more responsive and faster.
As always, GNOME 2.14 is not the end of development and performance work on the GNOME desktop. Users can expect even more with our 2.16 release, scheduled for September 2006.
GNOME 2.14 includes the ability to easily switch between users, and makes it possible to have multiple users logged in at the same time.
Based on response from user feedback, GNOME 2.14 includes a number of easy ways to configure how the desktop behaves. This includes making it easier to change default settings for applications as well as controlling sound events.
The GNOME 2.14 Release Notes contain more detailed information, including screenshots and other features not mentioned here.
GNOME 2.14 will soon be available as part of most popular Linux distributions. For those who can’t wait, the new GNOME LiveCD (available from www.gnome.org/start/2.14/) allows users and journalists to test the latest GNOME desktop by burning a CD and rebooting – no installation is necessary.
Developers and advanced users wishing to try and install GNOME 2.14 may download the source code or build scripts atwww.gnome.org/start/2.14/.
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