September 24, 2009, 9:08 am
The developers behind the open source GNOME desktop environment have announced the official release of version 2.28. This version brings a handful of noteworthy improvements such as a new Bluetooth configuration tool and user interface refinements in numerous applications. One of the most significant changes is the adoption of Apple's WebKit HTML rendering engine for GNOME's Epiphany Web browser.
GNOME is a collection of software applications, development frameworks, and core desktop components that together provide a comprehensive graphical computing environment for Linux and other compatible operating systems. It includes a file manager, a task management panel, a suite of basic utilities, and various programs for communication and multimedia. It is the default desktop environment in several prominent Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu. A new stable version arrives every six months with a handful of important incremental improvements that constitute a significant portion of the user-visible changes in subsequent GNOME-based Linux distro releases.