The Gnome free-software project for developing graphical user interfaces for Linux has released a new version of the Gnome desktop environment and developer platform.
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Gnome 2.3 includes enhancements for user management, Web browsing, support for Facebook chat, and new productivity features.
The 2.30 release prepares the way for the upcoming Gnome 3.0 release with a preview of the Gnome Shell. Gnome Shell, which will replace the existing Gnome Panel, said Gnome in a statement.
OpenSUSE will include Gnome 2.3 in the next release of the Linux distribution and enable users to test Gnome 3.0 features, said Andreas Jaeger, programme manager of OpenSUSE for Novell.
Gnome 2.30 is immediately available via Gnome Live Media, and will soon be available from the many suppliers and projects that support Gnome.
Stormy Peters, Gnome executive director, claimed the Gnome Project thrives by consistently improving on previous releases while retaining compatibility.