GNOME 2.12 Desktop and Developer Platform Released

New version of the popular free software desktop environment offers

convenience and capability.

Sep 07, 2005, 01:00 ET from GNOME Foundation

    BOSTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The GNOME Foundation today released the
 latest version of the GNOME Desktop and Developer Platform, the leading
 desktop for Linux and Unix operating systems. Version 2.12 improves the
 usability and power of GNOME in response to user feedback and developer
 contributions, and includes thousands of changes which refine the easiest and
 friendliest free software desktop.
     In keeping with GNOME's "users first" philosophy, GNOME makes stable
 releases every six months. This allows developers and distributors to plan
 their GNOME-based products with confidence. As a result, distributions such as
 Fedora, SUSE, and Ubuntu will include GNOME 2.12 in the next release of their
 products, providing GNOME 2.12 to millions of users.
     Key features of GNOME 2.12 for users:
     * An updated default theme.
     * Easier file management.
     * Intuitive clipboard behaviour.
     * A unified document viewer.
     * The About Me control panel.
     System administrators will also welcome the new Services control panel,
 and menu editor. Software developers benefit from improvements to the
 underlying GTK+ toolkit, including integration of the next-generation cairo
 drawing toolkit from
     "GNOME 2.12 looks better than ever before and brings greater consistency,"
 said Owen Taylor, chairman of the GNOME Foundation's board. "There are useful
 new features throughout the desktop, carefully implemented to increase
 usability while keeping GNOME simple and intuitive."
     "This release is the result of lots of hard work by a fantastic group of
 people," said Elijah Newren, GNOME's release manager. "We are proud of our
 developers and proud of what they have produced."
     GNOME 2.12 is available in 43 languages, with many more languages
 partially supported. Galician, Estonian, Indonesian, Macedonian, Nepali,
 Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai, and Xhosa are new supported languages in GNOME
     GNOME 2.12 will soon be available as part of most popular Linux
 distributions. For those who can't wait, the new GNOME LiveCD (available from 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 install the GNOME 2.12 Desktop
 and Developer Platform now may download the software at  The software includes the source
 code for the GNOME 2.12 desktop interface and a complete set of developer
 tools and libraries.
     About GNOME
     GNOME is a free software project developing a complete, easy to use
 desktop. Besides including central desktop components like system menus, a
 file manager, web browser, and utilities, GNOME is a complete development
 environment allowing developers to create new applications.
     More than 500 software developers from every continent, including more
 than 100 paid developers, contribute their time and effort to the project.
 Sponsors include industry leaders like Fluendo, HP, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, and
 Sun. GNOME is supported on a variety of platforms, including GNU/Linux (more
 commonly referred to as Linux), Solaris Operating Environment, HP-UX, Unix,
 BSD and Apple's Darwin.
     The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. GNOME is
 a standard part of all leading Linux and Unix distributions worldwide,
 including those of popular community distributions like Debian, Fedora Core,
 and SUSE, and is the default desktop on major enterprise Linux distributions
 like Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Sun Java Desktop System. GNOME is also the
 desktop of choice for some of the world's biggest Linux desktop deployments,
 including large government deployments in Extremadura, Spain, and Sao Paulo,
 Brazil. GNOME's technology is used by major Linux ISVs such as Firefox, the
 Eclipse Project, Real Networks, and VMWare.
     More information on GNOME can be found at
     About GNOME Foundation
     Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading
 companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the
 advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member directed, non-profit
 organization that provides financial, organizational and legal support to the
 GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. More information on
 the GNOME Foundation can be found at
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