GNOME 2.16 Arrives

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-09-08 Print this article Print

Small improvements make this a major upgrade for Linux desktop users. (

The GNOME project released version 2.16 of its popular Linux desktop on Sept. 6. In many ways, this is just a minor release. In others, however, its a significant step forward for the Linux desktop. The first change old GNOME hands will notice is that, most, but not all of the default icon theme has been changed. Its now based on Tango. The Tango Desktop Project is an effort to create a consistent graphical user interface across all Linux desktops.
Whats important about this, is that its working with the Portland Projects efforts to make it easier for both users and ISVs (independent software vendors) to work to use the Linux desktop regardless of whether its KDE or GNOME-based. Thus, the GNOME Tango-based icon theme will now work with applications written for other desktops, such as KDE or XFce. Read the full story on GNOME 2.16 Arrives Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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