GNOME 3.12 Open-Source Linux Desktop Gets Bevy of New Features

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-03-31

When the open-source GNOME desktop project was updated to release 3.12 on March 26, it provided a milestone feature update for users. The last release, GNOME 3.10, debuted on Sept. 25, 2013, and provided users with such new features as the Software application that has now been enhanced in GNOME 3.12. GNOME's Software is the tool that enables users to find and install new applications via a GUI. In GNOME 3.12, Software now provides users with screenshots as well as feedback ratings. The update to Software isn't the only enhancement in GNOME 3.12. The new release also comes with a number of new GNOME applications, including the Sound Recorder and Logs applications. Logs provides users with a simple user interface to examine system and application logs in one location. Meanwhile, while GNOME users have the choice of multiple text editors, the default is gedit, and it too gets a significant overhaul in GNOME 3.12. The default Videos application also gets a boost, with an improved interface and enhanced streaming capabilities. Incremental enhancements can be found in existing applications such as the Boxes virtualization tool and even the Terminal application as well. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the changes in open-source GNOME 3.12 desktop.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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