GNOME 2.20 Brings Interesting Features
The popular open source desktop environment, GNOME, just released a new version 2.20. While I’m not a big fan of it (I’m a KDE guy), there was one that caught my eye while I was looking over the release notes.
The GNOME Screensaver now allows people to leave you a note while your screen is locked, by clicking the “Leave Message” button. You’ll see these messages when you login.
While this feature might not be as useful in a home environment, I see several uses in the office environment. Everytime someone looks for you, they no longer have to waste a sticky note. Of course, the only problem is that the visitor has to be aware of this feature. This means that for it to fully work, it has to become more common. For example, it should come default with Windows and other desktops. I hope KDE implements this soon too.
Other notable changes include:
- improved support for right-to-left languages
- desktop search integrated into the file chooser dialog
- convenient new features in the Evolution email and calendar client
- enhanced browsing of image collections
- simplified system preferences
- efficient power management
- incredibly accurate laptop battery monitoring