Here’s what I’m excited about in 2.14 from what I’ve read from the release notes:
- Multiple Monitor Handling - they claim that multiple monitor handling is improved in this version of Gnome. Right now, I have to go through a painful ritual involving ceremonial knives and hacking my xorg.conf file in order to get into dual-head mode.
- Performance improvements - they benchmarked Gnome terminal printing a list of all English words in 1 second as opposed to about 3 in Gnome 2.12.
- The Deskbar - they don’t go into detail on the release notes page, but it looks like a task automation/facilitation utility which is pluggable with Python. I usually don’t use stuff like this, but I’m going to have to give it a spin.
- Image Viewer - I have yet to find an image viewer I’m absolutely in love with. The new one included in Gnome looks like it has some potential. Definitely worth a look.
2.14 contains other improvements such as enhanced searching, which I’m +0 on. I’m glad it’s there, but I don’t think I’ll use it much. The release notes mentioned that the search system would integrate with beagle. I’ll likely give beagle another try, but the last time I tried it, memory usage was unreasonably high, even on a machine with 1.25GB of RAM.
Another cool feature that they mention that I have very little use for is fast user switching. All of my desktops are pretty much single-user, but this is still a cool feature. Again, not many details were spelled out on the release notes page, but I hope it will be like Windows user switching where it preserves the desktop session when you switch.
They also mentioned that it would include GStreamer 0.10. I have not had great success with GStreamer. xine has been really easy to configure with every media format I’m interested in viewing. Any media player I use that has a GStreamer backend seems to have problems with some media types. Maybe I just need to buckle down and try to get it working with various codecs.
Altogether, I’m looking forward to it. I’m downloading the Dapper Flight 5 live CD now (which contains Gnome 2.13.92) in hopes that I can get a little closer preview into what will be in Gnome 2.14.