Most of the GNOME packages have retained GTK+2 API support while adding in the GTK+3 capabilities and can be configured to use either tool-kit version at build-time. However, a few GNOME packages didn't keep the GTK+2 support around, so for this GNOME 2.31.6 release some packages needed to be reverted to their 2.30 state so that this would be a GTK+3-free release. By the GNOME 2.32 beta, however, these packages should be fixed to work with either GTK+ version.
On the GNOME desktop side, found in this GNOME 2.32 milestone are a number of new desktop features. Some of our top highlights are listed below.
- The Cheese web-camera user-interface has been rewritten to use Vala and Clutter. Cheese now also supports user-configurable effects
- DConf reached version 0.5 that brings the ability to support layering and multiple writers in one service. DConf 0.5 also picked up a dconf-editor utility.
- The Evince Document Viewer has initial support for adding new annotations
- Rygel picked up a horde of new features
Details on other changes, bug-fixes, and translation updates can be found in the desktop news file. The release announcement for GNOME 2.31.6 can be read on the gnome-announce-list. The stable release of GNOME 2.32 is set to arrive in September while GNOME 3.0 will be here next March.