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Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.16, Sabayon 15.04 and Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

  • March 30, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Gnome 3.16

GNOME 3.16 was released on March 25, benefiting from the contributions of 1,043 authors that made 33,525 changes.

According to the release notes:

GNOME 3.16 brings a brand new notification system and updated calendar design, which helps you to easily keep track of what’s happened, and includes useful information like world times and event reminders. Other features include overlaid scrollbars, updated visuals, improved content views in Files, and a redesigned image viewer.

2) Ubuntu 15.04

The Ubuntu 15.04 release is now at its beta 2 stage nearing its final release date on April 23. From the primary desktop release, Unity gets an upgrade to version 7.3, which offers the promise of faster startup and shutdown times.

Other desktop improvements set to land in Ubuntu 15.04 desktop include:

A configuration option to have menus displayed at all times instead of only on mouseover.

Enable the Dash, HUD, or logout dialogs over fullscreen windows.

3) Sabayon 15.04

While new GNOME releases come out every six months, Sabayon comes out somewhat more frequently. Sabayon is now on a rolling release cycle, issuing new updates every month.

The new 15.04 release now comes with Steam pre-installed.

According to the release notes:

In addition to this, a new boot and install mode called "Steam Big Picture" (formerly and improperly known as SteamBox mode) is now available letting you turn your computer into a real Linux gaming console, no matter if it is NVIDIA, AMD or Intel GPU-based.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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