GNOME 2.22 Released

The GNOME 2.22 free software desktop, which is included in the upcoming Ubuntu 8.04, has been released. Similar to Ubuntu, GNOME follows a six month release cycle. This means that every new version of Ubuntu includes the latest version of GNOME.

GNOME 2.22 banner

The GNOME Project’s focus on users and usability continues in GNOME 2.22 with its hundreds of bug fixes and user-requested improvements. The sheer number of enhancements makes it impossible to list every change and improvement made, but we hope to highlight some of the more exciting user-oriented features in this release of GNOME.

See the release notes for a complete look at what’s new and screenshots.

Here’s what I’m excited about:

It looks like the packages are already included in Ubuntu 8.04, so an up-to-date installation should include final GNOME 2.22. What are your favorite features and changes?

Archived Comments


Cleaning up removable media handling should be a nice change. These days everyone and his dog are using usb flash sticks. Gnome’s provisions for copying, deleting, ejecting, etc. could all be a bit slicker.


Agreed on handling usb issues. I use Amarok on on Gnome system. Whenever I transfer files to my mp3 device (mass storage, like a usb stick), I disconnect and both Amarok and Gnome tells me it’s disconnected. But the device still shows up on the desktop.

If I just unplug at that point, I get the warning that what I just did is dangerous, I should disconnect first, etc., even though I just disconnected. (There’s never any data corruption.)

If I unmount the device from the desktop, it tells me it’s not there, and when I unplug, there’s no warnings.

It’s just… ungraceful.

Stephanie Mendoza

How do i install an Adobe Flashplayer on this Gnome laptop using a Nautilus software/system? It is really important for me to have a flashplayer here.. there are a lot of things i cannot do without a flashplayer.

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