Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC

Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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Desktop Environments
by Flatredline on Thu 27th Mar 2014 04:33 UTC
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I have used so many DEs over the years that I am comfortable with pretty much any interface, and I have found that I like a bit of polish. No need to go overboard, just make it look decent and then just let me run my applications please. I do not need my DE to be integrated with everything under the sun.

I am also not a huge fan of the "search for everything" paradigm that DEs seem to be pushing. It's a personal preference - it is useful at times, but give me a sane menu structure and I am usually happy.

Having said that, obviously others have their own criteria and I always encourage people to try new environments until they find one that is to their liking. Believe it or not, my wife really likes XFCE (she liked KDE as well, but it was running too slowly for her...older hardware being the culprit there). For her, Gnome was a bit too much of a leap for some reason.

I will give the new release a try of course (just can't help myself - never broke my distro/DE-hopping habit); maybe some subtle changes will make it a bit more to my liking. If nothing else, it's always interesting to try it out.

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