The GNOME team has released version 2.16 of its desktop environment. The release notes detail many improvements in this new version. Ars reviews this new release (ok, a pre-release), and concludes: “Overall, I think that GNOME 2.16 is a good release with some nice additions, but I don’t think it has any killer features that justify an immediate upgrade. I’m going to wait for the official Ubuntu Edgy release in October rather than upgrading early. Of the new features included in GNOME 2.16, I think that the vertical view mode for Evolution is probably the one that will benefit me the most.” Update: On a related note, Monodevelop 0.12 is out, with lots of changes in it.