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Fedora, OpenSUSE Adopt GNOME 3.2 Desktop Environment

Popular Linux projects the Attachmate/ SUSE-backed OpenSUSE and Red Hat-backed Fedora recently have been released in beta versions that surprisingly also include the GNOME 3.2 desktop environment.

The Fedora 16 beta has been developed to add support for the GRUB2 bootloader and updates to applications such as Firefox, Blender, Perl, and the Python. On the other hand, OpenSUSE 12.1 beta has SystemD and Btrfs file-system support.

Both these projects are adopting the latest GNOME 3.2, which has supposedly resoloved many bugs that were present in the previous version and also fixed few of the lesser known changes. However, the new GNOME after its radical UI makeover has not changed much.

The most crucial factor is that the Fedora 16 and OpenSUSE 12.1 both block users from booting into the GNOME 2.x version. However, it still has a fallback mode for the systems which are low-end. No need to be disappointed over this as both the projects gives the option of switching to the alternative KDE Plasma Workspace 4.7 desktop.

On the GNOME 3.2, The Register notes that “[GNOME] feels extremely stable on Fedora 16, even as a beta build.” For the GNOME 2.x fans the site said that “still a long way from comfortable”.