Gnome 2.2 now available, planned for Ubuntu 8.04

The GNOME Foundation announced the release of version 2.22 on Wednesday, an update that offers enhanced multimedia support, new file system, and enhanced e-mail, internationalization and accessibility features. GNOME is used in many popular Linux distributions from Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat, Mandriva and Debian.

According to a recent survey from in 2007, GNOME has 45 percent of desktop share, ahead of rival KDE with 35 percent.

GNOME 2.22 offer a variety of new features to enhance its use in multimedia applications. One is a new feature called Cheese that allows users to take photos and make videos using a computer’s webcam. Additionally, the MoviePlayer offers enhance support for DVD playback and new support for digital TV (DVB).