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 desktoplinux.com 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).