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Sneak Peek into GNOME on openSUSE 13.2
openSUSE 13.2 comes with the latest and greatest that the GNOME desktop has to offer -- GNOME 3.14. At the time of release 13.2 offers GNOME 3.14.1, which improves upon the user-experience of GNOME 3.10, that came with openSUSE 13.1, several notches, featuring notably a much improved gnome-shell with pretty-but-subtle animations and multi-touch gestures for the first time. The core applications have all seen remarkable activity during the development of 3.14 (and earlier, 3.12), focused on exciting features but also to make the desktop experience more unified and consistent.
Typing in a search term in the gnome-shell's activities overview now gives results for matching files, documents, notes, contacts, photos... and even features inline calculations (just type in 22/7 and see for yourself)!
The applications overview now lists "Sundry" and "Utility" applications in app-folders making the full list of applications less crowded and easier to navigate. In an openSUSE-special touch, the YaST modules are all classed into an app-folder of its own, making it straightforward to launch any YaST module straight from the shell.
Header-bars aka Client side window decorations
The support for header-bars, that nifty combination of window-header and toolbar in one screen real-estate saving gem, which started with 3.10 (so you should have seen a glimpse of this in openSUSE 13.1 already) has proliferated into all major applications. Core applications such as text-editor GEdit, Notes, eps/pdf viewer Evince, Music, Documents all benefit from this development. In addition header-bars have also picked up touchscreen supoort, so where one could not previously move windows with header-bars around by touch, this is now possible.
Is that a brand new video player?
Behind the scenes (literally!), it still uses the trusted gstreamer backend (which has got updates of its own since openSUSE 13.1), so the playback is still robust and beautiful.
Revamped text editing
In addition, the application Notes makes it easy to take quick notes without the fuss of having explicitly save a text file for the purpose. It shows all your notes in a convenient easy-to-navigate interface so that you don't ever have to go to the trouble of searching for where you saved the text file in your file system.
Geolocation support in apps
Travel directions support in Maps
New default applications
Both xchat and rhythmbox are still available for installation from the default repositories for fans of these applications.
In addition, the visual theme in GNOME has been much enhanced by virtue of careful attention to detail and the reworking of several of its components. Animated transitions in applications such as Weather, GEdit and others make everyday work a pleasure. Enhanced HiDPI support ensures the desktop and applications look just as great even if you are working on that high-resolution screen of your oh-so new (and expensive!) computer.
Much has been done to make the desktop transition from the login screen faster and smoother, and a lot of work has gone on to improve the memory usage of the shell and several core applications, making sure that its 3.14 incarnation provides GNOME's most smart, snappy, lean and productive experience ever.