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The GNOME Project has updated its desktop barely six months after the controversial introduction of version 3.0.

GNOME 3.2 has a new online accounts manager for accessing web-based services and data storage and integrating this with the browser and other software. The new code also has a viewing application dubbed Sushi, which previews the contents of the Nautilus file manager and can display previews of images, text and PDFs.

“The GNOME 3.2 release builds on the foundations that we have laid with 3.0 and offers a much more complete experience,” said the team. “We are proud of what the GNOME community is delivering in this release, and we hope you like it.”

The GNOME project described the release of version 3.0 as ground-breaking, which in a sense it was because it polarised the Linux community like never before. Linus Torvalds was so unimpressed he announced publicly that he was dumping the project in favor of the Xfce graphical desktop interface, saying GNOME designers were demonstrating “head up the arse behavior”.

Other Linux builders were also less than impressed, but this software is being publicly supported by Canonical and Red Hat, with the latter’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst saying, in a canned statement, he was thrilled by the maturation of the interface.

The team members said that version 3.4 is planned for March 2012. ®

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