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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It'll be really hard for me to keep track which feature was done by which, so I'll post GNOME 2.24 and Ubuntu 8.10 as one.
1. Improved file browsing with Nautilus.
First, tabbed Nautilus, of course. Displayed a thousand times over the Internet, but I thought I'd display my version of it, fresh-install 8.10, with no changes whatsoever:
And of course, the new Compact View option (which isn't new at all; the compact view option was available in the previous GNOME, and the previous, and the previous, etc. The only change-up in this version was that before, to create a compact viewing environment, you had to set 3+ options. Now it can be done with a simple click:
Plus, there are two features unmentioned in the releases notes, (one of which people are already aware of) and they are:
The eject icons for removable media in the Places sidebar:
2. Menu items switch-up.
A lot of menu-moving around this time of Ubuntu in the Menu Bar panel applet.