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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Built on the shoulders of giants, GNOME 2.14 hits the shelves on the 15th of March. As well as new features and more polish, developers have been working around the clock to squeeze more performance out of the most commonly used applications and libraries. This is a review of some of the most shiny work that has gone into the upcoming GNOME release.
Significant improvements in GNOME 2.14 have lead to noticable speed-ups throughout the desktop. The speed of font rendering has been improved and a new memory allocator called GSlice, which is in many ways similar to the slab allocator in the Linux kernel offer significant performance increases throughout GNOME. Specific identified slow points in GNOME such as logging in have also been optimised by our crack team of speed kings.
Part of the newly formed GNOME Admin Suite, a collection of tools for Administrators is Pessulus, a lockdown editor for GNOME. Pessulus allows administrators to disable certain functionality in the GNOME desktop. This feature is useful in corporate environments and Internet cafés where users should not be allowed to edit panels, use the command line, &c.