Simpler tools for Gnome
A significant revision of the Gnome desktop environment arriving in mid-March will introduce simple administrator tools designed for locking down desktops and other tasks, according to developers.
Gnome (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is one of the two most widely used graphical desktops used on Linux and Unix systems, the other being KDE (K Desktop Environment). While the two are indistinguishable to the casual observer, each has its own fanatical supporters and efforts by Linux distributors to favour one over another have so far failed.
Gnome 2.14, set for release on 15 March, will introduce the Gnome Admin Suite, said developer Davyd Madeley in a recent web posting. One component of this will be the lockdown editor Pessulus, designed to make it simple to disable particular functions of the desktop, such as locking the screen, logging out and switching the machine off.