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First Look: GNOME 3.6

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The GNOME Project has released the third major update to the GNOME 3 desktop. This is relevant for current GNOME users as well as those who use Cinnamon or Ubuntu's Unity, as these desktop environments use many GNOME programs and parts of the GNOME infrastructure.

File manager

One of the most obvious and most widely discussed new aspects is a major overhaul of the Nautilus user interface. When launched, the file manager now displays the most recently used files, similar to the way the dialog for opening and saving files has done for some time. The developers have also extended the search feature: to use it, one simply needs to start typing. The context menus include "Move To" and "Copy To" options that will display a file selection dialog where the required target can be chosen. The menu bar has been scrapped; some of the features that were previously accessible there can now be found in the application menu in the GNOME Shell's top bar, where Nautilus is simply identified as "Files". An overview of the new user interface is available in videos on the "World of Gnome" web site.

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