GNOME 2.22 Focuses on Utilities and Standard Applications

“As you might expect, GNOME 2.22, the latest version of the
popular desktop, which was released last week, has some functional
tweaks and new default applications. If the release has a focus, it
is on utilities, ranging from added features in standard GNOME
applications such as Evolution and Archive Manager to improved
accessibility and a handful of new applets. Few of these changes
are dramatic, but the overall impression is of dozens of small
enhancements that nudge GNOME toward greater usability.

“Behind the scenes, where everyday users will hardly notice
anything, developers have been busy. The GNOMEVFS abstraction
layer, which was used by GNOME applications, has been replace by
the more modern GVFS, which, among other things, provides a
higher-level API for development and allows applications that don’t
share its library to access its mount points…”