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4. Changes in Fedora for Desktop Users

4.1. Desktop

4.1.1. GNOME

Fedora 23 features the latest available version of the GNOME desktop environment - 3.18 (codename Gothenburg). This release brings several major new features as well as many smaller improvements and bug fixes. The code name was chosen in recognition of the volunteer team which organized the 2015 GUADEC conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Major new features of GNOME 3.18 include:
Google Drive integration
You can now access your Google Drive directly from the Files application as well as from file chooser dialogs. To use this feature, add your Google account through your Online Account settings.
Files improvements
  • A new location called Other Locations has been added to the files places side bar, which is shown in the Files browser and in open and save dialogs. This location provides an overview of some local and network locations. Many of those locations are no longer shown in the side bar, which helps avoid clutter.
  • Long-running operations such as copying or moving a large number of files have been improved. Files now features a button in the header bar, showing file transfer progress when pressed. This allows you to easily see the progress of all running file transfers at once, and avoids cluttering your screen with multiple file transfer dialog windows.
  • A new search feature has been added to file open and save dialogs.
  • Context menus can now be activated on a touch screen using press and hold.
  • Placeholders are now displayed when folders are empty, or when no search results are found.
  • Recent file lists now show the full path to each displayed file.
  • Recursive search is now disabled on remote locations (network storage) to prevent performance problems.
  • Improved dynamic backlight support for devices with brightness sensors.
Firmware updates
GNOME 3.18 fully integrates Linux Vendor Firmware Service, an initiative to provide a streamlined, automated process for installing device firmware. This service is integrated into the Software application, and firmware updates can be installed the same way you can install package updates.
Automatic screen brightness
On computers with integrated light sensors, GNOME can now automatically adjust screen brightness. This helps increase user comfort as well as save battery power on laptops. Automatic brightness adjustment can be disabled in Power settings.
New Calendar application
A new application, Calendar, is now integrated into GNOME, providing a calendar application fully consistent with other GNOME applications, including integration with Online Account.
New Characters application
Characters is another new application in GNOME 3.18. It provides an easy way to find and use a variety of characters in documents and communications, such as punctuation marks, currency and mathematical symbols. Characters are sorted into categories for easy searching, and the application can also remember your recently used symbols and provides them in the Recently Used tab for easy repeated access.
GNOME is installed by default on Fedora Workstation, and is also available with other variants of Fedora 23. If your system does not have GNOME installed, use dnf group install gnome-desktop as root to add it to your system. After the installation finishes, log out of your current session and choose GNOME as your desktop environment when logging back in.
For additional information about GNOME 3.18, as well as screenshots of new features described above, see the upstream GNOME 3.18 Release Notes and Other Improvements in GNOME 3.18 for information about other changes.
A list of languages available for GNOME is available at Internationalization. Information for developers and system administrators is available at What’s New for Developers and System Administrators.

4.1.2. Cinnamon Spin

The Cinnamon desktop version 2.6 is now available as a Spin for Fedora 23. Cinnamon is a modern desktop environment based on the GNOME Shell, with advanced features and a traditional and flexible user experience.
Updates and improvements in this release include:
  • Improved multi-monitor support
  • HTML5 and XScreenSaver support for animated screensavers
  • Panel management improvements
  • New inhibit applet to hide notifications and temporarily suspend power saving events
  • Redesigned system settings panel for improved usability
  • Accessibility improvements, including better support for ATK/Orca, magnifiers, and and a new On-Screen Keyboard applet
See the Cinnamon official website for more information on Cinnamon, and go to http://spins.fedoraproject.org to download the Spin.

4.1.3. Sugar

Originally started as part of the One Laptop per child initiative, Sugar is a desktop environment targeted for children ages 5 - 12 to provide learning and educational activities through rich media. Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with the opportunity for a quality education.
This update to sugar 0.106 includes the following:
  • improved performance
  • updated activities
  • New social help for access to discussion forums and collaborative learning
See the SugarLabs release notes for more information on this sugar release.

4.2. Productivity

4.2.1. Firefox 40

Fedora 23 provides the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, the world-favorite web browser. The powerful and extensible browser is kept up to date to keep your web surfing secure and smooth. For detailed information about the 40 release, see Firefox Notes.

4.2.2. Thunderbird 38

The Thunderbird e-mail client now includes the Lightning calendar and scheduling extension by default. Use it for todo lists, e-mailed invitations, and more. For full details on changes in Thunderbird, see the project's Release Notes.

4.2.3. LibreOffice 5

Fedora 23 provides LibreOffice version 5, the latest mayor release of the default office suite. Some of the features of this release are:
  • Now it is possible to crop an image with the mouse.
  • Data bars in rows with conditional formatting in Calc.
  • Improvements in handling .doc, .rtf, .xlsx and xml formats.
See the Release Notes for a comprehensive list of all new features in this release.

4.3. Networking

4.3.1. NetworkManager

Fedora 23 includes NetworkManager version 1.0.6, an upgrade from version 1.0.2 provided in Fedora 22. Some of the notable changes in this version are:
  • The command line network configuration utility nmcli has gained tab autocompletion and hints for more properties.
  • Device management can now be controlled with udev rules.
  • Interfaces such as veth and those from various virtualization tools like VMWare, VirtualBox, and Parallels are now ignored by default.
  • Numerous bug fixes and behavior enhancements.
See the NetworkManager 1.0.6 release announcement and NetworkManager 1.0.4 release announcements for a summary of changes between versions 1.0.2 and 1.0.6.

4.4. Internationalization

4.4.1. Input Methods

  • ibus-libzhuyin ("New Zhuyin") is now the default Traditional Chinese Zhuyin input method.
  • IBus now supports the format of X11 compose file and loads $HOME/.XCompose .
  • IBus panel now shows XKB language prefix on the icon per XKB layout instead of ibus-keyboard.svg on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

4.4.2. Fonts

  • Lohit Devanagari, Lohit Telugu and Lohit Bengali have been updated with Unicode 8.0 support.