For those of you wondering, Gnome 2.12 is due out September 7′th. It comes bearing a ton of new features, some tighter Nautilus/Gstreamer integration and a new software package called evince that lets you preview PDF files from file browsers.
Hal and D-BUS are coming along as well, and even more “it just works” stylings of Project Utopia. The new Evolution looks nice, and Cairo is just spectacular. Hey, don’t take my word for it; go and check it out yourself at Davyd Madeley’s Perennial Prerelease Tour.