Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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by sukru on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 18:28 UTC
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The problem, as you've said in your article, is it's not easy to define the requirements of GNOME 3.

As seen on there are actually no plans for GNOME 3.0.

But this is not because GNOME is out of ideas. It's actually because every evolutionary, or even revolutionary idea has been implemented in a dot point release of 2.X series.

For example, we had our desktop's memory usage cleaned, font system changed, rendering system changed, hardware accelerated composition enabled, file managing metaphor replaced (spatial view, but actually involving tons of discussion) to name a few.

And the API and technical specs have made stiders as well: The HAL/D-BUS stack, beagle (desktop search), mono, FUSE, new power management system, NetworkManager are the ones that come to my mind at the moment.

If we were to compare this progress to the Microsoft's XP to Vista changes, GNOME should've been around 4.0 now.

Unfortunately I cannot comment on KDE, but I believe they've made similar progress as well.

Not releasing a major release is only because there is not pressing need for big API restructuring at the moment. It's not a deficiency.

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