Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Mar 2008 22:59 UTC
Gnome The GNOME development community has announced the official release of version 2.22 after six months of development. GNOME is an open-source desktop environment that supplies a complete user interface and an assortment of programs for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. GNOME 2.22 includes some important new architectural features and a handful of significant new programs. Among the most important enhancements in GNOME 2.22 are the GVFS virtual file system framework, which brings improved network transparency to GNOME desktop applications, and the PolicyKit framework, which provides improved support for secure privilege elevation.
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RE: Yep...
by lindkvis on Thu 13th Mar 2008 15:24 UTC in reply to "Yep..."
lindkvis
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2006-11-21

There is a big difference in development philosophy. GNOME is much for focus on steady incremental changes or "evolution" if you want, while the KDE team has been more focused on big changes to try to create something new and "revolutionary". It can be seen in release schedules. GNOME releases every six months which leaves only a 4-5 month instability window where people can merge in new things. This has led to 12 releases in 6 years. In the same space of time, KDE has released 7 major versions.

Both approaches have merit but invariably the development of GNOME may seem a bit more dull from the outside, due to the steady evolutionary approach.

The approach is very practical, pragmatic and business like if you like, while the KDE approach is more enthusiastic and idealistic.

I personally think both teams can learn from each other here. I think there sometimes is a bit too much change for the sake of change within KDE, while GNOME sometimes is too conservative.

For GNOME's part I think they should stop doing ALL releases on a six month schedule because the six month schedule makes big platform changes very hard.

Maybe two releases every even years (2008, 2010 etc) and one release every odd years (2009, 2011 etc) or something to that effect would be a good compromise.

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