Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:50 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Gnome The day is finally here, the day that the GNOME team releases GNOME 3.0, the first major revision of the GNOME project since 2002. Little of GNOME 2.x is left in GNOME 3.0, and as such, you could call it GNOME's KDE4. We're living in fortunate times, what, with two wildly divergent open source desktops.
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I share your sentiment on LibreOffice. I'd much prefer it be split into a backend and frontend and have each community design the frontend in their native widgets (Qt, Gtk, Windows, Quartz, etc). The frontend should of course should be designed to an accepted specification. How well this will work in practice is open for debate. I know old school unix apps back in the day used to be designed with multiple toolkits/interfaces (especially the command line interface) in mind. It wasn't hard find an application with a cli, motif, tcl/tk, gtk, gtk2 and qt interface. Maybe it's time to resurrect that culture. LibreOffice's emulation layer will eventually be ported to GTK3 but GTK2 isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

I'm sad the BSDs are second class citizens in the free desktop ecology. I don't think their marginalization is intentional. The reality is that it takes resources to port and maintain projects to multiple platforms. At the moment the resources and momentum are skewed towards Linux. The developers have held their end of the bargain. They've worked hard to make free software available. It's now left to the community and corporations to provide funding and/or resources to make sure the software runs on ALL free software platforms. At the very least, the BSD community if they are interested in GNOME should find a way to influence the decisions in the GNOME project.

What constitutes a GNOME 3 application is not solidified. Heck GNOME 3 isn't even solidified. What we're really celebrating today is GNOME Shell and the vision that GNOME 3 might become. A lot of so called "GNOME libraries" have been pushed into GTK3. So today, if you wrote a GTK3 application you can easily get away by calling it a GNOME 3 application. I think eventually what will make an application a "real" GNOME 3 application is how well it integrates into and interacts with GNOME Shell.

From a technical perspective you can have a look at what the GNOME Platform consist of.

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