Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Feb 2008 20:01 UTC
Gnome GNOME 2.22.0 release candidate has been released. "This is the last unstable release before 2.22.0. It's been a pretty fun ride since September. New features. Bug fixes. Translations. Documentation. Lots of bug triaging too. And we're getting ready to start again for 2.23! But before, we need to make sure 2.22.0 will be rock-solid. There's still a few days before the hard code freeze, so it's not too late to fix this last bug you're ashamed of."
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gtk2
by mariux on Thu 28th Feb 2008 21:09 UTC
mariux
Member since:
2005-11-13

But what is the status of gtk development these days?

I remember in the past reading about the speed of development of gtk and the number of developers is very low. Is this true? Why do you think it is so that we are able to find so few developers to work on the only really big open source bazaar toolkit?

Is gtk holding gnome back?

(And slightly off topic (This paragraph is not a critique but just an observation))
With the version number becoming so high (22) i find it harder to remember which version they are on. Not sure why but it might be because the relative size of the change in number becomes smaller every time. ((22-20)/22) << ((8-6)/8)

Edited 2008-02-28 21:15 UTC

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RE: gtk2
by nzjrs on Thu 28th Feb 2008 22:26 in reply to "gtk2"
nzjrs Member since:
2006-01-02

Oh no. You appear to have version-number-itis!

Its a debilitating disease where one assumes that version numbers have literal meaning. :-)

Don't worry too much about version numbers. Glib/Gtk is on a different release schedule to GNOME, so the version numbers are bound to get out of sync.

As for developer effort/number of new features added, like all of FOSS it comes and goes in waves. A lot of people have invested money in Gtk, so its not going away. It recently had a quiet period, and now it (incl GNOME) seems to be bouncing back. KDE4 has inspired a lot of motivation on the GNOME side, and I'm willing to bet that the next GNOME release will have many new features, to keep pace with KDE4.

Thats why competition in FOSS is good.

Edited 2008-02-28 22:27 UTC

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RE: gtk2
by J.R. on Mon 3rd Mar 2008 09:18 in reply to "gtk2"
J.R. Member since:
2007-07-25

Is gtk holding gnome back?


The only thing holding Gnome back in my opinion is stupid bugs that have remained for 5-6-7-8 years without being fixed despite patches has been submitted. Not because the patches haven't been any good, but because it seems the Gnome community can not decide how things are suppose to work.

What is making me say that? Well for once the infamous variable length window list buttons that just got fixed in the previous release after what...5-6 years? And the debate about []'s around minimized windows on the window list is still yet to be decided. I could probably go on like this forever. They are getting there cause I have seen many of the ancient bugs being fixed lately, but they still got a long way to go.

Just mod me down if you are a Gnome fanboy and are blind to these problems, and are not even reading the debates on bugzilla and the mailinglists before making up your mind. I for one will keep watching the debates and let them make up my mind.

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