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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RE: Tested it for a few hours
by orestes on Wed 6th Apr 2011 19:03 UTC in reply to "Tested it for a few hours"
orestes
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have to give the Gnome team some credit here. They actually learned from their own 2.0 release and KDE 4.0 in that they've been replacing key components in Gnome 2.x with the new 3.0 libraries for quite some time now.

Now the question is whether distros will also have learned and show restraint in running out to make it the default desktop till it's fully ready

Edited 2011-04-06 19:04 UTC

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

They actually learned from their own 2.0 release and KDE 4.0 in that they've been replacing key components in Gnome 2.x with the new 3.0 libraries for quite some time now.


To be fair to KDE4, difference b/w gtk2 and gtk3 are nowhere even close to difference b/w Qt3 and Qt4.

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Which is why the KDE team should've known better than to push a beta quality release into the mainstream before the associated apps had a chance to properly catch up.

The Gnome team went for continuity and as smooth a transition as possible incrementally updating during the entire lifespan of the 2.x series and pruning out old code before finally switching a good portion of the 2.x releases over to the new libraries. You end up in a position where it's entirely feasible to support Gnome Classic in parallel with Gnome-shell for a long time to come, should the market prove to prefer it that way.

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Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

The whole drawing, theme, and input system in gtk3 was overhauled. That's huge! Almost as huge as the change from qt3 to qt4. The changes open possibilities for real animation and composite framework something that was almost impossible in gtk2.

Edited 2011-04-06 20:31 UTC

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