Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Nov 2005 22:50 UTC
Gnome GNOME 2.12.2 has been released, as the second maintenance release in the 2.12 series. Download the tarballs of the platform, desktop and bindings.
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RE: But how do I get it?
by Eugenia on Wed 30th Nov 2005 23:17 UTC in reply to "But how do I get it?"
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2005-06-28

>Why can't I just double-click a file or two like in so many other OSes?

Because Gnome is a *platform*, not an "application". By being a platform, it means that it has to integrate itself on each different distribution or Unix or X server, mostly the same way, but not always the same. Sometimes extra patches or changes have to be made for some of these distros or OSes. And this is why when it comes to platforms, you need to WAIT for your distro/OS to upgrade.

If you can't wait, just compile it youself and lose the "warranty". Or, switch to a development version of your distro. Or, switch to a distro that are "faster" to provide updates, like the Arch Linux updates earlier today.

Would it be cool if there was an API/ABI compatiblity as you wish? Sure it would be. But it is not, and it ain't gonna happen. "Choice" is at the same time a gift and a curse in the Linux world.

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RE[2]: But how do I get it?
by on Thu 1st Dec 2005 00:09 in reply to "RE: But how do I get it?"
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Is there a gnu/linux distro that does clean seperation between base os and third party applications and platforms.

I'm using freebsd and have gnome 2.12.2 running as of this morning. The clean seperation of os and ports is what keeps me here. It's nice to have the latest and greatest in the application world such as rhythmbox 9.2, firefox 1.5, gnome 2.12.1 while maintaing a stable os.

Just courious

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RE[3]: But how do I get it?
by Eugenia on Thu 1st Dec 2005 00:12 in reply to "RE[2]: But how do I get it?"
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2005-06-28

Yes, Arch Linux does that. The base tree is called... "-base". Then, if you want, you can add -Current or -Extra, but that's up to the user only.

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RE[3]: But how do I get it?
by on Thu 1st Dec 2005 18:26 in reply to "RE[2]: But how do I get it?"
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my problem with freebsd (and gentoo for that matter) is that i dont like to sit and wait an hour to install totem with xine because there's no binary available to install for it.

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RE[2]: But how do I get it?
by Phil on Thu 1st Dec 2005 14:07 in reply to "RE: But how do I get it?"
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2005-07-06

There are times it would be nice to be able to mod a staff members post up!

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RE[2]: But how do I get it?
by dsmogor on Thu 1st Dec 2005 14:24 in reply to "RE: But how do I get it?"
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2005-09-01

I guess it's became a marketing issue.
The just released gnome packages actually are not products but just components that are are more and more integral part of bigger systems.
As such they shouldn't be advertised in separation because most people cannot easily reach them directly and a lot of precious excitement that could otherwise be directed to distros is wasted.

Unfortunately people are used to treat project milestone announcements on the same level as product announcements in commercial world.

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