Home > Gnome > GNOME 2.12 RC1 ReleasedGNOME 2.12 RC1 Released Thom Holwerda 2005-08-24 Gnome 72 CommentsGNOME 2.12 RC1 has been released. Download: platform, desktop and bindings.About The Author Thom HolwerdaFollow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 72 Comments 2005-08-24 9:35 pm I know Memory Reduction was a goal during this cycle, but I don’t think they got very far. I use Gnome 2.10 on a 200MHz laptop with 96MB RAM. The memory is the hardest part. 2005-08-24 9:39 pm LumberghYou shouldn’t be using Gnome on that machine. You should be using fluxbox or something similiar. And forget about Mozilla or Firefox on that machine too. It’s time for an upgrade buddy. 2005-08-25 2:47 am ma_dI used firefox and gaim and xchat at once on fluxbox on a machine with, effectively, 56MB of RAM. The swapping was hardly noticeable. Well, of course certain kinds of websites weren’t any fun to browse (ones with lots of decent res pictures). 2005-08-25 5:00 am Since when is it your place to tell somebody else to upgrade? Any sane person will upgrade when their computer no longer serves their needs, or the cost and loss of time become are less of a consideration than lost productivity. A person’s financial situation is also a consideration, as are their priorities (though it is probably safe to assume that computers are a high priority among people who visit OSNews).I know that I have a couple of 680×0 machines (sub-33 MHz) in use, and they are great for the jobs they are used for. That isn’t to say that I would run any version of Gnome or Firefox on them, but they are more than adequate for email, IRC, writing, (fun) programming, and so forth. 2005-08-25 5:47 am LumberghAny sane person will upgrade when their computer no longer serves their needs, or the cost and loss of time become are less of a consideration than lost productivityAny sane person wouldn’t be running modern Gnome on a p-200. 2005-08-25 1:12 pm I don’t know about that. I’m running Gnome 2.8 (Ubuntu Hoary) on my Toshiba 460CDT (P166, 160Mb RAM). It’s slow, but not unbearable. 2005-08-25 7:07 am Yes, it will be a problem. On a similar machine I have used WindowMaker and xfe. Xdm as the login manager. They run very fast. Konqueror seems to be the fastest of the web browsers, though Firefox will run, and I don’t use OO, but Gnumeric and Kword – they run just fine. K funnily enough seems faster than Dillo. I found the best way to get to a stripped down install was using Debian Pure and doing a manual package install. You need to get wmakerconf to set it up easily. It takes a few minutes to get to know WM, but once you do, its easy, fast and painless. The trick with not having a desktop in the usual sense is to put xfe always open in another desktop. 2005-08-24 9:49 pm Please.My PDA has more power LOL 2005-08-25 2:47 am ma_dIt probably has more power than my 400 PII as well, but my PII is a lot more useful to me than a PDA . 2005-08-24 9:50 pm CavediverKeep up the good work. In a few releases the memory and slugishness hoax will be erased from everybodys mind. 2005-08-25 2:49 am ma_dRiiiiight, and Republicans will sit down and have a civil and useful discussion with Democrats about American politics! 2005-08-24 10:07 pm http://www.gnome.org/~davyd/gnome-2-12/ 2005-08-24 10:35 pm The new Gnome is very impressive. Good job! 2005-08-24 10:37 pm Who is ThatCairo rocks!!!! take that Microsoft!!! Gnome beat you 🙂I hope by Gnome 2.14 we have OGL accelerated GUI. though to use it you need a DRI card which means an upgrade from my GF2 gts 2005-08-24 10:52 pm > Cairo rocks!!!! take that Microsoft!!!> Gnome beat you 🙂Oh yes. Cairo does indeed rock, in terms of incompatibility and ABI breach, something Microsoft never does, not even in a decade.Details:http://www.rosenauer.org/blog/?p=8“During the last days I had to fix several issues because of new GTK. Some changes in mozilla code are needed to make it work (reliably) with new GTK and Cairo.”Yeah! Patching, recompiling and upgrading applications once again. Thank you, independent software vendors will be enthusiastic about that! 2005-08-24 11:08 pm Cairo does indeed rock, in terms of incompatibility and ABI breach, something Microsoft never does, not even in a decade.Yes, well – since they’ve not actually released a 1.0 version yet, that’s not surprising. We don’t expect Microsoft to maintain compatibility with it’s own development releases either.You’ll note that the weblog isn’t actually complaining about the changes, just reporting them. Projects that have elected to use non-final APIs live with the fact that they have to change their own code from time to time. That’s why both the article and weblog are dealing with development versions, of Gnome and Mozilla respectively.That said, they seem to have committed to the final version of the API now, since that’s one of the things the Gtk guys were waiting for before releasing 2.8. 2005-08-25 12:12 am > Yes, well – since they’ve not actually released a 1.0> version yet, that’s not surprising. We don’t expect> Microsoft to maintain compatibility with it’s own> development releases either.Why do you tell this nonsense? Didn’t you understand the text? GTK 2.8 is *released*, it *depends* on cairo, no matter if i’s < 1.0, and it is *incompatible* with GTK 2.6. This is nothing about “development versions”, the *stable* and *released* version of GTK is *incompatible* with the previous stable of GTK. Please don’t tell me something about “development versions”, this doesn’t apply here, or is GTK 2.8 now a “development version” again? 2005-08-25 12:24 am MystilleefThat’s false. GTK-2.8 is backward compatible with GTK-2.6. If you coded your applications well, you do not need to change any code for your application to work with GTK-2.8. 2005-08-25 12:39 am > That’s false. GTK-2.8 is backward compatible with> GTK-2.6.Is Firefox pure imagination?> If you coded your applications well, you do not need> to change any code for your application to work with> GTK-2.8.Please make a decision:[ ] Applications work unchanged with GTK 2.8 and Firefox is imagination[ ] Firefox does not work unchanged, but it’s my fault because I use a released version of GTK which depends on an unreleased version of cairoWe have two contradicting explanations now, which one is correct? 2005-08-25 12:45 am MystilleefFirefox is not a pure GTK application. It uses many hacks to get GTK working well with it. Please inform yourself. 2005-08-25 2:20 am [ ] Applications work unchanged with GTK 2.8 and Firefox is imagination[ ] Firefox does not work unchanged, but it’s my fault because I use a released version of GTK which depends on an unreleased version of cairoWe have two contradicting explanations now, which one is correct?Firstly, the development versions of Firefox use Cairo directly, so Firefox itself needs code changes if the Cairo API changes. That’s what the weblog entry posted earlier was talking about, nothing to do with current Firefox releases (which don’t use Cairo).Secondly, GTK 2.8.0 was released in parallel with a a major version jump in Cairo, from 0.6.x to 0.9.x, which included an API change. It’s my understanding that this release was only made once the Cairo developers confirmed that this was the final version of their API that would be in 1.0.As it is, apps compiled for Gtk 2.6.x should run unchanged on 2.8.x. However, apps compiled for 2.7.x might not, and apps that use cairo directly probably won’t either. As I said, if you run development releases, you expect to live with a bit of pain. 2005-08-25 11:03 am Firefox does not really use GTK. It uses what little it can of it to get the look of the theme that is in use.GTK applications work unchanged. Applications which only use GTK so they can mimic the look of it, not actually use it will probably break. 2005-08-25 2:53 am ma_dI think be meant binary incompatible. Which I’m sure is false as well.Of course, independent closed minded (err closed source) vendors can always statically compile against gtk anyway. Then they’d have no problem. That is … what they do on Windows (except with Microsoft’s libraries). 2005-08-25 1:31 am Actually cairo IS 1.0.0 as of … right now 2005-08-24 10:54 pm Not necessarily a DRI card – just one with hardware acceleration, such as the nVidia drivers provide. So a GF2 ought to work, even if not quite so well as a more modern card…As for timeframes, it’s not something that’s really linked to Gnome, since that just uses underlying libraries like X and cairo. So that will come whenever the lower level projects are ready, not as part of the KDE or Gnome release cycles. 2005-08-25 12:55 pm If a GF2 with nvidia closed drivers can’t handle drawing the screen then I doubt ANY of the OSS drivers on any card could handle it. I’m sure he will be fine for the next 5+ years for everything except maybe 3D games.It’s sad just how bad the OSS drivers really are. 2005-08-24 10:49 pm It took them until this release to get it?KDE’s had it for like 8 years.GNOME was unusable without it.Why does the GNOME team keep deferring success? 2005-08-25 9:41 am donelyhehe.. I just love quotes like “Gnome was unsuable without clipboard management”..classic…Now, back to reality… 2005-08-25 3:11 pm It took them this long to get it right. It took KDE this long to get it right too. The disadvantages of the not-right solution were greater than the advantages. 2005-08-24 11:00 pm Why when news about KDE comes out, gnome fans dont say anything, but when Gnome news come, everybody starts trashing it. Just a comment. 2005-08-24 11:12 pm Why when news about KDE comes out, gnome fans dont say anything, but when Gnome news come, everybody starts trashing it. Just a comment.No, I think it’s fairly well balanced actually. Whenever one of the projects releases a new version, all the nutters who favour the other show up to make a noise about everything they like about their project and hate about the other.If you look at some of the recent KDE announcements on OSNews, you’ll see they produced much the same reaction. KDE trolls hang out on Gnome threads, Gnome trolls hang out on KDE threads. 2005-08-24 11:34 pm JMcCarthyBecause in strict terms of a *nix desktop, one is garbage and one isn’t. 2005-08-24 11:41 pm jbauerGnome fans don’t say anything?You must be new here…. 2005-08-24 11:16 pm >>If you look at some of the recent KDE announcements on OSNews, you’ll see they produced much the same reaction. KDE trolls hang out on Gnome threads, Gnome trolls hang out on KDE threads.I think is more of the KDE side. I am a gnome user, but I think KDE 4 will be great. However, I do not see the need to trash the other. It would be better to have comments on features you would like to see in future versions. I cant wait to have 2.12 on portage. 2005-08-24 11:39 pm What’s the latest about the plans of converging Gnome and KDE? Didn’t freedesktop.org also start some steps in that direction? 2005-08-24 11:46 pm orestesYou mean the GNOME/KDE merger plans that don’t exist, never have, and most likely never will? 2005-08-25 12:08 am What’s the latest about the plans of converging Gnome and KDE? Didn’t freedesktop.org also start some steps in that direction?If by ‘converging’, you mean working together to use common code where possible, then yes, that’s the main role of freedesktop.org – to provide a place for that kind of cooperation to occur. Things like the specs for menu files and storing recently-used files. Software like xorg, dbus, hal, etcBut they’re certainly not talking about merging the projects entirely. And talk of plans is misleading – people simply come up with proposed standards, document them, and try to get people to use them. Other projects choose to follow those standards if they think them useful, else come up with their own. 2005-08-25 12:06 am ManumaNew theme for GNOME 2.12Is not finished yet.http://stellingwerff.com/cl-cairo/wip5.png 2005-08-25 7:10 am “New theme for GNOME 2.12Is not finished yet.http://stellingwerff.com/cl-cairo/wip5.png ”Ooo… not bad, not bad The minimize-maximize-close buttons are a bit squashed for my tastes, but otherwise overall it looks pretty nice 2005-08-25 1:05 pm Daniel BorgmannThe minimize-maximize-close buttons are a bit squashed for my tastesThe titlebar is just Richard’s quickly hacked together XFWM theme. He does not use Metacity himself. Earlier he used the Opus theme on screenshots, but that led to some confusion… 2005-08-25 8:43 am Tomek Jerzykowski> New theme for GNOME 2.12> Is not finished yet.> http://stellingwerff.com/cl-cairo/wip5.pngThe screenshot above shows a new version that will be rendered by Cairo. The current version can be considered as finished. 2005-08-25 10:52 am the_thunderbirdthat is awesome 2005-08-25 12:15 am >> Because in strict terms of a *nix desktop, one is garbage and one isn’t.Smart comment. You didnt say which one is garbage. However, I can tell you one of them follows roadmaps and deadlines better than the other one. Go figure. 2005-08-25 12:18 am YuskeSmart comment. You didnt say which one is garbage. However, I can tell you one of them follows roadmaps and deadlines better than the other one. Go figure.Or, want has a future, and the other don’t. 2005-08-25 12:25 am YuskeOr, one* has a future, and the other don’t. 2005-08-25 12:34 am So does the RC have a menu editor? That’s the only thing keeping KDE on on computer right now. 2005-08-25 4:34 am unoengborgThat shouldn’t keep you from useing Gnome.You can use SMEG (Simple Menu Editor fo Gnome) right now in GNOME 2.10.To install it you will also need some stuff from free desktop org. For more details on download and install, see: http://www.realistanew.com/projects/smeg/ 2005-08-25 12:37 am Will Gnome 2.12 be released to Breezy (Ubuntu)? I know it’s freezed, but I’m still hoping… 2005-08-25 1:29 am ryanOf course it will! It’s true that Ubuntu is in a feature freeze right now (since Aug 11 I think), but Gnome has been in feature freeze since July 13th according to http://live.gnome.org/ReleasePlanning_2fTwoPointEleven — so Ubuntu will continue to pick up bugfixes from Gnome as they get them (and fix their own distribution bugs).It’s no coincidence, as I’m pretty sure that Ubuntu is currently basing their freeze and release dates around Gnome’s schedule. 2005-08-25 1:09 am >> Or, one* has a future, and the other don’t.Please tell me which one has a future, so I only use that one. Dont want to waste time. 2005-08-25 1:28 pm Soulbender“Please tell me which one has a future, so I only use that one. Dont want to waste time.”Whichever one you’re currently rooting for, of course. 2005-08-25 1:22 am Will Gnome 2.12 be released to Breezy (Ubuntu)? I know it’s freezed, but I’m still hoping…I believe Ubuntu bases their release schedule around the Gnome release schedule as much as possible, I could be wrong though. 2005-08-25 1:27 am >>Will Gnome 2.12 be released to Breezy (Ubuntu)? I know it’s freezed, but I’m still hoping…https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BreezyBadger 2005-08-25 4:18 am monkeyheadI’m a gnome fan and excited for when 2.12 eventually makes it’s way into gentoo’s stable category. still months down the road, but i’ve got no real complaints about 2.10 other than menu editing, so the wait will be worth it.never understood why everyone hates gnome. if you’ve got decent hardware than it’s snappy, out of the way, and cohesive for just getting stuff done. no real complaints from this geek. 2005-08-25 6:23 am As a Window User ( Only uses linux from time to time ) One thing i can never understand is why is the theme always grayish colour…….I think some more colourful default icon would greatly help. 2005-08-25 6:55 am FinalzoneIf you don’t like the default theme, you can always change it, look through art.gnome.org and don’t need to spend money for an application like WindowsBlind. 2005-08-25 6:24 am chakieHeh, just look at the recent KDE threads, they are huge fields of burnt carnage because of all the flaming back and forth. Same old dead horses are beaten all the time… 2005-08-25 8:01 am True so true. brown/gray default icons are *very* ugly. I use GNOME on al my [FreeBSD] boxes and the first thing I do is installing the [rocking] BlueCurve iconset. Hope maintainers will see the light once to change the default. Cheers. 2005-08-25 8:27 am Actually, I see more and more people getting tired of bluecurve (on Fedora, where it is the default)… right now I consider gperfection2 to be the absolute best _icon_ theme.As for the gtk theme I stick with ClearLooks (one of the bluish ones), since I find the gperfection2 color scheme to lack contrast (dark grey text on olive/brown widgets). 2005-08-25 3:13 pm “Actually, I see more and more people getting tired of bluecurve (on Fedora, where it is the default)… right now I consider gperfection2 to be the absolute best _icon_ theme. ”Fedora has not used BlueCurve as it’s default theme since either FC2 or FC3, it now uses the clearlooks theme (I think the swap was made when Fedora started shipping with two bars). 2005-08-26 2:03 am Daniel BorgmannBut they were talking about the icon theme and Fedora still uses the Bluecurve icons. In my eyes, Jimmac’s icons are clearly superior though. If people just want a brighter folder icon, there are better ways to get that than to switch to a completely different icon theme… Both Jimmac and the designer of Bluecurve now work for Novell, so I’m curious what they’ll come up with next. 2005-08-26 8:22 am If you refer to those talking of “bland” icons, I think they were talking about the gnome stock ones. Someone suggested BlueCurve as a better set, and I replied that actually bluecurve is starting to look old, and has not been that goodlooking from the start (too much “windowish” yellow folders, for starters).As for the toolkit i use ClearLooks BlueSky (or something similar 🙂 ), but I’m open to changes (for example to a brownish theme ubuntu-style). 2005-08-25 7:41 pm I use the Clearlooks-graphite theme, it has much better contrast than the gperfection one. I honestly think that the gperfection or the graphite suite should be the new default, it’s very nice o the eyes. 2005-08-25 11:27 am I’m running Debian Sid, with the latest Firefox, libcairo 1.0 and gtk 2.8.1, and it all works perfectly together. 2005-08-25 12:56 pm Will Cairo replace Freetype or are they complementary? 2005-08-25 1:16 pm vinterblegThey have nothing to do with each other. Cairo can use FreeType to render text, and that’s about it. Cairo is a vector drawing library, FreeType is a font rendering library.– Simon 2005-08-25 1:33 pm With all the hoop-la surrounding antialiasing in Cairo I wasn’t sure if Cairo implemented font rendering in addition to vector graphics. Thanks for clearing it up. 2005-08-25 1:39 pm SphinxAfter that e17 review this is rather unimpressive. 2005-08-25 2:04 pm re: After that e17 review this is rather unimpressive.Offcourse, when comparing a finished workable product and a concept model, the concept model always win.Look how Microsoft uses this all the time.Tell me when was enlightment anything more then a concept model? 2005-08-25 2:45 pm >> Whichever one you’re currently rooting for, of course.Exactly. The thing is I am rooting for both. Good luck. 2005-08-25 5:39 pm Quag7Nice to see they’re providing a menu editor with this upcoming release. I have to say, this has been a curious omission and it’s surprising they’re just getting around to this now.However, I figured I’d just add for those who have been waiting for this, there’s an application called denu:http://freshmeat.net/projects/denu/Which does a great job editing the Gnome menus. It also edits menus for a whole bunch of other WMs. I use it here periodically, and it’s in my distributions package database, in a 19kb archive. So if the lack of a menu editor is keeping you away, there’s really no need to avoid Gnome for that reason, anyway.Some of the new features look promising, and this appears to be a more interesting release than 2.10 was. 2005-08-25 6:10 pm Actually, Gnome was only temporary without menu editor (for 1 version, or 2?). I do not understand why some people act as if it just about now had the first one ever.