Today is the scheduled release date for the long-awaited GNOME2 desktop. But instead of a final GNOME2, a second release candidate will be issued. This falls in line with a one-week delay in RC 1, though when its delay was announced it was said that final release would not be delayed. The report is at LinuxAndMain. Our Take: Gnome2 is more than one year old late, while KDE is on track on most of its releases, and it seems to have captivated the userbase, as according to latest stats and polls, KDE has more than 55% of the Linux desktop, as opposed to Gnome’s 25% (which continues to decline). UPDATE: Yama from PCLinuxOnline writes: “I have written an article that aims to clear up many misconceptions that many people seem to hold about GNOME. Hopefully it will lead to a greater understanding of The GNOME Project and what it’s about.“On a similar note, I would like to mention that I was caught by surprise today, after installing a new (beta) version of Mandrake Cooker, and witnessing the included KDE 3.0.1, running as fast on my Celeron 2×533 Mhz box as on my AthlonXP 1600+ (manually compiled there with optimizations on) or even the optimized i686 Portage-compiled of Gentoo on the same machine (the Celerons)!
Konqueror loads in 1 second. KDE is snappy in general, and it is indeed… a surprise given the nature of Mandrake and the fact that it is a simple i586 build. I suspect that this version of KDE is either compiled with the also included in the beta, GCC 3.1.1, or it is using a fixed version of the Linux loader, which is known to have problems loading KDE/C++ applications (which is the reason many users had to resort in the problematic, stability-wise, object prelinking).
The version of Mandrake Cooker’s KDE I run right now (I am posting this through Konqueror) seems to be on par or to even outperform the i686, -O3 compiled, object-prelinked version of Gentoo on the same machine (note: Gentoo is installed on a somewhat slower drive).