Home > Gnome > GNOME 2.2 Gains Muscle and Polish GNOME 2.2 Gains Muscle and Polish Eugenia Loli 2003-03-11 Gnome 10 Comments eWeek reviews the Gnome 2.2 release and rates it as “good” overall. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 10 Comments 2003-03-11 8:45 pm At first I look upon them with disbelief. Then I browse the screenshots, I drool wanting to get my hands on this latest thing. I do. I use it for quite some time. Then it starts acting up, it throws up on me, crashes, etc, etc… That’s when I go back to WindowMaker. There’s a huge difference between looking good and being functional. 2003-03-11 8:48 pm I have used Gnome 2.2 via Slackware 9.0 beta’s, and I’d have to say that the speed improvements and overall appearance improvements make this one heck of a desktop solution. I always transition from Gnome to KDE and then back, Gnome releases a great minimalist yet sophisticated DE, then KDE releases their full functional desktop making it faster and more useable. Then Gnome comes out again adding features and appealing to my minimalist views, but they make it even snappier, wow… The DE’s in Linux are improving so much, I only hope that this competition between KDE and Gnome will bring Linux/BSD to the masses or atleast make it more appealing. Competition is what OSS is all about, lets not fuss over pride and petty differences because this competition strengthens the OSS community. Come on lets not make this a flame war, both DE’s have their shine. It’s all opinion, that’s why Linux and BSD (and any other unmentioned project) exist. 2003-03-11 9:22 pm At first I look upon them with disbelief. Then I browse the screenshots, I drool wanting to get my hands on this latest thing. I do. I use it for quite some time. Then it starts acting up, it throws up on me, crashes, etc, etc… I have been using Gnome since 2.1.x and it doesn’t crash on me so far. It always have been very stable in FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT. 😉 There’s a huge difference between looking good and being functional. There’s a huge difference between being functional and how users know how to install and use it correct. 😛 2003-03-11 9:46 pm >There’s a huge difference between being functional and how users know how to install and use it correct. 😛 Yep, true, but the thing is really hard to compile , I use Debian Unstable but without a internet conexion, I donwload sources & try to compile but a lot of thing fails, ie libxml, scrollkeeper, gstreamer, my dtd is wrong, etc etc, ..but anyway, this version is a great improvement over 2.0, better look, more speed, more polish in every aspect, this people are making really good stuff…& I agree with Havoc vission of simplicity even when I’m a poweruser(sometimes) 2003-03-12 2:52 am Well Mega, it’s not that hard to download and compile GNOME 2.2 on FreeBSD. Gotta love ports. But if you must use Debian, you do realize that GNOME 2.2 is right on in there, right? http://people.debian.org/~walters/gnome2.html 2003-03-12 9:53 am Don’t compile manually from source tarballs, use GARNOME! http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/garnome/ It makes compiling GNOME dead simple: “make install” and everything is automatically downloaded, compiled & installed! 2003-03-12 11:47 am While my anonymous friend is at it, I’ll would also suggest people to use CVSGnome http://mirrors.egwn.net/cvsgnome/ which makes compiling GNOME dead simple. Why dealing with dozens of directories and confusing scripts when you simply need one file that you run and get presented with an interactive menu ? Simply choose ‘world stable’ to build from released Tarballs or enter ‘world’ to build from CVS modules. Or simply use the script as wrapper to build other GNOME packages that you find on the net. No need to create any directories, manually download tarballs or cvs modules. This script automates everything. 2003-03-12 1:18 pm I have been using Gnome since 2.1.x and it doesn’t crash on me so far. It always have been very stable in FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT. 😉 It has been stable for me also in 4.7-CURRENT. GNOME 2.2 on [Linux|FreeBSD] is a winner. I really wanted to test it on OpenBSD, some people told me it’s also a winner. Anyway, for those who use RH 8 and doesn’t want to wait ’till April for 8.1, go http://people.ecsc.co.uk/~matt for your GNOME 2.2 packages. Kicks ass. 2003-03-12 6:40 pm I just upgraded to Gnome 2.2 using Dropline http://www.dropline.net and I really like it. It’s very speedy. n0dez 2003-03-12 9:00 pm Dropline gnome is great for slackware…i havent stopped using it since i installed it about 2 months ago.