Gnome 2.4 beta has been announced. The GNOME Desktop 2.4 Beta 1: "Jelme", is available for immediate download on ftp.gnome.org and mirrors.
The release freeze of Gnome 2.4 is imminent, so an intrepid Gnome user takes a look at what's in 2.4 and how it differs from 2.3.
The GNOME Development Series Desktop 2.3.5 "Jebe", is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is available for immediate download on ftp.gnome.org and mirrors.
The GNOME Project announced the availability of the GNOME 2.2.2 Desktop and Developer Platform. The 2.2.x series is devoted to bugfixes, translations, and general polish of our major 2.2 stable release. The project strongly recommends upgrading to 2.2.2, as it contains large amounts of improvements.
This Gnome 2.3.3 release is a feature-frozen, development series snapshot. It is used by developers and testers as their day-to-day working desktop, and is ready for wider testing by our user community. Full changelog here.
Java-GNOME is a set of java bindings for the GNOME and GTK libraries so GNOME applications can be written in Java. The bindings are implemented via a JNI layer that accesses the native libraries. After many months, version 0.8 is released, which adds support for GTK+ 2.x and GNOME 2.x.
Representatives of the Junta of Extremadura (regional government) announced that a sweeping initiative has put 80,000 computers in schools across that region running a special version of Linux, GNU/LinEx. Our Take: I wish the government in my home country, Greece, also put together cheap $199 PCs (plus $60 1024x768@75Hz 15" monitors) and give them away to high-schools. Problem is, we talk for at least $50m in hardware/support -- Greece is a poor country. With time I guess...
Ximian Desktop 2 came out of few days ago and I gave it a go. This is not a usability experts review, and probably more of a first impressions thing than a review. I consider myself an intermediate user, (probably advanced intermediate). I installed Ximian Desktop on the following computer:
TuxReports offers a peek at Ximian Desktop 2. I also installed XD2 just a few hours ago on my RHL9. Between 2 rcd random crashes (which brought Red Carpet down too) and 5 unresolved dependancies (metacity-devel, bonobo-devel etc), XD2 managed to install successfully. I only use it for a few hours, but it seems like a nice distribution of Gnome2 with added bonuses. It could have been even better though.
Ximian has released their long awaited Ximian Desktop 2, their popular Gnome-based desktop, and Evolution, their popular email client and calendar program. They can be found on the main Ftp server. You can also check their mirrors. OSNews featured an interview with Nat Friedman of Ximian recently.
One year ago I wrote a review of Gnome 2. Some people thought I was harsh, others thought I was fair, point is, I always write what I think and surely Gnome 2.0 didn't have the polish or stability of a .0 release. But one year has passed. Gnome 2.2.1 is out, and I must say one thing: I am starting to get impressed by the effort and the clean interface Gnome 2 is now offering. Update: Screenshots inside.
Joe Barr is happy to have a Ximian desktop again, and hopes he doesn't have to go a long time without it in the future. Read his review of Ximian Desktop 2 at LinuxWorld. Expect an interview with Ximian officials this week, here at OSNews. Update: Two more reviews of Ximian Desktop 2, one from LinuxAndMain and one from eWeek. And an additional article about it by eWeek again.
The Fink project already features KDE 3.1.1, but Tony Arnold is working on bringing Gnome 2.4 (2.3.x for now) under X11 for Mac OS X, via Fink. Screenshot. So far, older Gnome 1.4 is available via Fink.
The GNOME Development Series Desktop 2.3.2 "Little Hero", is ready for bug testing. It is available for immediate download on ftp.gnome.org and mirrors. Details here, changelog here.
The GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.3.1 "Daddy Walrus", is available for immediate download on ftp.gnome.org and mirrors. Full details and changelog here.
Miguel De Icaza is the creator of the GNOME desktop environment (among other things). Aleksey Dolya interviews Miguel about the process of creating GNOME and what he's up to these days.
HP will not make further investments in Gnome and they will stick with CDE for their HP-UX operating system. This is a bummer for Gnome, but not all is bad today, as the Bitstream Vera TTF fonts for X11 are out of beta and available to download (read the release notes and get a newer freetype/fontconfig though, as it fixes some problems when using these fonts).
The GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.3.0 "Mighty Atom", is ready for your bug-busting and testing. A few new modules were added to this dev beta of Gnome for testing: battfink (energy saving and battery tool), fontilus, galeon, gcalctool, gnome-mag (desktop magnification tool), gok ('GNOME On-screen Keyboard', an accessibility tool), gpdf, gucharmap (unicode character map tool), nautilus-cd-burner, themus (theme management), zenity.
The GNOME Project has announced the immediate availability of the GNOME 2.2.1 Desktop and Developer Platform. The 2.2.x series is devoted to bugfixes, translations, and general polish.
eWeek reviews the Gnome 2.2 release and rates it as "good" overall.