After spending time with Torsten Rahn and Everaldo Coelho earlier this year, we continue our Creative Penguin series in a discussion with Tuomas "Tigert" Kuosmanen and Jakub "Jimmac" Steiner of Ximian. If you've ever admired the beautiful artwork of GNOME, these are the gentlemen responsible for it. How did they get involved? Why should you be interested in desktop artwork? They now discuss all of this and more with Open for Business' Timothy R. Butler.
"The launch of the latest edition of the Gnome desktop software for Linux and Unix operating systems marks a new attitude among its developers: Integration is key." BusinessWeek carries the story.
Announcement is here and the sources of Gnome 2.2 are available for downloading. Get more info about this version, and many screenshots here.
GNOME 2.0 Desktop, the user environment for the Solaris OE, is now ready for production use. It has been built by Sun Microsystems and is fully supported. Additionally, Sun went beta with Star Office 6.1.
Chrisime, member of the Gnome project, has put up a page discussing UI shortcomings on Gnome 2.2. Update: And here is another one, this time for Mandrake 9.1b3.
"The minders ushered me into the dimly lit hut built of rough wood and palm fronds. They pointed to a place where I could sit. Then we waited. In a few minutes, the elder came in, then one of the chiefs. I was about to be shown something few outsiders had seen. After the ritual discussion of other things, the tall, animated chief motioned for me to approach. And then he showed me the current state of Ximian Desktop 2.0. It is very cool." Read the preview at LinuxAndMain.
The Gnome 2.2-RC2 (2.1.91) is released. This is the last test version before the final version is to get released next week. Also, the Gnome Summary of this week is published for your reading pleasure.
From the GNOME Desktop 2.2 Release Candidate 1 (2.1.90): "1.21 Jigawatts", is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is available for immediate download on ftp.gnome.org and mirrors."
The GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.1.3 "Twin Pines", is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is intended for testing and hacking purposes only. You will need XFT2 and fontconfig to build it. Among the changes is Sawfish which has been removed completely and replaced with Metacity.
The GNOME Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the GNOME 2.0.3 Desktop and Developer Platform. Download statistics: tar.gz: 77M total, tar.bz2: 58M total. The GNOME 2.0.x Desktop and Developer Platform releases are devoted to bugfixes, translations, user interface consistency, and general polish.
The next interim release on the path to GNOME-2.2 is now available, according to release guy Jeff Waugh. GNOME-2.1.2 includes implementation of several user-requested features and cosmetics, as well as some under-the-hood changes. Read the report at LinuxAndMain.
Saw the following while reading the latest Gnome Summary (discussion about the summary, here). HP from Red Hat wrote to GnomeDesktop.org: "The Eclipse IDE hasn't gotten much attention in the GNOME world but is a promising IDE with a GTK 2 interface. It's been making progress recently; they now have a decent C/C++ editor (the CDT) and the GTK 2 port works fairly well. See below for some screenshots and info on how to try out the Eclipse CDT."
"The official GNOME filemanager Nautilus was originally developed by Eazel as part of their plan to bring usability and beauty to the Unix desktop. Today Nautilus is maintained by veteran GNOME hackers Alexander Larsson and Dave Camp. Being such a core application in the GNOME desktop it is the topic of many discussions in and around GNOME. In a recent survey on gnomedesktop.org an interview about Nautilus was at the top of the wishlist. So to let everyone get the inside scope on what is happening with Nautilus currently I got hold of Alexander and Dave for a small interview."
A snapshot release of GNOME 2.1, the development release series leading up to GNOME 2.2 is out. Lots of nice little features like improved font control (control AA on the fly via the new, great, FontConfig as found on Red Hat 8.0), window manager selector in the control panel, panel multiscreen support, return of gdialog and lots of other goodies.
The GNOME Project announced today the immediate availability of the GNOME 2.0.2 Desktop and Developer Platform! The GNOME 2.0.x Desktop and Developer Platform releases are devoted to bugfixes, translations, user interface consistency, and general polish of our major 2.0 release. In GNOME 2.0.2, you'll see the results of continued performance and stability work, plus plenty of bug fixes: 318 total GNOME2 bugs marked fixed since the last release (including fixes on other branches).
The GNOME Desktop 2.0.2 Release Candidate 1, "The Considerable Duck", is now available. The GNOME 2.0.x Desktop releases are devoted to bugfixes, translations, user interface consistency, and general polish of our major 2.0 Desktop release. PCLinuxOnline also reports about Dropline GNOME, which is a version of the GNOME Desktop 2.x that has been tweaked for Slackware Linux systems. It is available in Slackware's standard .tgz package format, in addition to the usual source code.
The GNOME Usability Project is proud to announce the release of the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (v1.0), the product of usability engineers, designers, hackers, and Irish wine. The guidelines deliver both specific advice on making effective use of interface elements, as well as the philosophy and general principles behind the guidelines. Read the release announcement (including a plea for interface unity between free software projects), or jump straight to the meat.
The GNOME 2.0.x Desktop and Developer Platform releases are devoted to bugfixes, translations, user interface consistency, and general polish of our major 2.0 release. In GNOME 2.0.1, you'll see the results of our user interface review and continued performance and stability fixes.
The GNOME 2.0.1 Desktop Release Candidate 1, "Not Considered Harmful", is now available. The GNOME 2.0.x Desktop releases are devoted to bugfixes, translations, user interface consistency, and general polish of our major 2.0 Desktop release. In this release candidate, you'll see the results of the project's user interface review, and continued performance and stability fixes: 706 total GNOME2 bugs marked fixed in past six weeks, 317 high or greater priority bugs marked fixed in past six weeks. Update: You can also download GNOME 2-Beta1 for Sun Solaris 8/9.
"With that rather enormous task and all of the big freezes behind us, we can put out some maintenance releases and get cracking on coolnewstuff again! After much discussion between the release team and Foundation Board reps (Havoc and Nat), we have prepared a timeline for 2.0.x releases and a proposal for the beginnings of 2.1 development. Here 'tis." Check out the timeplan at GnomeDesktop.