Gnome Archive

GNOME 2.0.x and 2.x: The Plan

"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.

GNOME 2.0 Released

Gnome 2.0 is finally here! Read the press release, download Gnome 2.0 for various architectures, mirrors here, while the Sun Solaris 8 version can be found here. Update: Compilation instructions here. You might want to use the CVSGnome script which downloads and compiles everything for you, but make sure you will give it a subdir on your ~/ or on /opt/gnome2 as PREFIXDIR, and not anywhere outside your $HOME or /opt. Type "world stable" when you are asked to, and it will do everything for you. You will need to modify the script's compiler CPU defaults from "athlon" to whatever you got. Or, you could use Garnome.

GNOME2: GNot Today!

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."

An Introduction to GNOME 2.0 RC1

"The first release candidate of GNOME 2.0 (GNOME 2.0 RC1, also known as "Fever Pitch") was announced on June 14, 2002, and is spreading across the 'Net like wildfire. This article examines what's new in GNOME 2.0 and the release candidate, where to find it, how to install it, and concludes by discussing whether or not to install it as well as a crystal-ball look at some of the implications of GNOME's successes to date and GNOME 2.0's potential for the future." Read the article at LinuxPlanet.

GNOME 2.0 Desktop Beta 5 Released

"The GNOME 2.0 Desktop Beta 5 release, "Reciprocity", is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is now available for immediate download. The GNOME 2.0 Desktop is a greatly improved user environment for existing GNOME applications. Enhancements include anti-aliased text and first class internationalisation support, new accessibility features for disabled users, and many improvements throughout GNOME's highly regarded user interface." Read more at LinuxToday.

GNOME 2 on Track for June Release

"The long-awaited second major version of the GNOME desktop is days away from a fifth beta and on schedule for a full release on the first day of summer, according to its release manager. 'I'm quite sure we're going to make it, given that our UI and string freeze has just kicked in, and the number of 2.0.0 bugs we have left to go,' says Jeff Waugh, who is ramrodding the release. According to the release schedule, Beta 5 will be issued at the end of this week. It is to be followed by a release candidate, which developers hope to make public June 7. If all goes well, GNOME-2.0 will be released two weeks later." Read the rest of the news at LinuxAndMain.

GNOME 2.0 Desktop Beta 4 Released

The GNOME 2.0 Desktop Beta 4 release, "Thank You", is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure. It is available for immediate download. The GNOME 2.0 Desktop is a greatly improved user environment for existing GNOME applications. Enhancements include anti-aliased text and first class internationalisation support, new accessibility features for disabled users, and many improvements throughout GNOME's user interface.

The Patent Trap: If Gnome Gets Mono

"From the "things that could happen if Mono is incorporated into Gnome" department: Intel, having gleefully taken advantage of the MIT licensing on Mono's class libraries, enforces its patents against every entity making use of its modifications, including the Gnome project, effectively shutting it down." Read Tina Gasperson's editorial at NewsForge. In any case, Gnome 2.0 Beta 1 was released for general testing today.

GNOME 2.0 Desktop Alpha Available

An alpha version of the new GTK+ 2.0 based, Gnome 2.0, is now available for download and testing. The new version enhances anti-aliased text and internationalisation support, accessibility features and more. Screenshots available. Our Take: Note on the Gnome roadmap that they expect to also break binary and source compatibility for version 3.0 as they currently do now for 2.0. I wonder if this is what makes proprierty systems (eg. Windows) more successful commercially. The support for backwards compatibility is certainly something that users will always appreciate if they can run their closed source programs for the years to come or, for open source apps, users will be able to compile for the new Gnome version without changes in the app's source code. However, supporting older versions, can cause "bloat". Is the trade off acceptable? Discuss.

GNOME 2.0 will Ship with a Solaris 9 Update

"The newest version of the GNOME open source desktop will not be ready in time to ship with Solaris 9 next year, but it will be included with a subsequent Solaris 9 quarterly update, a Sun executive told searchSolaris... Sun's ultimate goal is to make GNOME 2.0 the new default desktop for Solaris. But there will be a period of transition she said, where users will be able to choose between GNOME and CDE." Full story at

Introduction to Bonobo & ORBit

Bonobo is the component object model of the GNOME project. Bonobo provides a COM-like model, using CORBA as a location-transparent transport. It is the foundation of the GNOME vision to provide a fully Free Gnu Network Object Model Environment. In this series of three articles, Michael Meeks, component software engineer at Ximian, examines Bonobo in more detail: The first article (already published) gives an overview of what Bonobo can do for you and how it works; the second article will focus specifically on the client side and cover how to use components others have written; and the final article of the series will discuss how to write your own components.