The second GNOME 2.16.0 Beta (2.15.91) release which leading up to imminent release of 2.16.0 has hit the shelves and is going fast. You can find a changelog and download locations here.
GNOME 2.14.3 is now released, a bug fix version of the current stable tree. You can find the changelog, build scripts and download locations here. In other related news, GTK+ 2.10.1 was recently released, the pyGTK-based multi-track studio Jokosher 0.1 was released and the very popular Windows HTML editor HTML-Kit is currently being re-written in Mono and GTK#.
After all the debate, gtk# will most likely find its way into GNOME. "The release team has completed its second meeting to try to finish the new module decisions. And, after all the long threads on d-d-l and the many discussions amongst ourselves trying to determine community consensus, we finally have the decisions. In summary: orca, alacarte, and gnome-power-manager are in; gtk# and tomboy are in, assuming the issues mentioned are resolved; sticky notes becomes deprecated, assuming tomboy issues are resolved and gets in." Update: Elijah Newren emailed me concerning an important aspect of the current decision, and asked me to highlight it. So, read more!
GNOME 2.15.4 has been released. "This is our fourth development release on our road towards GNOME 2.16.0, which will be released in September 2006. GNOME 2.15.4 has some rough edges but you should definitely try it to see how well it works." Easiest way to get it is via GARNOME.
GNOME/GTK+ hacker Federico Mena Quintero blogs about the responses to the Questions for GNOME Deployments. "It's an informal study of the requirements that those deployments have, based on feedback which they provided about their particular needs. By fixing the most common problems which the deployments are experiencing, we will make GNOME more attractive for future deployments, and we'll get more users faster."
Alex Graveley introduced the Gimmie user interface and panel for GNOME a few days ago. In it, Alex is grouping the most used parts of a modern UI, e.g. Documents, Applications, People, and Computer (network connections go under it too). For info, videos, and shots check here.
GNOME 2.15.3 has been released. This is a development release, en route to GNOME 2.16, scheduled for September 2006. Release notes and download instructions are listed in the release anouncement. In the meantime, GNOME needs girls.
The latest issue of the GNOME Journal has just been published. Itfeatures insights into the role of end-users in the GNOME community, and an interview with Emmanuele Bassi, gnome-utils maintainer and GTK+ developer. Writers in this edition are Vincent Untz, and Lucas Rocha, respectively.
I enjoy using many different desktop environments and operating systems. On a day-to-day basis, I use Finder, Explorer, GNOME, and KDE. They all have their good sides, but obviously, they have their fair share of bad sides as well. The next couple of columns will be about the latter. This week, I take a look at whatever bothers me about Ubuntu's GNOME/Linux combination (Dapper, obviously).
BetterDesktop has published its research results concerning ease of use and usability on GNOME. "Below are videos that we have taken of user tests. Please consider when watching the videos, that they may touch on many parts of the desktop. For example, a test that deals with changing the background may involve Nautilus or GNOME Control Center. In other words, there is a lot to learn from these videos! In addition to providing the videos, we have also aggregated some of the Data Results to see stats on specific tests. We have also created some Research Reports on this data."
The latest bug fix release of GNOME is here: GNOME 2.14.2. You can get release notes and download links from here. Please note that both libxml2 and libxslt tarballs need a patch and that the libxml2 tarball also needs a second patch.
The second development release en route to GNOME 2.16 has been released. "GNOME 2.15.2 works well and you should definitely try it to see how well it works. So go download it. Go compile it. Go test it. And go hack on it, document it, translate it, fix it." The various download locations and NEWS files are listed in the release announcement.
"The Nautilus program in GNOME is not only the default file manager, it creates and manages the desktop. While it looks simple on the surface, there is a lot of hidden power under the shell. The latest version of Nautilus is 2.14.0, which is included in Fedora Core 5. That's the one I poked with a stick."
Linux.com takes a look at Dropline GNOME 2.14, and concludes: "I have to admit that dropline GNOME satisfies a very basic itch. I get to keep using Slackware, a distribution I have come to rely on to provide a fast, stable, and full-featured Linux, and I get a cutting-edge GNOME desktop. This allows me to see where GNOME is heading, and since it's still Slackware, I can easily add all the programs I want by downloading and compiling the source. Dropline GNOME is not Ubuntu, but then Slackware is not Ubuntu. It's not the easiest distribution to install or configure, but it just works."
"Despite the head start that KDE enjoyed, the large number of KDE users and developers, and Linus Torvalds personally endorsing KDE, GNOME has won the desktop environment battle. The final victory came with the third piece of a corporate trifecta, giving GNOME the official nod from Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and finally Novell. The question is, will the triumph of GNOME lead to the rise or downfall of the Linux desktop?" Run Forrest! Run!
GNOME 2.15.1 has been released. As with the Linux kernel, odd-numbered releases are developmental releases; meaning that 2.15 is the developmental branch for 2.16. You can compile it using these jhbuild modulesets (or use GARNOME). Detailed notes on the release can be found here: platform, desktop, admin, and bindings. On a related note, Dropline GNOME 2.14.1 has been released as well.
"For years now, the Linux and open-source desktop has had the benefit of multiple software projects pushing forward to create nicer-looking, more useful environments. One of the most prominent of those projects, GNOME, recently underwent one of its twice-yearly updates, and the result is a compelling set of refinements. The newest version of GNOME, 2.14, now graces the desktop of Red Hat's Fedora Core 5 and other shipping and soon-to-arrive Linux distributions."
The latest issue of the GNOME Journal has just been published. It features insights into the Portland Project which were gained from a conversation with one of its lead architects, Waldo Bastian, an introduction to GNOME's new deskbar, an interview with Elijah Newren, GNOME's release manager, and three simple tips for designing application interfaces you should know. Writers in this edition are Sri Ramakrishna, Davyd Madeley, Lucas Rocha, and Claus Schwarm, respectively.
GNOME 2.14.1 has been released, as the first maintenance release in the 2.14 series. Download the tarballs of the platform, desktop and bindings.
"This presents a high-level overview of the different pieces of the GNOME Platform: libraries to write user interfaces, to integrate with the desktop, to do inter-process communication, the virtual file system, accessibility, multimedia. You should read this to know what tools you can use to perform different things in your GNOME applications."