Ars takes a quick look at GNOME 2.14. "The GNOME team recently announced another excellent release. GNOME 2.14 includes a variety of spiffy enhancements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features that make it the best GNOME desktop environment ever. Already available in Ubuntu Dapper and the recently released Fedora Core 5, GNOME 2.14 awaits your use and abuse. I've poked and prodded it and now I'm ready to talk about it."
"Here are my few suggestions to make better desktop (making it simple but powerful). Most of them are for GNOME and related applications but for other desktop environments and applications could be also useful. This suggestions are not of type make it faster (what is also important) but of type make it more useful. Some of them are my own thoughts but some suggestions are inspired by existing programs. And even some are not real suggestions." Note that English isn't his native tongue.
Linux.com reviews GNOME 2.14, and concludes: "GNOME 2.14 continues the steady improvement visible in the last few releases. It is an incremental upgrade, consisting largely of tweaks and the filling in of gaps in functionality. If few of these changes are major by themselves, the overall result is welcome. Perhaps the best way of looking at the release is not as an end in itself, but as a milestone on the road to desktop usability in free operation systems. From this perspective, GNOME 2.14 is a sign that much of the journey is already over - and that the remaining distance is less than many observers think."
Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.14, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform Free desktop environment. Foresight Linux 0.9.4 was first to incorporate GNOME 2.14 on their distribution, VMWare and Qemu images are already available in addition to their normal distribution.
"In the GNOME philosophy, we want applications that do their job, only their job, and we want those to do it perfectly. Epiphany's job is to browse the web. Only browsing the web. But browsing the web in a GNOME fashioned way." Read more here and also here.
The first release candidate for GNOME 2.14 is out. This is the last GNOME unstable release before the big .0 release. Lots of new features and bug fixes have been added during this cycle; Davyd's 'Look at GNOME 2.14' tells you which. Download the platform, desktop, admin and bindings sources.
Deskbar is an applet which sits in the GNOME panel and which integrates quite seamlessly with different search tools like Beagle and the Google search API to bring the same functionality of OSX's Spotlight to Linux/GNOME. This article explains how one can set up this applet to among other things, provide Google web search on the Linux/GNOME desktop. In related news, this article takes a look at the major new features of... Gedit 2.14. No kidding.
On popular demand, here is Davyd Madeley's preview of GNOME 2.14. "Built on the shoulders of giants, GNOME 2.14 hits the shelves on the 15th of March. As well as new features and more polish, developers have been working around the clock to squeeze more performance out of the most commonly used applications and libraries. This is a review of some of the most shiny work that has gone into the upcoming GNOME release."
The latest issue of the GNOME Journal has just been published. It features a look at the 0.10 GStreamer release from a user's point of view by Christian Schaller, a short introduction into (de-) forming 3D models with SharpConstruct by Claus Schwarm, an interview with Jeff Waugh in the new 'Behind the Scenes' series by Lucas Rocha, part two of the tutorial on writing a clock using GTK+ and Cairo by Davyd Madeley, and also part two about marketing GNOME by John Williams.
GNOME 2.13.91 has been released. As always, the odd-numbered branches indicate dev-branches, and as such the 2.13.x series is the step-up to the GNOME 2.14 release, planned for March this year. The 2.13.91 release is the second beta. Release notes: platform, desktop, and bindings; downloads: platform, desktop, and bindings.
GNOME 2.12.3 has been released. This will be the final release in the 2.12 branch, as GNOME 2.14 is already on its way. Read the release notes (platform, desktop, and bindings), download the source code (platform, desktop, and bindings), or just wait until your distributor of choice packages it for you.
GNOME 2.13.90 has been released. As always, the odd-numbered branches indicate dev-branches, and as such the 2.13.x series is the step-up to the GNOME 2.14 release, planned for March this year. The 2.13.90 release is the first beta. Release notes: platform, desktop, and bindings; downloads: platform, desktop, and bindings.
GNOME 2.13.5 has been released. As always, the odd-numbered branches indicate dev-branches, and as such the 2.13.x series is the step-up to the GNOME 2.14 release, planned for March this year. Release notes: platform, desktop, and bindings; downloads: platform, desktop, and bindings.
GNOME 2.12 has been released for AIX 5.1/5.2/5.3. You can get both the binaries as well as the source in .rpm format here. The maintainers have dropped support for AIX 4.3.3 and for GNOME 2.2.1 through 2.8. On a related note, GTK+ 2.8.10 has been released.
Christian Neumair a core contributor to the Nautilus and gnome-vfs project for GNOME detected some critical design flaws inside gnome-vfs and brought up some concerns wether these problems can be fixed at all. He also mentioned that these critical design issues might lead into loss of important data and other nasty things.
GNOME 2.13.4 has been released. As always, the odd-numbered branches indicate dev-branches, and as such the 2.13.x series is the step-up to the GNOME 2.14 release, planned for March this year. Release notes: platform, desktop, and bindings; downloads: platform, desktop, and bindings.
GNOME 2.13.3 has been released. As with the Linux kernel, odd-numbered releases are developmental releases; meaning that 2.13 is the developmental branch for 2.14. You can compile it using these jhbuild modulesets. Detailed notes on the release can be found here: platform, desktop, and bindings.
"GOK is the GNOME On-Screen Keyboard. As the title implies, it is a keyboard that appears on the display as an alternative for those who are not able to use a regular keyboard. This report highlights some general usability issues with GOK as it appears in Ubuntu (5.10). Some of the issues highlighted here may be bugs (In which case I will file them), while others will be design features that I have not grasped the purpose of (most likely in support of hardware that I do not have). Some of the issues highlighted here will relate to the general GNOME a11y infrastructure and some may be related to the way things are set up on Ubuntu."
Alexander Larsoon (Nautilus maintainer) has a new Nautilus search implementation with optional Beagle integration via plugins. It is now possible to save the searches as smart folders.
This edition covers: writing custom widgets using GTK+ 2.8, a closer look at GnomeMeeting, and includes an interview discussing the a recent 5,000 Gnome desktop deployment.