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GNOME 3.0: Evolution, Not Revolution

No Drastic Changes, No Really

  • May 12, 2010
  • By Bruce Byfield
Bruce Byfield
The release of GNOME 3.0, the popular desktop's first major release in eight years, promises to be the major free software event in autumn 2010. Where is GNOME now? What can we expect of GNOME 3.0? Of GNOME 3 as a series of releases?

When I asked Stormy Peters, the executive director of the GNOME Foundation, where to go for answers, she directed me to Vincent Untz. A director of the GNOME Foundation and one of the senior members of the GNOME Release Team, Untz is better positioned than almost anyone to offer an overview of the project from both a general and a technical perspective.

The release last March of GNOME 2.30 marks the end of a series of releases that dates back to June 2002. Asked to characterize the GNOME 2 series, Untz described it as "an evolution rather than a revolution. If you compare GNOME 2.30 to GNOME 2.28, for example, you'll see small differences. But if you compare GNOME 2.30 to 2.12, say, there's a huge world of difference between the two, and that's what most people don't see."

Since GNOME 3.0 is part of the six-month release schedule that the project has adhered to since February 2003, in some ways it will be as much an evolution as any of the GNOME 2 series. Yet, at the same time, Untz says, "we are going to introduce some major changes that we have been working on for some time. It's going to be a huge step, but we are quite confident that it's going to be a good release for GNOME, especially in terms of user experience...."

Read the rest of this GNOME 3.0 story at Datamation.com

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