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Letter From the Editor: GNOME 3.0

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| Another way that GNOME 3.0 should change is to completely rewrite what it 
| means to be a desktop environment. Maybe the entire desktop need not be a 
| desktop metaphor at all. The community has a lot of bright and creative 
| people. I believe its time for the open source desktop community to bring the 
| best minds together to create something completely new. The general 
| interaction of using a mouse, keyboard, and in some circumstances, using ones 
| hand through a touch screen, hasn’t changed in decades. Sure, some fancy 3D 
| effects and such have been added, but the underlying metaphor has not 
| changed. Maybe this isn’t possible in one large change. Maybe iterative 
| design is the way to go. I hope I’m proven wrong.         



Gnome sets sights on 2010 for 3.0 release

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| With Gnome 2.26 safely out the door the Gnome development team is now
| planning for Gnome 3.0, a release it expects to make in March next year.
| Responding to growing criticism that the Gnome project lacks vision the team
| says that the 3.0 milestone release will have to have “big user-visible
| changes”.
| “If you look closely at our community, it’d be wrong to say that people are
| lacking a vision; but the project as a whole does indeed have this issue,”
| the team said in its public posting. With this in mind the team is looking at
| a release that will both streamline the desktop as well as revamp the overall
| user experience by giving users new ways of interacting with their desktop
| and managing files.


GNOME 3.0 To Get GNOME Shell, Zeitgeist

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| Obviously, GNOME Shell supplements the user interface with subtle effects and
| animations, all written in JavaScript and Clutter (it uses a special MetaCity
| branch for now, but will fork the MetaCity code later on). Owen Taylor also
| wrote an email detailing the future of GNOME Shell and MetaCity.

GNOME 3.0 To Get GNOME Shell, Zeitgeist

GNOME plans for run up to 3.0

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| A roadmap for the immediate future of GNOME desktop has been published on the
| GNOME Live site. The roadmap charts the planned progress of the Linux and
| Unix desktop from its recently released 2.26 version and the 2.26.1 update
| due in April, through a GNOME 2.28.0 release in September to a GNOME 2.30.0,
| which will be renumbered as 3.0.0 when released in March 2010.


Planning for GNOME 3.0

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| During the first few months of 2008, a few Release Team members discussed
| here and there about the state of GNOME. This was nothing official, and it
| could actually have been considered as some friends talking together about
| things they deeply care about. There were thoughts that GNOME could stay with
| the 2.x branch for a very long time given our solid development methods, but
| that it was not the future that our community wants to see happening. Because
| of lack of excitement. Because of lack of vision. Slowly, a plan started to
| emerge. It evolved, changed, was trimmed a bit, made more solid. We started
| discussing with a few more people, got more feedback. And then, at GUADEC,
| the Release Team proposed an initial plan to the community that would lead
| the project to GNOME 3.0. Quite some time passed; actually, too much time
| passed because too many people were busy with other things. But it's never
| too late to do the right thing, so let's really be serious about GNOME 3.0 \
| now!


5 Useful Desktop Managers for Linux

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| Today I’m going to write about some of the most useful alternative desktop
| managers you should consider using on your operating system. To start off I
| have
| Xfce
| Xfce is a fast and a light desktop environment for unix like operating
| systems. It is specially desgined to improve your work productivity. It has
| the ability to load and execute applications really fast while conserving
| system resources.
| [...]
| Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment is an extremely faster, performing and
| energy saving desktop environment.


Gnome 3 mockup screenshots



Plans for Gtk+/GNOME 3.0 surfaced

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| At the GNOME conference GUADEC plans were presented how the transition to the
| new Gtk and GNOME is supposed to happen. The basic idea is to make the
| transition as smooth as possible by first cleaning up everything and
| introducing new concepts later on.


GTK+ 3.0: Getting serious.

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| GTK+ has come a long way. From its humble beginnings as “The GIMP ToolKit”,
| it is now used in a plethora of applications. In fact, GTK+ is very popular.
| GNOME, one of the leading desktop environment on Unix systems, uses GTK+
| almost exclusively. The Gimp is built upon GTK+, of course. And there are
| many commercial software developers like Adobe, NVidia and VMware that
| decided to use it as a base for their products.

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