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The GNOME Desktop Project Unleashes GNOME 3.0

\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter five years of planning and design, GNOME 3.0 has been officially released. The totally rewritten desktop has had its share of both praise and condemnation in recent months due to what the project describes as “its most significant redesign of the computer experience in nine years.” They further say, the “revolutionary new user interface and new features for developers make this a historic moment for the free and open source desktop.”\r\n\r\n\r\nThe main idea in the redesign was to allow “users to focus on tasks while minimizing distractions such as notifications, extra workspaces, and background windows. Jon McCann is quoted as saying, “we’ve taken a pretty different approach in the GNOME 3 design that focuses on the desired experience and lets the interface design follow from that. With any luck you will feel more focused, aware, effective, capable, respected, delighted, and at ease.” GNOME 3.0 aims to “help us cope with modern life in a busy world. Help us connect, stay on track, feel at ease and in control.” In summary, GNOME 3.0 helps users stay “informed without being disrupted.”\r\n\r\n\r\nMatt Zimmerman, Ubuntu CTO, said, “In the face of constant change, both in software technology itself and in people’s attitudes toward it, long-term software projects need to reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant. I’m encouraged to see the GNOME community taking up this challenge, responding to the evolving needs of users and questioning the status quo.”\r\n\r\n\r\nGNOME founder, Miguel de Icaza adds, “GNOME continues to innovate in the desktop space. The new GNOME Shell is an entire new user experience that was designed from the ground up to improve the usability of the desktop and giving both designers and developers a quick way to improve the desktop and adapt the user interface to new needs. By tightly integrating Javascript with the GNOME platform, designers were able to create and quickly iterate on creating an interface that is both pleasant and exciting to use. I could not be happier with the results.”\r\n\r\n\r\nSome of the new features include:\r\n\r\n

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  • Activities Overview at a Glance\r\n
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  • Built-in Messaging\r\n
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  • Redesigned System Settings\r\n
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  • Side-by-side window tiling\r\n
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  • Redesigned file manager\r\n
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  • Faster performance\r\n
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  • Beautiful interface\r\n
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\r\nThe official press release:\r\n\r\n

Groton, MA, April 6 2011: Today, the GNOME Desktop project released GNOME 3.0, its most significant redesign of the computer experience in nine years. A revolutionary new user interface and new features for developers make this a historic moment for the free and open source desktop.\r\n

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Within GNOME 3, GNOME Shell reimagines the user interface for the next generation of the desktop. This innovative interface allows users to focus on tasks while minimizing distractions such as notifications, extra workspaces, and background windows.\r\n

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Jon McCann, one of GNOME Shell’s designers, says of the design team, “we’ve taken a pretty different approach in the GNOME 3 design that focuses on the desired experience and lets the interface design follow from that.” The result: “With any luck you will feel more focused, aware, effective, capable, respected, delighted, and at ease.” GNOME Shell aims to “help us cope with modern life in a busy world. Help us connect, stay on track, feel at ease and in control.” GNOME Shell, he says, will keep users “informed without being disrupted.”\r\n

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The GNOME 3 development platform includes improvements in the display backend, a new API, improvements in search, user messaging, system settings, and streamlined libraries. GNOME 2 applications will continue to work in the GNOME 3 environment without modification, allowing developers to move to the GNOME 3 environment at their own pace. The GNOME 3 release notes include further details.\r\n

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Matt Zimmerman, Ubuntu CTO at Canonical, praises GNOME 3: “In the face of constant change, both in software technology itself and in people’s attitudes toward it, long-term software projects need to reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant. I’m encouraged to see the GNOME community taking up this challenge, responding to the evolving needs of users and questioning the status quo.”\r\n

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Miguel de Icaza, one of GNOME’s founders, celebrates the new release: “GNOME continues to innovate in the desktop space. The new GNOME Shell is an entire new user experience that was designed from the ground up to improve the usability of the desktop and giving both designers and developers a quick way to improve the desktop and adapt the user interface to new needs. By tightly integrating Javascript with the GNOME platform, designers were able to create and quickly iterate on creating an interface that is both pleasant and exciting to use. I could not be happier with the results.”\r\n

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GNOME 3 is the cumulative work of five years of planning and design by the GNOME community. McCann notes: “Perhaps the most notable part of the design process is that everything has been done in the open. We’ve had full transparency for every decision (good and bad) and every change we’ve made. We strongly believe in this model. It is not only right in principle — it is just the best way in the long run to build great software sustainably in a large community.”\r\n

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In partnership with Novell, Red Hat, other distributors, schools and governments, and user groups, GNOME 3 will reach millions of users around the world. Over 3500 people have contributed changes to the project’s code repositories, including the employees of 106 companies. GNOME 3 includes innumerable code changes since the 2.0 release 9 years ago.\r\n

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Users and fans of GNOME have planned more than a hundred launch parties around the world. Users can download GNOME 3 from http://gnome3.org to try it immediately, or wait for distributions to carry it over the coming months. GNOME 3 continues to push new frontiers in user interaction.\r\n

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The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, it is the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. The desktop has been utilised in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments, and the project’s developer technologies are utilised in a large number of popular mobile devices. For further comments and information, contact the GNOME press contact team atgnome-press-contact@gnome.org.

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Credits: Susan Linton, Linux Journal

RedHat Fedora 14 Release On the Way – 26 days left

Red Hat‘s Fedora remains one of the most popular and versatile Linux distributions available today.\r\n

Redhat Fedora 14 on the way to your desktop\r\n\r\nRedhat Fedora 14\r\n\r\n

\r\nRelease details are listed below:\r\n\r\nNew Software Versions\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Newest Linux Kernel
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  • Gnome 2.32 – Newest Gnome Desktop
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – Newest KDE Desktop
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  • OpenOffice.org 3.3 – Office suite
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  • NetBeans 6.9 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Eclipse Helios 3.6 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Python 2.7 – Updated Python to the upstream 2.7 release of Python Programming environment/language
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  • Perl 5.12 – Perl updated to 5.12 version
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  • MeeGo 1.0 – MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 experience in Fedora
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\r\nFedora 14 Other Improvements, Changes and Features\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Linux 2.6.35 includes a wide range of new features
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  • Desktop Virtualization – Spice is a complete open source solution for interaction with virtualized desktops, focusing on the provision of high-quality remote access to QEMU machines.
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  • Faster JPEG Compression/Decompression – The replacement of libjpeg with libjpeg-turbo brings speed improvements
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  • New and Updated Programming Languages – Fedora 14 sees the introduction of D, a systems programming language combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python.
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  • Better Tools For Developers – Netbeans 6.9, Eclipse Helios 3.6, D programming
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – KDE 4.5.0 introduces window tiling and better notification features, along with many stability and performance improvements.
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  • Sugar 0.90 – The latest release of Sugar features major usability improvements for the first login screen and the control panel, as well as support for 3G networks.
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  • Improved Netbook Experience With MeeGo – The MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 provides a user interface tailored specifically for netbooks, building on the foundations laid by Moblin in previous Fedora releases.
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  • IPMI Server Management Made Simple – ipmiutil, an easy-to-use, fully-featured IPMI server management utility that allows a wide range of management functions to be performed with just a few commands.\r\n\r\n
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
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