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LinuxPlanet: Gnome 2.0 RC1--A Huge Step Toward World GNOMEination

Jun 18, 2002, 18:55 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Von Hagen)

"GNOME 2.0 is a big jump, release-number-wise, from GNOME 1.4. The primary reason for this change is that GNOME 2.0 is fundamentally a complete rewrite of much of the infrastructure that supports the GNOME desktop. This includes fundamental libraries such as the GTK, the GIMP Toolkit library (which serves as the basis for much of the GNOME GUI), and centralized configuration mechanisms such as GConf, the GNOME Configuration database. GNOME 1.x applications will need to be modified in order to work with GNOME 2.0 and later, and many may simply go away because they deal with GNOME subsystems or configuration mechanisms that no longer exist.

"From the user's point of view, GNOME 2.0 focuses on enhancing the appearance, usability, and accessibility of the GNOME desktop. One of the more significant improvements in the appearance of GNOME 2.0 applications is that GNOME now supports anti-aliasing in order to provide better looking fonts by softening steps and sharp transitions at the edges of characters.

"The pango (http://www.pango.org) library used to provide Unicode support (among other things) throughout GNOME applications provides a font renderer for X Window system applications that removes many of the visual limitations of scaling the bitmapped fonts that are traditionally used in many X Window system applications. GNOME 2.0 also uses Unicode consistently, simplifying internationalization and enabling the use of mix-and-match character sets within applications. If Linux is to succeed on the desktop, it has to dress for success, and improved font support and the consistent use of Unicode and associated internationalization throughout GNOME 2.0 applications is a huge step in the right direction..."

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