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GNOME 3: The Future of the Linux Desktop Revealed

Dec 10, 2009, 12:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"With GNOME 3, developers will be introducing a number of new concepts and technologies to the Linux desktop, including more advanced 3D as well as more tightly integrated messaging system.

""We have a real opportunity with GNOME 3," Red Hat staffer and GNOME contributor Jon McCann told the FUDcon audience. "We said up front that we're going to do a new GNOME, clean the slate, re-evaluate what it is we're trying to do, what a desktop is, what a personal computer is and what it should be offering."

"The current GNOME desktop is the 2.28 release, which debuted at the end of September. McCann said that GNOME developers today have far more technology to tap into that simply wasn't available when design began on the GNOME 2.x platform 10 years ago. He added that in his view, GNOME 2.x isn't really suited for the large class of users that he'd like to bring into the GNOME user community.

""In GNOME 3, most of the user interface level stuff is JavaScript that is built on top of clutter toolkit," McCann said. "This is really awesome and something people have wanted for a long time to be able to have a rapid prototyping methodology, and to also use the standard GNOME libraries like Gtk."

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