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LinuxPlanet: Don't Trip on the Red Carpet, Evolve with GNOME CVS

Feb 23, 2001, 14:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"I bet there's a malady common to all Debian users, courtesy of the addictive simplicity of apt-get: it involves running apt-get update ten times a day looking to see if any of the archives have changed, heralding the arrival of something good, like a nagging bug that's been fixed, or the latest release of a closely watched program. It's a sickness, but when you have a sources.list that includes everything from Galeon's latest builds to Evolution to the ever-evolving KDE2 archives maintained by Ivan Moore, there's always a chance something's changed."

"This last week has been a great one for GNOME watchers, and it provided plenty of opportunities for a lot of apt-getting. Last Saturday, GNOME 1.4's first beta release came out. Ximian had it packaged and ready to go in remarkably short time. A few days later, Ximian was at it again,rolling out Red Carpet 0.9, which we'll look at further along in this column."

"GNOME 1.4 Beta One provided a lot of people with their first look at the upcoming 1.4 release, including the first chance a lot of people just following along have had to see Eazel's Nautilus running on their machine. There's a lot of interesting stuff to see in the release, but it's a good one to stay away from for the moment unless you're genuinely interested in helping the developers find bugs. I emphasize that last because this is a case where they're making a widespread release to get the word out, get some eyeballs trained on potential problems, and prime Bugzilla with some fodder. They aren't releasing a new stable version you can get work done with, so people approaching it should take stock of whether they want to download it out of a desire to help or a need to have the latest and greatest because it's there."

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