"The API frozen Developer Platform Beta, "Everyone's
Excited and Confused", is ready for your porting pleasure! It is
available for immediate download.
...This release marks the first API frozen release of the GNOME
2.0 Developer Platform, and is 100% parallel installable with the
latest GNOME 1.x platform libraries.
The GNOME 2.0 Developer Platform provides many technical
advantages over GNOME 1.x, including full multi-lingual text
support, high-quality anti-aliased text, accessibility support,
substantial API and usability improvements to the libraries and
widgets, and greater ease of development."