"The open source desktop world got a boost this week with the
release of GNOME 2.30 -- the latest incarnation of one of the
leading open source desktop GUIs that's a part of nearly every
major Linux distribution.
"With GNOME 2.30, the open source effort is adding new features
that aim to make it easier to connect to online services, such as
social networking giant Facebook. The new release also includes
preview technology in the form of the GNOME Shell, which will
become a standard component in GNOME 3, the next major release due
in six months.
"With this week's release, however, the 2.x line of GNOME will
come to an end in favor of GNOME 3, which is set for its own
release in six months. GNOME Executive Director Stormy Peters noted
that end users will continue to get support for GNOME 2.x through
their Linux distributions, most of which will support releases for
longer than six months."