"The release of GNOME 3.0, the popular desktop's first
major release in eight years, promises to be the major free
software event in autumn 2010. Where is GNOME now? What can we
expect of GNOME 3.0? Of GNOME 3 as a series of releases?
"When I asked Stormy Peters, the executive director of the GNOME
Foundation, where to go for answers, she directed me to Vincent
Untz. A director of the GNOME Foundation and one of the senior
members of the GNOME Release Team, Untz is better positioned than
almost anyone to offer an overview of the project from both a
general and a technical perspective.
"The release last March of GNOME 2.30 marks the end of a series
of releases that dates back to June 2002. Asked to characterize the
GNOME 2 series, Untz described it as "an evolution rather than a
revolution. If you compare GNOME 2.30 to GNOME 2.28, for example,
you'll see small differences. But if you compare GNOME 2.30 to
2.12, say, there's a huge world of difference between the two, and
that's what most people don't see."