GNOME 2.8 Release Candidate 1 Announced

Release Candidate 1 marks the start of our Hard Code Freeze, on
the way towards the final GNOME 2.8 release in a couple of weeks.
The final lap! Let’s just hope we’re not dragged off the track at
the last minute by a strangely dressed Irishman. Even though it
almost sounds like fun… At last, without further ado, RELEASE

platform: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/platform/2.7/2.7.92/NEWS

tar.gz: 45M total
tar.bz2: 31M total

desktop: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/desktop/2.7/2.7.92/NEWS

tar.gz: 146M total
tar.bz2: 103M total

bindings: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/bindings/2.7/2.7.92/NEWS

tar.gz: 13M total
tar.bz2: 8.1M total

Notes about the new MIME system

As of GNOME 2.7.4, the old MIME system was replaced with a new
shared specification found on freedesktop.org. There are a couple
comments to go along with this:

  • In order the to see any applications available, they must be
    registered with the MIME system. This can be done by getting the
    latest verion of desktop-file-utils and running:

    update-desktop-database $PREFIX/applications

    jhbuild in CVS has been modified to build this, and we expect
    applications to do this on install automatically in the future.

  • The new user interface is modeled after the proposal at:


    The old File Types capplet has been removed in favor of a
    nautilus-only interface.


This release is a snapshot of development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and
hacking purposes. Like the Linux kernel, GNOME uses odd minor
version numbers to indicate development status. Please check the
2.7 start page for more information:


Happy testing!

  • The GNOME Release Team

linux.conf.au 2005:
Canberra, Australia http://linux.conf.au/

“The GPL is good. Use it. Don’t be silly.” – Michael Meeks

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