LinuxPower: What's New in GNOME 1.2May 29, 2000, 15:14 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)
"For this release there has been a lot of focus put on usability issues. While most people felt that the 1.0 series of GNOME was a excellent piece of software in terms of design and technical implementation, many felt that there were some rough edges and especially new Linux users were a little skeptical about the way GNOME worked. In the 1.2 release most of the problems should be solved, with a lot of new features in the usability department."
"The previous release of GNOME drew many criticisms from the press and users for the way it interoperated with Enlightenment which was the window manager which most distributions bundled with GNOME. ... For this release the GNOME developers have tried to alleviate this by bundling the Sawfish (ed: formerly known as Sawmill) window manager instead. Unlike Enlightenment, Sawfish doesn't contain any duplicate functionality to that included in GNOME and it is also configured through an integrated control center applet. Sawfish offers just as good or better themability as Enlightenment and can be easily modified by persons with some knowledge in scripting with Lisp."
"Many people were not completely happy with the way the GNOME control center worked in previous versions. In this version, the GNOME-UI team has worked a lot with design and modification which has resulted in a much better looking and more intuitive organization of the Control Center. Of course the beautiful new menu icons provided by Tigert and his employer Helix Code helps a lot in making things look better."