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Ars Technica: Inside the GNOME 2.4 Desktop & Developer Platform

Sep 10, 2003, 13:00 (12 Talkback[s])

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"Linux is no longer just a buzzword. Its low cost, commoditization, rapid rate of development and ample scope for customization have driven adoption in corporations and homes the world over. Until now, though, people have largely used Linux for back-end tasks. It can be found running everything from stock exchanges to nuclear weapons simulations to TiVos, but it's rarely considered for use as a desktop OS. Fortunately for Linux fans (and we would argue for the industry as a whole), this is finally beginning to change. Recent months have seen a number of high-profile desktop Linux deployments which include the City of Munich, Germany and the regional government in Extremadura, Spain. These municipal adoptions have been driven largely by the ever-spiraling licensing costs of proprietary systems, the increasing availability of Linux support from software and hardware vendors, and rapidly improving desktop usability, as demonstrated by a recent rash of new products from the likes of SuSE, Red Hat, Codeweavers and Ximian.

"Today, gnome.org released version 2.4 of the GNOME Desktop and Developer Platform. This marks the third major release of the GNOME 2 platform, after releases 2.0 and 2.2. (2.1 and 2.3 were development branches; you could consider them working prototypes of releases 2.2 and 2.4, respectively.) GNOME 2.4 is the result of quite a bit of work toward complying with the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (HIG), which mainly focus on user interface consistency and predictability. This release has also undergone some general polish, and it can finally be said that the GNOME 2 platform has achieved maturity with this release. The Epiphany web browser, a major new component of GNOME, also makes its debut with this release. While we explore the new features of GNOME 2.4, we will also attempt to cover some of the core GNOME technologies and how they benefit the user interface, in addition to giving you a tour of GNOME's software framework and applications..."

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