"Let me be the first to say to you, the readers, it's been a
long time since the GNOME Journal has published any new issue and
to let me formally apologize ... sorry! With that out of the way,
let me also welcome any active readers back to the brand new and
highly reinvigorated GNOME Journal! As you all know, just like
GNOME itself, GNOME Journal is entirely written by volunteers.
Nobody gets paid a dime to work on it and so when the number of
motivated writers approaches zero, GNOME Journal is very difficult
to publish. If you like to write and would like to write a regular
column about GNOME, its community, a certain GNOME application,
etc., please don't hesitate to volunteer. If you'd like to write an
article once, we'll gladly accept that as well.
"Now on to the real topic for my article, the topic that has
been a hot topic among the community blogs lately: GNOME 3.0. Just
when you thought GNOME was doomed to forever increasing its 2.x
release number, ad infinitum, a real glimmer of dreaming, design
and actual working code has surfaced under the label of GNOME 3.0.
In my opinion, I don't care what it's called, GNOME 2.30.0 or GNOME
3.0.0, it's time to bring some excitement and re-energize the user
base of GNOME with a fresh desktop experience in a sleek and modern
looking way. This is not just about a new theme however. There are
a lot of new technologies out there that need to be better
integrated into an API that will encourage application writers to
use. To accomplish this, GNOME needs an API that accomplishes a
similar feat to what Cocoa does for Mac OS X programming. I believe
that the GNOME project is in a unique position in the open source
desktop space to bring the same experience as Cocoa, but in a
completely open, and thus more effective manner than Cocoa could
ever accomplish. Let me give some specifics examples as to what I
am referring to."