GNOME 3.0 Progress: GNOME Shell, Mutter Updates
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 4 September 2009 at 09:23 PM EDT. 6 Comments
GNOME 2.28 will be released next month, but after that, the core focus among these free software desktop developers will turn to working on GNOME 3.0. Many GNOME developers have already been devoting some work towards GNOME 3.0, particularly in the areas of Mutter, Zeitgeist, and GNOME Shell, considering all of the work that's ahead. Just a week ago there was a new development release of GNOME Shell, but now another development release is out, along with one for Mutter.

The newest development release of GNOME Shell is version 2.27.2 and it brings support for Volumes (such as USB storage devices) in the Places area, a slow-motion rendering option, better glowing for running applications, search improvements, and code clean-ups. There's also bug fixing and other work that went into this release too. The release announcement for the new GNOME Shell release can be read on the mailing list.

Mutter is the window manager for GNOME 3.0+ and uses Clutter for its tool-kit to provide fancy OpenGL effects. The Mutter 2.27.4 release that just emerged has a major code clean-up, various fixes, and other changes. The new Mutter release announcement can also be read on the mailing list.

Look for the release of GNOME 2.28 on the 23rd of September. The release of GNOME 3.0 is expected to occur on the 31st of March in 2010.

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