There's good news in the land of GNOME tool-kits this week. In preparation for the release of GNOME 3.0
, GTK+ 2.24 as well as Clutter 1.6.0 have been officially released.
GTK+ 2.24 is the last stable GTK2 release in that series with all of the exciting work now going into GTK3, which will also be officially released soon. GTK+ 2.24 is the last stable update but it will continue to be maintained and receive bug-fixes. GTK+ 2.24 isn't too exciting but is a step to help in porting applications to GTK3 while still being source and binary compatible with earlier GTK2 releases.
GTK+ 3.0 brings a lot of exciting work like X Input 2 by default
, better Mac OS X support
, is more X11 agnostic
and friendly with the Wayland Display Server, drops DirectFB
, uses Cairo more for drawing
, and has many other advancements.
Clutter 1.6 brings a Wayland back-end, generates GLSL shaders for describing the state of the pipeline, X Input 2 support, VBO (Vertex Buffer Object) support on OpenGL ES 2.0, clipped re-draws on EGL, and other underlying improvements.
The GTK+ 2.24 release announcement can be read on the gnome-announce-list
along with the Clutter release message