Emmanuele Bassi of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has just announced a new development release of the Clutter Toolkit that will lead up to the Clutter 1.0 stable release. For those unfamiliar with Clutter, it is an open-source toolkit designed to develop user interfaces using an OpenGL / OpenGL ES back-end, but without the complexities of programing in OpenGL. Clutter also provides a Pango font renderer and some other interesting features.
Multi-Pointer X support won't be enabled by default in the forthcoming release of X Server 1.6 even though it landed in the mainline code-base last year. This technology to allow for multiple input devices to be used on Linux simultaneously will not be enabled by default until X Input 2.0 arrives with X Server 1.7 later this year. However, that isn't stopping GNOME developers from already working on GTK+ support for X Input 2.0 and Multi-Pointer X.
GNOME 2.26 will be released in March, but to fix some outstanding bugs and to update translations, the GNOME community has issued the GNOME 2.24.3 release.
It's arriving a week late, but GNOME 2.25.3 is now available. GNOME 2.25.3 is the third development release in the series leading up to the release of GNOME 2.26 in March. There's quite a few desktop and platform changes within GNOME 2.25.3 from new features to interface changes to translation updates.
Matthias Clasen has announced the availability of the second unstable GNOME 2.25 release, which will ultimately go on to form GNOME 2.26. Since the release of GNOME 2.25.1 in early November, there's been many new features added, bugs fixed, and updated translations. The GNOME 2.25.2 release announcement along with download source links for the packages and complete change-log can be found on the GNOME mailing list.
The first development release in the GNOME 2.25 series that will go on to form GNOME 2.26 early next year is expected to be released today. There's still two months before any freezes go into effect for GNOME 2.26, but a few changes worth mentioning can be found in the handful of packages checked in for today's GNOME 2.25.1 release.
With GNOME 2.24 having been released this week, attention will soon turn to developing the 2.26 series followed by GNOME 2.28. Following that, at some point in early 2010 we should see the release of GNOME 3.0 (what otherwise would have been known as GNOME 2.30). While information surrounding GNOME 3.0 is very much tentative and there are two intermediate releases to work on beforehand, the first artwork / user-interface road-map has been published.
As expected, GNOME 2.24 has been released this afternoon. The GNOME 2.24.0 desktop environment incorporates the Empathy Instant Messenger application, the Ekiga 3.0 VoIP client, improved file browsing in Nautilus, Deskbar enhancements, RandR 1.2 control support, and numerous other improvements. The complete run-down of changes for GNOME 2.24 can be read in the 2.24 release notes. Additionally, we previously covered some of the interesting improvements in GNOME 2.24.
As luck would have it, not only was KDE 4.1.1 released yesterday but also getting released to the wild was the GNOME 2.24.0 Beta 2. This release contains additional bug fixes and other minor work while stabilizing the GNOME 2.24 code-base. The release announcement can be read on the GNOME mailing list. For what this new desktop environment has to offer, we previously shared some of the interesting GNOME 2.24 features.
The GNOME community has today released GNOME 2.23.6, which is their latest development build in the GNOME 2.24 series and marks the feature freeze for this next desktop environment release. The release announcement can be read on the GNOME mailing list. We'll have more on what's in store for GNOME 2.24 in the near future when we present our feature preview. Until then, fire up GARNOME if you're interested in trying out this release yourself.
As the first development release since GUADEC 2008 (GNOME's developer conference) where they had announced GNOME 2.30 will be GNOME 3.0, we have a new development release back in the GNOME 2.23/2.24 series. GNOME 2.23.5 was pushed out this afternoon by Vincent Untz.
The wonderful Red Hat software project for easily managing wired and wireless networks on Linux, NetworkManager, is preparing for its first major release in over two years. NetworkManager 0.7 has been in development for a long time with many improvements made, but there has been no formal release. However, Fedora in particular has been shipping with the latest NetworkManager code for some time.
The K Desktop Environment community came out earlier this year with their brand new KDE 4.0 release that marked significant advancements to this open-source desktop environment compared to its KDE 3.5.x code-base. Meanwhile, the GNOME community has been living in a 2.0 cycle for quite some time with no signs of a major overhaul, but their six-month release cycles just continue to deliver new refinements and minor improvements. The plans for GNOME 3.0 just put this release out when there is significant API/ABI breakage to GNOME 2.0 / GTK+ or a major rewrite. Well, in addition to announcing Stormy Peters joining GNOME, at GUADEC 2008 they have just announced plans for GNOME 3.0!
For those not interested by today's KDE 4.0.5 release, perhaps you're interested in trying out the latest development version of GNOME. GNOME 2.23.3 has been released and what's special about this release is a great number of bug fixes. If your distribution doesn't have these bleeding-edge packages available, you can fire up GARNOME to obtain GNOME 2.23.3. For more on this new release, check out the release announcement.
While all major development efforts within the GNOME community are centered around the forthcoming GNOME 2.24, coming out today is another point release for GNOME 2.22. GNOME 2.22.2 contains bug fixes and translation updates since GNOME 2.22.0 and 2.22.1. Prior to the GNOME 2.24.0 release in September, the last point release (GNOME 2.22.3) is planned for the end of June. Download links and changes for today's release can be read on the GNOME mailing list.
GNOME 2.22.0 was only released last month, but being released tomorrow is the first development release in the path towards GNOME 2.24.0. This first development release will be dubbed GNOME 2.23.1, with GNOME 2.23 being the unstable branch. The tarballs for this first release were due last night, with new versions of gnome-applets, mousetweaks, gnome-control-center, cheese, and other packages already being checked-in. All of the checked-in packages can be found on the gnome-announce-list.
Following last month's release of GNOME 2.22.0, the first point release in the GNOME 2.22 series has been released. GNOME 2.22.1 contains a bit of bug fixing, new translations, and updated documentation. The second point release (GNOME 2.22.2) will be released on May 26, while all future development efforts are now focused on GNOME 2.24.
As planned, GNOME 2.22.0 has been released today. We've previously talked about the interesting changes that can be found in this six month update to GNOME, which includes a new VNC client, international clock applet, Totem Movie Player enhancements, window compositing, web camera software, and many other changes. The official GNOME 2.22 Release Notes can be read at GNOME.org.
If you don't have it marked down on your calendar, GNOME 2.22.0 is scheduled to be released this Wednesday, March 12. GNOME 2.22.0 is the first stable release in the GNOME 2.22 series that represents all of the work made in the GNOME 2.21 development series. Back in January we talked about the major improvements in GNOME 2.22. Among the additions to this desktop environment include Epiphany now supporting a WebKit back-end, Cheese photo/video web-cam viewer, integration of the Mousetweaks utility, Vinagre VNC client, and Totem movie player improvements. Today is the source package check-in deadline for GNOME 2.22.0, with the announcements being available on the gnome-announce-list.
Arriving in less than two weeks is the final release of GNOME 2.22.0. Coming out today, however, is GNOME 2.21.92, which is the GNOME 2.22.0 Release Candidate. The release announcement, notes, and source download links are available on the gnome-announce-list. For some of the interesting features that can be found in this forthcoming desktop environment update, be sure to check out our recent article listing the major improvements in GNOME 2.22. The final release of GNOME 2.22.0 is planned for March 12.
In time for Valentine's day, the GNOME developers are sharing their open-source love with the Linux community in the form of the GNOME 2.22 Beta 2 release. Among the packages checked in so far are new versions of Glib, Eye of GNOME, Cheese, Clutter, gnome-applets, and mousetweaks. It's to the point in the GNOME 2.22.0 development cycle where nearly all of the changes come down to bug-fixes and updated translations. The complete set of updated packages with their changes can be found on the gnome-announce-list. For some of the interesting improvements that can be found in GNOME 2.22.0, we had recently shared eight of the interesting improvements.
While the KDE 4.0 release event is kicking off today at the Googleplex, another GNOME test release is available in the road to GNOME 2.22. GNOME 2.21.5 is this latest development release. There are a load of changes and fixes in this release, so be sure to check out the GNOME release announcement.
We're just a little over three months out from the release of GNOME 2.22, but today marks the release of the GNOME 2.21.4 release. GNOME 2.21.4 is the fourth unstable/development release, but is significant in that we have now entered the string and UI change announcement periods for GNOME 2.22. Two of the interesting highlights with GNOME 2.21.4 include Metacity receiving the new compositor by Iain Holmes and swfdec now supporting Flash thumbnails while browsing files within Nautilus. The 2.21.4 release announcement can be read in full on the gnome-announce-list.
While development work on GNOME 2.22 is already in full swing, planned for release this Wednesday is the GNOME 2.20.2 stable release. Like GNOME 2.20.1, GNOME 2.20.2 will consist of updated stable packages (basically bug fixes and updated translations) while all of the exciting features and work is now focused on GNOME 2.22. Some of the GNOME 2.20.2 packages checked in already include GTK+ 2.12.2, Eye Of GNOME 2.20.3, Deskbar-Applet 2.20.2, Tomboy 0.8.2, and GLib 2.14.4. GNOME 2.20.0 was released in early September of this year while GNOME 2.20.2 is the second to the last bug-fix release in the 2.20.x branch.
If you prefer building code from source as opposed to getting the latest GNOME packages out of your distribution's development repository, you'll be pleased to know that GARNOME 2.21.2 is now available. GARNOME 2.21.2 has been codenamed "Dungeon Keeper 2" and includes all of the GNOME 2.21.2 packages plus a number of fixes. The GNOME 2.21 series is for those interested in testing the latest GNOME desktop and platform before the GNOME 2.22.0 release next March. Download links and more information is available in the GARNOME 2.21.2 announcement.
The first development release in the road towards GNOME 2.22.0 was released two weeks ago and already the second release is coming this Wednesday. GNOME 2.21.1 had contained a number of changes since GNOME 2.20, but with GNOME 2.21.2 the development towards GNOME 2.22 is really starting to heat up.
The GNOME team is out with the road-map for GNOME 2.22, 2.24, and future releases. There's quite a few changes planned, but a few in particular had caught our attention.
For those wishing to live on the cutting edge of GNOME innovations, the first development release in the road to GNOME 2.22.0 has been released. The GNOME 2.21.1 release represents a number of Pango changes, new Evolution improvements, many changes to the GNOME Control Center, and other work for this desktop environment. The GNOME 2.21.1 release announcement can be read on the gnome-announce-list. For easily building this latest development snapshot there is GARNOME, however, at the time of publishing GARNOME 2.21.1 has yet to be released. The next GNOME development release (GNOME 2.21.2) is planned for November 12.
For those looking to live on the cutting-edge of GNOME innovations, the first development release towards GNOME 2.22 is due out this Wednesday (October 31). This first release, GNOME 2.21.1, had its tarballs due today for the package deadline. Some of the GNOME 2.21.1 packages checked in for this release include Pango 1.19.0, gnome-phone-manager 0.30, gcalctool 5.21.1, Orca 2.21.1, Empathy 0.21.1, Strongwind 0.9, and Gnumeric 1.7.13. The next GNOME 2.22 development release is coming on November 12 while the final GNOME 2.22.0 release is planned for March 12. The complete schedule is available from the GNOME Live page. More information on the planned features for GNOME 2.22 are available in this news post.
Last month GNOME 2.20.0 was released and today is scheduled to be the release of GNOME 2.20.1, which is the first maintenance in the GNOME 2.20 series. Among the packages that were checked-in for today's release include new versions of Evolution, GtkHTML, GNOME Games, GLib, gThumb, Evince, gtk-engines, GDM2, Eye of GNOME, Dasher, gnome-control-center, Deskbar-Applet, and Hotwire are just a few of them. The source tarballs for the GNOME 2.20.1 packages are already available while the official release announcement should be out shortly. The next maintenance release, GNOME 2.20.2, is due out at the end of November. Meanwhile, the development cycle towards GNOME 2.22 heats up later this month with the release of GNOME 2.21.1. The complete schedule is available at GNOME Live.
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