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.
While GNOME 2.20 is less than a month old, if you missed it, the GNOME 2.22 schedule is already available. This schedule, available from GNOME Live, places the first GNOME 2.22 development release later this month. The GNOME 2.20.1 maintenance release is scheduled for October 17, while on October 31 is the GNOME 2.21.1 development release. Succeeding this development release is the GNOME 2.21.2 release on November 10. Coming in December are two more development releases (GNOME 2.21.3 and GNOME 2.21.4).
For those of you that may be after developing Microsoft C# and other .NET languages on Linux through the power of Novell's Mono, the first beta release of MonoDevelop 1.0 is now available for download. MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE for these Redmond languages as well as C/C++ development support through g++ or GCC. MonoDevelop 1.0 Beta 1 also features a new database add-in, text editing improvements, ASP.NET features, change-log add-in, and plenty of other changes. More on MonoDevelop can be found on their project website and from their Beta 1 release notes.
GNOME 2.20 has been released. This release comes after months of hard work by the GNOME project but introduces improved language support, desktop search integration, new mail and calendar features through Evolution, efficient power management, and simplified system preferences are among the many changes. The GNOME Documentation Team has done a great job detailing all of the changes as well as screenshots in the GNOME 2.20 Release Notes.
This Wednesday will be the release of GNOME 2.20.0, and today is the tarball package due date for all packages wishing to make the release deadline. Many of the packages are already checked in and you can view the announcements on the gnome-announce-list. Look for the official GNOME 2.20 announcement this Wednesday.
With just two weeks left until GNOME 2.20.0 enters the world, the final development build is scheduled for release tomorrow. GNOME 2.19.92 is the GNOME 2.20.0 release candidate, which will contain a few fixes since the GNOME 2.20 Beta 2 release. Following the release of GNOME 2.19.92 is a GNOME 2.20.0 hard-code freeze on September 10 which lasts for one week, and then on September 19 will be the official release of GNOME 2.20.0! After that, we can start dreaming about the GNOME 2.22 release. The complete GNOME schedule is available from GNOME Live.
The second and final beta release for GNOME 2.20.0 is now available. The GNOME 2.19.91 development release will be short-live as planned for next week already is the GNOME 2.20.0 Release Candidate. GNOME 2.19.91 contains a lot of bug fixes, so try it out with GARNOME 2.19.91. The GNOME 2.20.2 Beta 2 release announcement can be read on the gnome-announce-list.
It was ten years ago today that the GNOME project was born when Miguel de Icaza had announced the creation of this free software desktop environment that ultimately would go head-to-head with KDE. Congratulations to the GNOME team with a very successful ten years! Marking the birthday of GNOME is also the first beta for GNOME 2.20.0 (GNOME 2.19.90). The beta announcement should be on the wire shortly along with the GARNOME 2.19.90 package. We are just over a month away from the release of GNOME 2.20.0!
Marking the release of GNOME 2.19.6, and another step towards the release of GNOME 2.20, is the availability of GARNOME 2.19.6. GNOME 2.19.6 is being released today, which will be followed by the release of GNOME 2.20.0 Beta 1 on August 15 and the second beta will be out on August 29. The final release of GNOME 2.20.0 will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2007.
The last stable release in the GNOME 2.18 series is now out the door. Making up GNOME 2.18.3 are bug fixes, new translations, and updated documentation. The GNOME 2.18.3 announcement can be read at GNOME.org.
As the fourth development release in the road to GNOME 2.20, GNOME 2.19.4 is now available and offers a host of changes from the previous 2.19.3 release. Continuing in normal fashion, GARNOME 2.19.4 is also available to make for an easy build process of the latest GNOME source packages. GARNOME 2.19.4 has been dubbed the "Dancing to the Rhythm of the War Drums" release. The announcement can be found on the gnome-announce-list.
GNOME 2.19.3, the third developer release in the path to GNOME 2.20, is now available. GNOME 2.19.2 contains a number of updates beyond what was highlighted in our GNOME 2.19.2 desktop screenshots. GARNOME 2.19.3, dubbed the "leading the pack" release, is now available with the GNOME 2.19.3 packages along with a few updates since the freeze. The GARNOME announcement can be read on the gnome-announce-list. The next GNOME development release is due out on June 20, while the final release of GNOME 2.20 is scheduled for September 19, 2007.
We're still early in the GNOME 2.20 season with GNOME 2.19.2 just coming out earlier in the month, but the GNOME Live RoadMap for GNOME 2.20 and GNOME 2.22 has been updated. Some of the planned improvements for GNOME 2.20 will be version 3.0 of the Ekiga VoIP client, Evince improvements for document viewing, plug-in system for the GNOME image viewer (Eye of GNOME), a new highlighting engine for the text editor (Gedit), and full compliance with the FreeDesktop.org power management specification for GNOME Power Manager. Ekiga 3.0 will feature a new user interface, X-Video support, and support for audio and video codecs. On the table for GNOME 2.22 is New Stuff Manager integration, stabilization of Ekiga 3.0, complete support for X.509 certificates in GNOME Keyring, new library for GNOME Applets, a complete high contrast SVG theme for GNOME, and a lot more is planned.
Less than two months after the release of GNOME 2.18.0, version 2.19.1 is now available for those wishing to try out the latest unstable GNOME incarnation. The GNOME 2.19.1 press release hasn't yet the gnome-announce-list wire, but the GARNOME 2.19.1 source package was pushed out moments ago. More information on GNOME 2.19/2.20 is available here. The next GNOME release in the 2.19 series is GNOME 2.19.2, which is scheduled for release on May 16.
While it hasn't been long since the release of GNOME 2.18.1, let alone the release of GNOME 2.18.0, the path to GNOME 2.20 is already starting to heat-up. GNOME 2.19.1, an unstable release, has its tar-balls due today followed by the official release this Wednesday. This is the first of nine test releases in the GNOME 2.19 series before GNOME 2.20.0 will be introduced. GNOME 2.20.0 is scheduled for release on September 19. Coming from the GNOME side of the web next month is GNOME 2.19.2 along with the stable release of GNOME 2.18.2. More information on the GNOME 2.19 series is available from GNOME Live.
Yesterday Linux.com reported on the launching of the GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative. This initiative to get GNOME on mobile and embedded devices is sponsored by such companies as Red Hat and Canonical along with backing by the Linux Foundation. The GMAE (GNOME Mobile and Embedded) platform is a subset of the technologies found on a traditional GNOME desktop. This GMAE platform is already present in the Nokia N770 and N800 as well as the OLPC laptop, but in the coming months they will be adding Java ME, GeoClue, and making other improvements.
Yesterday was the release of Xfce 4.4.1 and today is the release of GNOME 2.18.1. Like yesterday's Xfce maintenance release, GNOME 2.18.1 adds new translations as well as bug fixes. The release announcement can be read on the gnome-announce-list.
Not only is today Pi day and the launch date for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, but GNOME 2.18.0 is also being released today! GNOME 2.18.0 boasts a horde of improvements over GNOME 2.16. Among the changes are improved support for a number of things, new customizable options, GNOME desktop sharing, GNOME audio controller improvements, Sudoku and Chess games, network GNOME games support (for selected titles), improved bug reporting, and much more. The GNOME 2.18 release notes can be read here.
One week from today GNOME 2.18.0 will be released. The tarballs for GNOME 2.18.0 are due next Tuesday, March 12, and the official release will be sanctioned on Wednesday, Marc 14. The GNOME 2.18.0 schedule is available here.
The March 2007 edition of the GNOME Journal is now available for your reading pleasure. Covered in this edition is information on cross-platform GTK+ development, Tango artwork on the desktop, free desktop companies, and a letter from the editor. The GNOME Journal can be read here.
GNOME 2.17.92, the release candidate for GNOME 2.18.0, is now available from official mirrors! All features have been added, major bugs fixed, and more for this release. The hard code freeze will occur next week while the official GNOME 2.18.0 release will be out on March 14. The release announcement is available on the gnome-announce-list.
Today is the package check-in for the second Beta in the path to GNOME 2.18.0. GNOME 2.18.0 Beta 2 (2.17.91) will see its release this Wednesday -- February 14 -- which is one month to the day for the release of GNOME 2.18. At the end of February will be the first and only release candidate in the GNOME 2.17/2.18 series. This week's release of GNOME 2.17.91 also marks the start of the string freeze for GNOME 2.18.0.
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