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09.26.13

GNOME Desktop Approaches 3.10 and Finds Wider Acceptance

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux at 6:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Karen SandlerSummary: GNOME, the popular GNU/Linux suite of applications, is back in the groove

GNOME, as a desktop environment, suffered some backlash when the third branch came out. It’s similar to KDE when its fourth branch came out. But things appear to be changing for the better in GNOME [1] and a new release is fast approaching [2-6] under the leadership of Karen Sandler [7] who is a strong advocate of software freedom. GNOME Music is being introduced [8] and GNOME applications generally reach out to more environments like MATE and XFCE [9], not just KDE (through QtCurve and other bridges). Other GNOME projects [10,11] show signs of life in this age when we can easily forget GNOME or simply take it for granted, just like KDE.

Several years ago we criticised GNOME for its stance on Mono. After Miguel de Icaza had stepped down things gradually improved and GTK-based Mono-dependent applications mostly died (no longer maintained). Techrights has no opposition to GNOME or the GNOME Foundation.

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  7. Interview: Karen Sandler (part 1)

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  8. GNOME Music
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