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Gnome 2.30 Released 138

Hypoon writes "The GNOME project is proud to release this new version of the GNOME desktop environment and developer platform. Among the hundreds of bug fixes and user-requested improvements, GNOME 2.30 has several highly visible changes: new features for advanced file management, better remote desktop experience, easier notes synchronization and a generally smoother user experience. Learn more about GNOME 2.30 through the detailed release notes and the press release."
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Gnome 2.30 Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2010 @01:53AM (#31697742)

    GTK+ simply can't compete with Cocoa, QT or even Winforms.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2010 @02:18AM (#31697824)

    Windows 95 had a poor imitation of spatial mode, and OS X copied it, leaving a poor taste in everyone’s mouth. The only good spatial file managers are Mac OS Classic and Nautilus.

  • by Pecisk ( 688001 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:46AM (#31698188)

    "Gnome also dropped support for XSMP, breaking compatibility with almost any non Gnome app, to do it more like Windows (and a fatuous MS derived use case about closing laptop lids)."

    No one dropped it, XSMP code was in terrible state and did more harm than good. There are new gnome session in works for GNOME 3.0 to fix this.

    "Then there is a centralised config database."

    And it is bad why? :) Not mentioning that it is NOT a binary nightmare which are loaded at startup and leaks memory like hell. It is pure text xml files, with very good descriptions what each feature means. Heck, you can grep them and support user with changing settings from command line! Still, even then apps aren't forced to use gconf/dconf, it is only when you want to be a part of official release.

    "And people use Gnome because KDE is too much like Windows (i.e. the default theme has the panel at the bottom)."

    How this remotely connects with what you said above? People use GNOME for very different reasons, and I think default position of panels are least thing which makes people to choose one or another.

  • by zlogic ( 892404 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @04:17AM (#31698328)

    Conduit [gnome.org] is a very promising sync framework. I've used it a year ago, sync over ssh failed, but the project is really nice, allowing to create complex sync rules with an easy to use GUI.

  • Re:Headscratch. (Score:3, Informative)

    by PhilHibbs ( 4537 ) <snarks@gmail.com> on Thursday April 01, 2010 @04:19AM (#31698334) Homepage Journal

    Damn, rm -rf * doesn't do anything.

  • by somersault ( 912633 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @05:35AM (#31698642) Homepage Journal

    It depends, it's a dynamic area so additional devices are added and removed a lot, you'd have to have some way of defining where they went too, I don't think a simple drag and drop would work for that. I've never even thought about the ordering before, it seems sensible enough though (however it is slighlty different on the system Places menu and Nautilus sidebar). Home folder, desktop, filesystem, external drives, trash.

  • Re:Headscratch. (Score:3, Informative)

    by IrquiM ( 471313 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @06:29AM (#31698840) Homepage

    Doh! You forgot sudo!

  • Re:Sawmill/Sawfish? (Score:4, Informative)

    by knarf ( 34928 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @08:21AM (#31699322) Homepage

    Saw{mill|fish} is just a window manager. It is not a desktop environment. In gnome terms it compares to metacity, not the whole gnome desktop. If you want to run just a window manager you can do that with any of the available window managers. If you like programming your window manager in Lisp then saw{mill|fish} is a good choice but there are many other extensible window managers out there.

    I run a gnome desktop without all those memory-hogging misfeatures like indexing. It has a 17 pixel high gnome panel on the top so the rest of the screen is completely free for useful stuff. Use a theme with small window borders (eg. Mist or Metabox) instead of those huge gaudy monstrosities which many distributions seem to favour. Well-configured gnome is actually one of the least cluttered desktop environments I have found.

  • SPOILER ALERT (Score:2, Informative)

    by QuaveringGrape ( 1573239 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @09:49AM (#31699948)
    Some command spoilers. I didn't look in the source, this was just some messing around:

    This APT has Super Cow Powers.

    apt-get moo
    (picture of cow)
    ...."Have you mooed today?"...

    You should really use Vim.

    You should really use Emacs.

    Why hello there!

    Bye(CLI terminates)

    I was disappointed at the lack of a python shell and "import antigravity". I just really felt like flying today.

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