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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 @12:52AM (#31697484)

    I love Gnome, but is looks so outdated these days...

  • Typing in paths (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dwedit ( 232252 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @01:25AM (#31697664) Homepage

    How can we make Gnome better? I know! Let's take away that useful button that lets you type in paths. And then yell at you for being stupid when you don't know that button had a Hotkey (Ctrl+L) that still works, even with the button missing.

    Stay classy, Gnome devs.

  • by Pecisk ( 688001 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @01:27AM (#31697672)

    I'm GNOME regular since 2003 and all I can say is these 2.x series has been great ride. Yes, there where stuff which were broken, there where people who said that features are taken away, but still, I'm very productive in this desktop and trust me, I have worked with and supported every mainstream and not-so-mainstream desktop under the sun - it is one of the best. Apple gets it first, but GNOME guys cleverfully tries to integrate that stuff what matters. So kudos for all GNOME developers for these series and while I'm still a little bit cautinous about shell, I think it will turn out good in the end (it was quite usable when I tried it during Jaunty).

    Beyond usual "small stuff" which is nice to have (like fully working Evince on Windows, giving you good alternative for Adobe Reader or FoxIt), I really like Vinagre improvements. In quite short time, it has become de facto VNC viewer for GNOME platform, and finally there are color bit settings for those with dialups or other slow links.

  • by the_womble ( 580291 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @02:29AM (#31697870) Homepage Journal

    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).

    Then there is a centralised config database.

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

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2010 @02:30AM (#31697874)

    I don't put a lot of faith in DE developers that can't fix a simple "Show/Hide hidden and backup files" problem in their file-browser. It's only been how many years?

    Seriously, I set it to show hidden/backup files and tar up a directory (after checking the files) and SENT MY BOSS BACKUP AND HIDDEN FILES THAT I DID NOT WANT TO. That could have been the end of my little world!

    Gnome - what a cluster-f*ck, heheheh!

    Note to self: don't store "WhyIHateMyBoss.txt" on company equipment.

  • Re:Headscratch. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nmb3000 ( 741169 ) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Thursday April 01, 2010 @02:32AM (#31697888) Journal

    I mean, what the hell, Slashdot! Serious news? On this, the holiest day of the Geek Calendar?

    Gah. I think the best thing Slashdot could do this April 1st is to just do nothing at all. In addition to being a joke in itself, they would also be recognizing that they simply can never surpass OMG PONIES. Never.

    Using the Internet in general is just painful on the 1st. Everybody thinks they need to do a joke, whether they have a good idea or not, and most of the time it's just an old obvious "joke" that isn't funny anymore. People of the Internet: If you have a good idea, go for it. If not, don't bother.

    That said, XKCD [xkcd.com] has a pretty good one this year. Hint: Try "make me a sandwich" :)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2010 @02:39AM (#31697914)

    Wrong - there's no such thing as a good spatial file manager, unless you're too retarded to figure out how to use a proper file manager like Windows Explorer.

  • ...but I still do not use browser mode, either. Instead, I am now just using the terminal 99% of the time. The spacial implementation in Gnome failed for me because it was way too clunky. For something that is supposed reflect placement of real objects in real life, you really need to be able to interact with them with both hands in order for it to be enjoyable. In other words, there needs to be many more keyboard/mouse/mouse-keyboard commands for mass window management. Sometimes, it just doesn't work piddling with every single window individually every single time.

    • Where is my option-click to close all the windows of an appliciation?
    • Where is my option click outside of the window to hide it?
    • Where is my ctrl-shift-w to close all windows of an application?
    • Where is my option-click for my taskbar window button to bring all windows of that application to the font?
    • Why can't I click this same window button to hide all the windows that just came to the front?
    • Where is my system level ctrl-~ to switch between windows of a single application?

    Because of this, spacial in Gnome always felt lame in a lot of ways like how spacial in Windows 95 was lame. Spacial just doesn't work if you try to use it with an arm tied behind your back. Now granted, since moving to Gnome from Mac OS, I have fallen in love with modifier-drag combination for moving windows around. Shift drag is also pretty fancy. We just need more of those kinds of things.

  • Re:OMG PONIES! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by PhilHibbs ( 4537 ) <snarks@gmail.com> on Thursday April 01, 2010 @04:00AM (#31698234) Homepage Journal

    "Og Maciel"? No way is that a real name. Definitely an AF.

  • by IBBoard ( 1128019 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @04:03AM (#31698246) Homepage

    If modern = hideous shine effects (ala Windows....and Mac...and KDE) then give me Gnome any day. I want something I can manage to look at all day if I have to, not something that burns my eyes after half an hour. As for themes, I like Sonar these days - nice, well executed and not too bland.

  • by IBBoard ( 1128019 ) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @04:10AM (#31698280) Homepage

    Seriously, I set it to show hidden/backup files and tar up a directory (after checking the files) and SENT MY BOSS BACKUP AND HIDDEN FILES THAT I DID NOT WANT TO. That could have been the end of my little world!

    That's your fault for thinking that a visual setting has anything to do with a filesystem operation, and for not checking what you send. A couple of years ago I got caught out the other way - File Roller was ignoring . folders, which was a PITA because I kinda needed them.

  • Re:April Fools! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday April 01, 2010 @05:50AM (#31698706) Journal

    Heeeeeey Fucktard! Notice the title of the site? News for NERDS ring any bells? If you are gonna spam at least TARGET YOU AUDIENCE dipshit! You should be offering us dodgy RAM, fake CPUs, cheap PMPs, refurbed HDDs, off brand SSD, tec. How many fucking nerds you think are actually gonna buy Chanel handbag knockoffs moron?

    Sorry folks, but if there is one thing I can't stand it is bad marketing. I mean really how hard is it to target the spam correctly? He should be over on Digg if he wants to push fricking handbags!

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright