The open source GNOME
GNOME 2.10 comes six months after the 2.8 release, which is included in Red Hat
and other Linux distributions. The improvements in 2.10 continue the “spit and polish” trend that its predecessor took.
Among the new features in this GNOME version, which is a Windows-like desktop system that works on UNIX and UNIX-like systems and is not dependent on any one window manager, is the integration of the Totem video player together with the GNOME Gstreamer framework of video playback and streaming.
The Sound Juicer “CD Ripper” has also been included in this release, allowing a user to rip audio tracks from CDs for playback in other mechanisms.
Collaboration in the form of a shared Evolution Groupware contacts has also been improved in this release. GNOME Meeting, the desktop’s videoconferencing and VoIP solution, can now pull contact information directly from the Evolution e-mail client. Evolution now includes U.S. Weather information and the calendar feature allows files to be attached to
Mobile users also benefit from the new release with improved WEP
“We’re having lots of fun doing this,” said Luis Villa, said GNOME Foundation Board member and contributor, in a statement. “Instead of just talking about vaporware that takes years to come out, GNOME’s developers are creating concrete improvements and delivering these to our users twice a year. This is something no proprietary desktop vendor matches.”
GNOME’s principal competition for open source dominance, however, is not necessarily another proprietary desktop but rather another open source project, called KDE “KDE 3.4 is about to be finished, so we prepared a first (and hopefully
only) Release Candidate, wrote Stephan Kulow, KDE Release Coordinator, in the RC1 announcement.
“KDE 3.4 is about to be finished, so we prepared a first (and hopefully