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GNOME 3.0 Delayed Until March 2011 201

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Julie188 writes "GNOME 3.0 was scheduled to be released in September but during the developers conference, GUADEC 2010 in Den Haag, the organization had to face facts: the much ballyhooed GNOME Shell really wasn't ready. The Shell is supposed to bring 'a whole new user experience to the desktop.' So now, in September, what users will see is GNOME 2.32, distributed as a new stable release. Next target date for 3.0: March 2011."
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GNOME 3.0 Delayed Until March 2011

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  • Not a huge loss... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sheetrock (152993) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @03:33PM (#33060530) Homepage Journal

    I like the looks of the new interface, but am rather concerned it might put people off by being too different from Windows.

    I've been playing around with soft lighting in the GIMP, and I think one innovation I'd like to see come up (in X-windows or wherever) would be to allow users to "tint" the whole desktop with a particular color scheme and pattern... something that can hit the windows and wallpaper evenly not unlike the sun is currently hitting my monitor, only not so bright, blurry and distracting.

    Think looking at a monitor with the faint reflection of light hitting rippling water... ahh, soothing!

  • What about GNOME 3? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by assertation (1255714) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @03:47PM (#33060748)

    I haven't kept up on it. What will be special about GNOME 3, particularly from an end user's perspective?

  • Re:Smart (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Esospopenon (1838392) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @04:46PM (#33061516)

    They wish they had something even remotely close to KDE 4.0. All they have is a new desktop shell.

    You have to remember there is more to Gnome than what meets the eye.

  • by SpaceAmoeba (1159183) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:09PM (#33061802)

    I understand the concern, but I wonder if being Windows-like is becoming much less important as people do more on netbooks and smartphones. Gnome Shell strikes me as having some inspiration in the interfaces of those devices so it may actually attract people away from Windows. One can always hope!

  • by grcumb (781340) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:22PM (#33061998) Homepage Journal

    I've been playing around with soft lighting in the GIMP, and I think one innovation I'd like to see come up (in X-windows or wherever) would be to allow users to "tint" the whole desktop with a particular color scheme and pattern... something that can hit the windows and wallpaper evenly not unlike the sun is currently hitting my monitor, only not so bright, blurry and distracting.

    I've been doing this for years: PNG wallpaper with an alpha layer running through the entire image. Graduated background fill in the colour that suits your mood on any given day. For bonus points, script a slow colour transition that matches the time of day.

  • by Zombie Ryushu (803103) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:24PM (#33062028)

    Does anyone know if more of Gnome will support LDAP auto configuration?

  • Re:ironic (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Draek (916851) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:30PM (#33062108)

    Why would it be ironic? regular users aren't interested in configuring a system so it's irrelevant how "easy" or "hard" it is as long as it's done automagically for their limited usage scenarios, but they are interested in *using* a system so they'll need an interface that's simple and "friendly" enough for them.

    Gnome stopped being aimed at power users with version 2.0 *eight* years ago, so you really have no excuse. I'd suggest using Xfce or Openbox instead, perhaps even a tiling WM like wmii or awesome if you're feeling daring.

  • Re:Smart (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DrXym (126579) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:52PM (#33062382)
    I'd prefer KDE took the HIG and implemented it on their own desktop. KDE is a usability travesty which might explain in no small part why GNOME has gained the upper hand.
  • Re:Smart (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Walzmyn (913748) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @09:37PM (#33064272)
    I don't aim to start a flame war (Lord knows we've got enough of them around here). But I feel just the opposite. Every time I'm stuck in Gnome I can't find anything. In KDE it has always (with only a few hicups during the KDE4 upgrade) been very intuitive. Obviously you have the opposite experience; 'm just saying it's a personal thing.
  • Re:Smart (Score:2, Interesting)

    by healyp (1260440) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @10:25PM (#33064440)
    I don't know if I'd call Telepathy an advantage. Once it's actually implemented it will definitely kick ass, but right now it sucks and only supports the full feature set of 1 protocol(jabber) out of the 16 it's supposed to be able to use. In fact I couldn't even get empathy to do something as simple as display an AIM buddy profile. Maybe I'm just an idiot, but as far as I can tell telepathy gives no distinct advantage to Gnome.
  • Well, whatever. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 29, 2010 @01:56PM (#33072650)

    I'm already using GNOME Shell on a regular basis, and I've got to say it:

    They should take as long as it takes to get it polished, because it's totally worth it. It may be different from Windows or OS X, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Once you've worked with it for a bit, it's super-intuitive.

    I don't know it it'll completely replace my use of GNOME Do (which is second only to Quicksilver imho) but it's danged nice, intuitive, easy to use, and yet powerful enough to satisfy someone like me (and I used to use Openbox with all kinds of keyboard shortcuts to do everything!)

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