Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22
Phoronix: Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22
Back in November we started sharing some of the exciting features planned for the GNOME 2.22 and 2.24 releases, and now that the first GNOME 2.22.0 Beta release is planned for later this week, we have taken another look at the packages set for inclusion and the changes that have actually been made. While nothing groundbreaking will be introduced in GNOME 2.22, this desktop environment does have some moderate changes worth noting. In this article are eight interesting packages that either have noticeable changes since GNOME 2.20 or are new to GNOME. This list isn't all-inclusive or ordered in any particular fashion, but just eight changes that had caught our attention.
System plotting and Chess
I'm mostly looking forward to the gnome-system-manager updates by Karl Lattimer: http://www.qdh.org.uk/wordpress/?p=194 if at least they get included.
Also internet chess for glchess will be interesting, even though I'll probably still prefer pychess.
System wide Vector graphics, and sell sell sell!
My conclutions first:
-- One, system wide Vector graphics will rock the world of Gnome.
-- The Front page into three parts, like it looks today but in three:
-- Video to sell | Get it in your computer | Contribute - build a better world
I am sorry to see that for next version Gnome will not systemwide use vector graphics like KDE4. In this way, Gnome starts looking like something old from the 90-s, since vista/osx/KDE now has full support for it. Switching applications under Ubuntu can sometimes look like shit still. Many cool things are done under OSX since they use PDF systemwide, is almost impossible under Gnome.
Just look how beautiful this is sometimes under OSX:
Second: marketing (the last point was one too actually)
KDE today says "Be free", witch from a marketing point is wonderful since it delivers the Freedom message. The Gnome equation on their frontpage, "computer + gnome = love/heart"? is a big Disaster from a marketing point of view. If we could be half as good at selling as M$/Apple, we could go so much further. Just copy.
Third: Get people into the society of Gnome
Gnome could also learn from Ubuntu. I have tried to see how I can help, and I just cant find any forum or information of a list of things to do. Its way to difficult to help out today. My suggestion is to do this of Gnome.org frontpage:
1. Deliver the political message in a short message (someway to improve the world...).
2. Divide the frontpage of gnome.org into three parts: "Want to contribute: 1. join the forum, 2. List of things to do to next version (separated into logical areas), 3. Join your local development group, 4 Learn how to program (video course).
This would bring thousands of new developers into the platform - but you have to tell them to do so and lower the barrier.
And: sell sell sell
The third part is to sell sell sell: show videos from youtube how users today use Gnome and put them on the Frontpage. Thats how I switch people to Ubuntu, I show them things they can not resist. And then I help them switch.
Please do this, and the world will follow.
I repeat. Vector graphics.
The Front page into three parts, like it looks today but in three:
1. Video to sell | 2. Get it in your computer | 3. Contribute - build a better world