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[News] Call for GNOME Desktop to Return to GNU Roots

  • Subject: [News] Call for GNOME Desktop to Return to GNU Roots
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:11:58 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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GNOME needs to get its act together 

,----[ Quote ]
| To understand the significance of these links, 
| one must go back to 1997 when GNOME was set up 
| by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. 
| The only rationale that they had for setting 
| up a project to create a second desktop 
| environment for a small number of users - KDE 
| was a thriving desktop by then but it used a 
| non-free library for development - was that it 
| would be totally free.
| GNOME was set up under the aegis of the GNU 
| Project. The name says it all: the GNU Network 
| Object Model Environment. 


Theming GNOME

,----[ Quote ]
| I get a lot of questions as to how to make the 
| GNOME desktop look better. This question can 
| be approached from  numerous angles: Compiz, 
| Emerald, Metacity, Window borders, etc. I have 
| covered Compiz here on Ghacks (see Compiz on 
| Ghacks) as well as Emerald (see Emerald on 
| Ghacks). But I have yet to cover the basic 
| theming of the GNOME desktop. As of this 
| tutorial, that will all change.



GNOME 2.29.4 released

,----[ Quote ]
| And here comes 2.29.4, just in time for the
| holiday season. It's a few hours late, but
| there were several build issues this time.
| But if you take all the right tarballs, this
| should now be okay :-) And you'll enjoy some
| cool stuff, like an updated nautilus with its
| changed focus (see discussion on nautilus-
| list), or various modules like gnome-control-
| center with tons of bug fixes. You can also
| take a look at gnome-keyring which has
| changed quite a bit internally... There are
| definitely many changes in there, so it's a
| good time to do some deep testing!


GNOME and the GNU Project

,----[ Quote ]
| Do you remember the last controversy
| around Richard Stallman and Mono? Well,
| surprise surprise: the players are same!
| Imagine that! Quite the coincidence.
| It just so happens that the person calling
| for the vote is the same person that
| created the whole âI am not afraid of
| people writing codeâ slur-meme.
| It just so happens that the person
| seconding the call for the vote is the
| same person that crafted âopen lettersâ,
| published private correspondance and
| called for Stallman to be banned from
| speaking at future conferences.
| (The irony of calling for someone to be
| banned from speaking while later
| pretending outrage at that same person for
| calling into question how appropriate some
| topics are is quite delicious.)
| Again, read the posts to the mailing list
| and on the blogs. Stallman is calm and
| composed while being called a âfascistic
| extremistâ, and subjected to push polling.
| His critics as usual are condescending,
| twist his words, and resort to childish
| rhetoric at every opportunity.
| The beauty of the mailing list is that it
| is all laid out there for anyone to see.

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