The GNOME project was started in 1997 by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero aiming to provide a swift answer to Windows 95. By this time the KDE project was also on the move, but it required the installation of the QT library which didn't provided a free licence in those days.
GNOME positioned itself by redefining simplicity and usability and promoting it's goals:
- Freedom - by providing a free Desktop Environment available in binary and source. By providing it's users freedom to change the source to their personal needs and share with the community.
- Accessibility - to ensure that any person can use GNOME regardless of their technical skills or deficiencies.
- Internationalization - providing GNOME currently in over than 160 languages.
- Ease of Development - providing developers a good framework that provides good integration and allowing them to use their tools of choice for development.
- Organization - providing a disciplined structure and management over the release cycles.
- Support - ensuring support to numerous organizations outside GNOME.
The GNOME Project is currently under supervision of the GNOME Foundation which represents the project to organizations, corporations and society as a whole. GNOME is currently developed by volunteers and hired professionals which work for companies like IBM, Red Hat Inc., Novell, et al. GNOME sponsor list can be consulted on the GNOME Foundation web page. GNOME is a fine example of prime FOSS Engineering and better understood under "The Cathedral and Bazaar" model.
GNOME 2.30.0 is available since the $DATE and presents a whole new set of features and extra functionality; from new users to to advanced users, GNOME will make everyone's delights with a promiss of stability, ease of use and simplicity. GNOME is currently available in all mainstream Linux Distributions and a vast number of spins.
GNOME provides users with an exciting experience to perform their computing tasks. From communicating with friends to work development, GNOME provides a very flexible Desktop Environment and a set of applications to fulfil their needs. GNOME 2.30.0 brings into play some changes to make users life easier, alongside with new exciting features and functionality.
One of the most awaited features in GNOME that will make many users delights is delivered by Nautilus, GNOME's File Manager. Nautilus 2.30.0 introduces a new split mode view (by pressing F3); this feature allows the user to have a far greater control over every days file system tasks, such as copying files. Nautilus 2.30.0 also comes pre-configured in browser mode, providing a more spatial control to the user.
Another exciting new feature in GNOME 2.30.0 is the new GNOME Color Manager application that will make the delights of every photographer and artist, if not everyone's delights.
Networking in Linux has evolved a lot, and GNOME provides a nice applet (nm-applet) for NetworkManager, which was initiated by Red Hat Inc. in 2005 and currently maintained by Dan Williams. NetworkManager through nm-applet deploys easy networking to GNOME users; with 2.30.0 it comes with a new design and extra functionality:
- Bluetooth DUN
- Broadband Signal Status
The Fedora Marketing Team provided the community with a very interesting article about NetworkManager in GNOME 2.30.0 featuring and interview with Dan Williams.
GNOME 2.30.0 also ships with ORCA, an open source scriptable screen reader which uses various combinations of speech, braille and magnification. The development of Orca has been led by the Accessibility Program Office of Sun Microsystems Inc. with contributions from many community members. ORCA is one of GNOME's promises in therms of providing accessibility to it's Desktop Environment, enabling many people to use a computer that otherwise wouldn't be able to.
Another package that brings extended functionality with GNOME 2.30.0 is Brasero, GNOME's CD/DVD burning software; in this release, Brasero presents GNOME users with PackageKit integration, improved Audio CD creating through the cdda2wave plugin and supports searches using Tracker. Brasero is currently one of the most popular CD Burning applications used in Linux.
Neville A. Cross, Fedora Marketing Team
Nelson Marques, Fedora Marketing Team
Rahul Sundaram, Fedora Developer
Henrik Heigl, Fedora Ambassador and Fedora Marketing Team