A look at Gnome 2.12

A NEW GNOME

Article from Issue 62/2006
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Gnome 2.10 reconquered many desktops with its return to values such as simplicity, clarity, and ease of use. The new Gnome 2.12 GNU desktop environment continues this emphasis on the basics.

Even the biggest critics of Gnome have had to admit that the GNU Desktop is gaining support in office and home applications due to its reliable release cycle and excellent quality. Since version 2.10, tailor-made and easy-to-use tools have helped bring Gnome to many desktops despite initial skepticism. With Version 2.10, the Gnome Project returned to traditional values, setting aside superfluous details. The current Gnome 2.12 release upholds the “more is less” philosophy of its predecessor, doing without bells and whistles and concentrating on essentials. This article will take a quick look at some of the new features in Gnome 2.12. New Clothes The new release relies on a development of the Glider themes from Gnome 2.10. A long discussion about the default theme started on the Gnome project’s mailing lists back in mid-2005. The participants in the discussion finally reached a decision that was seconded by positive user feedback. It looks like a slightly modified form of “Clearlooks” will be the standard for future versions of the Gnome desktop.

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