Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Final Destination for Gnome?

The Gnome 2.22 (and 2.24 - 2.x) roadmap has been released [1].

I wrote in July about the anti climactic release of gnome 2.18 [2] and I was hoping that Gnome would release some exciting features for the user and for the developer in the next few major releases. Well, I am once again disappointed. 2.20 seems add instability, and the outlook for 2.22 is grim.

According to the Gnome Footnotes RSS feed:
The roadmap is based on feedback from current GNOME developers and other community members.

We hope this roadmap increases the awereness about the future steps of the project inside and outside the community and helps us to look forward and plan where we want to go.
I find it hard that community member feedback has not included better gnome-screensaver management (Gnome still ships with only 4 basic screensavers, among other issues); or better evolution stability and usability (evolution 2.12 locks up for longer and more frequently than previous versions on simple actions like changing folders; it still does not show the correct account when sending mail, and so on).

Gnome, I still use you, but the reasons are becoming fewer and fewer. When the only remaining reason is "because kde takes too long to compile" then perhaps you will fall into the application graveyard, where we sometimes visit to pay our respect, wondering "whatever happened to ..." or "they were good once".


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