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The road to GNOME 3

Intervenant(s) : Vincent Untz
Date : Vendredi 9 juillet 2010 Horaire : 11h00 Durée : 40 minutes
Lieu : ENSEIRB - Amphi C

The presentation

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Created in 1997, the GNOME project has issued its version 1.0 in March 1999, before reaching the 2.0 milestone in June 2002. Since that date, the project has followed a steady development cycle that allowed great progress, but in an evolutionary way, without much disruption. That explains why GNOME is still on that same 2.x branch with the 2.28 version from September 2009.

However, in 2008, the GNOME Release Team proposed an initial plan to make another step forward with a 3.0 version. After several months of reflexion, a document listing the goals has been published in April 2009, stating that GNOME 3.0 would be ready in 2010.

This presentation seeks to explain the reasons that have lead the project to leave the stable 2.x branch and to start a new 3.0 branch. The approach used to guarantee a smooth transition for the distributions and the users will be presented, as well as the main novelties planed for GNOME 3.0.

The speaker

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Vincent Untz likes to introduce himself as a generalist in GNOME and openSUSE, as he contributes (in a random way, according to some) at many levels in these projects. While he tries to cure his tendency to create code, Vincent still is an active developer, at the same time he’s involved in the projects’ management, in particular for GNOME : he then became the Release Manager of GNOME and one of the board members of the GNOME Foundation. He’s still trying to make it adopt french as an official language for GNOME, and has good hopes to achive this goal soon.

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