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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 20:15

GNOME 3.10 Released!
 

The latest update to GNOME 3, version 3.10, has been released. This release comes six months after the previous version, and includes new features, new applications, and many improvements.

 

Introducing the release, Allan Day (GNOME Design Team) said, ‟GNOME 3.10 is a significant upgrade for our users, and developers will benefit from new features in the application development platform. Our contributors did an incredible job and have created a really exciting release.“

 

Highlights in this release include:

  • A reworked system status area, which gives a more focused overview of your system.
  • ‟Software“, which provides an easy way to browse and install applications.
  • A collection of new applications, including Maps, Notes, Music and Photos.
  • New geolocation features, such as automatic time zones and world clocks.
  • Hi-resolution display and smart card support.

You can find out more details about these features, as well as the many other improvements, in the GNOME 3.10 release notes.

 

GNOME 3.10 also introduces initial Wayland support. This represents a major technological step forward for GNOME, and will enable the project to fully adopt the next generation display and input technology in the future.

 

The GNOME Project is a member of the GNU Project, and GNOME 3.10 comes just days before GNU's 30th anniversary. Speaking about the 3.10 release, John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, said: ‟the GNOME 3.10 release exemplifies what GNU is about -- technical and ethical excellence. The Free Software Foundation is proud to showcase the GNOME community's work when talking to potential new free software users, and as GNOME users ourselves, we're very thankful for these new improvements.“

 

Further information and reactions can be found in the GNOME 3.10 press release.

 

Source: GNOME website

Link: GNOME 3.10 release notes




#2 Syanide

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 20:22

I find it funny they use the Ubuntu font on the website.

 

Also, is the new merged toolbar+titlebar a hack? I presume they just added a close button to the toolbar and removed the old titlebar. I wonder how that will look like used in a different DE which still relies on drawing a separate titlebar.



#3 Max Norris

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 20:24

Nice, will have to give this a go in a VM later. Hoping they took care of some of the (at least for me) usability issues, maybe dialed back on the dumbing-down (again, opinion), etc. I liked some of the changes from v2, but a lot of them... not so much.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 20:26

I hope this makes it into Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. I would love to give it a try.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:23

It looks really nice.

 

 

Too bad now I still have to wait for the Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade in order to install that.

And too bad as well that the 3.8 themes and add-ons will break again  :/



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:58

'Hi-resolution display and smart card support.'

Errr, smart card support...?



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:09

People still use that bloated thing?

 

Have never liked Gnome. I prefer KDE even over Gnome, but I use the lite stuff, XFCE, for me!!



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:17

People still use that bloated thing?

 

Have never liked Gnome. I prefer KDE even over Gnome, but I use the lite stuff, XFCE, for me!!

 

Well, yes, I guess people still use it  :D

 

I'm certainly not a fan of Gnome 3.x but out of the most common DEs I'd still take it over KDE or Unity.

I had high hopes for E17 but it has came to somewhat disappoint me... I was liking it a lot better in it's earlier stages.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:36

It looks really nice.

 

 

Too bad now I still have to wait for the Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade in order to install that.

And too bad as well that the 3.8 themes and add-ons will break again  :/

The new monitor/display manager looks really nice.



#10 Max Norris

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:38

Well, yes, I guess people still use it  :D
 
I'm certainly not a fan of Gnome 3.x but out of the most common DEs I'd still take it over KDE or Unity.

It's pretty desktop but looking over your video from above I see they still haven't dealt with my biggest gripes about it, pity. Personally feels like a bigger mess than Windows 8 when it comes to a desktop PC, well before tweaks/addons of course, there's some good ones for both that improve usability a lot. Some of the design decisions are just bad and counter-productive.. there's good things in there too that I do like but the rest of it just kills it.

Couldn't say I agree about KDE though, out of all the Linux desktops that one feels the most complete in my opinion.. some of them sacrifice too much functionality all in the name of being lightweight. I get it if you're using old underpowered hardware but I don't get it when somebody runs something like LXDE on a high performance system.. seems like a waste, what's the point? I dunno, just opinion of course, feels like installing Windows 95 on a reasonably current system.. got all that horsepower, put it to work.

Unity oddly enough has actually been growing on me somewhat, it's been evolving rather nicely.. (Well, minus keeping the semi-brain dead version of Nautilus along with it, thank you Nemo.) I'd take that over Gnome 3 any day now.. it's a pity that I'll probably never touch it again once 14.04 rolls around due to the under-the-hood changes that are coming.. I'm no fortune teller but I suspect there's going to be bigger fallout from that versus when they switched from Gnome to Unity in the first place.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:50

unity and gnome have been annoying. i think i'd stick with kde for now until all these interface developers stop thinking that tablet interfaces suck on desktops.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 12:39

 I like the changes, seems like Gnome is shaping up to be decent



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 13:24

Couldn't say I agree about KDE though, out of all the Linux desktops that one feels the most complete in my opinion

 

KDE stands true to what you would expect from a DE (usability wise) and as such I guess I should like it more but for some reason I don't. I can't put my finger on why is that exactly, and it's weird because I actually liked KDE 3 a lot.

 

Maybe I'm so used to GTK now that Qt feels weird... I don't know  :/



#14 Menge

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 13:30

I like the way GNOME is going. It's one of the few desktop environments that's starting fresh and doing a good job of it – throwing away all the cruft. The new UI is cleaner and easier to use.



#15 Max Norris

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 13:36

Maybe I'm so used to GTK now that Qt feels weird... I don't know  :/

Yea, I can understand that.. for me, dealing with two different toolkits can be a pain sometimes, doesn't always mix well together visually, especially if you like to deviate away from the stock look and feel. Although nowhere near as irritating as some random application on Windows that decides to be cute by using custom theme versus using what the system is set to, extra annoyance credit for using a Luna lookalike, looks oh-so-spiffy on my Aero desktop. I mostly like KDE for the flexibility, it makes no bones about giving you options for everything (usually in 20 different places, just to be sure you noticed) and doesn't try to coddle you and assume you're three years old, completely opposite of where Gnome's headed. I also like, just for giggles, that it has a Windows version. Personally though, for a balance of functionality versus keeping it simple, I think Unity hit the sweet spot, would be my second choice or third choice (tossup with Cinnamon).. easy without being absurd.



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