GNOME 4.0 and GNOME OS coming in 2014

At GUADEC, a European convention for GNOME developers in Madrid, developers Xan Lopez and Juan Jose Sanchez have laid out plans for the future development of GNOME. Version 3.12 of the Linux desktop environment will be released as GNOME 4.0 in March 2014. Around that time, there should be a specific Linux distribution focused on GNOME OS as well.

GNOME 4.0 will not see many big changes from previous releases. GNOME shell and several GNOME applications will be more polished, but the real challenge will be to optimize the system for touch-enabled devices. More ambitious are the plans for GNOME OS, which include a new installer, an update tool and hardware with GNOME OS pre-installed. In order to commercialize the platform more, the plans also include an app store, cloud-based services and new support services. To make GNOME 4.0 more interesting to software developers, an SDK is coming, with a focus on desktop applications, as well as internet based applications.

In 2005 developers set a goal for GNOME to have a market share of 10% by 2010. Although that never happened, this time they want to reach a global market share of a 'modest' 20% by 2020, thanks to all the previous and future changes to the platform.

Source: Phoronix

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What's the matter with Gnome and Ubuntu? Gnome 2.x was perfect, why did they ruined it?

Make it look like windows Vista - Start button with search, taskbar, clock and language switcher, who need anything else. Why are they developing crap after crap? And Ubuntu with their Unity garbage... what's with that? They should've made the layout more like Mint and even more like Vista. And also the Ubuntu skin - the black with orange and the purple background makes me puke. If I ever find hardware to run Ubuntu on it, I would use the nice light blue and white theme called Clearlooks >> http://www.jpfleury.net/en/software/clearlooks-phenix.php/

Dumbasses, they will never gain popularity with making such stupid decisions.

Have they resorted to doing drugs after waiting for the year of the Linux to come for the last 10 years? Gnome OS? That will be as successful and relevant as Firefox OS. And what are their plans for the rest of 2012 and 2013? Hybernate and become even more irrelevant before conquering the world? Hope dies last though so we shall see lol

Obry said,
Have they resorted to doing drugs after waiting for the year of the Linux to come for the last 10 years? Gnome OS? That will be as successful and relevant as Firefox OS. And what are their plans for the rest of 2012 and 2013? Hybernate and become even more irrelevant before conquering the world? Hope dies last though so we shall see lol

What's your point being?

That this is no news and will never happen. These are just dreams that will never materialzie. My point is that the GNOME team has never done anything ground-breaking, never shown any exceptional talent or vision to make such bold claims that in 2014 they'll conquer the PC world...

Did Gnome first fix the migration issues from 2.0 to 3.0? For a lot of GNOME 2.0, the 3.0 abomination really did the same UI mistakes as Vista or W8.

GNOME 4.0 will not see many big changes from previous releases.

Yet it won't be released until March 2014?!

Sorry, but this all sounds incredibly vague. the launch date too far away and their goals unrealistic. I hope they'll continue to enjoy living in Lala Land.

'...but the real challenge will be to optimize the system for touch-enabled devices'
NO NO NO NO NO NO DNW

n_K said,
'...but the real challenge will be to optimize the system for touch-enabled devices'
NO NO NO NO NO NO DNW

ahhhh, does that mean you will have to move your fingers around a bit more instead of having them on a mouse?..

seriously in a couple of years you may be looking back and be laughing at how computers sucked.

your eyes -> screen -> fun
-> : using mouse to move a cursor around on that screen
-> : use YOU'R own hand as the cursor and be taken into the world.

metro is the new thing.

this is why Linux as a mainstream OS is an utter failure. no cohesive effort. splintered. too many cooks spoil the broth.

Perhaps you may all be misunderstanding what "Gnome OS" is, according to Allan Day of the project...

Allan Day

There's a lot of confusion around GNOME OS. People assume that it means that GNOME will be launching its own distribution, but that's not what GNOME OS is about. GNOME OS is about providing a complete, coherent and consistent experience, so that a whole OS can be given that GNOME look and feel.

One example of the work we are doing for that is the new initial setup assistant which is being created for GNOME 3.6. It will always be up to distributions whether they take advantage of these new elements to the GNOME 3 experience, of course. What it means, however, is that GNOME will be offering a more complete package than ever before.

I used to prefer Gnome over KDE but too be honest both of them kinda took a big hit with their last major versions...but I think Gnome took a much bigger hit

yeah not a big fan of this gnome 3, cinimon, unity crap or the new KDE bring back the look/feel/function of good old gnome in 4x plz.

Robisoft said,

Total OS market

Good luck on that guys, it'd be a miracle if Linux could get even a 1/10th of that share.

Edited by ingramator, Jul 30 2012, 12:15pm :

ingramator said,

Good luck on that guys, it'd be a miracle if Linux could get even a 1/10th of that share.


If they're being the wet drip I think they are, they're moving to push gnome on tablets and phones... So they'd easially get 10-20% of the android market that way, and easily get 0% of the desktop market by doing that too...

HawkMan said,
20% of what ? linux or heheh... total OS market....?

And your point being? If you don't care about the article why complain like a woman?

I still dislike Gnome 3.x. I hope in 4.x then went back to some classic elements. A Desktop without a taskbar is useless. I can use the classic shell, but these is absolute neglected. And they need to do a lot for a better performance.