Despite of writing about KDE and beginning to admire that community (even I recently pre-ordered a Spark tablet with KDE Plasma active on it!), I am [still] a GNOME user. I decided like this when installing my computers, and I did not have time to change it. And it works, and it is easy (well, I have to say that at job I still use GNOME2 and at home I have Wheezy that has GNOME 3 but I login in the GNOME classic session).
It has passed quite a long time since Carlos García Campos came to the University to teach us about GNOME history and its community, in MSWL Case Studies II subject. In that time I was using GNOME 3 in my notebook with some pain (note to self: RTFM or watch the videos!). I thought about learning GNOME 3 a bit more, and also I was going to read about their translation platform, Damned Lies, and the interesting guide to localize GNOME to Spanish, that is a reference for many l10n-es teams. I did the translation part, but not the GNOME 3 part, and switched to the GNOME classic session in my notebook. New topics were coming to MSWL and I left this apart.
But Carlos is passionate about GNOME, and it seems that when I meet passionate people in libre software world, they put a seed in my mind and maybe not quickly, but soon or later I come back to think about what I learned and discovered, and do a second step to move into free software.
So my second step is to talk about what I learned about GNOME, and promise myself to learn a bit more about GNOME 3 and give it a second try before making my decision of which desktop I want in my systems.
Some curiosities about GNOME
- GNOME is being translated to 175 languages. This gives an idea of its penetration and the size of its community (users and contributors). For comparing, Android is translated to 40 languages (but it does not have a great localization platform as Damned Lies, and teams with low barrier access for volunteers).
- GNOME 3 is not only a new “appearance” of the GNOME desktop, but a totally renewed infrastructure for building GNOME applications (GTK 3). After the development framework GTK 3 was released, new applications are created and old applications are migrated to the new platform. That is why in the first times of GNOME 3 you may not find any difference or have problems, because not all the applications may have migrated to the new development style.
- GUADEC is the annual Gnome Users And Developers European Conference and this year will take place in A Coruña (Spain). In 2011 GNOME and KDE communities organized the Desktop Summit in Berlin. It is supposed to be annual too, but I could not find information about 2012 edition.
Interesting GNOME websites
- Damned Lies, the localization platform: http://l10n.gnome.org
- http://live.gnome.org/ – the collaborative web space for GNOME Developers
- Documentation for users, developers and administrators at http://library.gnome.org/
- http://art.gnome.org/ if you want to contribute with Artwork
- Planet of blog posts at http://planet.gnome.org/
- The issue tracker https://bugzilla.gnome.org/
If you want to learn more about GNOME you can read the slides or watch the video of Carlos García Campos’ talk.