GNOME Desktop 2.4 Release Candidate 1: "Kublai"

GNOME Desktop 2.4 Release Candidate 1: "Kublai"

The GNOME Desktop 2.4 Release Candidate 1: "Kublai", is available for
immediate download on and mirrors:

  tar.gz:   125M total
  tar.bz2:  92M total

Dear Faithful GNOME Users

You may remember the raucous excitement and pure joy of previous GNOME beta
releases; wild claims of "ready for human consumption" and "won't crash...
much". You may remember sheer delight at the opportunity to try new versions
of GNOME without a high probability of turning your desktop inside out,
trashing your old settings or spending hours working why your fonts didn't
work. Ahh, days of yore.

Due to the huge success of our time-based release and 'always buildable,
testable and usable from CVS' policies, this GNOME beta does not fulfill the
'dangerous fruit' attraction of past beta releases. In fact, the 2.3 series
has been a thoroughly stable and comfortable working environment for hackers
and dedicated testers throughout its development.

You may well ask, "Hey, if this beta release isn't going to kill my hard
disk, why should I care?" Sayamindu Dasgupta asked a similar question, and
this is what he found out: [1]

GNOME 2.4 will be our most exciting release to date, with incredible new
software, cool new features throughout the desktop, great language support,
slick performance improvements, and the breath of fresh air you've come to
expect from the desktop that "just works".

Please enjoy this beta, and help us find and straighten out the remaining
few kinks for our final GNOME 2.4.0 release in early September. For more
info, please see our 2.3 start page:


- The GNOME Release Team

[1] There has been some confusion, referred to in this document, about the
software we are shipping with the GNOME 2.4 Desktop release. The canonical
reference is our modules list <> and
for deeper information <>, our
final 2.4 modules announcement, which documents the decisions pertaining to
Galeon, Epiphany, GNOME System Tools, and other modules proposed for 2.4.

-- 2004: Adelaide, Australia
  "I'm coding 'gless' right now ... I'm not living up to the motto 'gless
   is gmore', I should have started with gmore. ;-)" - Havoc Pennington,

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