Announcing the GNOME 2.4.0 Desktop & Developer Platform


                The GNOME 2.4.0 Desktop & Developer Platform


In the 13th century, a man called Temujin came to be known as Genghis Kahn,
"Greatest of Rulers" and "Warrior of Warriors". By the time of his death,
the Mongol empire extended from Hungary to Korea, and from Siberia to Tibet.

Often referred to as 'the Mongol hordes', and considered barbaric, his army
was, in reality, a thoroughly modern military outfit in medieval times. They
were swift, precise, equipped with superior technology, ingenious in their
approach to war, keenly organised and consistently outnumbered - not that it
detracted from their exploits on the battlefield.

These same qualities have been instrumental to GNOME's success. Our regular,
high quality releases, speedy turnaround, fresh approach to Free Software
usability and dynamic organisation have supercharged the project - you can
sense the deep, personal pride in every aspect of our work, from the source
code to the translations that make GNOME a comfortable home for our users
all around the world.

So it is in the spirit of Temujin and his nomadic warriors that we bring you
The GNOME 2.4.0 Desktop & Developer Platform.

Released on schedule, to the day, it is the culmination of six months effort
by GNOME contributors around the world: hackers, documentors, usability and
accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, sysadmins, companies,
artists, users and testers. Due to their hard work, we have another great
release to be proud of - thanks very much to every GNOME 2.4.0 contributor!

You'll find plenty of information about GNOME 2.4 in our extensive release
notes, linked from the 2.4 start page. You can also check out our gallery of
cool screenshots from dedicated GNOME users and testers!

While you are enjoying 2.4, the GNOME development team is rushing back to
the coalface, eager to work on awesome new stuff for our next release - in
fact, we've already started! Stay tuned for more information about the 2.5
development series, coming soon...

- The GNOME Release Team

      GNOME 2.4:
  Release Notes:
      GNOME FTP:

-- 2004: Adelaide, Australia
              "We are not complete muppets." - Murray Cumming

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