Re: GNOME 2.28 Press Release

I've never written a press release before, here's a first draft.  The only thing that I haven't been able to fit in a comment that we deliver GNOME every 6 months.  I wrote this in Abiword - if anyone wants the file, let me know.


GNOME 2.28 enhances Empathy Instant Messaging, adds official Bluetooth support, and improves other applications and the GNOME Developer Platform.

September 23rd, 2009

The GNOME Community is excited to announce the immediate availability of GNOME 2.28. Hundreds of volunteers worldwide have worked over the past six months to deliver improvements to the GNOME Desktop and GNOME Developer Platform.  GNOME's mission is to provide a free desktop accessible to everyone regardless of their physical ability, financial ability or the language they speak.

GNOME 2.28 delivers a number of new feature enhancements to improve the user experience.  GNOME 2.28 adds official support for Bluetooth devices for the first time, including mice, keyboards, mobile phones and other peripherals.  Bastien Nocera, maintainer of the gnome-bluetooth module says: “With the addition of the Bluetooth management tools and the

enhancements to our Volume Control applications, we've given GNOME users

access to more hardware features, whilst keeping our design principles.”

Empathy, GNOME's instant messenger, built on the Telepathy framework, has seen numerous improvements, including the ability to add custom themes, geolocation support for Jabber clients, and the ability for users to share their desktop with their contacts using the GNOME Remote Desktop server and viewer, Vino and Vinagre.  "The Telepathy team is proud of the cooperation between the Empathy, Vino and Vinagre developers. Thanks to their work, our users will be able to easily share their desktop with their contacts without having to care about the underlying technical details. This is a great step for us as it marks the first use in GNOME of the collaborative features offered by the Telepathy framework. We hope to soon see more and more applications integrating Telepathy in order to increase the collaborative user experience in the GNOME desktop," says Guillame Desmottes.

Other improvements to the GNOME Desktop include:

For users with accessibility needs, Orca, the GNOME screen reader application, has seen numerous updates, including  support for mouseovers, moving the mouse without performing a click, the ability to pronounce mis-spellled words, and more.

For the full list of changes, please see the release notes at

The GNOME Developer Platform has seen significant progress in removing deprecated modules and functionality.  In GNOME 2.28, there are no longer any applications that depend on esound, libgnomevfs, libgnomeprint, or libgnomeprintui.  GTK+, Glib and other GNOME libraries have also seen improvements.


The GNOME Project is creating a complete, free and easy-to-use desktop environment for users, as well as a powerful application development framework for software developers. The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. GNOME is a standard part of all leading GNU/Linux and Unix distributions as well as many mobile platforms like cellular phones and tablets.

The GNOME project has three main goals:

Media Enquiries

On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 3:23 PM, Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org> wrote:
I think we should do a press release.

Have you started one? Do you need my help? I've got some time ...

I'm sure between the quotes you got and the release notes you wrote we have enough content. We can then send the release notes and the press release to press.

How about the other folks on the press team? What do you think?


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Paul Cutler <pcutler gnome org> wrote:
Do we not typically do press releases for GNOME releases?  Looking at I don't see any press releases for past releleases such as 2.26 or 2.24. 

We also need to add the SFD press release to that page, but I'm not sure how we do that.



On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 4:21 AM, Vincent Untz <vuntz gnome org> wrote:
Le mardi 22 septembre 2009, à 17:06 -0500, Paul Cutler a écrit :
> I've been working on gathering quotes from developers for the press release,
> but I was wondering if anyone is working on it?  (Little late to be asking,
> but thought I'd throw it out there).

I can only tell I'm not working on it... That being said, the important
part is to contact the press -- with a press release, or with some other


Les gens heureux ne sont pas pressés.

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