Re: GNOME 2.30 Press Release

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM, Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org> wrote:
> Great idea. Let me know if you need any help.

OK - I have a quote from Mark, waiting on quote approval from Jim
Zemlin and a quote from Paul Frields.

Very rough draft attached. Suggestions + comments welcome.


Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier <jzb zonker net>
GNOME Project Updates Free Desktop with 2.30 Release

BOSTON, Mass -- March 31, 2010 -- The GNOME Project is proud to announce GNOME 2.30, the latest stable release of the popular Free Software desktop environment and application suite. The 2.30 builds on previous GNOME releases and brings hundreds of improvements for users and developers, including enhancements for user management, Web browsing, support for Facebook chat, and new productivity features. 

With GNOME 2.30 users can effectively manage PDFs with Evince, browse the Web in GNOME's Webkit-based Epiphany browser, talk with their friends using Facebook chat or any major instant messaging protocol with the Empathy IM client, and keep notes synced across multiple computers using Tomboy. 

The GNOME Project thrives by consistently improving on previous releases while retaining compatibilty and delivering a user-friendly desktop environment and applications twice a year. GNOME combines a commitment to Free Software with a focus on usability and working well with downstream projects to deliver a high-quality suite of free software.

"GNOME's commitment to usability, quality and predictable delivery are key contributors to Ubuntu's success," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. "GNOME sets the standard for a diverse and vibrant community that shares the goal of a Free desktop that is both familiar to users from any computing background, and also innovative. Congratulations to the project on this significant release."

The 2.30 release contains significant user-visible improvements, it also adds numerous platform improvements for developers, and builds towards the upcoming GNOME 3.0 release with a preview of the revolutionary GNOME Shell and Activity Journal. While not the default in the 2.30 release, a preview of GNOME Shell and GNOME Activity Journal are also available for download.

[QUOTE NOT APPROVED] "The GNOME Project is one of the many projects that make me crazy optimistic about the future of the Linux desktop," said Jim Zemlin, CEO of the Linux Foundation. "GNOME has consistently delivered excellent releases on a regular schedule, and has continued to drive the state of the Linux desktop forward."[/QUOTE NOT APPROVED]

GNOME 2.30 is immediately available via GNOME Live Media [Link?], and will soon be available from the many vendors and projects that support GNOME. 

[QUOTE from Paul Frields]

About GNOME and the GNOME Foundation

GNOME is a Free Software project whose goal is to develop a complete, accessible and easy to use desktop for Linux and Unix-based operating systems. GNOME also includes a complete development environment to create new applications. It is released twice a year on a regular schedule.

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, and is popular with both large existing corporate deployments and millions of small business and home users worldwide.

Composed of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member directed, non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap.

More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at and

Media Enquiries:

GNOME Foundation Executive Director
Stormy Peters
Email: gnome-press-contact gnome org
Phone: +1-617-206-3947

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