Near-Final Draft: GNOME 2.30 Press Release - feedback needed!

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM, Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org> wrote:
> I'm thinking something like "I'm so excited I can sync my Tomboy notes from
> both my laptop and my desktop - now I always have all my info with me on the
> road."

Just having a floating quote seemed weird, so I redid it a bit and
attributed the quote to you -- since we probably ought to have a quote
from you in here anyway!

Still waiting on OK from Jim. New quote added from Fedora's Paul
Frields (thanks, Paul!). Have also solicited a couple of folks from
Novell/openSUSE but no word yet.

What time does 2.30 go live officially?


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. 

GNOME contributors have added across the board improvements for GNOME 2.30 in accessibility, productivity applications, Web browsing, instant messaging, and games. This release includes hundreds of new features, enhancements, and improvements over the GNOME 2.28 release from September 2009.

"I'm really pleased with all of the updates in GNOME 2.30," said Stormy Peters, GNOME Executive Director. "I'm psyched I can now sync my Tomboy notes between my desktop and laptop computer, easily configure Facebook chat in Empathy instant messenger, and do more with PDFs in Evince. GNOME 2.30 provides everything I need for work and play."

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. 

"The GNOME environment and platform have been a central part of Fedora's releases since our earliest days. Over that time, GNOME has matured into a vital and healthy project that consistently combines simple, beautiful, user-friendly features and a robust platform for community-driven development," said Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader. "It's a point of great pride that Fedora community members including Red Hat's Desktop engineering team have contributed significantly to GNOME.  I'm excited that we're already involved in planning for the next generation of desktop technologies, including GNOME, that will help us build the free software desktop of the future."

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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