GNOME 2.0 a Worthy Upgrade
New release of GNOME Desktop Environment includes various improvements, including support for anti-aliased fonts and accessibility gainsRewritten around a new graphical interface toolkit, Version 2.0 of GNOME stands as an attractive and important upgrade for sites that have standardized on GNOME as their desktop environment for Linux and Unix-based systems. However, although GNU Network Object Model Environment 2.0 boasts many improvements over Version 1.4, such as support for font anti-aliasing and overall speed and accessibility gains, eWEEK Labs found that GNOME doesnt yet match its primary rival, the K Desktop Environment, in usability or completeness. For example, we found KDEs configuration utilities, collected in the KDE control panel, more convenient to access than those in GNOME, which locates its utilities in different spots throughout the interface.
GNOME 2.0 was released at the end of last month, and its source code is available for free download at www.gnome.org, but most users will do best to wait to receive GNOME 2.0 as part of a vendor release. GNOME is the default desktop on Red Hat systems, Sun has pledged shortly to do the same for Solaris, and Ximian puts out an excellent distribution of GNOME.