May 25, 2000
The GNOME team is proud to announce the availability of GNOME 1.2, affectionately known as “Bongo GNOME.” GNOME 1.2 is the latest stable release of the GNU desktop.
This new release represents a dramatic step forward in the usability, attractiveness, and stability of the GNOME desktop. Since the release of October GNOME, the pace of development of new features and bugfixes in the GNOME project has more than doubled, and it would be impossible to name them all here.
End users will be able to impress their grandparents and younger siblings with the following large-scale changes to the GNOME desktop:
GNOME hackers and developers of GNOME applications now have a much more powerful development platform available to them:
The introduction of GNOME 1.2 is accompanied by a new web site design. Check it out athttp://www.gnome.org/
Updates and news the GNOME community are available daily from http://gnotices.gnome.org/gnome-news/
The GNOME 1.2 source code is available from the GNOME FTP site at:
Our web site contains full details for installing GNOME from source:
Helix Code provides easy-to-install packages for GNOME 1.2. Installation instructions can be found here:
An extensive set of platforms are supported:
Debian GNU/Linux (Woody, Potato)
Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2
Linux Mandrake 6.1, 7.0
Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4
SuSE 6.3 (6.4 coming soon)
Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.2
Solaris 2.7 on UltraSparc
Helix Code’s web site uses Akamai to ensure that downloads are speedy from every corner of the planet.
If you want to see just how beautiful a desktop can be before downloading GNOME 1.2, check out:
At the first GNOME Users and Developers European Conference held in Paris, the GNOME steering committee was created to oversee the development of the GNOME 2.0 platform. The committee will also help establish the GNOME Foundation which will be a non-profit organization that will insure GNOME’s future as the world’s leading free desktop.
Thanks to all of the people that made Bongo GNOME possible:
The GNOME team would like to thank our GNOME 1.2 release coordinator Jacob “The Bod” Berkman who devoted endless hours to making sure the GNOME 1.2 user experience was superb. (Miguel)
Our documentation team pulled one of the most impressive efforts in the story of free software documentation. Special thanks to Dave Mason for motivating contributors and coordinating this effort.
The users who reported bugs, suggested improvements and provided constructive criticism.
Our translation team that worked constantly to keep our applications fully internationalized and localized. Special thanks go to Kjartan Maraas, the team coordinator.
The hackers and families of the hackers that made this software possible.
All of the companies that have supported GNOME over the years.
Special thanks go to Mathieu Lacage and all of the companies, organizations and individuals that made the first GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (http://www.guadec.enst.fr/) possible: ACT/Europe, AFUL, Alcove, Eazel, Helix Code, Linux Magazine/France, Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, Telecom Paris and Mike Shaver.
The GNOME User Interface Improvement team for devoting countless hours evaluating, commenting, redesigning, polishing, improving and rethinking our user interfaces. Thanks to James Cape for heading up this team.
Thanks to the free software community.
Enjoy, Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org The GNOME Team http://www.gnome.org/