Gnome Beta 1

I’ve just installed the new Gnome beta release (overview, announcement) and am thrilled with the feature improvements so far. I know it’s a beta release, but it’s been stable and haven’t found much of any breakage… yet… 😉

I couldn’t get evolution to compile and run, but I’ve chatted with a few folks and apparently there’s some serious IMAP bugs still to be ironed out so and it’s considered pretty unstable by the devs, so I would avoid it unless you are looking to do some serious work. Also, after installing the new glib/cairo/gtk+ combo make sure to compile new Mozilla/Firefox without the mozsvg USE flag or it will segfault on startup. There’s also been some changes on the libwnck front (Gnome bug #128380) that led me to use CVS and recompile gnome-panel.

The new Nautilus “spatial tree view” is ok, but I dunno if it’s really an improvement from a usability standpoint. The new browse view with the tree sidebar however is an absolutely wonderful thing. I’ve also finally switched over to using Totem with the Gstreamer backend which works wonderfully along with the pitfdll plugin to pretty much play everything I was able with the Xine backend.

Since I’ve pretty much laid BreakMyGentoo to rest, I’ve been able to actually use someone else’s overlays to install for a change which has been quite nice. For those that are looking, I used Steev’s overlay with very few issues, but there’s also one from kikidonk that looks good.

[edit]:
Found a few issues and patches… The first is Gnome #128380 (patch), the second is kinda introduced by the first and is #311819 (patch)

5 thoughts on “Gnome Beta 1

  1. Thanks for your efforts, let’s get united and we’ll get gnome-2.12 on gentoo quite in real-time

    I got evolution-2.3.6.1 running, imap works [only for checking new mail, i didn’t do anything else .. i got my address book borked, all entries are ok but listing is misbehaving].

    New nautilus rocks!

  2. Getting the release in Portage isn’t gonna be any quicker than it has been in times past due to the Gentoo developer’s testing procedures, tho that’s still pretty damn quick compared to other distros… Sorry to be pessimistic there, but I’ve gone thru this for a few years now and pretty much know how things work…

    Having said all that, I’m quite glad to help out in any way I can… 😉

  3. man, i know what are “stable-release” times … so here we come!!!! with these “unstable” overlays … keep it on 😉

  4. Hey matt – you said there are 2 patches, but both of the patch links you have are for the same filename…

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