New module decisions for GNOME 3.0
Following some lengthy discussions within the GNOME community, release manager Vincent Untz has published a summary of the new modules to be included in the next major release of the GNOME desktop environment for Linux and Unix. GNOME 3.0, scheduled to arrive in September of this year, will not include the GNOME Activity Journal, formerly known as GNOME Zeitgeist. The Activity Journal allows users to locate documents chronologically and supports tagging and relationships between groups of files. According to Untz, it will not be included because it "needs more integration with the rest of the desktop and the overall GNOME design; right now, it feels too much like a stand alone application."
The GNOME Shell, which provides core interface functions such as switching windows and launching applications, will be included. However, the Clutter graphical user interface (GUI) toolkit, which doesn't yet belong to the GNOME infrastructure, won't be included and will remain an external dependency for GNOME-shell and some other modules. The new GNOME Color Manager and the Caribou text entry and UI navigation application have also been approved for GNOME 3.0. GNOME Speech has been removed and will be replaced by OpenTTS for text-to-speech.
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