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14 March 2011, 09:50

Second and final beta of GNOME 3 arrives

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GNOME Logo The GNOME Project has announced the release of the second and final beta for version 3.0 of the GNOME desktop environment. The second beta will be followed by a release candidate on 23 March. The final version of GNOME 3.0 is expected to arrive on 6 April.

Labelled as GNOME 2.91.91, the second beta includes changes to further stabilise the desktop environment, addressing errors and issues found in the previous version, as well as various localisation updates. According to the developers, the development release "introduces the string freeze period and the UI freeze is still in effect so all changes to UI and strings should be approved by release, docs and localization teams before commiting."

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

Zoom GNOME 3.0 on Fedora 15 Alpha 1.

Details about the development preview can be found in the release notes for the core and supporting applications. Instructions on how to download and build the beta are provided in the mailing list release announcement.

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