Software update: Gnome 2.28.0 beta 1

The developers of Gnome have released the first beta version of the upcoming stable branch with 2.28.0 beta 1 as the version number. As usual, this popular desktop environment for *nix systems does not come as a ready-to-install installation: the user has to either compile it himself or wait for an update of his favorite Linux distribution that includes the new Gnome. The corresponding announcement of this release on the mailing list is as follows:

GNOME 2.28.0 Beta 1 (2.27.90) Released!

This is the sixth development release, and the first beta, towards our 2.28 release that will happen in September 2009. By now most things are in place, and your mission is easy: Go download it. Go compile it. Go test it. And go hack on it, document it, translate it, fix it.

With this release, we are now even more frozen; developer API/ABI were already, and at this point all new API are hopefully documented; no UI changes may be made without approval from the release team and notification to the documentation project, and no new features without approval from the release team. We also remain in the string change announcement period — all string changes must be announced to both the gnome-doc-list and gnome-i18n lists.

To compile GNOME 2.27.90, you can use GARNOME [1] (which supports users and has additional/different modules available), or the jhbuild [2] module sets [3] (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release):

The release notes that describe the changes between 2.27.5 and 2.27.90 are available. Go read them to learn all the goodness of this release:

The GNOME 2.27.90 release is available here:


This release is a snapshot of development code. Although it is buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status.

For more information about 2.27, the full schedules, the official modules list and the proposed modules list, please see our 2.27 page:

Also take a look at the abbreviated schedule reminder page at:

We hope you’ll love it,
The GNOME Release Team

Version number 2.28.0 beta 1
Release status beta
Operating systems Linux, BSD, Solaris
Website gnome
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)