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GNOME 3 delayed until March 2011

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The release of GNOME 3 has been delayed once again, this time proposed for release in March of 2011.

The news, announced at GUADEC, is to allow the GNOME team ‘another release cycle to mature’ the first major overhaul the GNOME desktop has seen for many, many years.

In a press release posted on the official GNOME website GNOME said “we feel that our users and downstream community are better served by holding the GNOME 3.0 release until March 2011. This gives adequate time not only for feature development, but user feedback and testing.”

GNOME releases are targeted at every six months in order to provide a reliable and stable platform for users and developers. As such GNOME 2.32 will ship in September ‘along with a preview release of GNOME 3.0.’

“GNOME 2.32 will still have a number of interesting new features such as color management and UPnP support as well as the usual performance enhancements and bug fixes that have marked GNOME’s timed releases for years.” the press release assures.