GNOME 2.20 is out today. Here are the GNOME 2.20 release notes, showing all the enhancements and new features. It’s always more than we expect.
For GNOME 2.20 I returned to release notes duty after the 2.18 disaster. Now I’ve done 2.6, 2.8, 2.10, 2.12, and 2.20. I couldn’t take another aimless group conversation about why we haven’t achieved anything, just because nobody took the time to show what we have achieved.
It’s a lot of work, involving interrogation, investigation, and pestering, and we have to be very tough about what’s meaningful and relevant. Users don’t understand or care about “improved X” or “reworked Y code base”. Developers should be proud enough of their achievements to actually say what they’ve given to users. Empathy is required.
Jorge Castro wrote some initial text, and Andreas Nilsson took care of the screenshots. But, unfortunately, I don’t see anybody else who’s likely to ensure that it gets done for GNOME 2.22. Only by following a strict schedule, starting early enough, can you hope to have enough time to get all the information, correct mistakes, and be finished in time for translation. Maybe I can persuade Dayvd Madeley to take turns.
We put everything on one page this time, instead of splitting it into sections, without a separate start page, and without a separate press release. That’s because we noticed that people often never clicked through to the release notes or never clicked beyond the introduction page. It was frustrating to read comments about how we should have written about what’s actually changed. Now you have no excuse for not actually seeing the content. Hopefully the server can handle the content.
I am again pleased to see the hard work done by the translators. It’s great to see your text translated into incomprehensible languages such as Thai. Many have even taken the time to create localized versions of the screenshots.