Gnome 2.26 released!
Interesting part of its feature is about integrating with telepathy, a library that aims to integrate all sense of communication protocols (Video conference, sound, chat, etc) in an unified API. This means, anywhere in near future, we will have a desktop with integrated communication system. Yet another interesting desktop experience to me. Still a dream here in Indonesia because of the high cost of Internet connection here. Yet, because of its open source nature, this could be implement in corporate intranet. Hmm… let’s see if we could implement this in UI (not a promise… :P).
The second notable is about the integration with fprintd, a daemon to detect fingerprint. This is a subproject of fprint, a project to unifying all of fingerprint in one sensible API. The library is based on libusb. I wish this project have came in 2006 not in 2008. If it were, I think Universitas Indonesia would implement its core fingerprint technology based on this young project rather than using Technologija’s proprietary fingerprint library, which sadly runs on Windows. Yeah, I know there is a GNU/Linux version, but we don’t have it. 🙁
With the release of GNOME 2.26, it seems the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) has its direction into leading desktop experience. Wow, the KDE 4 series and GNOME 2 series would be the excitement I will follow in passion. I believe one day our nation will realize the true value of open source. Until then, we stay as rock solid persistent evangelists. 😎
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