GNOME 2.0 is an upcoming feature that is planned for the Solaris 9 operating environment and is currently available for preview on the web.
GNOME 2.0 is an advanced new user desktop planned for inclusion in the Solaris 9 operating environment. GNOME 2.0 is designed to integrate seamlessly with the Internet. GNOME 2.0 provides a user experience that will increase personal productivity. Built on free source software, GNOME is evolving into a standard across multiple UNIX platforms.
Built-in accessibility solutions that enable users with disabilities to interact with the desktop
Attractive, intuitive user interface
Comprehensive personalization capabilities
Integrated global Internet resources
Advanced workspace manager
Convenient front panel for rapid access to favorite programs
Full suite of powerful applications and accessories
Latest industry standards to ensure seamless data interchange and interoperability
Compatibility with existing CDE and Java based applications
Early Preview of the GNOME Desktop - Sun has made "Exploring the GNOME 1.4 Desktop," available for free download at http://www.sun.com/gnome. The free download enables you to explore and evaluate the capabilities of the GNOME 2.0 desktop, which is to be supported and distributed with future versions of the Solaris operating environment.
The Solaris 9 media includes a Companion CD with the following supplemental software:
Accessibility Software - For special needs users, Open Source assistive software such as Emacspeak, the W3 browser, and UnWindows.
Administration Tools - Tools for system administrators, such as ethereal, sudo, and rpm.
Web Infrastructure Software - Server software (daemons) for hosting web and Internet services.
Desktop Environment and X Window Managers - Software that provides the graphical user interface for launching applications, file management, drag and drop icons, and so on. Several Window Manager packages are included as well as the K-Desktop Environment.
Desktop Applications - Graphical desktop applications, including productivity and multimedia software.
Command-line Tools and Utilities - Command-line utilities and tools such as the *utils packages from the GNU project.
Editors - Applications that are used for writing text documents and software programs.
Security Tools - Tools for system and network security monitoring and detection, such as snort, nmap, and tcpdump.
Messaging Software - Client-side applications and tools for email, WWW, news, and chat.
Languages - The gcc compiler and several high-level (scripting) programming languages.
Developer Libraries - Collections of libraries (software routines) for programmers.
Developer Tools - Tools for programmers, such as autoconf, automake, and cvs.
This freeware can also be downloaded at the following Web site: