In an annoucment today, openSUSE education team released, the GNOME classic edition.
The openSUSE Education project tries to support schools using openSUSE. The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world’s best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community.
On the release of classic edition openSUSE evangelist Jigish Gohil said “Classic is so much better than standard gnome i wonder why it is not standard”
Earlier the release of GNOME 3.0, notable for its move away from the traditional desktop metaphor, has caused considerable controversy in the GNU and Linux community. Many users and developers have expressed concerns about the release’s usability.
Among those critical of the new version is Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel. Torvalds abandoned GNOME for a while after the release of GNOME 3.0, saying “The developers have apparently decided that it’s ‘too complicated’ to actually do real work on your desktop, and have decided to make it really annoying to do.” Torvalds stated that his objections were universally held by the varied Linux developers he knew. He later started using GNOME again, saying things had gotten much better in the past year but noting that “they have extensions now that are still much too hard to find; but with extensions you can make your desktop look almost as good as it used to look two years ago.”
But this might please Linus as, openSUSE team made newly released GNOME classic edition nearly identical to the MATE desktop. This already includes a few minor bug fixes and some additional applications like scite editor, kompozer and rstudio are added to the already huge list of available applications. openSUSE Education release contains the latest official openSUSE updates alongwith other intresting stuff. You can get the GNOME Classic edition from here: direct Download | md5sum | Alternate download and mirrors
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