Just in case you didn’t notice, the much delayed, much awaited, much criticized and, why of course, much enhanced gnome desktop version 3.0 with its brand new shell released last week. (If you not yet tried it yourself, head on to the gnome3 page and grab a copy of the live cd .iso of the next generation desktop.)
There are numerous reviews, praises, ‘hats-off’s, and some complaints in the air around. The gnome team itself was celebrating the release of the ‘awesome’ desktop with parties thrown all over the place. Of coure they needed a break after the ‘loooooooong’ development cycle. But no, they are not gone for ever.
Indeed they are back to work with numerous discussions on how to make the awesome desktop even better. The desktop developers list is filled with numerous ideas already. There is already a features page is setup which contain the different features which are planned for the gnome 3.2 release (do remember that these are just features undergoing discussions which may or may not make into the final release).
Among the ideas and features include,
1) gnome finding and reminding (zeitgeist integrated search inside shell including jump lists)
2) login screen with the brand new shell theme
3) an onscreen keyboard
4) there could also be tracker/shell integration and tracker preferences as a control panel applet
5) more web application (evolution, telepathy etc.) integration into shell and easily sharing of images to flickr/facebook etc.
and much more.