Many people were saying Gnome 2.28 will be the last version of the 2.x series. That's partially not true: the development doesn't stop with GNOME 2.28. Work has already begun on GNOME 2.30, due to be released exactly six months after 2.28. It's just uncertain if GNOME 2.30 (to be released in March 2010) or GNOME 2.32 (scheduled for September 2010) will become GNOME 3.0 will be made in early November 2009.
- A preview of GNOME Shell is available in Gnome 2.28. The standard Metacity window manager can be replaced with Gnome Shell using the desktop effects screen or by running
gnome-shell --replace from a terminal window: