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When a process has ended, signals are emitted to it's parent to indicate that the process is done. This does not delete the process however, information about the process remains with the system until such time as the parent checks that signal. The process becomes a zombie until the exit signal is checked.
The reason for this is closure.
Rather than have that process go away and never give an understanding as to why it went away, it stays as a zombie so that the parent...
For some of you out there, you won't even be using a graphical interface. For others, you may have to think more about this decision.
Some distributions will include it as a prominent feature of their upcoming releases (Fedora 14, Mageia), but a lot of people are really just waiting for real world bug fixing before giving 3.2(?) a serious try.
Gnome 3 is a snappy revision to the traditional desktop. This new version...