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GNOME Summary for April 29-May 05 2001

May 07, 2001, 17:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve George)
From:   Steve George <s@rascal.org>
Subject:        GNOME Summary for April 29-May 05 2001
Date:   07 May 2001 18:09:38 +0100
 
This is the GNOME Summary for  April 29 - May 05, 2001.

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  Table of Contents
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1)  Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 1 May 2001 by Daniel Veillard.
2)  GNOME Packaging Project announced by Gregory Leblanc.
3)  New Nautilus 1.0.3 on the way.
4)  GNOME Installation Guide.
5)  A Gathering of GNOMES.
6)  LinuxPlanet continues review of Ximian GNOME.
7)  CNET review of GNOME 1.4
8)  10 Questions with Olivier Fourdan (an XFce update)
9)  SGI updates their GNOME packages 
10)  HOW-TO compile GNOME 2.0 from CVS
11)  Project of the Week
12)  GNOME Print FAQ
13)  Hacking Activity
14)  New and Updated Software



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1)  Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 1 May 2001 by Daniel Veillard.

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The important news was that Martin Baulig and Sander Vesik were selected as 
the GNOME 2.0 Release Co-ordinators.  They will start by building their 
release team and working out what needs to be done.
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2001-May/msg00000.html

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2)  GNOME Packaging Project announced by Gregory Leblanc.

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The GPP is a community driven effort to produce binary packages for GNOME.  
Everyone can help with this by either packaging or testing, so if you'd like 
to join the efforts see the project page.
http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gpp/

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3)  New Nautilus 1.0.3 on the way.

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Eli Goldberg emailed to say that final release candidates for the 1.0.3 
release will be starting this Monday the 7th May, with the final release due 
on May 11th.  There are lots of new features, including:

Files can now be moved and copied through Cut, Copy, and Paste menu items.
New Delete feature which bypasses trash.
New News sidebar downloads headlines off news sources that provide RSS feeds.
Tree view is faster and does not use processor when closed.

Candidate builds will be available at 
http://developer.eazel.com/download/candidate/
by rsync (rsync developer.eazel.com/::candidate), or through the Eazel 
Installer.

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4)  GNOME Installation Guide.

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Karsten Reincke released a new version of his guide on how to compile GNOME 
1.4 from source files.  Most people prefer to use the binaries from their 
distribution, but if you want to get the releases hot off the press this is 
how to do it:
http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2001-05-05-017-20-NW-GN

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5)  A Gathering of GNOMES.

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Christian Schaller, co-editor of this summary, describes his GUADEC 2 
experiences.  For the inside scoop on what happened including serious alcohol
abuse and the Norwegian monarchy!
http://www.linuxpower.org/display.php?id=210

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6)  LinuxPlanet continues review of Ximian GNOME.

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Michael Hall continues his indepth report on the new features in Ximians 
latest release.  His main concerns were that small areas of inconsistency 
within the UI remained.  Overall he enjoyed the experience particularly 
praising the additions Ximian have made for new-users such as doorman and 
redcarpet.
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/3301/1/

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7)  CNET review of GNOME 1.4

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Sean Dreilinger reviews GNOME 1.4 and gives it a positive 7/10.  His main 
issue was the size of the download but overall found it "an effective and 
stable environment", for the full article:
http://linux.cnet.com/linux/0-2136888-7-5736933.html

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8)  10 Questions with Olivier Fourdan (an XFce update)

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This fast and light GTK+ based desktop environment recently added some 
features to make it work with GNOME seamlessly.  The developer talks about 
the environment so far and his future plans which may include voice 
integration.
http://www.moongroup.com/stories.php?story=01/05/01/0821338

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9)  SGI updates their GNOME packages 

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David Kaelbling announced that the SGI packages on their freeware site have 
been updated.  Due to scheduling constraints they are not precisely 1.4 but 
are a lot closer.
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-April/msg00042.html

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10)  HOW-TO compile GNOME 2.0 from CVS

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Martin Baulig released an update on the GNOME 2.0 status and what hackers can
do to help.  Some scripts provided by Vicious can help take much of the pain
out of compiling from CVS.
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-hackers/2001-May/msg00009.html

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11)  Project of the Week

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Seth Nickell tells us that the GNOME Usability Project is being reoganised:  

        "Calum Benson and his team of merry usability hackers, writers, 
         dreamers, philosophers and poets will strive to address usability 
         issues in GNOME and help set a direction for the GNOME interface 
         into the near and distant future."

Their initial focus is to develop some proper UI rules and fix the major UI 
problems. Usability is really important as GNOME widens it's userbase.  If 
you'd like to get involved and work with some great people follow the link.
http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup

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12)  GNOME Print FAQ

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Lauris Kaplinski released an initial GNOME Print FAQ.  Detailing how it 
works, the growing list of applications supported and how developers can 
help.
http://lists.ximian.com/archives/public/gnome-print/2001-May/000632.html

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13)  Hacking Activity

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Module Score-O-Matic:
(Top 20 most active modules for this month by number of CVS commits)

    101 nautilus
     55 evolution
     43 gnumeric
     30 ximian-setup-tools
     28 web-devel-2
     27 gdm2
     26 galeon
     25 eel
     22 guppi3
     21 gimp
     20 gnome-i18n
     18 trilobite
     18 libxslt
     18 gtk+
     16 pan
     16 libbonoboui
     16 gtranslator
     15 gtkhtml2
     13 uf-view
     13 gnome-xml


User Score-O-Matic:
(Top 20 hackers for this month by number of CVS commits)

     68 ramiro
     56 minmax
     37 jirka
     32 pablo
     28 martin
     28 darin
     25 veillard
     21 owen
     19 mitch
     19 michael
     19 kabalak
     19 cactus
     18 rodrigo
     17 trow
     16 jpr
     15 menesis
     15 hansp
     15 gman
     15 charles
     15 bansz

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14)  New and Updated Software

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Software altered this week:

rubrica - Address book application.
Guikachu - Resource file editor for PalmOS pocket computers.
gramps - A genealogy program.
GnoZip - Archiving applicatio_ that handles zip/bz2/gzip.
Pan - Multi-threaded Usenet newsreader.
Gnobog - GNOME Bookmarks Organiser helps you organise your links.
Gnomermind - MasterMind-type puzzle game.
Batalla Naval - A networked multiplayer battleship game.
grapevine - NEW, a user notification system.
netmon_applet - Network load monitor that supports Linux and Solaris.
glame - (GNU/Linux Audio Mechanics) featureful audio processing application.
gno3dtet - 3D tetris like game.
Overflow - Visual programming environment.
gtranslator - Translator helper application.
gwireless_applet - Wireless link quality monitor.
Gnucash - Easy-to-use personal finance application.
Gewels - Jewels game.
Spat - Intranet Messaging client.
David - C/C++ code editor.
Gaim - An AIM client.
gjiten - Japanese word and kanji dictionary.
GSnes9x - Front-end to the Snes9X SNES emulator.
GRot13 - rot13 encryption application.
IceWM - GNOME compliant Window Manager designed for performance and size.
uf-view - cartoon viewer for User Friendly and others. 
pyFind - Find utility.
Moleskine - Source code editor in pygnome.
Glimmer - All-purpose editor.
galeon - Gecko browser with native GNOME look
Tenes Empanadas Graciela -  Multiplayer turn-based strategy game.
gThumb - Image viewer and browser.

See the software map on www.gnome.org (or Freshmeat) for more information 
about any of these packages.

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Best Wishes,

Steve

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