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GNOME Summary for July 9 to July 22, 2001

Jul 23, 2001, 21:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)
Subject: GNOME Summary for2001-07-09 to 2001-07-22
From: Christian Schaller <Uraeus@linuxrising.org>

This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-07-09 - 2001-07-22
    
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Table of Contents
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1. Sun releases GNOME usability report
2. Paolo Casarini gets recognition for his work on Gdome2
3. Ximian announces Mono project
4. New Metatheme release available
5. Mathieu Lacage documents the libArt library
6. LibStroke GNOME Version Released
7. First of four Evolution beta releases available
8. New Control Center released
9. GNOME at Linux Tag 2001: A Summary
10. Galeon as an info-station
11. Project of the week
12. CVS stats information
13. Hacker Activity
14. New and Updated Software

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1. Sun releases GNOME usability report
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Calum Benson announced the availability of the results of the Sun
useability tests this week. By putting non-technical people in front 
of GNOME and making notes of their progress trying to use GNOME they
have put togeheter a document which will help us improve Gnome's
usability. Developers wanting to help out with these issues, but who are
new to GNOME should join the gnome-love mailing-list for instructions on
how to proceed. 

        http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/ut1_report/
        http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-love/index.html

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2. Paolo Casarini gets recognition for his work on Gdome2
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Paolo Casarini has been working the last 6 months on Gdome2 as his
Computer Science thesis. Well he has now graduated and his work on
Gdome2 has been 
awarded as the best thesis of this semester. Also of importance is that
Paolo will get married soon, so double congratulations to Paolo! Gdome2
is an implementation of the W3C DOM specification using libxml. 

        http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gdome/2001-July/msg00006.html

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3. Ximian announces Mono project
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Miguel de Icaza and Ximian announced the Mono project which aims at 
implementing part of the .net platform for Linux and GNOME. This comes
as the result of Miguel having worked on a C# compiler for linux for
quite some time now. If successful, this project could in the future go
a long way in making GNOME a viable alternative for business users
looking into the possibility of moving away from the Windows platform
for their desktops. Below are links to the Ximian press release, Miguels
mail to GNOME hackers and last but not least the Mono project homepage. 

        http://www.ximian.com/newsitems/mono_announce.php3
       http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-hackers/2001-July/msg00037.html
        http://www.go-mono.com/

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4. New Metatheme release available
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Richard Hestilow has announced the availability of Metatheme 0.6.1.
Metatheme is a plugin based system for creating desktopwide themes for
GNOME. This means that you can create a metatheme for GNOME which
includes both a GTK+ theme, a XMMS theme, a backgroud image, a Nautilus
theme and a Sawfish theme. As more plugins gets created more things can
be included in such themes like support for multiple windowmanagers,
alternative toolkits, Mozilla and so on. 

        http://news.gnome.org/994694718/index_html

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5. Mathieu Lacage documents the libArt library
--------------------------------------------------------------

Been wanting to use the libArt library for some time, but have not been
able to do it due to the lack of API documentation? Well Mathieu Lacage
must have heard your cry of despair, because he released a full set of
documentation for libArt this week. Thanks Mathieu! 

        http://www.gnome.org/~mathieu/libart/libart.html

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6. LibStroke GNOME Version Released
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LibStroke is a stroke translation library which is now available in a
GNOME 
version. Strokes are motions of the mouse that can be interpreted by a
program as a command. Strokes are used extensively in commercial CAD
programs for instance. Suggestions for a good motion to use for spam
deletion under Evolution are welcome :) 

        http://www.etla.net/libstroke/

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7. First of four Evolution beta releases available
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The Evolution team announed that they will make four beta releases
before 
Evolution 1.0 hits the street this fall. As part of this run-up to 1.0
they 
will be hosting weekly 'Bug days' in order to iron out the last
remaining 
showstoppers. As an extra incentive for users to join in these bug days
they plan on giving out gifts to the most helpfull volunteers. Full
announcement below. 
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-July/msg00033.html

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8. New Control Center released
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Chema Celorio mailed us a screen-shot of the new GNOME Control-center
1.5.0 (development release) which has been released. The screenshot
shows the 
fallback shell for the control-center which will be used if Nautilus is
not installed. If Nautilus is installed the new control-center will be a
view in Nautilus. Also worth nothing is that the Ximian Setup Tools will
integrate with the new control-center. P.S. Some issues have been
discovered with 1.5.0 so it might be wise to wait for the soon to be
released 1.5.1. 

        http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnomecc-list/2001-July/msg00068.html
        http://www.gnome.org/~chema/new-control-center.png

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9. GNOME at Linux Tag 2001: A Summary
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Matthias Warkus have posted a summary of GNOME at Linux Tag in Germany.
Seems Nautilus, Galeon and Gnumeric where the big crowd pleasers. Great
to see that the effort of our German GNOME team is paying off by higher
visibility in Germany. 

        http://news.gnome.org/995725623/index_html

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10. Galeon as an info-station
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Ever wanted to set up a Galeon on a touch-screen kiosk? Well there is a
short tutorial and patch available that will let you do this now. Check
of the link below for more information. 

        http://www.uytun.com/galeon/

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11. Project of the week
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This weeks project ties in with one of our news items. Currently there
is only one theme package available with Metatheme and we need more.
There is an application bundled with Metatheme which is called
metatheme-edit, which will enable you to easily create new metathemes.
So please all you creative souls out there, start putting togeheter
great themes for GNOME. A themes.org page is planned, but in the
meantime please post a link to your new themes in the discussion forum
on news.gnome.org under the announcement of this summary. The new
metatheme package is easily available from the Ximian Preview Channel
for those of us using the Ximian Red Carpet Installer. 


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12. CVS stats information
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The CVS stats below cover the periods 7th to 14th july and 14th to 21th
July. Also worth nothing is that we will probably start including CVS
stats from a few selected GNOME projects not stored in GNOME CVS in
future listings. First out here will probably be Gnucash. 


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13. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 205 evolution
 181 SashMo
 150 SashWDE
 93 galeon
 55 gnome-control-center
 53 gnome-applets
 51 mc
 43 gnumeric
 35 gimp
 32 procman
 31 setup-tools-backends
 29 ximian-setup-tools
 29 gnome-games
 27 semerkent
 22 ORBit2
 21 web-devel-2
 21 gal
 20 gail
 20 libgda
 19 soup
[114 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 84 tyeler
 83 kmaraas
 65 chema
 65 dkc
 54 kabalak
 54 chatham
 46 proskin
 39 ajshankar
 37 darin
 35 veillard
 34 maubury
 34 leonardl
 34 michael
 32 martin
 31 iain
 29 atevstef
 29 hovinen
 29 dmueth
 28 barreiro
 27 menthos
[118 active hackers omitted]


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13. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 171 evolution
 142 SashWDE
 117 SashMo
 112 gnome-control-center
 59 galeon
 55 gtranslator
 48 ximian-setup-tools
 45 gnumeric
 43 mc
 35 gtkhtml
 32 gimp
 32 control-center-plus
 30 gnome-docu
 27 nautilus
 25 web-devel-2
 25 libgda
 23 procman
 23 gail
 22 setup-tools-backends
 21 gnome-i18n
[107 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 73 kabalak
 65 chema
 62 dkc
 60 kmaraas
 58 tyeler
 49 hovinen
 42 proskin
 41 chatham
 35 kevinv
 33 carlos
 32 ajshankar
 32 stano
 31 rodrigo
 31 sander
 31 martin
 31 darin
 30 hestgray
 30 peterw
 29 chyla
 29 michael
[120 active hackers omitted]


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14. New and Updated Software
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gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
XFce  - A lightweight desktop environment and fully Gnome compliant.
Gnome-chord  - A guitar chord index that graphically displays chords.
gtktalog  - Easily browse a CDROM database.
gnoclm_applet  - Applet that displays the ISDN modem status. 
gmmusic  - Gnomified music collection database, based on PostgreSQL.
Gnome Predict  - A GUI client to satellite tracking program
gnect  - A "four in a row" game
gmrun  - Run-program utility, bash-like TAB completion and history
gnobb-cal  - A simple scheduling application for GNOME.
mpterm  - A tabbed-terminal for GNOME.
chbg  - Simple manager of desktop background.
Gibbon  - A cash register (POS) for retail written in Perl/Gtk/Glade
XdeFactor  - Program is for printing and create invoices.
MpCb  - Allow sharing clipboard contens between computers over network.
Moleskine  - A source code editor for the GNOME desktop.
Sawfish  - Lisp-extensible window manager for X11.
Procman  - GNOME process viewer and system monitor.
uf-view  - A viewer for User Friendly and more
bloksi  - A sliding-pieces puzzle.
Balsa  - Balsa is an email client for GNOME.
Jungle Monkey  - A distributed file sharing program.
GnomePath  - Gnome widget for easilly perform path operations.
gnochive  - Gnome front-end for all common archivers under linux.
Gtkdial  - GNOME frontend to the wvdial intelligent PPP dialer
gnome-crystal  - A light model visualizer for crystal structures.
Glimmer  - A very functional all-purpose code editor.
B4Step  - B4Step is a Window Manager running under X11R6
FileMenuApplet  - Small applet for browsing your home directory 
Metatheme  - Manager for system wide themes
CD-Rom Control Panel  - Mounting, umounting/ejecting CD-Rom drive.

For more information on these packages visit the GNOME Software map: 
http://www.gnome.org/applist/listrecent.php3

Sincerely,
Christian