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GNOME Summary for 2002-02-17 - 2002-02-23

Feb 27, 2002, 17:13 (4 Talkback[s])
Subject: GNOME Summary for 2002-02-17 - 2002-02-23
From: Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-02-17 - 2002-02-23
    
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Table of Contents
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1. GNOME 2 Desktop Beta available
2. Alex Larsson and Darin Adler teams up
3. Gnucash website back up
4. GnomeMeeting takes top spot
5. GStreamer applications galore
6. Abiword 0.99.2 available
7. Debugging CORBA applications?
8. Bug Day Reminder
9. Translated GNOME summaries
10. Hacker Activity
11. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
12. New and Updated Software

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1. GNOME 2 Desktop Beta available
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Yes, the event you have been waiting for has finally arrived. The GNOME
2.0 Desktop Beta is out! This is the time, this is the place, so start
downloading and experience the first glimps of the wonder called GNOME
2.0. Links below to the GNOME 2 beta download area. For those prefering
a easier path Jeff Waugh has updated his popular Garnome distribution to
support this latest and greatest. 

        
ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/pre-gnome2/releases/gnome-2.0-desktop-beta/
        http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/garnome/

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2. Alex Larsson and Darin Adler teams up
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Alex Larsson becomes co-maintainer of Nautilus. This means we now have
two of the best hackers in the GNOME community focusing their attention
on Nautilus. They will togheter with the rest of the Nautilus
development community make sure that Nautilus for GNOME 2 will rock your
world. Announcement linked below. 
       
http://lists.eazel.com/pipermail/nautilus-list/2002-February/007403.html

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3. Gnucash website back up
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As many of you have noticed the Gnucash website was down for a while.
The reason was problematic hardware coupled with Linas Veptas and his
children beeing very sick. The site is back up now, and hopefully the
health of Linas and his kids are improving. Best wishes to him from us
all. 

        http://www.gnucash.org

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4. GnomeMeeting takes top spot
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The best video conferencing tool in the Unix world got a prize last
week. The Belgian Journalists on Information Technology award the IT
prize each year to the four best University projects in Belgium. This
year Damien Sandras and GnomeMeeting took the top spot. Congratulations!
Link below to full announcement and the GnomeMeeting website. 
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnomemeeting-list/2002-February/msg00169.html
        http://www.gnomemeeting.org

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5. GStreamer applications galore
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The GStreamer team is hard at work stabilizing the core of GStreamer in
order to make the GNOME 2.0 Fifth toe release. As a result of this many
applications based on GStreamer is starting to pop up. Here is a small
preview of some of them, most of these apps will have their first
releases in the next few weeks. First we have beatbox a program that
could serve all the functions of two turntables, a drum machine, and
possibly a small mixing studio. Credit to Andy Wingo and Leif Johnson. 

        http://ambient.2y.net/beatbox/
        http://ambient.2y.net/tmp/beatbox-24-2-2002.png
        http://ambient.2y.net/tmp/beatbox-large-24-2-2002.png

There is also gst-record an application which lets you record v4l
streams into AVI movies. Credit to Ronald Bultje. 

        http://ronald.bitfreak.net/images/gst-record-1.png
        http://ronald.bitfreak.net/images/gst-record-6.png
        http://ronald.bitfreak.net/images/gst-record-7.png

Then there is the iTunes look alike Rhytmbox, which lets you rip, play
and burn cdroms of your favourite songs. Credit to Bastien Nocera. 

        http://idisk.mac.com/bnocera/Public/rb-gnome2-table.jpg
        http://idisk.mac.com/bnocera/Public/rb-gnome2-better.jpg

Redael is a software package that combines a video player (MPEG1/MPEG2),
annotation tools, and a scoring system into an easy to use GUI. Credit
to Joshua N. Pritikin. 

        http://redael.berlios.de/news.html

then of course there is zchat a video conferecing application. Credit to
Zeeshan Ali. 

        http://zchat.sourceforge.net
        http://zchat.sourceforge.net/scrshot.png

We also have a GStreamer Bonobo component now, thanks to the effort of
Jorn Baayen (known for his great work on Galeon). 

        http://people.nl.linux.org/~jorn/mediaplayer_component/

And last but not least there is the Gstplay mediaplayer which supports
playback of all the formats that GStreamer supports like Ogg Vorbis, Ogg
Tarkin, Mp3, c64 SID, Mod, Wav, Au, AVI, Mpeg 1 and 2, VOB, FLI. No
screenshots as the gui is really really small currently, and Xv doesn't
support making screenshots of the video area. But you find it in the
gst-player module in CVS. Credit here goes to Arik Devens and Benjamin
Otte. 

        http://www.gstreamer.net

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6. Abiword 0.99.2 available
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Our hardworking friends on the Abiword project has put out a new
release. Fewer bugs and more polished features is the keywords. This
release fixed as crasher bug for me, so maybe this is the release you
too have been waiting for. Go get it. Our hardworking danish friend
Jesper Skov has also put out a new Abiword Weekly News article for your
pleasure. 

        http://www.abisource.com
        http://www.abisource.com/information/news/2002/awn82.phtml

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7. Debugging CORBA applications?
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Have a CORBA application you want to debug? Well Linux Journal has an
article with some hints and tips for you. Now all bugs are really
shallow. 

        http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=5453

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8. Bug Day Reminder
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To honor all those bugs that have been killed last week, we will also
this week hold a memorial service in #bug this thursday between 2PM-2AM
GMT aka (9AM-9PM EST). All those who don't mourn the loss of these bugs
and want to see more killed should join the bug hunter team at this
occassion. 


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9. Translated GNOME summaries
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As always we have translations of the GNOME summaries available. So
linked below are French translation, Spanish translation and Hungarian
translation. If there are other translations available please let us
know. 

        http://www.gynov.org/news/index.php4
        http://es.gnome.org/actualidad/
        http://cactus.rulez.org/projects/gnome/summary/

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

Most active modules:
 89 gnumeric
 81 galeon
 80 gtk+
 69 gnome-applets
 59 gnome-panel
 57 evolution
 47 SashXB
 42 gtkmm-root
 40 gimp
 35 gnome-control-center
 35 gedit
 34 gnome-i18n
 34 gdome2
 34 gnomeicu
 34 nautilus
 30 gnucash
 29 gcompris
 28 gnome-xml
 26 gnomemeeting
 26 gtranslator
[127 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 106 kmaraas
 52 murrayc
 42 kabalak
 39 veillard
 38 jody
 34 tjmather
 33 lark
 33 kevinv
 32 owen
 29 mmclouglin
 29 mortenw
 28 erat
 28 jcorwin
 26 chyla
 26 michael
 26 seth
 25 menesis
 24 ajshankar
 23 hadess
 20 neo
[141 active hackers omitted]


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11. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
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This information is from http://bugzilla.gnome.org, which hosts bug and
feature reports for most of the Gnome modules. If you would like to join
the bug hunt, subscribe to the gnome-bugsquad mailing list.

Currently open: 6554 (In the last week: New: +713 Resolved: -822)

Modules with the most open bugs (excluding enhancement requests): 

  nautilus: 1248 (In the last week: New: +63  Resolved: -64)
  gnome-core: 456 (In the last week: New: +101  Resolved: -139)
  gtk+: 346 (In the last week: New: +41  Resolved: -50)
  gnome-applets: 242 (In the last week: New: +27  Resolved: -20)
  gnome-vfs: 237 (In the last week: New: +2  Resolved: -2)
  gnome-pilot: 198 (In the last week: New: +11  Resolved: -16)
  sawfish: 162 (In the last week: New: +9  Resolved: -21)
  galeon: 158 (In the last week: New: +142  Resolved: -223)
  gnome-pim: 137 (In the last week: New: +3  Resolved: -21)
  gphoto: 127 (In the last week: New: +3  Resolved: -0)
  gmc: 125 (In the last week: New: +5  Resolved: -0)
  medusa: 125 (In the last week: New: +0  Resolved: -0)
  GIMP: 112 (In the last week: New: +16  Resolved: -17)
  balsa: 109 (In the last week: New: +17  Resolved: -10)
  control-center: 97 (In the last week: New: +30  Resolved: -20)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  yaneti@declera.com: 114 bugs closed.
  louie@ximian.com: 107 bugs closed.
  mpeseng@tin.it: 77 bugs closed.
  k_wayne@linuxpower.org: 64 bugs closed.
  menesis@delfi.lt: 62 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 51 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 36 bugs closed.
  dan_erat@pobox.com: 32 bugs closed.
  charles@rebelbase.com: 32 bugs closed.
  srittau@jroger.in-berlin.de: 21 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 20 bugs closed.
  jsh@pixelslut.com: 19 bugs closed.
  hadess@hadess.net: 13 bugs closed.
  kristian@planet.nl: 13 bugs closed.
  maclas@gmx.de: 12 bugs closed.
  
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12. New and Updated Software
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gbonds  - A savings bond inventory program
gEuCo  - It allows you to convert currencies from the EURO community to
Euro and vice-versa.
GRot13  - A GUI interface to rot13
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
GnomeICU  - Internet Communication Utility
gLabels  - Lightweight program for creating labels and business cards.
Cronos II  - Powerful mail client
oggdoctor  - Ogg tag editor
Abiword  - Full featured and cross-plattform Wordprocessor.
GMime  - Library for handling MIME messages.
Gnucash  - The GNU personal finance manager.
GNOME Subtitle Editor  - Edititing/manipulating and converting DivX
subtitles.
Gnome-chord  - Guitar chord index
Dr. Genius  - Dr Genius is a geometry tool more to come.
gnocl  - gnocl extension for the programming language Tcl.
pyFind  - Find File utility for GNOME.
GPMM  - Program for connecting your Portable Mp3 Player
XdeFactor  - This program is for printing and create invoices
GChemPaint  - A 2D chemical structures editor
Atomix  - A mind game about atoms and molecules.
Gabber  - Gabber is a Jabber client
Elysium Download  - A download manager using gnome-vfs.
gcompressor  - gui interface of compression decompression tolls
File Roller  - File Roller is an archive manager.

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

Great week with the new desktop beta out. Think this issue of the
summary also proves that GNOME 2.0 will be the multimedia desktop of
choice. Next week we cover the new Sun, Ximian and Wipro deal. 

Christian 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 

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