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GNOME Summary for 2002-02-24 - 2002-03-02

Mar 06, 2002, 23:29 (0 Talkback[s])
From:   Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
Subject:        GNOME Summary for 2002-02-24 - 2002-03-02
Date:   06 Mar 2002 22:25:42 +0100      
This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-02-24 - 2002-03-02
    
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Table of Contents
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1. Sun, Ximian and Wipro deal
2. New GNOME Software Map
3. Evolution in the spotlight
4. Galeon once again comes out on top in review
5. Gnumeric scores high in Spreadsheet review
6. New Garnome out
7. GNOME Subtitle editor out
8. GUADEC registration online
9. Multimedia and Unix
10. Debugging with ORBit2
11. Nautilus Scripts Galore
12. Bug Day Reminder
13. Gman back from down under
14. Translated GNOME summaries
15. Hacker Activity
16. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
17. New and Updated Software

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1. Sun, Ximian and Wipro deal
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The big news of last week was the deal between Sun, Ximian and Wipro to
further accelerate GNOME development. This deal brings in a lot of new
fulltime developers to GNOME working for WIPRO in India. Those who have
followed GNOME development lists have probably seen the growing precense
of WIPRO engineers there over the last couple of months. A huge thanks
to SUN who is behind this deal. 
        
http://www.ximian.com/about_us/press_center/press_releases/sun_gnome2.html

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2. New GNOME Software Map
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As many of you have been aware of the GNOME Software map have been in
dire need of an upgrade for some time. Lack of administrative functions
have lead to tons of duplicate registrations and trying to search for
software by category has been a pain. Well we have a new software map in
place now based on the Sourceforge map. This means that the entries in
the software map will be much more informative and finding the software
you want much easier. There is also a new Mini-Description field for
each project, this is the field that will be 
used in the GNOME Summaries from now on. When writing in a
Mini-Description for your project remember that information like that it
is for GNOME or repeating the application name is redundant. If you are
a project developer and for some reason has not gotten an account for
your project, mail the webmaster@gnome.org and we will try and help you
out. A huge thanks to Steve Fox for making this. 

        http://www.gnome.org/softwaremap/

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3. Evolution in the spotlight
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Linuxword had a couple of articles on Ximian and Evolution. The first
article focus on Ximian as a company and discuss their strategies for
getting more people onto the Linux desktop. The second article by Joe
Barr is about his switch from Sylpheed to Evolution. 

        http://www.linuxworld.com/ic_821913_6995_1-3134.html
        http://www.linuxworld.com/site-stories/2002/0222.evolution.html

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4. Galeon once again comes out on top in review
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Rob Valliere has done a review comparing the current browsers available
on Linux. And it comes as no big suprise that Galeon once again is
choosen as the favourite browser. Another feather in the hat for the
Galeon team. 

        http://www.robval.com/linux/2002/browsers.html

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5. Gnumeric scores high in Spreadsheet review
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Linuxplanet has a review comparing current spreadsheets for Linux. Our
own favourite Gnumeric gets very favourable remarks and comes in second
only beaten by OpenCalc. With the GNOME 2 port of Gnumeric well underway
I guess there is a good chance for the top spot the next time around. 

        http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/4078/3/

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6. New Garnome out
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Jeff Waugh's popular Garnome scripts had a new release this week. For
those not familiar with Garnome it is a set of scripts that downloads
and builds all of GNOME2 for you. This means Garnome is the easiest way
to tesst the GNOME 2 betas. 

        http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/garnome/

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7. GNOME Subtitle editor out
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The activity on the multimedia front these days is simply amazing. New
projects seems to be popping up daily to make sure we have the widest
and best range of multimedia applications possible. Isak Savo made a new
release of GNOME Subtitle editor this week. It is an application which
let you edit or add subtitles to your divx movies. It is currently based
on GNOME 1.x but a GNOME 2 port is planned in the near future. 

        http://gsubedit.sourceforge.net/

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8. GUADEC registration online
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The GUADEC registration form is now online; please register as soon as
you can. This form also allows you to apply for sponsorship if you need
financial assistance to attend. Also for those who has not made travel
arrangements yet you better get moving. Finding free hotel rooms and
flights is already getting hard. 

        http://www.guadec.org/submit/register.php

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9. Multimedia and Unix
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I made two articles available last week on the topic of Multimedia on
the Unix plattform. The first article is an attempt at summarising some
of the core challenges we face in making Linux and Unix top knotch
plattforms for doing serious multimedia development. The second article
is by Chris Pirazzi and tells of some of the experiences that Chris made
in regards to making Video libraries when at SGI. 

        http://www.linuxpower.com/display.php?id=215
        http://www.linuxpower.com/display.php?id=216

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10. Debugging with ORBit2
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After I posted the link to the article discussing debugging CORBA
applcations using Ethereal in the previous summary, Mark McLoughlin one
of our brilliant ORBit developers contacted me to say that this is not
needed when using ORBit2. ORBit2 contains functionality itself to do the
same. For more info check out the 'how do I enable ORB debugging' entry
in the ORBit2 FAQ. 

        
http://cvs.gnome.org/bonsai/cvsblame.cgi?file=ORBit2/docs/FAQ&rev=&root=/cvs/gno
me

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11. Nautilus Scripts Galore
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One of the nice features of the Nautilus filemanager is the support for 
scripting. If you are missing some functionality it is often not more
than a couple of script lines away. To make things even easier a site
has been set up to collect and distribute some of the nice Nautilus
scripts already made. Check it out to find the script that changes your
life. 

        http://www-personal.umich.edu/~smueller/Nautilus-Scripts/

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12. Bug Day Reminder
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We will also this week have a bug squashing event in #bugs on
irc.gnome.org this thursday between 2PM-2AM GMT aka (9AM-9PM EST). If
you don't like buggy software you really should come here and help out. 


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13. Gman back from down under
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To the great relief of the GNOME community Gman returned from his
vacation to the land down under this week. Gman who has given Guinness
beer a face in the GNOME community is reported to be boiling over with
energy after his vacation. The Summary desk got a report in that Gman
has said that he will outcode everyone else during the next month in
preparation for GUADEC. If he fails he will pay for the beer of everyone
who has more CVS commits than him during GUADEC. We where not able to
reach Gman to get this confirmed before the Summary deadline. 


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14. 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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15. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 122 gtk+
 121 gnucash
 120 gnumeric
 115 gnome-applets
 75 evolution
 71 galeon
 70 nautilus
 70 gimp
 55 gnome-utils
 53 gtkmm-root
 43 pan
 41 gnome-panel
 40 gnome-media
 35 profterm
 34 glib
 30 gnome-control-center
 30 yelp
 29 SashXB
 28 gnome-i18n
 28 gtranslator
[138 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 158 pablo
 106 minmax
 80 owen
 72 peticolas (gnucash)
 68 chyla
 56 stano
 53 darin
 48 menthos
 48 jody
 44 warlord (gnucash)
 40 murrayc
 39 olau
 38 sebol
 35 neo
 35 kabalak
 35 mortenw
 34 hp
 32 mmclouglin
 32 rodrigo
 30 chrisime
[143 active hackers omitted]


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16. 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: 6626 (In the last week: New: +900 Resolved: -807)

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

  nautilus: 1225 (In the last week: New: +84  Resolved: -111)
  gnome-core: 439 (In the last week: New: +73  Resolved: -76)
  gtk+: 338 (In the last week: New: +69  Resolved: -83)
  gnome-vfs: 238 (In the last week: New: +3  Resolved: -2)
  gnome-applets: 229 (In the last week: New: +31  Resolved: -42)
  gnome-pilot: 186 (In the last week: New: +12  Resolved: -12)
  sawfish: 168 (In the last week: New: +12  Resolved: -6)
  galeon: 156 (In the last week: New: +138  Resolved: -127)
  GIMP: 142 (In the last week: New: +37  Resolved: -4)
  gmc: 132 (In the last week: New: +10  Resolved: -0)
  gphoto: 129 (In the last week: New: +3  Resolved: -0)
  medusa: 125 (In the last week: New: +0  Resolved: -0)
  control-center: 110 (In the last week: New: +36  Resolved: -15)
  gnome-pim: 109 (In the last week: New: +3  Resolved: -25)
  balsa: 95 (In the last week: New: +23  Resolved: -29)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  yaneti@declera.com: 96 bugs closed.
  louie@ximian.com: 75 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 73 bugs closed.
  menesis@delfi.lt: 60 bugs closed.
  clambin@easynet.be: 44 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 37 bugs closed.
  darin@bentspoon.com: 37 bugs closed.
  pawsa@theochem.kth.se: 29 bugs closed.
  cbiesinger@web.de: 24 bugs closed.
  mpeseng@tin.it: 21 bugs closed.
  jaka@gnu.org: 20 bugs closed.
  michael@technologyreview.org: 19 bugs closed.
  charles@rebelbase.com: 17 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 17 bugs closed.
  snickell@stanford.edu: 17 bugs closed.
  
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17. New and Updated Software
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Wildcard  - Program for renaming files.
Balsa  - Powerfull Email client
gxsm  - Graphical interface for 2D/3D data visualisation and
aquisitation
Nova  - Free Integrated Observational Environment
Gnewspost  - Frontend to newspost the NTTP binary newsposter.
BEAST/BSE  - framework for all sorts of music composition, sequencing
and synthesis tasks.
conc  - Conc is a serial console concentrator package.
gmmusic  - A music collection database
File Roller  - An archive manager
gtktalog  - Easily browse a CDROM database.
Guikachu  - for graphical editing of resource files for PalmOS-based
gnome-db  - Database access for GNOME applications
Encompass  - A lightweight Web Browser using GtkHTML.
glade--  - Backend for glade to create C++ sources.
gtranslator  - Comfortable po file editor
GNOME Subtitle Editor  - For edititing/manipulating and converting DivX 
subtitles.
linphone  - Web-phone. It lets you make two-party phone calls.
gcompris  - A simple education game.
gnome-crystal  - Light model visualizer for crystal structures.
David  - C and C++ code editor
GnomeMeeting  - Video conferencing software
gnome-vfs  - Virtual File system
gtkmm2  - C++ interface to GTK+ 2.0
polyXmass  - Define brand new
GTablature  - Tablatures (guitar partitions) editor and player
GnoSens  - Simple HW monitor for gnome panel
Sound Monitor applet  - A panel applet that shows a vu meter, scope, or
a spectrum analyzer
Gtkdial  - Frontend to the wvdial intelligent PPP dialer
Gnotide  - Gnotide is a tidal analysis software.

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

Another great week with lots of stuff happening. But next week will be
even grander with a new GNOME beta and a new GStreamer release, so stay
tuned. 

Christian 
gnome-summary@gnome.org


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