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GNOME Summary, March 17-April 22, 2002

Apr 23, 2002, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-03-17 - 2002-04-22
    
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Table of Contents
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1. Abiword v1.0
2. First Public Release of GTK#
3. On good UI design in free software
4. Want to write in Devanagari?
5. GUADEC gives GNOME-Office a boost
6. More Java and GNOME intergration
7. Reports from Second Unix Accessibility Conference
8. GStreamer and MAS talks held during GUADEC
9. gtkmozembed port to gtk2 progresses
10. Bug Day Reminder
11. IBM releases SashXB for Linux
12. art.gnome.org/ revealing getting closer
13. GConf gets its own website
14. Gconf and gnome-vfs tutorial
15. Michael Meeks got married this week
16. GUADEC 3 successfully completed
17. Translated GNOME summaries
18. Hacker Activity
19. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
20. New and Updated Software

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1. Abiword v1.0
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Our friends on the Abiword team has made their landmark 1.0 release for
GNOME. The official release announcement is not out yet however due to
waiting for windows binaries to get made (yeah, you know how it is with
windows allways trailing a long way behind us :). Anyway this release is
the result of a couple  of years of hard work. Abiword started out as a
commercially funded project, but today all development is done by
volunteers. Hard work is already begun on the 1.2 release which will
feature things such a support for embedding other GNOME Office
applications, tables, text frames, floating images and more. A 
heartfelt thanks to the Abiword community for they effort so far,
Abiword is really great. 

        
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=15518&release_id=25198
        http://www.abisource.com

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2. First Public Release of GTK#
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The hardworking Mike Kestner has made the first official release of his
Gtk+ for the C Sharp programming language. According to C# hackers I
talked to these bindings are really well designed and programmed. So if
you if you want to try out the newest programming language to join the
GNOME family this is your chance. With the Mono compiler now working on
Linux you can even try it out without windows. 

        
http://lists.ximian.com/archives/public/gtk-sharp-list/2002-April/000048.html
        http://gtk-sharp.sourceforge.net/

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3. On good UI design in free software
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There has been a lot of discussions on what constitutes a good UI over
the last months, with many UI design related efforts being done in the
GNOME community. Havoc Pennington, has written an interesting article
based on some claims that have been made lately that good UI design and
free software don't fit togheter. Check out the link below and find out
what Havoc has to say on the issue. 

        http://www106.pair.com/rhp/free-software-ui.html

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4. Want to write in Devanagari?
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The supercharged support for non-western languages in GNOME 2 has been
widely talked about as a great step forward, but how do you actually use
it? Archit Baweja has made a nice how-to explaining how you get
Devanagari support working in gedit2. This how-to will probably work
well for any other languages you have fonts for as well. 

        http://symonds.net/~bighead/gnome/gnome-devnag-howto/
        
http://symonds.net/~bighead/gnome/gnome-devnag-howto/figures/gnome-hindi.png

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5. GUADEC gives GNOME-Office a boost
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One of the great aspects of GUADEC is the fact that is brings togheter a
lot of the GNOME hackers working on the various applications and
libraries for some face to face discussions. One group that got to talk
togheter during GUADEC was the people hacking on GNOME Office
applications. The result was a renewed commitment to making these
applications integrate more with eachother like a 
true office suite. After GUADEC the discussion has continued on the 
gnome-office mailing list and code is starting to trickle in to CVS. So
if you want to get involved with the GNOME Office effort this is a good
a time as any. Check the link below to read the archive or subscribe to
the list and join in. 

        http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gnome-office-list

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6. More Java and GNOME intergration
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Sun's well know accessibility expert Bill Haneman has started working on
a new module in gnome-cvs called java-access-bridge. This module will
make sure that Java applications running under GNOME will integrate
their accessibilty support with GNOME's. This will mean that disabled
users will be able to use java applications with the same ease as they
use native Gnome 2 applications. 

        
http://cvs.gnome.org/bonsai/rview.cgi?cvsroot=/cvs/gnome&dir=java-access-bridge

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7. Reports from Second Unix Accessibility Conference
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The CSUN 2002 conference was held at the end of last month and there was
a lot of talks and presentations of the different developments in the
Accessibility on Unix. Summaries and notes from that conference are now
available online. Check out link below for more information and links to
more info. 

        http://news.gnome.org/gnome-news/1017380627/index_html

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8. GStreamer and MAS talks held during GUADEC
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The GStreamer team held talks with the developers of MAS(the new
Media/Sound server from x.org). The result of these talks is that
GStreamer will have support for the MAS server very soon (like we
already do for esd, jack and artsd) and that there probably will be
further co-operation. If things work out the GStreamer team will
probably push for MAS becoming the default soundserver 
for GNOME for the 2.2 release. Links below to the GStreamer and MAS
homepages. In the related new area, GStreamer and Rhythmbox have had new
releases lately. 

        http://www.gstreamer.net
        http://mediaapplicationserver.net/
        http://sourceforge.net/projects/rhythmbox

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9. gtkmozembed port to gtk2 progresses
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Christopher Blizzard is making progress on his work on porting the 
gtkmozembed(the mozilla rendering engine widget used by Galeon amongst
others.) widget to gtk2. He has even put up some patches recently with
the latest advances for the more adventuring of you. 

       
http://people.redhat.com/blizzard/mozilla/gtk2_embedding/2002-04-11/

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10. Bug Day Reminder
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We will also this week have a bug squashing event in #bugs on
irc.gnome.org also this thursday between 2PM-2AM GMT aka (9AM-9PM EST).
So if you want GNOME 2 to be bug free this is your chance to help make
it so. 

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11. IBM releases SashXB for Linux
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Always wanted to create real applications that will run using native
widgets both under Windows and GNOME using Javascript? Well then IBM
have the solution for you. They have now made the first public release
of their SashXB tool which lets you do exactly that. Anyone who have
watched GNOME CVS stastistics have probably noticed the heavy
development this have seen for the last year and know IBM invite you to
check out the result so be sure to do so. 

        http://sashxb.org

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12. art.gnome.org/ revealing getting closer
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Our GNOME artists are working feverently on making cool artwork for the
soon to be published art.gnome.org/ website. The website will feature
artwork you can use to make your GNOME desktop even cooler. To keep you
warm while the finishing touches are made on the new website here are
two little previews, made by well known blender artist Petr Vlk 

        http://developer.gnome.org/news/summary/w2.jpg
       
http://developer.gnome.org/news/summary/GNOME-Ants_blue_1280x1024.jpg

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13. GConf gets its own website
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GConf is one of the central components of the GNOME 2 desktop and
development system. To help developers find information and learn more
about this essential library Havoc Pennington has created a GConf
website for your browsing pleasure. So developers read the docs and get
with the instant apply GNOME 2.0 groove 

        http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/

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14. Gconf and gnome-vfs tutorial
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You all know that CodeFactory is a Swedish company paying some hackers
to code on GNOME. You also know that two of these people are Mikael
Hallendal and Richard Hult. But what you don't know is that they have
just published a tutorial to help you use the power of GConf and
gnome-vfs in your own GNOME applications. So if you want to join the
ranks of the elite GNOME hackers of the world be sure to read this. 

       
http://people.codefactory.se/~micke/articles/gconf-gnomevfs-intro.html

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15. Michael Meeks got married this week
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Maintainer of bonobo, at-poke and contributor on a lot of other cool
stuff like Nautilus, GStreamer and at-spi, Michael Meeks just got
married. Congratulations to Michael and his lovely wife Julia. P.S.
don't stay to long away on your honeymoon, we need you back hacking on
GNOME :) 

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16. GUADEC 3 successfully completed
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GUADEC 3 was successfully completed early this month. 300 hackers from
all over the world got togheter in Sevilla. Talks, meetings,
discussions, beer sessions where held and everyone had a great time. Lot
of great talks and of course during a conference like this the after
hours activities are almost as important as the official sessions, for
instance our Irish hackers for instance demonstrated their great
interest in foreign cultures by studying the irish bar 
in Sevilla every night :). A lot of pictures where taken and we link to
some of them below, but watch out for pictures of dutch fingers and bork
bork. Also the GUADEC papers will soon be available from guadec.org. 

        http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/guadec3/
        http://algol.prosalg.no/~docpi/php/gallery/albums.php
       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/guadec-list/2002-April/msg00106.html
        http://www.gnomemeeting.org/~damien/gallery/
        http://vidar.gimp.org/guad3c/
        http://es.photos.yahoo.com/azugaldia
        http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~gfoster/GUADEC3/index.html

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17. 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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18. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 81 evolution
 70 gnome-2.0-test-specs
 64 gnumeric
 59 gnomemm
 55 gnucash
 53 sun-patches
 51 gnome-games
 44 gnome-panel
 43 SashXB
 42 galeon
 39 printman
 35 gnome-applets
 35 gnome-xml
 33 nautilus
 31 yelp
 31 gnome-control-center
 30 gmime
 30 gtk+
 26 gnome-media
 26 profterm
[130 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 82 murrayc
 71 hegde
 67 fejj
 58 baddog
 49 hadess
 34 rodo
 33 jberkman
 32 kevinv
 31 andersca
 31 kmaraas
 30 jcorwin
 29 veillard
 29 shivram_u
 27 mmclouglin
 25 michael
 25 mortenw
 24 redfox
 24 cwryu
 24 igor
 24 hallski
[141 active hackers omitted]



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19. 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: 7185 (In the last week: New: 756, Resolved: 933,
Difference: 
-177)

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

  nautilus: 1071 (In the last week: New: 64, Resolved: 146, Difference:
-82)
  gtk+: 480 (In the last week: New: 38, Resolved: 13, Difference: +25)
  gnome-core: 306 (In the last week: New: 64, Resolved: 59, Difference:
+5)
  gnome-applets: 270 (In the last week: New: 25, Resolved: 21,
Difference: +4)
  gnome-vfs: 252 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 2, Difference: +1)
  control-center: 204 (In the last week: New: 30, Resolved: 33,
Difference: -3)
  sawfish: 201 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 14, Difference: -5)
  galeon: 195 (In the last week: New: 130, Resolved: 111, Difference:
+19)
  GIMP: 190 (In the last week: New: 23, Resolved: 6, Difference: +17)
  gnome-pilot: 129 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 60, Difference:
-52)
  medusa: 125 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  gmc: 121 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 0, Difference: +4)
  gnome-utils: 119 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 13, Difference:
-5)
  balsa: 107 (In the last week: New: 11, Resolved: 3, Difference: +8)
  dia: 91 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 1, Difference: +8)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  heath@pointedstick.net: 274 bugs closed.
  yaneti@declera.com: 92 bugs closed.
  bordoley@msu.edu: 67 bugs closed.
  louie@ximian.com: 57 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 34 bugs closed.
  daniel@veillard.com: 32 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 28 bugs closed.
  charles@rebelbase.com: 23 bugs closed.
  shane.oconnor@ireland.sun.com: 22 bugs closed.
  andersca@gnu.org: 22 bugs closed.
  jody@gnome.org: 18 bugs closed.
  jacob@ximian.com: 16 bugs closed.
  kfv101@psu.edu: 16 bugs closed.
  michael@ximian.com: 14 bugs closed.
  hadess@hadess.net: 13 bugs closed.

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20. New and Updated Software
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Tenes Empanadas Graciela  - a clone of a Risk clone
galeon  - Web browser based on Gecko.
screem  - Web Site Editor
gnomeradio  - FM-Radio Tuner App
Pan  - Usenet newsreader
GCronTime2  - planner
linphone  - A SIP phone
Gnumeric  - spreadsheet
gcompressor  - compression decompression tools.
gnome-media  - Multimedia applications
Batalla Naval  - Networked BattleShip game
gmyclient  - sql access
vlc  - DVD and MPEG player
GStreamer  - Streaming media library
polyXmass  - Polymer mass spectrometry framework
Metacity-Setup  - Metacity Configuration Tool
Metacity  - Integrated window manager
GNOME Terminal  - terminal console app
Yelp  - Help browser for GNOME 2.0
GTablature  - Tablature editor in Python
Cream (for Vim)  - Cream (for Vim)
GCronTime2  - planner
gmmusic  - Music collection database
rubrica  - address book, pim
David  - C, C++ code editor
Teatime  - tea drawing time observer

For more information on these packages visit the GNOME Software map: 
http://www.gnome.org/softwaremap/latest.php

Been some time now since the last Summary. I blame this in GUADEC and my
co-conspirator on these summaries being MIA. Hope to get the summaries
out more frequently again now that I am back home in Norway again. A lot
of cool stuff has happened in the last month, and more is to come. Look
out for the forth GNOME 2 beta release coming to a server near you soon
:) 
Christian 
gnome-summary@gnome.org



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