Release Digest: GNOME, July 25, 2002
Jul 26, 2002, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)
Well last time I ranted about broken scripts. Well there was a completely
broken script in the last release that I didn't notice. In fact it wouldn't
allow you to log in. Thanks to Jacob for noticing and fixing it ...
In any case, not much else is new (being able to log in again is a fairly new
thing I suppose)
And now for the standard part of the release announcement:
GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the
background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then
tells you to piss off because you forgot your password. It does pretty much
everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much
crack. It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer
design overall. It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of
which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing. The
goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to
customize or troubleshoot gdm. It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact
extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is
still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).
Highlights of 126.96.36.199:
- Fix George's stupidity to allow people to log in (Jacob)
The gnomerc was not a correct shell script and I didn't notice
- Fix some weirdness on setup proggie starting (change dir to something
sane and fix setting the cursor race)
- Support .bz2 archives as theme archives in the gdmsetup
- Translation updates (Stanislav Visnovsky, me)
Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen , and
has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England. She is usually
not responsive to bug reports or feature requests. You can try to send them
to me however.
Note2: If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites
most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf and gnomerc. It will however
save backups with the .orig extension first.
Note3: Distributors, packagers. Please, PLEASE use the standard Gnome script
when setting things up as gnome, or at least equivalently working scripts. It
should never be OK to just exec gnome-session, that is considered bad form.
The script needs to read (if available) the ~/.gnomerc and otherwise read
the /gdm/gnomerc file. This allows users and administrators to
setup custom startup for gnome.
Sorry no RPMS. There is a spec file included in the tarball and it may or may
not work (it should, and it did some time ago but I haven't tried it lately).
PS: I suppose that having put out a stable release which doesn't let you
log in is silly enough so I don't think there needs to be a silly PS in this
release announcement. You are now free to point at me and laugh.
If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.
-- Albert Einstein
gtranslator R 0.43
gtranslator is a quite comfortable gettext po file \ editor
which helps to translate the gettext po file catalogues \ easily
including auto translation etc. \
This is the last release for the stable GNOME 1.x platform, so
that you should try it if you're using GNOME 1.x.\
The GNOME 2.0 development of gtranslator is being done -- or
not -- in the HEAD branch in GNOME CVS.
"I have the easiest job in the world. All I have to do is sing and play
the guitar." Eva Cassidy, Summer 1996
New versions of:
- Eel, the Eazel Extension Library
- Nautilus, the GNOME file manager
are available for download at:
This version fixes the list view hang in 2.0.1.
- EelBackgroundStyle has been removed
- List view doesn't hang anymore.
- Reflect changes in the eel background api.
- Fix for crash when invoking "nautilus -q".