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GNOME Summary: August 12-16, 2002

Aug 21, 2002, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)
This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-08-12 - 2002-08-16
    
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Table of Contents
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1. GNOME 2.0.1 is out
2. GNOME 5 years old!
3. GStreamer adds support for Flash animation
4. Developing GNOME apps with Glade and Anjuta
5. GNOME 2.0.2 bug lists
6. GnomeMeeting features ILS directory
7. Whats cooking in gnome-print
8. New draft of 'Recent-File' specification
9. Michael Meeks LWE slides
10. FireStarter for GNOME2
11. New version of XML viewer for Nautilus
12. GobeProductive officesuite goes GPL
13. Red Hat making their own icon theme
14. RPM support in gnome-vfs and Nautilus
15. Translated GNOME Summaries
16. Hacker Activity
17. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
18. New and Updated Software

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1. GNOME 2.0.1 is out
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The first bugfix release of GNOME 2 has been released. This version has
fixed many of the most critical issues that where discovered in the
2.0.0 release. So if you haven't got this release already check out the
link below for all the little details and join the GNOME2 revolution. 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2002-August/msg00044.html
        http://www.gnome.org/start/2.0/

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2. GNOME 5 years old!
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Who would believe it, but GNOME was 5 years old on the 17th of august.
It feels just like yesterday that Miguel sent out the mail announcing
the project. You find the history of the desktop on Miguel de Icaza's
website linked below and Gnomedesktop.org features some nostaligic
screenshots of GNOME 0.13; those where the days :) 

        http://primates.helixcode.com/~miguel/gnome-history.html
       
http://www.gnomedesktop.com/article.php?sid=605&mode=&order=0&thold=0

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3. GStreamer adds support for Flash animation
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Thanks to the great work of David Schleef, GStreamer now have support
for the flash format so popular on the web. David is also working on
updating the mozstreamer application to give you support for doing
webbrowser embeded playback of all GStreamer supported media formats.
Another interesting addition to GStreamer is C++/Qt bindings created by
Tim Jansen, to make it easier to develop KDE applications using
GStreamer, hopefully KDE too will adopt GStreamer as their multimedia
backend. Links below to a tarball of the flash code and to Tim's
announcement of his bindings. 
       
https://cvs.comedi.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/swf/swf.tar.gz?tarball=1
        http://www.geocrawler.com/lists/3/SourceForge/1504/0/9341282/

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4. Developing GNOME apps with Glade and Anjuta
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Eddy Ahmed has made the second installement in his series of articles on
developing GNOME using Glade and Anjuta. Both installements linked
below. 

        http://writelinux.com/glade/index.php
        http://eddy.writelinux.com/part2/


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5. GNOME 2.0.2 bug lists
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Luis Villa posted the list of bugs we need to fix for the upcomming
GNOME 2.0.2 release. All GNOME developers or wannabe GNOME developers
are kindly requested to try and help fix as many as these as possible.
So start attaching patches to those bug reports so our poor maintainers
can get the fixes merged in as soon as possible. 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2002-August/msg00277.html

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6. GnomeMeeting features ILS directory
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One of our premier showcase applications, GnomeMeeting, added a new
feature in a recent release, namely its own directory service. With this
service it is easy to find out who of your friends and contacts that are
currently online and available for a talk. If you haven't upgraded to
the latest version yet, please do so and remember to register in the
directory. 

        http://www.gnomemeeting.org

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7. Whats cooking in gnome-print
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Chema Celorio is hard at work improving on gnome-print. He recently sent
out a mail listing his current priorities. Important work includes
updating pdf output driver and adding support for CUPS. Other important
news in the gnome-print deparment is that Dom Lachowicz of Abiword fame
is working on adding a SVG output option to gnome-print. Check out the
links for the details. 

        
http://lists.ximian.com/archives/public/gnome-print/2002-July/001056.html
       
http://www.abisource.com/mailinglists/abiword-dev/02/Aug/0375.html

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8. New draft of 'Recent-File' specification
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James Willcox has recently updated his suggested standard specification
for the recent documents feature. hopefully his specification gets
widely implemented,as it is already implemented for gnome in his
gnome-recent library, so that we not only get functional recent
documents functionality accross gnome apps, but also accross most Unix
apps. 

        http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~jwillcox/recent-file-spec.html

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9. Michael Meeks LWE slides
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Michael Meeks is regarded as one of the best public speakers and
presentators in the GNOME world. He recently put his slides for his
GNOME2 presentation online. If you are planing on doing a talk on GNOME2
for your local LUG or other group then these slides could be a great
starting point, they are also a nice read if you just want a quick
overview over some of the most important things in GNOME atm. 

        http://www.gnome.org/~michael/lwe-august-2002
        http://www.gnome.org/~michael/lwe-august-2002.tar.gz

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10. FireStarter for GNOME2
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The GNOME2 porting train continues to steam forward. One of the latest
and greatest additions are the FireStarter tool which is a great
firewall tool for Linux. You find screenshots and more information on
the FireStarter homepage. 

        http://firestarter.sourceforge.net/

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11. New version of XML viewer for Nautilus
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More and more viewers for Nautilus are starting to pop up. One of them
which had a recent release it the XML viewer by Gonzalo Odiard. If you
ever need to read through XML files you should really try this one out. 

        http://personales.ciudad.com.ar/godiard/

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12. GobeProductive officesuite goes GPL
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The premier office suite for BeOS has had a port underway to Unix and
GNOME for some time now. OsNews recently reported that this very nice
office suite will be released under the GPL soon. Thanks goes to the
developers for this move and the nice addition this will be to GNOME
Office. 

        http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=1520

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13. Red Hat making their own icon theme
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Red Hat is hard at work aiming at making Red Hat 8.0 the definitive
desktop distribution. One of the changes they are doing is making a new
set of icons for GNOME2, that they will also use for their KDE dekstop
configuration, to give apps a more integrated feature accross desktops.
The move has caused some noise, so check out the screenshot below and
decide for yourselves. (Btw, the standard GNOME icons are still
available by changing a GConf key). 

        http://www.xs4all.nl/~jeroen/screenshots/null_desktop.png

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14. RPM support in gnome-vfs and Nautilus
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One of our favourite hackers from that great GNOME land down under,
James Henstridge, is hard at work adding support for viewing and 
installing/deinstalling rpms using Nautilus. Things are looking sweet
judging by the screenshots. 

        http://www.daa.com.au/~james/images/nautilus-rpm/rpmdb-vfs-2.png
        http://www.daa.com.au/~james/images/nautilus-rpm/rpm-view-2.png
        http://www.daa.com.au/~james/images/nautilus-rpm/rpm-view-3.png
        http://www.daa.com.au/~james/images/nautilus-rpm/rpmdb-vfs-1.png
        http://www.daa.com.au/~james/images/nautilus-rpm/rpmdb-vfs-2.png

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15. Translated GNOME Summaries
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Want to read the Summary in your native languagae? We now feature
French, Spanish, Hungarian, Korean and Portuguese translations. 

        http://www.gynov.org/news/index.php4
        http://es.gnome.org/actualidad/
        http://cactus.rulez.org/projects/gnome/summary/
        http://developer.gnome.or.kr/news/
        http://debian-br.cipsga.org.br/resumo-gnome/

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17. 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: 7315 (In the last week: New: 672, Resolved: 931,
Difference: 
-259)

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

  nautilus: 774 (In the last week: New: 48, Resolved: 35, Difference:
+13)
  gtk+: 579 (In the last week: New: 22, Resolved: 21, Difference: +1)
  gnome-vfs: 280 (In the last week: New: 7, Resolved: 9, Difference: -2)
  galeon: 279 (In the last week: New: 90, Resolved: 72, Difference: +18)
  GIMP: 277 (In the last week: New: 18, Resolved: 1, Difference: +17)
  gnome-core: 213 (In the last week: New: 35, Resolved: 112, Difference:
-77)
  sawfish: 184 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 6, Difference: -6)
  gnome-applets: 161 (In the last week: New: 24, Resolved: 25,
Difference: -1)
  gnome-panel: 148 (In the last week: New: 31, Resolved: 42, Difference:
-11)
  control-center: 142 (In the last week: New: 24, Resolved: 30,
Difference: -6)
  balsa: 103 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 202, Difference: -193)
  medusa: 96 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  gnome-pilot: 95 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 18, Difference:
-14)
  gnome-terminal: 88 (In the last week: New: 25, Resolved: 18,
Difference: +7)
  glib: 81 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 2, Difference: +2)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  pawsa@theochem.kth.se: 194 bugs closed.
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 169 bugs closed.
  yaneti@declera.com: 66 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 55 bugs closed.
  vincent@vuntz.net: 43 bugs closed.
  bfrantzdale@hmc.edu: 41 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 37 bugs closed.
  louie@ximian.com: 28 bugs closed.
  jody@gnome.org: 27 bugs closed.
  david@lupercalia.net: 23 bugs closed.
  avirupa.chakrabarty@wipro.com: 21 bugs closed.
  jacob@ximian.com: 17 bugs closed.
  andrew@sobala.net: 15 bugs closed.
  sandmann@daimi.au.dk: 14 bugs closed.
  jorn@nl.linux.org: 14 bugs closed.
  
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16. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 85 gnumeric
 63 web-devel-2
 50 gok
 46 gnucash
 39 mc
 38 evolution
 37 rhythmbox
 36 libgda
 32 pan
 30 nautilus
 29 gnome-panel
 26 gnome-utils
 25 xmlsec
 24 galeon
 24 gedit
 23 gnomeicu
 23 sun-patches
 22 metacity
 21 gnome-i18n
 21 libgsf
[116 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 47 dtb
 42 bansz
 38 peterisk
 37 jhellan
 36 jody
 36 mmclouglin
 34 cneumair
 32 seth
 30 holger
 29 jbaayen
 27 hallski
 27 proskin
 25 aleksey
 24 menthos
 24 trow
 23 charles
 22 gman
 20 shivram_u
 20 michael
 19 dnloreto
[129 active hackers omitted]


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18. New and Updated Software
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gnome-db  - Database access for Gnome applications
Firestarter  - Firewall program
Quick Lounge  - Quick Launch for GNOME 2
GnuCash  - A personal finance manager
CVSGnome Build Script  - CVSGnome Build Script
Gnono  - GNOME card game
XmlView  - Bonobo Xml View
gtkmm2  - GTK+ C++ binding
gnomemm  - C++ bindings for GNOME
GNet  - network library
MrProject  - Project management application
The GNOME Panel  - GNOME Panel
Yelp  - Help browser for GNOME 2.0
gnome-games  - Many games - same-gnome, gnothello, solitaire,
tetravex,tetris, 
others...
GTransferManager  - Download manager using wget
DiaSCE  - C, C++ code editor
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.

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

Summer is over and as the hackers are returning from their summer
vacations, bringing with them the fruits of their labour, the the
excitement is starting to grow in the GNOME community over the upcomming
GNOME 2.2 release. Personally think we will look back at the 2.2 release
and see it as one of the great landmarks in the evolution of free
software. So prepare for many exciting news features of upcoming GNOME
2.2 features in the summaries this fall. 

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 

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