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GNOME Summary: September 15-21, 2002

Sep 25, 2002, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-09-15 - 2002-09-21
    
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Table of Contents
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1. The Future of Gabber
2. Mono Survey
3. GSpy, the tool for GNOME Big Brothers
4. Joe Barr looks at GnuCash
5. Your next desktop machine is from Sun?
6. Publicly announced Ximian deal
7. Evolution 1.2 beta
8. Recent files crusade continues
9. Internet Radio support in Rhythmbox
10. On the importance of accessibility
11. Making Audio cd's under GNOME
12. GStreamer 0.4.1 released
13. GNOME 2.2 development kicks off
14. Translated GNOME summaries
15. Hacker Activity
16. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
17. New and Updated Software

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1. The Future of Gabber
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GNOME has a long time has a client for the Jabber Instant messaging
system called Gabber. The development has been slow lately, but its
maintainer Julian Missig is now back in action. He has even put up a
nice article where he reviews Apple's iChat client for and tries to draw
lessons and ideas for use for his continued development of Gabber. An
interesting read for anyone using instant messaging clients under GNOME
or are developing such. Julian also did a interview recently with
jabber.org that you can read. 

        http://missig.org/julian/jabber/iChat/
        http://www.jabber.org/people/interviews/x-virge.html
        http://gabber.sourceforge.net

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2. Mono Survey
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Miguel de Icaza wrote in to tell us that he is running a survey to see
where we should take Mono, now that Mono has matured and is becoming a
serious tool for people. The purpose of the survey is to see what the
most pressing needs for people are. So if you want to help the Mono
community help you, then go take this survey! Also on the Mono newsfront
is a neat new compiler with a GTK# GUI, screenshot linked below. 

        http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/monosurvey
        http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/debugger.png

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3. GSpy, the tool for GNOME Big Brothers
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Linux Journal is running an article about GSpy a security camera
application for GNOME. If you are threatned by burglars or worse, and
want to be protected by the best security a gnome can have, then make
sure to read this one. 

        http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6232

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4. Joe Barr looks at GnuCash
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Joe Barr has an article on Linuxworld about our favourite personal
finance application. If you haven't already tried this fine application
now is probably the time to do so. The GnuCash community is also activly
looking for hackers to help port GnuCash to GNOME 2, so interested
parties should use this opportunity to join one of our best development
teams. 

        http://www.linuxworld.com/site-stories/2002/0916.gnucash.html
        http://www.gnucash.org

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5. Your next desktop machine is from Sun?
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Sun Microsystems are starting to reveal their plans with GNOME. A new
series of desktop machines sporting our favourite Desktop is in the
making including a Linux distribution from Sun. The news.com article
refers to the machines as 'purple boxes' so maybe these new desktops
will have the same cool purple look of Sun's servers. 

        http://www.lwn.net/Articles/10234/
        http://news.com.com/2100-1001-958487.html

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6. Publicly announced Ximian deal
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It is not only Red Hat and Sun that are starting to make GNOME desktop
deals. Ximian made a press release this week announcing that LinOra
Corporation will be switching their Windows desktops over to Ximians
desktop offering. Hopefully this deal is just one in a long string.
Maybe it is time for you to get your boss to start a pilot project with
GNOME desktops at your company? If he/she is unsure about support you
can just point them to Ximian and say that other people are already
doing it. 

        
http://www.ximian.com/about_us/press_center/press_releases/index.html?pr=linora

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7. Evolution 1.2 beta
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As you might have guessed one of the trademarks of Evolution is that it 
evolves. And as part of that Ximian released the first Evolution 1.2
beta this week. Tons of new features, speedups and other improvements.
So if you where not using Evolution before, you have even fewer reasons
to not start now. 

        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=665&mode=&order=0
        
http://developer.ximian.com/projects/evolution/release_notes/1.1.1_beta1.html

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8. Recent files crusade continues
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James Willcox is continuing his crusade to give us a great recent files 
implementation in GNOME 2.2. The code is maturing in the libegg module
in GNOME CVS and more and more GNOME applications are starting to use
it. James is also working on a global recentfiles entry for the GNOME
system menu which has just gotten some nice looking icons due to the new
icon theme code from Alex Larsson. This code will be commited as soon as
Alex GEP to move that code from Nautilus to libgnomeui goes through.
Screenshot of this neat feature below and a link to the GEP. 

        
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~jwillcox/files/screenshots/panel-recent-menus-3.png
        http://developer.gnome.org/gep/gep-7.html

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9. Internet Radio support in Rhythmbox
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Colin Walters have been working hard lately adding support for Internet
Radio to Rhythmbox. Thanks to our inside sources in the Rhythmbox
development team we where able to get this screenshot showing the new
feature. 

        http://verbum.org/~walters/shots/21.html

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10. On the importance of accessibility
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Dennis E. Powell has written a nice editorial on Linux and Main about
how the linux desktop has had a ressurection and what an important part
things such as the GNOME Accessibility framework is playing in this.
Definetly an interesting read. 
       
http://www.linuxandmain.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=228

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11. Making Audio cd's under GNOME
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Manuel Clos announced Gnome CD Master 1.1.6 this week. It is a really
nice tool for creating audio cds under GNOME. Finally you can put that
cdburner to some good use :). 

        http://cdrdao.sourceforge.net/gcdmaster/
        
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=2171&release_id=110864

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12. GStreamer 0.4.1 released
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The GStreamer team announced the GStreamer 0.4.1 release this week. Tons
of bugfixes went into this release to help Rhythmbox and other
applications get stable. A few features has crept in however like a
experimental flash plugin and iRadio metadata support. The GStreamer
team plan on putting out a new release with more bugfixes in around two
or three weeks time. At that time we also hope to have our new ASF
plugin ready. 

        http://www.gstreamer.net/releases/0.4.1/
        http://www.gstreamer.net/releases/0.4.1/notice.php

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13. GNOME 2.2 development kicks off
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The GNOME 2.2 juggernaut has had its engine fired up and is starting to
move forward. Jeff Waugh put out the call for the first 2.1.x snapshots
this week so there is no use in wasting time before getting aboard. Once
the juggernaut has started to move it stops for no one, so if you want
to be aboard with the cheering crowd, when the juggernaut crash through
the competition like a supersonic lawnmover through a Smurf village,
then get on now. Jeffs full announcement below. 
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2002-September/msg00438.html

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14. Translated GNOME summaries
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We now have French, Spanish, Hungarian, Korean and Portuguese - all the
links below. 

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


  Most active modules:
 87 mc
 61 evolution
 52 gnucash
 45 gnumeric
 44 sodipodi
 36 nautilus
 33 gtkhtml
 26 gnome-i18n
 24 galeon
 24 gnome-panel
 23 gtk+
 22 gtkmm-root
 21 pan
 21 gnome-speech
 20 art-web
 19 balsa
 19 xpdf
 18 gnome-xml
 18 gnome-system-tools
 17 gedit
[139 active modules omitted]


  Most active hackers:
 57 proskin
 51 mmclouglin
 38 kmaraas
 37 pablo
 29 rodo
 28 cneumair
 26 oka326
 24 murrayc
 24 jody
 23 hampton (gnucash)
 22 tml
 21 marcm
 20 shivram_u
 20 aldug
 19 mkretzschmar
 18 alexl
 18 kabalak
 18 jpr
 17 lauris
 17 jdub
[132 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: 7690 (In the last week: New: 591, Resolved: 515,
Difference: 
+76)

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

  nautilus: 796 (In the last week: New: 24, Resolved: 27, Difference:
-3)
  gtk+: 616 (In the last week: New: 27, Resolved: 14, Difference: +13)
  galeon: 329 (In the last week: New: 118, Resolved: 94, Difference:
+24)
  gnome-vfs: 294 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 4, Difference: -1)
  GIMP: 273 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 6, Difference: +3)
  gnome-applets: 208 (In the last week: New: 26, Resolved: 7,
Difference: +19)
  sawfish: 195 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 0, Difference: +3)
  gnome-core: 145 (In the last week: New: 29, Resolved: 14, Difference:
+15)
  gnome-panel: 134 (In the last week: New: 38, Resolved: 26, Difference:
+12)
  control-center: 131 (In the last week: New: 18, Resolved: 12,
Difference: +6)
  gnome-pilot: 96 (In the last week: New: 6, Resolved: 5, Difference:
+1)
  medusa: 94 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  gnome-terminal: 89 (In the last week: New: 17, Resolved: 31,
Difference: -14)
  balsa: 88 (In the last week: New: 17, Resolved: 29, Difference: -12)
  metacity: 86 (In the last week: New: 12, Resolved: 10, Difference: +2)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  yaneti@declera.com: 79 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 41 bugs closed.
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 31 bugs closed.
  chbm@chbm.nu: 26 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 23 bugs closed.
  charles@rebelbase.com: 23 bugs closed.
  andrew@sobala.net: 22 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 22 bugs closed.
  dennis_cranston@yahoo.com: 15 bugs closed.
  mpeseng@tin.it: 14 bugs closed.
  jody@gnome.org: 13 bugs closed.
  vincent@vuntz.net: 12 bugs closed.
  alex@ximian.com: 10 bugs closed.
  murrayc@usa.net: 10 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 9 bugs closed.
  
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17. New and Updated Software
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GStreamer  - Multimedia framework
GneleMixer  - Oss Mixer Multi Options
Goats  - Sticky notes applet
GnoWavCut  - wave file splitter
gael  - Electronic Design Automation
Straw  - Desktop news aggregator
CVSGnome Build Script  - CVSGnome Build Script
Baculator  - RPN calculator
gcompressor  - gui interface of compression decompression tolls.
Gnome CD Master  - CD Mastering and Burning app
GARNOME  - Kickarse GNOME 2.x build system
GTK+ C++ Object Development Environment  - The GCode Library
gnome-crystal  - Light model visualizer for crystalstructures.
Bakery  - A C++Framework.
gnomemm  - C++ bindings for GNOME
gtkmm2  - GTK+ C++ binding
Gnome RIG  - A GUI for Hamlib
Glade--  - Gtkmm[2] code creator
HTML Code Convert  - Convert HTML

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

Managed to do some good news hunting for you this week I think. The
GNOME community rolling at the moment with lots of cool developments on
the inside and lots of mainstream attention from the outside. Just as it
should be :) 

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 

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