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GNOME Summary: September 22-28, 2002

Oct 02, 2002, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-09-22 - 2002-09-28
   
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Table of Contents
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1. GNOME SVG crown increase its sparkle
2. Sawfish resurface
3. GNOME hacker lifesaver
4. GStreamer-Player with first standalone release
5. New GNOME ftp layout
6. art.gnome.org finally available!
7. Easier access to Nautilus emblems
8. Mandrake 9 ships with GNOME 2
9. Get it from ACME
10. Translated GNOME summaries
11. Hacker Activity
12. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity

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1. GNOME SVG crown increase its sparkle
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The future is scaleable vector graphics and GNOME has long been on the
forefront in adopting the w3c SVG specification for desktop use with our
support for SVG icons in Nautilus and the scaleable Gorilla SVG icon theme.
Last week I reported that Dominic Lachowicz made a SVG plugin for Abiword. Well
Dom is not resting on his laurels. He is now co-maintainer of the librsvg SVG
rendering library and have been greatly improving its capabilities of the last
weeks. He has also checked in the code for a SVG gtk-engine. This works much
like the pixmap gtk-engine that so many themes for Gtk+ already, but it takes
SVG files for input instead. The opportunities that this will offer theme
creators are mind bogling and Steve Jobs and Apple should start trembling as
MacOS X days as the prettiest desktop are numbered. There SVG theme is already
working even if there are a few features still missing that Dom is working on.
We can already feature this little screenshot from Dom showing his selfmade in
3 minutes SVG theme :). Hopefully a graphics artist will take pity and make
something that truly shows this new theme engine off.

        http://www.abisource.com/~dom/svg_theme.png

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2. Sawfish resurface
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While many users hails the Metacity windowmanager for its ease of use, many
power users find its capabilities to limiting after getting spoilt with the
extreme configurability of Sawfish. Unfortunatly Sawfish seemed to be mostly
unmaintained for a long time. Well those times seems to now be over. Sawfish
creator and maintainer John Harper is back in action and is cleaning out bugs
like a white tornado. This week he went straight to the top of the Bugzilla
statistics with 85 bugs closed. So all Sawfish fans out there, get ready for a
sparkling release of Sawfish soon.

        http://sawfish.sourceforge.net

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3. GNOME hacker lifesaver
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Gnomedesktop.org relayed the news of a new release of Workrave for GNOME 2.
Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of repetitive
strain injury (RSI). I know that some of the GNOME hackers have had problems
with this in the past, so if you think you could be in the risk zone for RSI,
be sure to download and run Workrave, link below.

        http://workrave.sourceforge.net

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4. GStreamer-Player with first standalone release
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The GStreamer-Player. A media-player using the GStreamer framework had is first
release as a standalone application last week. Tons of bugfixes and new
features including improved fullscreen support, a nautilus view, better error
handling and more. Check out the release notes for the full story.

        http://www.gstreamer.net/releases/gst-player/0.4.1/

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5. New GNOME ftp layout
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The GNOME FTP site has a new directory layout, which has been planned for and
under discussion for some time. It's much more scalable than the previous
layout, with a central location for all tarballs, and simplified release
directories. Many thanks to Tomas Ogren for his assistance with the migration,
and his ongoing support with ftp.gnome.org, which is hosted in Sweden. We have
three links below, the first is for maintainers who will be interested in the
simplified install-module, the second is a news item for user users who will be
interested in the new RSS feed, which shows the ten most recently updated
modules on the ftp site. And last but not least everyone should see the README
file to understand the basics of the new structure.

       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-hackers-readonly/2002-September/msg00213.ht
ml
        http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/LATEST.xml
        http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/README

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6. art.gnome.org finally available!
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Is it a angel? Is it a smurf under the lawnmover? No, it is art.gnome.org! The
most anticipated website in the history of the GNOME project is now publicly
available. So if you want to learn how to make your GNOME desktop look so
incredibly cool that your friends using lesser desktops, from Redmond or worse,
runs home crying with a nosebleed, well now you can. Thanks to Alex Duggan,
Steve Fox ,Thomas Wood and especially mr. Art himeself, Roman Beigelbeck for
this wonderfull site.

        http://art.gnome.org

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7. Easier access to Nautilus emblems
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James Willcox, who you remember from last week for his cool recent-files patch
to the GNOME menu (it is now approved and will be commited to CVS in the
nearest future), seem to like it in the spotlight as he is back this week with
another cool piece of code. The emblems feature of Nautilus has always been
popular, and now accessing and applying emblems will be even easier. James have
made a patch which adds a emblem bonbob-component to your sidebar. So check out
the announcement mail and screenshot, and remember to give James Willcox (aka
Snorp on IRC) a pat on the back when you see him online.

       
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~jwillcox/files/screenshots/nautilus-emblem-sidebar.pn
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http://mail.gnome.org/archives/nautilus-list/2002-September/msg00207.html

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8. Mandrake 9 ships with GNOME 2
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Seems Linux Mandrake is the first of the big distributions to ship with GNOME
2. Mandrake 9 is out featuring the fastest, the most accessible, the most
useable and the coolest desktop ever seen, GNOME 2. Thanks to all the Mandrake
hackers for their great work, especially thanks to Frédéric Crozat for his
non-relenting effort to make sure Mandrake user have the best GNOME experience
possible. Also thanks to Gaël Duval for making GNOME a priority at Mandrake.

        http://pst.mandrakesoft.com/products/90/

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9. Get it from ACME
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Bastien Nocera released a new version of ACME this week. ACME for those of you
who hasn't tried it yet is a nice little daemon and GNOME 2 capplet that lets
you easily configure those special keys on your keyboard. This include keys for
adjusting sound volume, or application buttins like email, finance, seeking
etc. More improvements are underway and the plan is make sure applications such
as Rhythmbox, Totem and Gstreamer-Player are able to be controled by your
multimedia keyboard keys.

        http://www.hadess.net/misc-code.php3
       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2002-September/msg00060.html

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10. Translated GNOME summaries
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New translation this week as German joins the family of translated GNOME
Summaries. So if German is your favourite language be sure to subscribe to the
mailing list they set up to send out the weekly GNOME summary in German. We now
have French, German, 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/
        http://www.gnome-de.org/projekte/listen/#news@gnome-de.org

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


  Most active modules:
 129 mc
 103 evolution
 84 gtk+
 45 sodipodi
 43 gnumeric
 37 art-web
 35 gok
 32 galeon
 30 gnome-2.0-test-specs
 24 pango
 23 metacity
 23 gnucash
 19 gnome-control-center
 18 dia
 17 sun-patches
 17 garnome
 17 balsa
 15 xpdf
 15 gtkhtml
 15 monkey-media
[121 active modules omitted]


  Most active hackers:
 91 proskin
 49 owen
 37 aldug
 34 jody
 33 hp
 33 dtb
 32 shivram_u
 28 marcoc
 26 tml
 26 mmclouglin
 25 rodrigo
 25 danw
 24 alexl
 23 lauris
 22 oka326
 22 cneumair
 22 utx
 18 jdub
 17 rodo
 16 pablo
[133 active hackers omitted]


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12. 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: 7704 (In the last week: New: 641, Resolved: 626, Difference:
+15)

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

  nautilus: 818 (In the last week: New: 35, Resolved: 23, Difference: +12)
  gtk+: 582 (In the last week: New: 33, Resolved: 72, Difference: -39)
  galeon: 326 (In the last week: New: 110, Resolved: 89, Difference: +21)
  gnome-vfs: 295 (In the last week: New: 1, Resolved: 4, Difference: -3)
  GIMP: 280 (In the last week: New: 11, Resolved: 3, Difference: +8)
  gnome-applets: 226 (In the last week: New: 31, Resolved: 10, Difference: +21)
  gnome-core: 159 (In the last week: New: 28, Resolved: 0, Difference: +28)
  gnome-panel: 155 (In the last week: New: 56, Resolved: 44, Difference: +12)
  control-center: 149 (In the last week: New: 25, Resolved: 6, Difference: +19)
  sawfish: 112 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 84, Difference: -81)
  gnome-pilot: 105 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 0, Difference: +8)
  balsa: 96 (In the last week: New: 13, Resolved: 24, Difference: -11)
  medusa: 94 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  glib: 84 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 3, Difference: -3)
  GnuCash: 84 (In the last week: New: 11, Resolved: 4, Difference: +7)
 
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs:
 
  jsh@pixelslut.com: 85 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 78 bugs closed.
  yaneti@declera.com: 75 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 48 bugs closed.
  chbm@chbm.nu: 36 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 35 bugs closed.
  daniel@veillard.com: 33 bugs closed.
  shane.oconnor@ireland.sun.com: 14 bugs closed.
  ashok.venkiteswaran@wipro.com: 13 bugs closed.
  tvv@sparc.spb.su: 13 bugs closed.
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 13 bugs closed.
  jody@gnome.org: 12 bugs closed.
  cyrille@chepelov.org: 12 bugs closed.
  anand.subra@wipro.com: 9 bugs closed.
  bordoley@msu.edu: 9 bugs closed.
 
Seems I had forgotten to update the date field on the last 3-4 GNOME Weekly
news so they all showed to be from august. If you missed some of them due to
that be sure to check them out in the Summary archive at developer.gnome.org

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller
gnome-summary@gnome.org