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GNOME Summary: September 29-October 5, 2002

Oct 08, 2002, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-09-29 - 2002-10-05
    
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Table of Contents
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1. Even more SVG candy
2. GNOME Accessibility Themes released
3. Mozilla Fontconfig support moving forward
4. GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.1 released
5. New GNOME File Selector?
6. RandR is coming
7. The return of Inti?
8. How to setup GNOME Accessibility
9. Galeon toolbar editor sees wider use
10. GNOME Clipboard Manager
11. Translated GNOME summaries
12. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
13. New and Updated Software

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1. Even more SVG candy
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Last week we brought you the story of Dominic Lachowicz having made a
SVG GTK+ theme engine. This week Dom has added to that by creating a SVG
loader for gdk-pixbuf. This means that we now should be able to use SVG
images everywhere in GNOME2, including places such as the GTK+ stock
icons, the desktop background image and panel backround images. 


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2. GNOME Accessibility Themes released
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Calum Benson announced the first public release of the GNOME
accessibility themes this week. This is a collection of themes which are
designed to make GNOME easy to use for people with disabilities like
color-blindness and low or limited vision. 

        http://www.gnome.org/~calum/gnome-theme-screenshots.html
        http://www.gnome.org/softwaremap/projects/gnome-themes

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3. Mozilla Fontconfig support moving forward
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One of the most anticipated applications for GNOME 2 is Galeon 2. Galeon
2 is actually ready in most regards, but there can't be a Galeon 2
release before we get a GTK 2 Mozilla release. And getting a Mozilla GTK
2 release is indirectly tied to getting Fontconfig support into Mozilla
(since Christopher Blizzard needs to finish fontconfig support before
finishing GTK 2). Luckily Mozilla fontconfig support seems to be
progressing nicely as Christopher Blizzard seems to be on top of fixing
issues that the other Mozilla developers are raising about the current
patch. To check out how things are progressing check the Mozilla
Fontconfig bugzilla entry. 

        http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=126919

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4. GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.1 released
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A snapshot release of GNOME 2.1, the development release series leading
up to GNOME 2.2 is out. Lots of nice little features like improved font
control, window manager selector in the control panel, panel multiscreen
support, return of gdialog and lots of other goodies. Check out the
gnomedesktop.org story for all the details. 

        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=685&mode=&order=0

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5. New GNOME File Selector?
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The core GNOME developers once in a while here some vague rumours that
some of our users wish for a different file selector than the current
default one in GTK+ 2. Menheere has been working on a new improved one
in conjuction with the GNOME useability project. You can see some
screenshots of his current effort at the first link below. He just sent
out a mail asking for some input and help to get it the last needed
mile, so if you are among those wishing for a more featurefull file
selector in GNOME 2.2, this is the time and place to act. 

        http://home.wanadoo.nl/sbm/
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2002-October/msg00111.html

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6. RandR is coming
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Jim Gettys doesn't only work on getting GNOME some nice fonts, he mailed
the GNOME-hackers list this week to say that he and Keith Packard had
checked in RandR into the main XFree tree. RandR is an extension to X
which will allow dynamic resize, rotate and reflect. This will for
instance solve the issue of having to define tons of resolutions of your
X server manually in order to be able to change resolution. Keith and
Owen Taylor is already working on adding the needed support in GTK+ and
GNOME Control Center maintainer Jody Goldberg responded saying he would
take on the task of eventually adding a RandR GUI configuration tool to
the GNOME Control Center package. Links below to Keith's RandR paper and
Jim's announcement. 

        http://www.xfree86.org/~keithp/talks/randr/
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-hackers-readonly/2002-September/msg00282.ht
ml

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7. The return of Inti?
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Those of us who have been around for some time remember Havoc Pennington
releasing the first version of a C++ framework for GTK+ called Inti.
However Havoc had his hands full with other tasks and Inti quickly
disapeared into obscurity. Last week a C++ framework called Inti once
again came onto the radar with the release of libinti 1.0 beta. It turns
out the GCode framework had changed name into Inti due to a name
conflict using the old name and as it turns out, GCode originally was
based on the first Inti code released by Havoc. So if gtkmm isn't your
cup of tea, maybe checking out Jeff Franks Inti framework would be an
idea. 

        http://inti.sourceforge.net/index.html

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8. How to setup GNOME Accessibility
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GNOME has gotten a lot of praise for the accessibiltiy support in
GNOME2. As part of the effort to make GNOME accessible there are some
applications being developed in GNOME CVS, namely Gnopernicus and GOK
(GNOME Online keyboard.) These applications are getting rather useable
and people who need them have been wanting to try them out. Nath has
done a nice writeup on how to get these working which you can find at
the link below. 

        http://tux31.homelinux.net/linux/inst_gnome2_accessibility.htm

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9. Galeon toolbar editor sees wider use
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Galeon has always been one of the apps leading the way on using new 
technologies in GNOME. One of the nice features it have is a cool
toolbar editor which now also have been adopted by Rhythmbox. The credit
for for the work integrating it into Rhythmbox has been done by Olivier
Martin. Who knows if more apps decide they need a toolbar editor maybe
the Galeon one will end up moving up the foodchain into some of our core
libraries. Screenshot of Rhythmbox with the toolbar editor below. 

        http://perso.wanadoo.fr/oleevye/screenshots/toolbar-editor.png

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10. GNOME Clipboard Manager
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Reading through some comments on gnomedesktop.org I noticed people
requesting a clipboard for GNOME. Well there is a very nice application
called GNOME Clipboard Manager available for GNOME 2. This little
application will give you a multi item clipboard similar to what you
find in windows etc. If you are one of the people missing this feature I
suggest checking out this application. If there is enough people who
like and want this maybe GCM will be included with GNOME 2.2. 

        http://gcm.sourceforge.net/

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

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

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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: 7779 (In the last week: New: 566, Resolved: 483,
Difference: 
+83)

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

  nautilus: 840 (In the last week: New: 39, Resolved: 17, Difference:
+22)
  gtk+: 575 (In the last week: New: 32, Resolved: 39, Difference: -7)
  galeon: 336 (In the last week: New: 101, Resolved: 76, Difference:
+25)
  gnome-vfs: 294 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 2, Difference: -2)
  GIMP: 279 (In the last week: New: 7, Resolved: 5, Difference: +2)
  gnome-applets: 234 (In the last week: New: 18, Resolved: 6,
Difference: +12)
  gnome-core: 154 (In the last week: New: 37, Resolved: 25, Difference:
+12)
  control-center: 152 (In the last week: New: 19, Resolved: 16,
Difference: +3)
  gnome-panel: 128 (In the last week: New: 40, Resolved: 65, Difference:
-25)
  sawfish: 114 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 5, Difference: +4)
  balsa: 99 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 2, Difference: +6)
  gnome-pilot: 95 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 12, Difference:
-8)
  medusa: 94 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  glib: 87 (In the last week: New: 6, Resolved: 3, Difference: +3)
  libzvt: 81 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 1, Difference: +2)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  yaneti@declera.com: 72 bugs closed.
  vincent@vuntz.net: 53 bugs closed.
  mark@skynet.ie: 36 bugs closed.
  chris@rebelbase.com: 30 bugs closed.
  andrew@sobala.net: 27 bugs closed.
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 26 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 25 bugs closed.
  jody@gnome.org: 24 bugs closed.
  anand.subra@wipro.com: 14 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 13 bugs closed.
  srittau@jroger.in-berlin.de: 12 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 12 bugs closed.
  oleevye@wanadoo.fr: 10 bugs closed.
  arvind.samptur@wipro.com: 9 bugs closed.
  r.burton@180sw.com: 6 bugs closed.
  
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13. New and Updated Software
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CVSGnome Build Script  - CVSGnome Build Script
GNOME Accessibility Themes  - Accessibility Themes
GChemPaint  - 2D chemical structures editor
Inti  - Integrated Foundation Classes
gnocl  - A gtk / gnome extension for Tcl
gnome-utils  - collection of small applications
wxWindows  - C++ GUI library
screem  - Web Site / HTML Editor
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
Meld  - Meld: a diff and merge tool.
GUI browser for OpenGL/Cg effects  - an OpenGL/Cg effects browser
libelysium  - Elysium GNU/Linux Utility Library
GSwitchIt  - Xkb state indicator for GNOME panel
Gst-Player  - Media Player
Cantus  - Manage mp3 filenames and ID3tags
led_applet  - shows status of the "lock"
rubrica  - address book, pim
GNet  - network library
Quick Lounge  - Quick Launch for GNOME 2
GNOME ALSA Mixer  - GNOME ALSA Mixer
gLabels  - lightweight program for creating labels.
netspeed_applet  - networkspeed monitor applet

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

Ok, last week I had to leave town on Sunday evening. Due to that I ended
up sending out the GNOME Summary using my company webmail, this had the 
unfortunate side effect of converting the summary to html mail (even if
I am sure I specificed I wanted it to be plain text). Due to this I got
some friendly requests asking why this was done and a lot of flames. To
those who sent the friendly requests I am sorry for the mishap, for the
people sending the flames I can only say; get some manners. 

Both last week and this week we are missing some statistics. This is due
to some technical problems with the scripts and jobs automatically
creating these statistics, we are working on fixing the issues and I
hope to have all the statistics back again next week. 

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 



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