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GNOME Summary: October 20-26, 2002

Oct 29, 2002, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)

This is the GNOME Summary for 2002-10-20 - 2002-10-26
    
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Table of Contents
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1. The Captains of Nautilus
2. GNOME 2.1.1 development snapshot
3. Abiword robbed
4. First development release of GNOME 2 Galeon
5. Major content update on art.gnome.org/
6. Making Eugenia Loli-Queru happy
7. Fighting the eyecandy fight
8. Mime-type-sensitive pages in properties dialog.
9. Scariest screenshot of the week?
10. What is the color of the day?
11. GNOME Filesector shows its face
12. GNOME 2 in Debian Sid
13. Performance patch of the week
14. Polish to the search interface
15. Gtk# gets GConf love
16. C# and GStreamer
17. Ready to be Eclipsed?
18. Translated GNOME summaries
19. Hacker Activity
20. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
21. New and Updated Software

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1. The Captains of Nautilus
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People are always curious about what is happening with Nautilus. This
week I interviewed Alexander Larsson and Dave Camp about where Nautilus
is sailing. To get the inside scope check on the interview on
LinuxOrbit. 
        
http://www.linuxorbit.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=vi
ewarticle&artid=540&page=1

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2. GNOME 2.1.1 development snapshot
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Jeff Waugh announced a new development snapshot of the upcoming GNOME
2.2 release. And to make it easy for you to test he also made a new
release of Garnome. Check out the announcement on gnomedesktop.org for
all the links and details. 

       
http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=725&mode=&order=0&thold=0

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3. Abiword robbed
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The Abiword team had a fund setup where user could contribute money.
This fund had already been used to help core developers attend
developers conferences and enable them to extend Abiword. Sadly someone
seems to be low enough to even steal the meager funds of a volunteer
project like Abiword. Dominic Lachowicz had to report that all of
Abiwords money had been stolen from the Abiword 
PayPal account. What makes matters even worse is the attitude PayPal is
showing towards the matter, so if you have a PayPal account today I
strongly recommend reconsidering it or at least removing any funds and
credit card information you have attached to it. Full details in the
mail from Dom. 
       
http://www.abisource.com/mailinglists/abiword-dev/02/Oct/0422.html

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4. First development release of GNOME 2 Galeon
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With Christopher Blizzard now hacking fulltime on the Gtk2 support in
Mozilla, the Galeon team decided to put out the first development
release of Galeon2. The build process is still a bit manual with some
patching needed, but the Galeon developers have provided good
documentation about the needed steps. Go Galeon! 
       
http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=1232231&forum_id=6200
        http://galeon.sourceforge.net/galeon2/

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5. Major content update on art.gnome.org/
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The art.gnome.org/ team is still hard at work adding new content and
improving the infrastructure of the site. This weekend the team added
tons of new content to art.gnome.org/ so be sure to check it out. Thanks
both to Roman, Alex and Thomas for their effort on the site, but also a
great thanks to all the wonderful artists and theme hackers out there
for their incredible work. You make GNOME really shine. 

        http://art.gnome.org/

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6. Making Eugenia Loli-Queru happy
--------------------------------------------------------------

Those of us that read OSNews regularly know that Eugenia writes some
though reviews and have no inhibitions about commenting on what she
thinks are bad UI design choices. Well Jan Rosczak read one of her
articles and decided to try and make her happy. The result is a very
nice Gtk+ 2.0 theme which I myself use. For screenshots and the full
story check out the lighthouseblue homepage. 

        http://lighthouseblue.sourceforge.net/

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7. Fighting the eyecandy fight
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Partly due to GNOME springing out of the Gimp project we have always had
some great eyecandy to offer our users. Some of that eyecandy got lost
in the transition to GNOME 2 while of course other things where added.
But of course what got lost in the transition is something many people
have been missing. We have two patches submitted this week to bring back
two such pieces of eyecandy, the first is from Ian McKellar who has made
a patch for getting panel translucency back. The second is from Alex
Duggan who brings back the desktop background image inside the workspace
switcher. Links to current patches and example screenshots below. There
is also a very cool patch for Acme which makes the acme windows
translucent. This patch is made by David Kennedy and shown in 
screenshot at link number five. 

        http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=96752
        http://www.gnome.org/~roman/Private/Spacy-Shot.png
        http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=96988
        http://art.gnome.org/show_screenshot.php?screenshotID=6
        http://www.tinytoad.com/dkennedy/acme_transparent.png

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8. Mime-type-sensitive pages in properties dialog.
--------------------------------------------------------------

James Willcox continues his great work on Nautilus. This week he created
a patch to add Mime-type sensitive tabs in the Nautilus properties
dialog. The first use for his is adding a a metadata tab for Music, but
more uses for this are sure to come. Check out the screenshot, looks
great! 
       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/nautilus-list/2002-October/msg00105.html
        
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~jwillcox/files/screenshots/nautilus-music-properties.
png

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9. Scariest screenshot of the week?
--------------------------------------------------------------

Many GNOME users chocked this week on seeing the screenshot below. To
those who are still missing sleep over it I can say that it is just a
mockup made with Gimp magic, so no reason to worry ;) At least not until
someone submits a patch. 

        http://www.themedepot.org/showzoomedframe.php4?id=364

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10. What is the color of the day?
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Pier Luigi Fiorini has made the following capplet which lets you
override the default colors of your Gtk2 themes. Currently it is a
standalone capplet, but after some discussion on the desktop-devel
mailing list Pier will turn it into a tab for the Apperance capplet
Jonathan Blandford is working on. 

        http://digilander.libero.it/plfiorini/gnome-color-properties.png

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11. GNOME Filesector shows its face
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There has for a long time been discussions and prototypes made for the
new GNOME fileselector. The layout and number of buttons has been highly
debated, but it seems a likely candidate is starting to emerge. Once
again it is Bastien Nocera who is providing the goods. Take a look at
screenshot below for the first peak. 

        http://snorp.coreyo.net/~snorp/fileselector-test.png

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12. GNOME 2 in Debian Sid
--------------------------------------------------------------

Christian Marillat and Colin Walters have created the migration scripts
needed to move GNOME 2 from experimental into SID. So for all you Debian
users out there, you can now get the official GNU Desktop for the
official GNU Linux distribution. Announcement linked below. 
        
http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome/2002/debian-gtk-gnome-200210/msg00288.h
tml

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13. Performance patch of the week
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Sun and Wipro is currently working hard to help out with improving
general performance in GNOME2. While GNOME2 is already snappier with
what it is natural to compare with including GNOME1 there is always room
for improvement. Brian Cameron posted a patch to gnome-vfs this weeks
which shaves of around 15% on Nautilus startup time. Very cool Cameron!.
Link below to Brian's mail. 
       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-vfs-list/2002-October/msg00031.html

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14. Polish to the search interface
--------------------------------------------------------------

Dennis Cranston has been working hard on cleaning up the GNOME search
tool the last few weeks. Many of the changes where human interface
guideline related stuff. Improvements include among other things;
combined the simple and advanced tabs, removed the menu bar, icon
loading using the new freedesktop.org icon theme specification, drag and
drop of search results, new rules to search by content, size, and date
and of course many bug fixes. The new search tool looks simply
wonderful. Screenshots below: 

        http://www.linuxrising.com/files/gnome-search-tool-simple.png
        http://www.linuxrising.com/files/gnome-search-tool-advanced.png

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15. Gtk# gets GConf love
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The Gtk# team has turned into liquid lightning recently and new stuff is
just storming in. In the new and cool department is the new GConf#
bindings by Rachel Hestilow. The interesting bits is that it is possible
to do things with GConf# that are not possible with GConf, so check the
white paper linked below and a screenshot from Miguel de Icaza himself
showing it in action. 

        http://toxic.magnesium.net/~hestilow/gconfsharp/intro.html
        http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/shots/gconf-shot.png

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16. C# and GStreamer
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Alp Toker has been working on C# bindings for GStreamer and will be
commiting them to Mono CVS very soon. He is also porting his Gtk# based
mediaplayer Phonic to use his GStreamer# bindings. Link showing
(pre-gst) Phonic in action, but Alp promises a new GStreamer based
release is just around the corner. Seems to me Mono and Gtk# is getting
there much faster than most anticipated. 

        http://www.atoker.com/phonic/phonic-0.6.png

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17. Ready to be Eclipsed?
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Havoc wrote in to gnomedesktop.org last week to make people aware of the
great work being done on the Eclipse development tools. Eclipse is a
cross plattform set of development tools which has a nice Gtk2 GUI on
Unix. It is well featured and definetly something people hacking on
GNOME should try out. Check the story on gnomedesktop.org for the
details. 

        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=724&mode=&order=0

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18. 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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19. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.


  Most active modules:
 97 mc
 78 gnucash
 68 sun-patches
 50 gtk+
 43 evolution
 40 galeon
 40 rhythmbox
 38 gnome-applets
 36 mergeant
 36 gtkmm-root
 33 gnumeric
 33 gnomeicu
 30 gimp
 26 gnome-media
 22 sodipodi
 21 beast
 20 gnome-python
 20 totem
 20 web-devel-2
 19 art-web
[118 active modules omitted]


  Most active hackers:
 78 proskin
 70 kmaraas
 43 jbaayen
 41 rodrigo
 40 menthos
 34 warlord (gnucash)
 25 pablo
 24 yacob
 23 bansz
 23 mortenw
 23 iain
 21 daniel
 20 hadess
 20 cstim (gnucash)
 20 owen
 20 jamesh
 20 murrayc
 19 aldug
 19 calum
 19 dtb
[128 active hackers omitted]


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20. 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: 7675 (In the last week: New: 677, Resolved: 992,
Difference: 
-315)

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

  nautilus: 862 (In the last week: New: 56, Resolved: 65, Difference:
-9)
  gtk+: 541 (In the last week: New: 34, Resolved: 29, Difference: +5)
  galeon: 365 (In the last week: New: 88, Resolved: 70, Difference: +18)
  gnome-vfs: 299 (In the last week: New: 2, Resolved: 2, Difference: 0)
  GIMP: 274 (In the last week: New: 16, Resolved: 19, Difference: -3)
  gnome-applets: 189 (In the last week: New: 23, Resolved: 151,
Difference: 
-128)
  gnome-panel: 137 (In the last week: New: 56, Resolved: 117,
Difference: -61)
  gnome-core: 111 (In the last week: New: 32, Resolved: 17, Difference:
+15)
  sawfish: 104 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 12, Difference: -9)
  control-center: 95 (In the last week: New: 13, Resolved: 66,
Difference: -53)
  medusa: 94 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference: 0)
  GnuCash: 89 (In the last week: New: 18, Resolved: 9, Difference: +9)
  libzvt: 86 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 2, Difference: +2)
  dia: 79 (In the last week: New: 12, Resolved: 3, Difference: +9)
  glib: 78 (In the last week: New: 6, Resolved: 2, Difference: +4)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 178 bugs closed.
  vincent@vuntz.net: 105 bugs closed.
  dkennedy@tinytoad.com: 100 bugs closed.
  andrew@sobala.net: 67 bugs closed.
  yaneti@declera.com: 61 bugs closed.
  louie@ximian.com: 40 bugs closed.
  bfrantzdale@hmc.edu: 33 bugs closed.
  jfleck@inkstain.net: 23 bugs closed.
  bordoley@msu.edu: 21 bugs closed.
  hadess@hadess.net: 20 bugs closed.
  arvind.samptur@wipro.com: 19 bugs closed.
  otaylor@redhat.com: 18 bugs closed.
  davef@tetsubo.com: 16 bugs closed.
  sven@gimp.org: 13 bugs closed.
  hp@redhat.com: 13 bugs closed.
  
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21. New and Updated Software
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Straw  - Desktop news aggregator
gdcalc  - RPN calculator
gjots  - jotter
gNumExp  - GNOME math program
GnomeMeeting  - Videoconferencing software
Account Tracker  - Consultant billing program
gnome-db  - Database access for Gnome applications
BananaPos  - Point Of Sale
gnome-games  - Many games
GIrDA  - ir monitor.
Coriander  - 1394 camera controller
rubrica  - address book, pim
GTetrinet  - Tetrinet client for GNOME
XML Security Library  - Implementation of XML Security specs
File Roller  - Archive manager.
gcompressor  - compression decompression utility

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

Lots of cool stuff happening this week with bugs getting fixed and
features added. We are doing the same thing with the summary too, for
some reason the bugzilla stats in the summary and the ones on
bugzilla.gnome.org are totally different so we are trying to discover
why that is. I am also working with our friends at art.gnome.org/ to see
if we can add art.gnome.org/ section in the summary like we have for
recent software. Look for that next week. 

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 



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