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GNOME Summary: April 20-May 10, 2003

May 13, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller)

This is the GNOME Summary for 2003-04-20 - 2003-05-10
    
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Table of Contents
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1. GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.3.1
2. New net-rhythmbox release and merger
3. First Release of CCMTools
4. Eugenia designs Metacity theme
5. Mozilla and Bonobo together at last
6. GNOME makes business appeal moves
7. A more complete synching solution
8. Anjuta makes the leap
9. Applets goldrush with GAI
10. New GNOME about box proposal
11. Translated GNOME summaries
12. Hacker Activity
13. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
14. New and Updated Software

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1. GNOME Development Series Snapshot 2.3.1
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The road to GNOME 2.4 is getting mapped out and the path is starting
become clear. The first development snapshot is out with a list of
proposed new modules. There is currently a big debate among GNOME
developers and users about what to include in the core GNOME release and
what to release either seperatly or as part of fifth-toe and similar. On
one side so it is hard to say no when someone offers up some really cool
software for inclusion with GNOME, and on the other side so do we not
want to bloat the desktop package with applications 
which only appeals to a small segment of current and future users.
Gnomedesktop has both the release announcement with the current list of
proposed modules and a collection of news files for the software in the
release. 

        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=1108&mode=&order=0
        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=1112&mode=&order=0

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2. New net-rhythmbox release and merger
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Colin Walters did a Net-rhythmbox 0.4.8 release recently which contains
many nice bugfixes. And maybe just as importantly this could turn out to
be one of the last if not the last release of net-rhythmbox as the
net-rhythmbox and rhythmbox efforts are now being merged. Both Colin and
Jorn are working hard on rhythmbox CVS making sure the next Rhythmbox
release will rock the world and contain both the new UI work Jorn's been
working on and all the bugfixes and feature additions Colin has been
putting into net-rhythmbox. 

        http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=1105&mode=&order=0

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3. First Release of CCMTools
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GStreamer hacker Leif Johnson recently got permission from his company
to release the set of CORBA Component model tools that he has been
working on. While not targeted at GNOME one of Leifs hopes with getting
the code released what that it could become a usefull development tool
for GNOME eventually. So if you are interested in making CORBA
development easier or just into cool technology in general; check out
the ccmtools homepage. 

        http://ccmtools.sourceforge.net/

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4. Eugenia designs Metacity theme
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Eugenia Loli-Queru of osnews.com fame recently hosted a competition on 
osnews.com about implementing a Metacity theme based on a mockup she had
made. It didn't take the community long to respond and at least two
versions of the theme is available for download now. Check out the
screenshots and download links on osnews. 

        http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3496

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5. Mozilla and Bonobo together at last
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Christian Glodt grabbed the spotlight this week releasing
mozilla-bonobo. It is a system that allows you to use bonobo-components
as Mozilla plugins. This means that everything you have a
bonobo-component for you will eventually be 
able to use as a Mozilla/Galeon/Epiphany plugin. This also saves GNOME 
developers some time since they can now just focus on making a good
Bonobo component of their software instead of having to make both a
bonobo component and a Mozilla plugin. Be sure to check out the
Mozilla-Bonobo homepage for some cool screenshots and download
instructions. 

        http://www.mind.lu/chris/mozilla-bonobo/

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6. GNOME makes business appeal moves
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Igalia released their first public release of Fisterra, and Open Source
ERP application this week. Enterprise Resource Planning applications
lies at the heart of todays companies, handling their financials.
Fisterra currently supports invoicing, stock and payment management, POS
(Point-Of-Sale), distributed work and offline replication. It uses Gnome
technologies and PostgreSQL (libgda from the GNOME-DB project). A big
thanks to Igalia for releasing this important piece of software under
the GPL. If you are working as an consultant for businesses make sure to
see if Fisterra fits their needs. More information and screenshots on
the Fisterra homepage. 

        http://www.fisterra.org

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7. A more complete synching solution
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GNOME has long had the gnome-pilot library that allows some synching of 
information between certain GNOME applications, like Evolution and
PalmOS devices. Well as the market has become more fragmented and Cell
phones are getting more and more PDA functionality many are looking for
things that gnome-pilot do not support. Enter Multisync, a plugins based
system that already offers lots of functionality and already supports
many PocketPC devices and mobile phones. Hopefully they get proper Palm
support soon to and GNOME 2.6 will have a smashing framework for
synchronisation. 

        http://multisync.sourceforge.net/

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8. Anjuta makes the leap
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The Anjuta developers announced the first beta release of the wonderfull
Anjuta integrated development environment for GNOME 2 recently. Features
in the release includes: New Preferences management, Tools management,
Watch and Backtrace moved to messages pane, GNOMEVFS based file browser
and customization, Pango fonts in editor (Anti-Aliased fonts), Project 
configuration for GUI editor and version and Advance search and replace.
A big congrats to the Anjuta team for this release. 

        http://anjuta.sourceforge.net/
        http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=275673

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9. Applets goldrush with GAI
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Jonas Aaberg released a long stream of applets recently using his
General Applet Interface Library (GAI). The GAI website features as many
as 12 applets currently. So if you are missing the applet of your dreams
maybe you can find it there. Remember there is nothing wrong with having
a cool looking panel on your desktop :) 

        http://gai.sourceforge.net/

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10. New GNOME about box proposal
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Kristian Rietveld has been working on making the GNOME about box nicer.
He has put together a webpage with some shots of it in action. The look
is based upon the new GNOME website design, but unlike the website the
about dialog do not aim for Urban legend status ;). Looks great Kris! 

        http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~kris/new-gnome-about/

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11. Translated GNOME summaries
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This week debuts a new translation; Japanese. So now we have French,
German, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese - all the
links below. 

        http://www.gynov.org/gnome-summary/gnome_summary.php4
        http://www.gnome-de.org/news
        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/
        http://www.gnome.gr.jp/summary/index.html

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

Most active modules:
 57 gnumeric
 49 epiphany
 38 gnome-themes-extras
 38 evolution
 34 gnucash
 34 totem
 32 gimp
 27 vte
 26 nautilus
 25 balsa
 25 gucharmap
 24 gtk+
 24 gnome-applets
 22 pan
 21 gnome-control-center
 21 gnome-panel
 20 gnome-mime-data
 18 gnome-vfs
 18 gedit
 18 galeon
[157 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 90 danilo
 62 menthos
 36 mitr
 34 baddog
 29 cneumair
 28 emerald
 26 dnloreto
 24 cwryu
 24 dmitrym
 21 mitch
 21 hadess
 21 jody
 21 mpeseng
 19 Bordoley
 19 pablodc
 19 guelzow
 19 joeshaw
 18 redfox
 17 uraeus
 17 alexl
[137 active hackers omitted]


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13. 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: 9260 (In the last week: New: 596, Resolved: 495,
Difference: 
+101)

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

  nautilus: 808 (In the last week: New: 52, Resolved: 28, Difference:
+24)
  gtk+: 620 (In the last week: New: 22, Resolved: 18, Difference: +4)
  galeon: 536 (In the last week: New: 63, Resolved: 46, Difference: +17)
  gnome-panel: 284 (In the last week: New: 42, Resolved: 27, Difference:
+15)
  gnome-vfs: 236 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 2, Difference: +2)
  GIMP: 188 (In the last week: New: 19, Resolved: 25, Difference: -6)
  control-center: 177 (In the last week: New: 15, Resolved: 13,
Difference: +2)
  GnuCash: 149 (In the last week: New: 7, Resolved: 2, Difference: +5)
  gnome-applets: 143 (In the last week: New: 12, Resolved: 9,
Difference: +3)
  sawfish: 112 (In the last week: New: 1, Resolved: 1, Difference: 0)
  balsa: 110 (In the last week: New: 15, Resolved: 13, Difference: +2)
  dia: 106 (In the last week: New: 7, Resolved: 4, Difference: +3)
  gnome-terminal: 99 (In the last week: New: 14, Resolved: 15,
Difference: -1)
  metacity: 98 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 4, Difference: +4)
  libzvt: 95 (In the last week: New: 2, Resolved: 0, Difference: +2)
  
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs: 
  
  yaneti@declera.com: 44 bugs closed.
  newren@math.utah.edu: 42 bugs closed.
  kmaraas@gnome.org: 40 bugs closed.
  mpeseng@tin.it: 30 bugs closed.
  aldug@astrolinux.com: 24 bugs closed.
  hadess@hadess.net: 20 bugs closed.
  callum@physics.otago.ac.nz: 20 bugs closed.
  andrew@sobala.net: 16 bugs closed.
  maclas@gmx.de: 15 bugs closed.
  aguelzow@taliesin.ca: 13 bugs closed.
  bordoley@msu.edu: 12 bugs closed.
  sven@gimp.org: 11 bugs closed.
  jdahlin@async.com.br: 11 bugs closed.
  pawsa@theochem.kth.se: 11 bugs closed.
  padraig.obriain@sun.com: 11 bugs closed.
  
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14. New and Updated Software
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Balsa  - Gnome Mail Client
rubrica  - address book, pim
GSwitchIt  - Xkb state indicator for GNOME panel
mozilla-bonobo  - Mozilla bonobo plugin
Atlantis  - Atlantis Web browser
netRhythmbox  - music player and organizer
TV in a Box  - TV applet
gedit  - Lightweight UTF-8 text editor
GtkSourceView  - Source editor widget
Sirius  - Othello game
GNOME System Tools  - System Configuration Utilities
ASPL Fact  - A new commercial management system
Themus  - Theme utilities
Glade--  - Gtkmm code creator
PyGtkGLExt  - Python Binding for GtkGLExt
gtkglextmm  - C++ Wrapper for GtkGLExt
GtkGLExt  - OpenGL Extension to GTK
Eye of Gnome  - Image viewer
Quick Lounge  - Quick Launch for GNOME 2
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
GPdf  - GNOME PDF Viewer
Mihai's MemFree  - Memory usage applet
Mihai's BlueCPU  - CPU load applet
GAI Visual Audio  - Spectrum analyzer applet
GAI Pal  - A friendly applet
GAI Pager  - Waimea and Enlightenment pager applet
GAI Leds  - Keyboard leds applet
GAI Blob  - Moving blobs applet
General Applet Interface Library  - Library simplifies applet
development
StarDict  - An international dictionary.
gDeskCal  - desktop calendar
Eye of Gnome  - Image viewer
Quick Lounge  - Quick Launch for GNOME 2
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
Mihai's MemFree  - Memory usage applet
Mihai's BlueCPU  - CPU load applet
GAI Visual Audio  - Spectrum analyzer applet
GAI Pal  - A friendly applet
GAI Pager  - Waimea and Enlightenment pager applet
GAI Leds  - Keyboard leds applet
GAI Blob  - Moving blobs applet
General Applet Interface Library  - Library simplifies applet
development
StarDict  - An international dictionary.
gDeskCal  - desktop calendar
Grubconf  - GRUB Configuration Editor
Atlantis  - Atlantis Web browser
Fisterra Open Source ERP  - Enterprise Resource Planning and POS
Devil's Pie  - Tool to manage windows
Sound Juicer  - CD Ripper
GSwitchIt  - Xkb state indicator for GNOME panel
Seahorse  - gpg frontend
BananaPos  - Point Of Sale
GST: a Generic Seismic Tool with GTK+  - seimic data processing
gucharmap  - Unicode Character Map
XML Security Library  - Implementation of XML Security specs
LostIRC  - A simple IRC client.
PyGtkGLExt  - Python Binding for GtkGLExt
gtkglextmm  - C++ Wrapper for GtkGLExt
GtkGLExt  - OpenGL Extension to GTK
Gnometab  - guitar tablature editor
gcalctool: Gtk2 based calculator  - gcalctool - Gtk2 based calculator
Gringotts  - An electronic strongbox for data
Terminal Server Client  - a frontend for rdesktop

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

Guess it is time for me to admit that there is no way I can manage to
keep up a weekly schedule of these summaries. So I hereby declare the
weekly GNOME summaries dead, and declare the GNOME summaries for
officially started :). 

I would also like to comment on how smooth the GNOME community seems to
be running these days with bugfixin and HIGification happening on a
grand scale. I think Murray Cumming hit the nail when he in a recent
advogato entry said that the future is big because people are not
waiting for other people to do stuff for them. And that is what is
happening now with both new and old contributors creating patches and
fixes for things, instead of waiting for the person with 
the maintainer tag to do it for them. 

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
gnome-summary@gnome.org 
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