Release Digest: GNOME, October 27, 2003Oct 28, 2003, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
New Wallpaper Properties Dialog
I have just released the initial revision of the new wallpaper capplet that I have been working on in my spare time, and has been under discussion on gnome-themes-list. This initial release is quite featureful, yet it is still missing the "random" feature that was in my mock up, as well as some other features and functionality that are outlined in the TODO file that is included in the tarball.
The main feature is the storage of meta-data and the list of available wallpapers, in an XML file in ~/.gnome2/. For each individual image, the filename, a descriptive name, image scaling type, background color type, and background colors are all stored. There is no DTD yet, but one will be written for the next release.
Also left to do, is to write the logic for detecting if the image is a tile or should be scaled or what. It currently detects most tiled images already though, on the basis of height vs. width. If they are the same, Tiled is automatically selected.
I'm also proposing that we replace the current capplet(s) with this one for GNOME 2.6.
Here are the relevant URLs:
Qalculate! is a modern multi-purpose desktop calculator for GNU/Linux. It is small and simple to use but with much power underneath. Features include customizable functions, units, arbitrary precision, plotting, and a user-friendly interface.
Enhancements & Fixes
Qalculate! version 0.3.1 includes a more reliable result display, better prefix support, fixed number bases dialog, support for unit and functions with the same name, decreased startup time, compatibility fixes for gcc-2.9.x and Solaris, eliminated compilation warnings, and additional minor bug fixes.
BEAST/BSE version 0.5.5 is available for download at:
BEAST (the Bedevilled Audio SysTem) is a graphical front-end to BSE (the Bedevilled Sound Engine), a library for music composition, audio synthesis, MIDI processing and sample manipulation. The project is hosted at:
This new development series of BEAST comes with a lot of the internals redone, many new GUI features and a sound generation back-end separated from all GUI activities.
The most outstanding new features are the demo song, the effect and instrument management abilities, the track editor which allowes for easy selection of synthesizers or samples as track sources, loop support in songs and unlimited Undo/Redo capabilities.
Note, if you encounter problems with .bse files from previous BEAST versions, this may indicate bugs at the compatibility layer. A bug report accompanied by the problematic file can be send to the mailing list and is likely to get you a fixed file in return.
Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.5:
It's been a while since the last Rhythmbox release, but enough bug fixes have accumulated on the 0.5.x branch. We're quite close now to a 0.6.0 release, and if you're interested in seeing the future of Rhythmbox, I highly recommend trying the latest arch/cvs.
The download location for 0.5.4 is, as usual:
Here's the NEWS for 0.5.4:
Overview of Changes in Rhythmbox 0.5.4
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