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Release Digest: GNOME, May 9, 2004

May 10, 2004, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Guikachu 1.4.0

Guikachu is the premiere solution for creating PalmOS resource files on UNIX operating systems, and it is also available as Free Software, as defined by the GNU GPL. "Resources" are data statically linked into PalmOS applications, and contain information about user-visible things like strings, windows, and menu structures. Guikachu, based on the GNOME 1.4 libraries, makes it possible to visually edit these files in an easy-to-use WYSIWYG way, under the popular GNOME desktop environment.

Guikachu is available for immediate download at

We are proud to offer version 1.4, our new production-quality release, with several new features, including the following:

  • RCP importing: edit your legacy PilRC files in Guikachu
  • Totally redesigned the Form Editor internals, resulting in huge speed-up and improvements in responsiveness
  • GnomeVFS integration
  • Throughout undo system
  • Cut & Paste
  • Support for Bitmap resources and widgets
  • New translations: Portuguese, Serbian, Czech, Dutch, Irish, Ukrainian, Macedonian, Malaysian, and for added fun value: British and Canadian English
  • And, of course, lots of bug fixes and miscellaneous small usability improvements

Learning Guikachu is easy with the included documentation, a complete example application, and a web-based feature guide at <>;. To lower the barrier of entry even further, Guikachu is translated to more than twenty languages by volunteers from all over the globe.

Now that Guikachu 1.4 is out, we'll discuss our future road-map on the Guikachu mailing list, open to participation to anyone at

Guikachu is created by G. Ardi, with contributions from Nathan Kurz, Jay Bloodworth, and Christopher Keith Fairbairn. The Guikachu artwork was done by Basilico Briceno. Source code includes code snippets by Martin Schulze. Widget icons are taken from the excellent UI editor Glade, by Damon Chaplin. Special thanks to Murray Cumming and Daniel Elstner for their C++ hints every now and then, to Roger So for providing Debian packages of Guikachu, and to all our translators who made our application easier to use for non-English speakers.

gi8k 1.2.2

What is at:

gi8k is a small Gnome applet that reads the CPU temperature and fan speeds on Dell laptops. It also allows direct control over the fans by simply clicking on the applet. gi8k used the GAI library.

What's new:

This version has minor bug fixes.

  • Will not crash on installations where the kernel's Dell laptop extensions (i8k) doesn't work properly. However, still just gives bogus readings in these situations (I've only heard of one case).
  • Compiles with kernel 2.6. (tested with Mandrake 10 only)

Where to get it:

gi8k can be found at:
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(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)

You may have noticed that there wasn't any nor announcement. Well that's because (and here you have 3 options to choose from) a) I was busy with school, b) I was lazy or c) they were crap anyway. This release is likely crap in different ways. was particaularly crappy since one of the minor bugfixes created a major bug (the flexiserver stuff broke).

In any case, I'm about to take my qualification exams and so my response time has seriously increased (as in, I'm about as responsive as a flattened frog). I should set up an autoresponder and whenever I get a mail with 'gdm' in the subject, it should respond with: "Pffffft! Piss off!" However I'm not as polite and thus I don't respond at all.

This release has some major bugfixes especially some long pending PAM fixes and basically I integrated a bunch of patches from bugzilla. Also the IPv6 support is now off by default since it's still not as reliable as the IPv4 code, and really, if you need IPv6 for your private lab of X terminals, there is something wrong with your head. It does make for a good buzzphrase however: "IPv6 enabled!"

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then tells you to piss off because you forgot your password. It does pretty much everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much crack. It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer design overall. It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing. The goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to customize or troubleshoot gdm. It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).


Some of the highlights of 2.6.0.x over 2.4.4.x

(I won't mention specific things to, go read the NEWS file)

  • The login sound stuff is configurable
  • flexiserver improvements, especially in the UI
  • Accessibility work, including possibility to set themes from the standard greeter
  • Optional info message on login (like motd or something like that)
  • Improvements to the SUP socket protocol
  • IPv6 support (must be enabled with --enable-ipv6=yes)
  • Use GtkFileChooser (yay)
  • Mucho fixes and some further security paranoia
  • Many translation updates
  • Translated docs from the sun guys

Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <>, and has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England. She is usually not responsive to bug reports or feature requests. You can try to send them to me however.

Note2: If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf. It will however save backups with the .orig extension first.

Note3: Note3 has been depracated ...



I built an RPM this time around BTW. Have fun. A spec file is included so you can also try:

rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz

Have fun (or whatever else you wish to be having),


PS: Note for Ankh: I'm wearing non-white socks. In fact both striped and of different color (red-yellow and blue-green). I thought I'd mention that, I think it will make Ankh happy. No other silliness is scheduled until after the qualification exams are done.

George <>

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