GNOME Summary for May 30-July 21 2000Jul 22, 2000, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Havoc Pennington)
Date: 21 Jul 2000 18:50:22 -0400
This is the GNOME Summary for May 30 - July 21, 2000.
Table of Contents
1) StarOffice to join GNOME
You're probably wondering where the summary has been; basically I got busy, stressed, etc. and just wasn't feeling up to it. However I'll try to do them regularly again going forward (though it may not be once per week; I'm considering one per 10 days or 2 weeks or so).
In any case, there's a lot of stuff that's happened recently, I'll try to just hit some highlights.
1) StarOffice to join GNOME
The exciting announcement of the month is that Sun will be joining the GNOME community with their newly-GPLed StarOffice project. Most of the details remain to be seen; for example, we don't know how this will impact the various components of GNOME Office. Certainly we'll try to minimize duplicated effort when possible.
Hopefully everyone will welcome the Sun engineers as they join the project.
You can read more here:
2) Join the initial GNOME Foundation membership
In order to create a GNOME Foundation, we need an initial list of voting members. To be a member of the foundation, you only need to consider yourself an active member of the GNOME community; if you contribute translations, documentation, code, art, advice, or whatever, and you keep up with GNOME happenings, we'd like you to join the foundation.
To this end the steering committee decided to create a CVS module "gnome-foundation", containing the file "membership.txt". This is the canonical list of members of the GNOME Foundation. Anyone with CVS access should feel free to add themselves to this file; please include your full name, your email address, and a short blurb about your role in GNOME:
Dan Mueth (GDP leader) Bart Decrem (Eazel, helping organize the foundation) Jim Gettys (original X author, spiritual advisor)
etc. If you use munging to avoid spam please use "no_spam", so everyone has the same anti-spam and we can easily remove it via perl script.
If you don't have CVS access, send mail to the ad hoc membership committee (Dan Mueth and Maciej Stachowiak) including your name, email address, and involvement with GNOME. They'll add you to the CVS module. You can reach Dan and Maciej at email@example.com.
The initial membership of the foundation will be responsible for electing the first board of directors for the foundation; we hope to have a vote in the coming weeks.
3) GTK+ Preview Release
It's been decided that the next version of GTK+ will be called GTK+ 2.0 (not 1.4, which was the previously-planned version). The unstable prerelease series will be 1.3.x, and the first in that series is now available. Owen's announcement includes details on the features of GTK+ 2.0:
The final release is expected in a timeframe on the order of "2-3 months". The feature list is more or less already frozen, though all the features aren't in place yet. Now is also a good time to bring up small changes or enhancements on firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Development tutorials and information
Intro to GNOME programming:
5) Evolution preview release
Another Evolution preview, see here:
This one is almost usable, Jonathan is using it daily to read to his mail. He's not using it to _send_ mail, because it segfaults, but... you can't have everything. ;-)
We're hoping to move most of the libraries we use to a new "pkg-config" system in the near future. This is similar to gnome-config, but will come as a separate package so we can use it with glib/GTK+ without creating a circular dependency. Also, it has some features gnome-config lacks.
You can find the pkg-config source code here:
The CVS version has a rewrite of the shell script in C, which makes configure run a lot faster, and makes it easier to add features and maintain the program.
7) Inti preview release
I released a preview of the Inti C++ framework, you can find it on the Inti web site:
8) WM Spec versions
There are new versions of the Window Manager Specification here:
9) Web browsers
People are into writing small web browsers. The Nautilus file manager will embed either GtkHTML or Mozilla; then we have Galeon, which embeds Mozilla, and Encompass, which embeds GtkHTML.
10) Hacking Activity
11) New and Updated Software
Software since the last summary.
[elided due to huge time since last summary :-) ]
See the software map on www.gnome.org (or Freshmeat) for more information about any of these packages.
Until next time -
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