GNOME Summary for April 21 - April 27, 2001Apr 30, 2001, 20:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)
Subject: GNOME Summary for April 21 - April 27, 2001 From: Christian Schaller <Uraeus@linuxrising.org> Date: 30 Apr 2001 21:03:34 +0200
This is the GNOME Summary for April 21 - April 27, 2001.
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The much anticipated Ximian packaging of GNOME 1.4 is ready for
consumption. In addition to the basic GNOME 1.4 stuff you find
added stuff like the Red Carpet updater and Ximians MonkeyTalk
support system. If you don't already have GNOME 1.4 installed run
over to http://www.ximian.com
2) Gstreamer development streams ahead.
The GStreamer team is making fantastic progress these days. New
stuff is added to CVS at breathtaking speed. For instance during
GUADEC Erik Walthinsen got togeether with aRts developer Stefan
Westerfeld and added support for aRts plugins to GStreamer. Richard
Boulton added an artsd output plugin to GStreamer so you can now
output your GStreamer sound through the artsd sound server. Wim
Taymans has made a aalib outplug plugin for GStreamer which means
you can now easily watch all your movies in ascii-art:
3) Be an Eazel Pal.
Want to help enable Eazel and get a nice t-shirt for you
troubles?Then this is you lucky day. If you donate 20$ or more to
Eazel through paypal (paypal.com) they will send you a t-shirt as a
small thank you. You can also use paypal to donate money to other
free software projects too. Read Bart Decrems announcement
4) Abiword 0.7.14 is out.
The Abiword team is continuing to make great progress with their latest release. The full list of new stuff can be found here: http://www.abisource.com/release-notes/0.7.14-2.html For instance one long missing feature now added by Martin Sevior is header and footer support. In the quest to help you access all your documents and Applix filter is now in. And maybe most important of them all is the tons of bugs killed of by Jesper Skov in order to give you a more stable and usefull experience using Abiword. Of course the Abi team is not resting on their laurels, already new features have been put into CVS like support for multilanguage documents. This means that you can mark different paragraphs, words or whatever as different languages and Abiword will spellcheck them with the correct dictionary.
5) Gnumatic has made available their 1.5.6 release of Gnucash.
This release is a major step forward for Gnucash since it their
first feature frozen release on the way to the next stable release,
Gnucash 1.6.0. A big thanks to Linas, Bill and the rest of the
people at Gnumatic for this great application. You find Gnucash
6) FSF is hiring.
The Free Software Foundation is currently looking to hire someone to write devlopment documentation for GNOME. So if you are interested in getting paid for working on this vital part of GNOME, contact Miguel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Miguels full mail can be found here: http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-hackers/2001-April/msg00307.html
7) Ximian Setup Tools stablizing.
Chema Celorio reports that the Ximian Setup Tools have been making a lot of progress lately and are begining to stabilize. This means you can now really start to use them to configure your settings. They do need more bug-testing though so if you can deal with a little breakage don't hesitate to help them out, they would really appreciate it. You find XST in GNOME CVS.
8) GNOME Accessibility list launched
The GNOME Accesibility project headed by our friends at Sun now
has its own mailing list. If you are interested in Accessibility in
GNOME this might very well be the mailing list for you. You find
the list announcement at:
9) Mozilla 0.9 branched
Mozilla.org branched last week in preparation for the Mozilla
0.9 milestone, which they are targeting at people who are embedding
Mozilla in their products as their first solid beta to use. Expect
for 0.9 to be released sometime this week.
10) New maintainers of GNOME summaries
Since Havoc Pennington is to busy these days to put togheter the
GNOME summarieshas he decided to pass on the torch. So from last
week and onwards the responsibility for the GNOME Summaries will be
shared between myself (Christian Schaller) and Steve George. Each
of us will do the summary every other week, and of course try to
cover for eachother during vacations etc. We hope that this
arrangement will enable us to keep the summaries coming out on a
weekly basis. All the summaries are archieved at:
11) Project of the Week.
This one is for you graphics artists out there. As you might know Nautilus supports vector-graphics icons in the SVG format. Currently though we have no good theme utilizing that option, so the request goes out to the community to make one. The first one to supply us with a good looking SVG icon theme for Nautilus will get a honorable mentioning in the GNOME Summaries. Technical questions about the SVG support in Nautilus can be asked either on the Nautilus mailinglist http://lists.eazel.com/mailman/listinfo/nautilus-list or in #Nautilus at irc.gnome.org/.
12) New and Updated Software
Gnomermind - GnomerMind is a configurable and attractive looking
MasterMind-type puzzle game