GNOME Summary for April 21 - April 27, 2001
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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.
Table of Contents
- Ximian GNOME 1.4 is out.
- Gstreamer development streams ahead.
- Be an Eazel Pal.
- Abiword 0.7.14 is out.
- Gnumatic has made available their 1.5.6 release of
- FSF is hiring.
- Ximian Setup Tools stablizing.
- GNOME Accessibility list launched
- Mozilla 0.9 branched
- New maintainers of GNOME summaries
- Project of the Week.
- New and Updated Software
- Ximian GNOME 1.4 is out.
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
to find out how to get their latest binaries. Thanks to Peter
Teichman and the rest of the Ximian packaging team for their great
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:
Wim has also worked with Gergo Erdi (Cactus) to integrate
Bonobo-media and gstreamer to give you a nice set of multimedia
playback controls with Bonobo-interfaces. Bonobo-media homepage is
found here: http://cactus.rulez.org/projects/bonobo-media/
Erik Walthinsen has also made a Firewire(1394) input plugin and a
DV decoder plugin which means you can now import your digital
camcorder movies with GStreamer. Latest CVS version of GStreamer
can be found at: http://www.gstreamer.net
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:
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
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
and Gnumatic here:
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:
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:
and the mailing list itself 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.
You find the latest Mozilla release at: http://www.mozilla.org
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
rubrica - Is an addressbook application Tenes Empanadas Graciela -
is a clone of ``Plan Táctico y Estratégico de la
Guerra``, which is a pseudo-clone of Risk, a multiplayer turn-based
gThumb - Image viewer and browser
Gtkdial - is a GNOME frontend to the wvdial intelligent PPP dialer
Firestarter - is a complete firewall tool for Linux machines. vlc -
(VideoLAN Client) is a DVD and MPEG player for Gnome or Gtk+.
gramps - is a GNOME/Python based genealogy program. B-Chat - chat
client for use with Yahoo! Chat. statistic - program of
EtherApe - is a network monitor modeled after etherman with
ethernet, ip and tcp modes.
glame - (GNU/Linux Audio Mechanics) is targeted to be the GIMP for
Sybase - Query Graphical SQL client for Sybase enterprise servers.
Latest changes: Add/Edit tables add/Drop indexes Gtktimid - A
little interface for timidity gedit - Lightweight text editor with
support for all your standard editing features, plus several not
found in your average text editor - plugins being the most notable
of these. GConf-- - C++ wrappers for GConf, particularly
GConfClient, for use with Gtk--
quickedit - Quickedit is simple and fast sound editor for Gnome, it
can edit WAV and MP3 files.
g2c - translates GladeXML to a set of modular C files. IceWM - is a
X11 window manager coded from scratch in C++ for performance and
Pro Forma - is a GUI tool that lets you fill out forms on your
computer like you would with a typewriter.
linphone - a web-phone. It lets you make two-party phone calls
using an IP network such as the internet. As it uses a very minimal
implementation of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in orde
Glom - is a GUI that allows you to design MySQL table definitions
and the relationships between them. It also allows you to edit and
search the data in those tables
Gnome Toaster - CD creation suite using
Pharmacy - intends to be a GNOME compliant front-end to CVS
gcompris - is a simple education game. The basic goal is to teach
to children starting at 3 how to use a mouse and keybord. Guikachu
- is a GNOME application for graphical editing of resource files
for PalmOS-based pocket computers Bakery C++ - Framework for
creating GNOME applications using Gnome- - and Gtk--.
Gnome-- - is a powerful C++ binding for the GNOME libraries. gping
- is a small Gnome applet which pings a host and displays the RTT
(round trip time) of the ICMP package. gob - is GTK+ Object
Builder, a preprocessor for making GTK+ objects easily.
Citrus - is a library for converting numbers with units into
numbers with other units.