GNOME Summary for June 24 - July 8, 2001
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GNOME Summary - 2001-06-24 - 2001-07-08
Table of Contents
- New release of the popular Nautilus filemanager
- GNOME Games gets new maintainer and a new release
- GNOME Meeting unleashed on the world
- First non-development release of GNOME-- C++ bindings
- Open Office releases new development build
- Linux Planet review Abiword
- GStreamer releases 0.2.1
- GnuCash Developer Robert Merkel interviewed on Slashdot
- Overflow 0.5.0 and Open Mind Speech 0.0.2
- Japanese GNOME 1.4 programming book available
- Gnumeric getting close to 1.0 release
- GNOME summaries on slower summer release schedule
- Abiword weekly news report 50
- New Mozilla and Galeon releases
- IBM hackers hard at work updating SashXB
- Friends of the tree
- X-chat releases 1.8.0 release
- CVS statistics
- New and Updated Software
1. New release of the popular Nautilus
Darin Adler and the Nautilus team announced the release of
Nautilus 1.0.4 which contains many improvements and optimisations.
The nautilus companion libraries librsvg and eel also have new
releases. Below you find links to the announcents for Nautilus,
librsvg and Eel.
2. GNOME Games gets new maintainer and a new
Juan Pablo Mendoza has taken over the helm of the GNOME Games
module as its new maintainer. He has been hard at work fixing bugs
and making improvements and has just made a new release with the
version number 184.108.40.206. But Juan is not stopping there. He is
currently doing spring cleaning on GNOME Games and is porting all
the games from imlib to gdkpixbuf. Great stuff, Juan!
3. GNOME Meeting unleashed on the world
Been looking for a video conference application for Linux? Well
Damien Sandras must have heard your cry of despair since he has
unleashed GNOME Meeting 0.9.1 on the world. It turned out to be a
popular move with 11.000 visitors the first week. One of those was
Red Hat Labs hackers Alex Larson, who quickly put togheter a set of
RPMS for your pleasure. Below you find the link to the GNOME
Meeting homepage and to Alex's RPMS. For you Debian fans, James
Greenhalgh and Sander Smeenk have made sure GNOME meeting is now
available in Sid.
4. First non-development release of GNOME-- C++
Murray Cummings announced the availability of the first stable
release of GNOME--, the C++ bindings for GNOME. As you know GTK--,
the corresponding GTK+ bindings, have been available in a stable
release for quite some time now, but this is the first stable
release of the GNOME part of the bindings. GNOME-- based projects
like the incredible Jabber client, Gabber, is surely very happy
about this. Of course the GTK-- and GNOME-- hackers are not resting
on their laurels, work is already underway on GTK-- 1.3, which will
be the bindings for GTK+ 2.0. Links below point to the full release
announcement and to the GTK-- and GNOME -- homepage.
5. Open Office releases new development
The hardworking people at Open Office released build 632 last
week. Open Office is starting to shape up, this build is actually
rather snappy on my Athlon 750 machine, something which wasn't true
about earlier snapshots. Stability seems to have greatly improved
too. Click below for the full release announcement.
6. Linux Planet review Abiword
Linux Planet gives a fairly positive review of Abiword.
7. GStreamer releases 0.2.1
The GStreamer project made a new release containing their new
Glib 2.0 port. This release adds support for the free FLAC format,
Quicktime (without Sorenson) and the Festival text to speech
system. The AVI driver now uses the AVIFILE library for windows
.dll loading. Happy news on the codec front, however. Thanks to the
great work done by Gérard Lantau on his ffmpeg library,
creating a msdivx compatible codec implemented in C, the next
release of GStreamer will be able to support DivX without the use
of .dll files. In the long run, as some endianess problems are
solved in ffmpeg, this will also allow divX playback on non-i386
systems. Wim Taymans already have the plugin code checked into
GStreamer CVS. The ffmpeg library also allows you to use GStreamer
to create Real .rm files for playback with the Real Media
8. GnuCash Developer Robert Merkel interviewed
Slashdot did one of their community interviews with Robert
Merkel, one of the Gnucash developers. Gives you some insight into
their future plans for Gnucash and the technical challenges such a
project has to overcome with regard to different taxation and
auditing legislations. in the gnucash part The Gnucash team also
released the Gnucash 1.6.1 this week.
9. Overflow 0.5.0 and Open Mind Speech
Seems like 2001 is going to be the year of multimedia for GNOME.
With projects such as GNOME Meeting, GStreamer, GLAME and Overflow,
things are really moving. Overflow is a data flow oriented
development environment, very well tuned for creating multimedia
systems. Open Mind Speech is a speech recognition system built with
10. Japanese GNOME 1.4 programming book
There is a very active GNOME community in Japan, and some of
them have just released a book on hacking with the GNOME 1.4
platform. Hopefully this will make it much easier for Japanese
developers to rapidly learn to take advantage of the power of the
GNOME platform. Thanks to the authors for their great work.
11. Gnumeric getting close to 1.0 release
The Gnumeric team made a new release of Gnumeric not long ago,
the first with Bonobo enabled by default. With this important
threshold passed, they are now gearing up for Gnumeric 1.0. The two
missing pieces they have decided are needed before declaring 1.0
ready are frozen panes and graphing. Both of these pieces are
nearly there. Graphing will be provided by embeding Guppi through
bonobo and just needs some polish to work smoothly. Code for frozen
panes is also commited and just needs the final poli h too. So
prepare yourself for the new world order heralded by the arival of
12. GNOME summaries on slower summer release
Seems the Goddess of luck has turned her blind eye to us, as it
turns out that both myself and Steve George are having vacation at
the same time. This has already resulted in the summary for last
week not being made and it will mean no summary next week. But
after that we hope to be back at full steam again.If you see
someone on the deck of a sailboat in the Oslofjord in the next two
weeks, seemingly in a coma, it is just me on vacation so don't
13. Abiword weekly news report 50
The relentless Abiword hackers are hard at work at their 1.0
release.This status report contains news on better Unix printing
and more work on the Perl bindings among lots of other stuff.
14. New Mozilla and Galeon releases
The Mozilla and Galeon teams are hard at work making sure that
GNOME has the greatest browser available to mankind. The Mozilla
team made their 0.9.2 release and Galeon their 0.11.1 release.
15. IBM hackers hard at work updating
Anyone following GNOME CVS have probably noticed the high
activity on the Sash modulessince our friends at IBM have been hard
at work improving on their SashXB framwork for some time now. Ari
Heitner wrote this little article outlining what SashXB is, its
history and its architecture.
16. Friends of the tree
This week's special mention goes to a person who has been a
member of the GNOME community for a long time. He is the lead
coordinator of the GNOME translation project, has almost
single-handedly translated GNOME to Norwegian and is currently
working hard on cleaning up GNOME bugzilla. As part of this
bugzilla cleanup he has been applying a lot of patches to different
GNOME modules, especially GNOME applets, patches which too long
have lingered in bugzilla. He is also the release coordinator for
the up oming GNOME 1.4.1 release. Thanks Kjartan your contributions
to GNOME, they are invaluable.
17. X-chat releases 1.8.0 release
The Chat client I humbly refer to as the best, X-Chat, has made
a new major release. 1.8.0 contains many new features and many
bugfixes. One of the features polished which I like is the improved
handling of opening URL's in browsers, which now are per default
much better configured. This makes opening those links people keep
putting on IRC in Galeon a true pleasure.
18. CVS statistics
Due to this summary containing two weeks of CVS activity I am
sending them out as a separate mail. Link to the mail below.
19. New and Updated Software
Many games - same-gnome, gnothello, solitaire, tetravex, tetris,
gramps is a GNOME/Python based genealogy program.
EtherApe is a network monitor modeled after etherman
The GNOME file manager, desktop, and graphical shell.
GNOME client for the Say2 chat protocol
A whois client for the GNOME desktop enviroment.
A very functional all-purpose editor.
A project management program
Overflow is a free (GPL) "data flow oriented" development
GNOME web browser based on Gecko
Tool to create boards for RoboRally
GNU/Linux Audio Mechanics is targeted to be the GIMP for audio
GNOME Properties is a library and a GUI tool for building
configuration dialog boxes.
Useful GNOME utilities/apps
GStreamer is a streaming media library and set of tools
Framework to simulate audio synthesis and song composition
xml viewer with a netscape plugin
Toaster: CD creation suite
GNOME process viewer and system monitor.
GOB is GTK+ Object Builder, a preprocessor for making GTK+ objects
A simple education game to teach to children use a mouse and
Image viewer and browser.
Personal log/diary/news program
A C, C++ code editor
Predict: A GUI client to John Magliacane's satellite
Run-program utility, providing bash-like TAB completion and
Bond is a rapid application development tool
mailapplet: A mailchecker for the GNOME panel.
A C++ Framework for creating GNOME applications using Gnome- - and
This is a resource management tool
GNOME mail client written in Python
A fully featured IRC client
GNOME Photo Collector: A tool used to classify images
An applet with the current status of any seti@home client
A powerful C++ binding for the GNOME libraries.
A project manager
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