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GNOME summary for 2001-09-30 - 2001-10-05

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Subject: GNOME summary for September 30th to October 5th.
From: Christian Schaller <uraeus@linuxrising.org>
Date: 10 Oct 2001 18:55:07 +0200



This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-09-30 - 2001-10-05
    
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Table of Contents
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1. SVG icons for Nautilus
2. GTK+ bindings for C# now available
3. Gnumeric 0.71 is out
4. GNOME Foundation prepares for new elections
5. Busy week for Ximian with new releases of Evolution, Ximian Setup
Tools and GNOME Control Center
6. Metacity Status report
7. GNOME 2 plattform now fully parallel installable
8. Abiword weekly news #64 out
9. Compiling GNOME 2
10. Translated GNOME summaries
11. Hacker Activity
12. New and Updated Software

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1. SVG icons for Nautilus
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One really cool feature of Natilus that has yet to be really taken
advantage of is the support for SVG vector graphics icons. Vector based
icons has the advantage for instance of scaling much better than the
current bitmap icons. Well Jacub Steiner has been working on a SVG based
theme for Nautilus. While it is still not ready you can have a look at
what he is working on by looking at the following screenshots: 

        http://jimmac.musichall.cz/screenshots/gorilla1.png
        http://jimmac.musichall.cz/screenshots/gorilla2.png
        http://jimmac.musichall.cz/screenshots/gorilla3.png
        http://jimmac.musichall.cz/screenshots/gorilla4.png
        http://jimmac.musichall.cz/screenshots/gorilla5.png

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2. GTK+ bindings for C# now available
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Mike Kestner's Gtk# (Gtk-sharp) was checked into the Mono CVS repository
not long ago. Gtk# can currently run simple hello world applications.
The binding is nice, as it maps Gtk+ signals to delegates in C#. You can
see the Gtk# Hello World program at the top link bellow and join the
Gtk-sharp mailinglist at the second. 

        http://www.go-mono.com/src/HelloWorld.cs
        http://lists.ximian.com/mailman/listinfo/gtk-sharp-list

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3. Gnumeric 0.71 is out
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The Gnumeric team announced version 0.71 of the Gnumeric spreadsheet
this week. This is a major step forward for Gnumeric since it now for
the first time officially includes Graph support including importing
Graphs in Excel documents. Gnumeric has for a long time been one of
GNOME's top tier killer apps, and with this release the Gnumeric (and
Guppi) team once more prove their ability to deliver the best.
Congratulations and thanks goes to Jody Goldberg, 
Almer S. Tigelaar, Morten Welinder, Jon Trowbridge and the rest of the
hackers who have contributed to this release.Lins below to the Gnumeric
homepage with full release notes and a nice screenshot from Michael
Meeks showing Gnumeric 0.71 in action with Graphs and print-preview. 

        http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric
        http://www.gnome.org/~michael/gnumeric-bio-savart.png

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4. GNOME Foundation prepares for new elections
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It is now a year since the current GNOME Foundation board was elected by
the individual members of the GNOME community. This means it is time to
stage a new election and the board has set the wheels in motion to make
this happen. For this and other news check out the GNOME Foundation
board minutes. So if you are planning to run for the GNOME Foundation
board it is time to start polishing your speechmaking skills and send in
some really impressive patches in order to win public admiration :) 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2001-October/msg00007.html

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5. Busy week for Ximian with new releases of Evolution, Ximian Setup
Tools and GNOME Control Center
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The Ximian hackers are as busy as ever, making three important releases
this week. First out was beta 5 of their great groupware tool Evolution
with fewer bugs and even more polished features than ever. Evolution is
really begining to reach that level of useability that makes it useable
even for your grandma. They also released a new beta of the new
fantastic looking Control Center including their now Control Center
integrated Ximian Setup Tools which in turn adds a X Display
configuration to its set of configuration tools to the package 
and more. Full announcements below: 

       
http://www.ximian.com/devzone/release_notes/evolution/1.0_beta_5.html
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-October/msg00004.html
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-October/msg00003.html

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6. Metacity Status report
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We got this little status report from the progress of Metacity from its
creator Havoc Pennington. 
Metacity has moved into CVS, module 'metacity'. I've updated the README,
which no one ever reads, but everyone should. I've been working on
Alt+Tab, which is pretty cool now. Also, I experimentally confined
windows to the screen, an idea from Joel Spolsky. Alex, Owen, and jrb
have flamed me daily for adding this feature. 
So far I've rejected two crack-smoking feature requests: Telsa refuses
to use a WM without focus-follows-mouse, and jrb refuses to use a WM
without borderless terminal windows. They are both sadly mistaken. 
Owen routed around me, and is maintaining his own Metacity fork with his
feature modifications. Don't confuse cheap Metacity imitations with
genuine crack-free Metacity. 
You can get Metacity at the metacity homepage linked below or from CVS.
You need bleeding-edge CVS GTK+. (As you would find out if you read the
README!) 
Havoc 

        http://people.redhat.com/~hp/metacity/

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7. GNOME 2 plattform now fully parallel installable
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Those that know Havoc knows that just creating Metacity as mentioned
above would not be enough for him, so Havoc has been hard at work making
sure the GNOME 2 plattform will be fully parallel installable with GNOME
1.x. This means that when GNOME 2 alpha 2 comes out you will be able to
have it installed and running in parallel with your current GNOME 1.x
environment. According to the first mail linked below Havoc has now been
able to fix all the needed libraries in order to make this possible. But
Havoc hasn't stopped there, he has also created a new library called
libwnck which will improve things like the tasklist and the pager in
GNOME. For the last task Havoc is requesting a volunteer to step forward
to code a new EWMH-native tasklist and pager so click on the second link
below to read the details on this task. Anyway big thanks 
goes to Havoc for his continued effort on GNOME. 

       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-2-0-list/2001-October/msg00079.html
       
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-2-0-list/2001-October/msg00087.html

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8. Abiword weekly news #64 out
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The Abiword tem is continuing to blaze onwards with their 0.9.x release
cycle fixing up bugs and polishing features in prepartion for the big
1.0 release. Items in weeks Abiword Weekly news includes continued work
on the wmf import and positive feedback on the 0.9.4 build.If you
haven't downloaded 0.9.4 yet then you should, it is really a great
release (That was also meant as a small hint to the Ximian packagers :)
Link below to the AWN #64 issue and the Abiword homepage. 

        http://www.abisource.com/dev/news/2001/awn64.phtml
        http://www.abisource.com/

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9. Compiling GNOME 2
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Now in the early stages compiling GNOME 2.0 from CVS an tarballs can be
a bit challeging with its wide variety of dependencies. Michael Meeks
have therefore put togheter a chart showing the different dependencies
of GNOME 2. So if you are a developer and want to download and compile
GNOME 2 you should take a look at the chart for a quick overview of how
things fit togheter. 

        http://primates.ximian.com/~michael/gnome-2.0-depends.png

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10. Translated GNOME summaries
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Thanks to resourceful volunteers around the globe we got some
translations of the GNOME summaries available. So linked below are
French translation, Spanish translation and Hungarian translation. If
there are other translations available please let us know. 

        http://www.gynov.org/news/index.php4       
        http://es.gnome.org/actualidad/
        http://cactus.rulez.org/projects/gnome/summary/

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11. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 177 evolution
 142 gnucash
 86 galeon
 52 gnome-i18n
 50 gnumeric
 39 gtk+
 35 gimp
 33 gal
 31 gnome-python
 29 glib
 28 web-devel-2
 23 guppi3
 23 gtranslator
 22 gtkhtml
 21 SashMo
 19 gnome-utils
 18 mc
 17 nautilus
 15 procman
 15 gnome-xml
[135 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 87 peticolas (gnucash)
 51 kmaraas
 46 menthos
 45 darin
 44 carlos
 37 goonie (gnucash)
 37 jody
 34 fejj
 34 chyla
 32 clahey
 29 hp
 25 jirka
 24 lewing
 23 jbaayen
 23 rodrigo
 22 mpeseng
 22 ettore
 22 zucchi
 21 veillard
 19 msw
[131 active hackers omitted]


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12. New and Updated Software
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blwm  - Win32-like window manager
GTransferManager  - Download manager for GNOME,intergrates with Galeon
gob  - GTK+ Object Builder, a preprocessor for making GTK+ objects
easily.
gdm  - GNOME Display Manager.
Sodipodi  - General vector drawing program using Gnome Canvas. Uses W3C
SVG 
data format.
fanorona  - A traditional board game from Madagascar.
rubrica  - An addressbook, written with gtk+ and Gnome library
gnome-db  - Database access for GNOME applications
GCronTime  - Program for the management of planned operations
ToutDoux  - A project manager (plan of actions, PERT and GANTT).
GnoCam  - A mediator between GNOME and gphoto2.
gramps  - A GNOME/Python based genealogy program.
KRunning  - KRunning is a database client
gmmusic  - Music collection database, based on PostgreSQL.
Abiword  - Abiword aims to be a full featured and cross-plattform
Wordprocessor.
gLabels  - Lightweight program for creating labels and business cards
Truevision  - 3d modeler for povray
gnect  - A 'four in a row' game with a computer player

For more information on these packages visit the GNOME Software map: 
http://www.gnome.org/applist/listrecent.php3

That was all for this week, stay tuned for more exiting news coming in
next week.
 
Christian

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