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GNOME Summary for 2001-10-20 - 2001-10-26

Oct 30, 2001, 12:43 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 04:38:14 +0000
From: Steve George 
Subject: GNOME Summary for 2001-10-20 - 2001-10-26

This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-10-20 - 2001-10-26

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Table of Contents
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1. Accessibility article
2. GNOME-LOVE new hackers help
3. Control Center 2.0 port
4. Guppi 0.40 Released
5. Evolution drives hackers mad!
6. DeveloperWorks: Implementing a new components
7. GtkMM announces 1.3.0
8. Feedback on Sun Usability report
9. GNOME Documentation Project 2.0 Status
10. (Unofficial) GNOME I18N Development Guidelines
11. Hacker Activity

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1. Accessibility article
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Increased accessibility is probably one of the most outstanding bits of the
upcoming GNOME 2.0 platform release. It might not make the headlines in the
same was an AA fonts, but I hope it will make a fundamental impact on some
users computer work. The EE Times did a nice round-up and it's worth taking a
few minutes to find out more. 

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-accessibility-list/2001-October/msg00044.ht
ml

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2. GNOME-LOVE new hackers help
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I have to admit that gnome-love is one of my favourite projects: it encourages
new hackers to work on GNOME by acting as a forum where they can get help.
Chema posted with some new projects to get people started with. The tasks vary
in difficulty so there should be something for everyone. So if you'd like to
give it a go sign-up now! 

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-love/2001-October/msg00008.html

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3. Control Center 2.0 port
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With the second platform beta fast approaching Bradford has started porting
the Control Center over. Pace seems to be gathering on the porting effort as
the platform is stabilising; conversely as hackers try and port they find bugs
which speeds up the library bug-fixing. 

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnomecc-list/2001-October/msg00029.html

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4. Guppi 0.40 Released
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Guppi is a cool framework that does graphing, and also has a really great
name.  It's been pretty quiet for a while but a new release came out this
week. The big feature is that it now provides graphing capability to Gnumeric
the GNOME spreadsheet application. It's also a nice display for the power of
the bonobo component model, as the minute you load guppi the ability to do
graphs is 'plugged in'. 

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-October/msg00036.html

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5. Evolution drives hackers mad!
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Ximians group-ware suite is on the final stretch to 1.0. If you haven't seen
the pictures of the two Ximian founders Nat and Miguel cheer-leading the
hackers to the deadline you've missed a treat. This week Nats digital camera
is out finding public response to this impending number change to 1.0. If you
thought computers can't drive people bonkers, here are the digital pictures to
prove you wrong 

http://nat.org/evolution.php3
http://www.nat.org/evolution2.php3

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6. DeveloperWorks: Implementing a new components
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Michael Meeks finishes his series of articles on Corba and Bonobo. This
article focuses on how to expose an application as a Bonobo control that other
applications can use. Michael deserves thanks for doing this series, I don't
know if he enjoyed writing them but I for one learnt loads going through them. 

http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/components/library/co-bnbo3.html

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7. GtkMM announces 1.3.0
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Murray Cumming announced a new version of Gtkmm targeted against the currently
under development GTK+2.0. Given that GTK+ 2.0 hasn't been released yet this
is a first cut at porting so should be treated with care - it's great to see
that we're getting some important ports through. 

http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-October/msg00049.html

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8. Feedback on Sun Usability report
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Calum Benson posted that the feedback from Suns usability report is now on the
project pages. It's a pretty large document that will take a while to read,
and probably longer to digest. Some of the responses are eye-openers so if
you're looking for new coding projects here's a great place to look for ideas. 

http://lists.gnome.org/archives/usability/2001-October/msg00129.html

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9. GNOME Documentation Project 2.0 Status
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John Fleck wrote a status report on the various GNOME 2 activities that are
underway in the project. From a user perspective there are likely to be a
number of help browsers available. On the technical side the project is
changing over to XML which is quite an under-taking. To find out more follow
the link, or if you'd like to give them a hand introduce yourself on the list. 

http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-doc-list/2001-October/msg00144.html

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10. (Unofficial) GNOME I18N Development Guidelines
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Yukihiro Nakai posted some guidelines for application developers. He includes
a short 'Hall of shame' which has some major applications listed. The write-up
is pretty clear and explains the basics well: if you want your application to
be widely used this is definitely worth checking out.  

http://www.gnome.gr.jp/~nakai/i18n/

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

Most active modules:
324 evolution
111 gnucash
109 galeon
96 gtk+
61 gimp
61 web-devel-2
52 gtkmm-root
50 gnumeric
45 SashMo
43 gal
38 gnome-core
34 gtkhtml
31 gnome-foundation
25 pan
24 mc
22 gnome-i18n
22 gdm2
22 balsa
20 gnome-vfs
19 gtkvts
[127 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
93 peticolas (gnucash)
79 ettore
53 michael
49 clahey
48 menthos
44 hp
43 murrayc
42 fejj
39 seth
39 redfox
35 jirka
30 jody
28 trow
28 zucchi
27 jpr
27 MikeGTN
26 chyla
25 andersca
25 damon
25 jbaayen
[138 active hackers omitted]

gmrun - Run program utility with tab completion and history.
gdkxft - Utility to provide anti-aliased fonts to the GNOME desktop.
gdm - Graphical login manager.
gnome-utils - Useful GNOME utilities.
bond - RAD system.
Balsa - An email client for GNOME.
gsysinfo - System monitor applet.
Guikachu - Resource file editor for PalmOS pocket computers.
RadioDJ - Radio device controller.
Nova - Integrated Observational Environment for astronomers.
Goats - Post-it note applet.
rubrica - Addressbook application.
GNOME Predict - Satellite tracking application.
Gdkpixbufmm - C++ bindings for GdkPixbuf.
gmmusic - Database front-end to store music collections.
gnomeradio - FM radio tuner program.
Coriander - Digital camera controller application.
yank - Notekeeper and to-do list program.
GMime - Utility library for dealing with MIME.
Procman - Process viewer and system monitor.

If you have news that you think should be in the next GNOME Summary please send 
it across. Christian and I are always happy to receive news, comments or 
suggestions just email us at gnome-summary@gnome.org. 

Until next time, 
Steve 


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