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Release Digest: GNOME, April 29, 2002

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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

eel 1.1.12
Nautilus 1.1.14

The Gnome project are proud to present:

 eel - The eazel extension library version 1.1.12


 Nautilus - the Gnome file manager version 1.1.14

Changes since last release:

* Lots of bugfixes
* Changes to make Nautilus more compliant with the Gnome Human Interface 
* Use Gtk+ stock items more in menus and toolbars.
* Alt-drag an image to the background and select "Set as Background".
* More accessibility implemented
* Allow installation of themes from tarballs
* Support for removable media properties on Solaris

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He's an unconventional hunchbacked gangster on the hunt for the last specimen 
of a great and near-mythical creature. She's a mentally unstable blonde lawyer 
with an MBA from Harvard. They fight crime! 


gnome-desktop 1.5.18
gnome-panel 1.5.19
gnome-session 1.5.18

Hey there,

A new set of GNOME 2.0 Desktop compatible releases [1] are available for
gnome-desktop, gnome-panel and gnome-session [2]

What is all of this?

These releases contain the GNOME Panel, Session Manager,
libgnome-desktop and GNOME About [3].

Why should you get excited?

GNOME 2.0 is just around the corner [4] and chances are, that the bug
that has annoyed you for weeks has been fixed. Feel the GNOME 2.0 beta
warm fuzzy feeling that you have missed from using other desktops [5].

Where can you get them?[6]


What's Changed?

gnome-desktop [1.5.18] -


* Vincent van Adrighem, Kjartan Maraas, Ilmar Kerm, Benedikt Roth,
  Pauli Virtanen, Pablo Saratxaga, Abel Cheung, Pablo Saratxaga.

gnome-panel [1.5.19] -

* Remove bindings for GDK_ISO_Left_Tab as this breaks Shift+Tab
* Set mnemonic widget for Animation Speed label (Padraig)
* Fix tab order on applets (Padraig)
* Remove referece of gnome-core in panel-screenshot (Abel)
* Call panel functions with correct parameters (Frank Worsley)
* Change window titles to match other panel/nautilus terminology (Frank)


* Abel Cheung, Ilmar Kerm, Zbigniew Chyla, Hasbullah Bin Pit, Pablo 

gnome-session [1.5.18] -


* Make logout dialog keyboard accessible (Glynn, Jacob)
* Don't allow more than one instance of gnome-session (Tom)


* Ilmar Kerm, Benedikt Roth, Zbigniew Chyla, Ole Laursen,
  Fatih Demir, Pablo Saratxga.

[1] These are GNOME 2.0 Desktop components - not suitable for GNOME 1.4 
    dishwasher use.

[2] The 'Have fun in New Zealand you swine' Release ;) 

[3] Complete with Starfield.

[4] I can feel it, and the money wager has nothing to do with it.

[5] Even our beta desktops are whiter than the average white.

[6] When the ftp servers sync up properly.


libwnck 0.9


libwnck 0.9


Library for writing different kinds of workspace switchers, window lists,
task bars, task menus, etc. Window Navigation Construction Kit. Pronounced

This is a piece of GNOME 2, not interesting if you aren't using GNOME 2.


- don't thumbnail background in workspace name mode
- start counting spaces with 1 not 0
- fix some crashes (Mark McLoughlin)
- don't mangle icon aspect rations (Anders)




GConf 1.1.10


GConf 1.1.10


System for storing and managing desktop preferences.


- don't crash on 64-bit platforms (Jacob)
- make some key data types opaque
- remove some namespace pollution in exported symbol list
- remove g_warning from gconfengine_getfor_address
- set a > 0 buffer size on outgoing connections to clients, 
  so that we don't hang when trying to notify them.
  Should fix occasional lockup problems when a client 
  was locked up.



Yelp 0.6.1


Yelp 0.6.1 is now available. Yelp is the new help browser for GNOME 2.0.
It supports documents written in Docbook XML, man pages and info pages. 

Screenshots can be viewed at: 

Changes in 0.6.1:

* Docbook fixes                                 (John Fleck)
* Handle HTML-pages better                      (Mikael Hallendal)
* Stylesheet updates                            (Sander Vesik)
* man/info-fix fixing a bug resulting in 
  sometime man/info didn't get displayed at all (Mikael Hallendal)
* Man-fixes when viewing man-pages with a .so 
  in them.                                      (Mikael Hallendal)

A brief note on how to get the docbook stuff to work. 

1) Install Scrollkeeper 0.3.6: 

Edit /etc/scrollkeeper.conf to include your $(gnome2_prefix)/share/omf
directory. For best use in GNOME 2.0, remove all other directories. 

Run scrollkeeper-update. 

2) Install docbook-style-xsl and xml-common: 

The rpm's are for Red Hat 7.2 (might need other packages, they should be
available on the same place though, let me know if they are not). 

Let me know if you have problems. 

  Mikael Hallendal 

Mikael Hallendal                micke@codefactory.se
CodeFactory AB                  http://www.codefactory.se/
Office: +46 (0)8 587 583 05     Cell: +46 (0)709 718 918


GNOME Clipboard Manager beta-2

GCM (GNOME Clipboard Manager) beta-2 is now available for


This is the second "beta release" ...

What is GCM

GCM (GNOME Clipboard Manager) is an application to help you
manage your clipboard selections. It will autocollect selections
(items) on a shelf and allow you to choose which selection(s)
you want to use for pasting.

You can open a collected selection to edit it, manually create
new selections, and delete-copy-paste them. You can select with
which selection-type you want to work : CLIPBOARD, PRIMARY,
SECONDARY or a custom Atom.

In future we are planning to make some tcp/ip networking support
for GCM which will allow you to send selections over a network
to another host running GCM. (Like the netclip application).
This transfering of items will use XML (libxml).

Please note that this project is far from finished. There is
no good documentation yet (somebody is working on it) and a
lot features are unfinished at this moment. We are looking for
people who want to help us with development of this tool/app.
Suggestions are also welcome.

At this moment you can already do all the basic stuff like
collecting selections, selecting a collected selection (to
start using it), deleting, simple editing of collected
selections, Search/Replace, saving some preferences (gconf).
Also saving and loading to/from XML files. Loading GCM as
applet.... and many more features

GCM is free software (GPL).

Changes in beta-2:

* Using Gnome Clipboard Manager as Applet
* Pasting/selecting multiple items at once
* Loading items from XML files
* Saving items to XML files
* Fixed most memoryleaks and some bugs
* Russian and Dutch translation
* The edit-item window is finished now
        * Search/Replace using sed
* Some GConf bugs fixed
* CopyPasting items inside gcm fixed
* Usability issues : Added some accelerators
* Three people joined the development team
        * Philip Van Hoof (development)
        + Jonas Heylen (development)
        + Dmitry Koval (development)
        + Jamaal V. Sanford (doc writer)
* Documentation added (better is being made)
* And many, many more changes

I kindly invite everybody who is intrested in helping the
development of this application to our mailinglist at
ps. We can use all help. We have many more idea's but not
much resources and time. 


Note to the mailinglist purists: This is why I crossposted
to the gnome-hackers list.

For developpers: Most development of gcm is done using the
Anjuta IDE. GCM's source is also completly Anjuta-ready.
-'Thank you' anjuta team for such a good IDE :)-

Where to get more information about GCM:

Information about GCM including links to documentation can be
found at:

Homepage of the project :

Screenshot of last week :) :

CVS (Since we are working on this project, the CVS version
will probably be "better" then the beta-2 release at all
times. However it might or might not compile. Normally it
compiles ;-).

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.gcm.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/gcm login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.gcm.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/gcm co gcm

How it (basicly) works

When GCM looses the selection ownership, it will collect
the new selection; set his selected selection to the new
one and reclaim ownership of the clipboard selection. Using
the CLIPBOARD selection type/atom this works very good.
Using the PRIMARY selection it only works good in GNOME/GTK+
applications (Don't ask me why.. I have no idea. If you
know: tell me). There is an option to "beep" on collect.
So if GCM stops "beeping" then you can always manually get
the current selection and autocollecting will restart if
the auto-collect option is set.


Philip van Hoof aka freax (http://www.freax.eu.org)
irc: irc.openprojects.net/ mailto:freax @ linux.be

Philip van Hoof aka freax (http://www.freax.eu.org)
irc: irc.openprojects.net/ mailto:freax @ linux.be


oggdoctor 0.12

Version 0.12:
        Implement :
                Rename a file, and automagic refresh the filename.
                change group and permissions when rename a file.
        New features :
                Auto sort by album and tracknumbe when loading directory.

        Bugs corrections :-)
                After a select all an un unselect, the tag window and the informations
                now properly refresh
                Remove some memory leaks
                Implement a full featured sorting, by each field, ascending, descending,
and album+tracknumber.
Version 0.11:
        Implémentations :
                Ajout de la suppression et du renommage des tags
                Implémentation d'une partie de la configuration :
                        - Sélection des colonnes affichées
        Améliorations :
                Création d'une fenêtre "non implémenté"
                Implémentation de la capitalisation lors de la saisie des tags.
                Ajout des couleurs des fichiers : défectueux, modifiés, en lecture
                Possibilité d'entrer des tags multilignes
                Affichage en couleurs des fichiers :
                        - modifiés
                        - défectueux
                        - en lecture seule
                Enregistrement et rafraichissement automatique
                Ajout du mode multiligne pour l'édition des tags

        Corrections de bugs
                Utilisation de la librairie officielle 1.0rc3 de modification des tags.
                Libération de la mémoire utilisée pour les tags
Version 0.1:
        Première version utilisable :
                Sélection de répertoire
                Sélection multiple de fichiers ogg
                Edition des tags standard
                Ajout de nouveaux tags
                Lecture et Sauvegarde au format unicode


bond 0.3.3


bond 0.3.3


Bond is a rapid application development tool which works
with GLADE to create data-aware applications.  The major
benfit for you is you dont have to code individual widgets
in your forms, bond makings gtk data aware at the top level.


Dropdown boxes were fixed up to allow cross dependent widgets
to effect each other.


Bug fixes were done to default values, filters and adding
of new records



Eye of Gnome 0.117.0


"Eye of Gnome" 0.117.0 has been released.

* What is "Eye of Gnome"?

  Eye of Gnome is an image viewer for the Gnome desktop, which uses the Gnome
  infrastructure intensively (like bonobo and gnome-vfs). For Nautilus2 the
  bonobo component of EoG is also used as the default image viewer. EoG shows
  and zooms even large images very fast and in very good quality.

* Changes/fixes in this release:

  * re-rendering on mouse move fixes, bug #72351 (has been in 0.116.1 already
    but wasn't announced yet) (Michael Meeks)
  * session management fixes (Federico)
  * image saving fixes, bug #77173 (Federico)
  * bonobo_window_new adaptions (Murray Cumming)
  * build fixes regarding broken libjpeg, bug #79010 (Federico)
  * help topic menuitem added (Satyajit Kanungo)
  * fullscreen fix, bug #73606 (Federico)
  * Updated translations:
    Jarkko Ranta (fi), Ole Laursen (da), Changwoo Ryu (ko),
    Zbigniew Chyla (pl), Hasbullah Bin Pit (ms)

* Requirements:

  EoG 0.117.0 needs the latest Gnome2 development platform. It won't work
  with only Gnome 1.4.x development libraries installed.

* Availability:


Please report bugs and/or feature requests through bugzilla.gnome.org/.  Use the
EOG module and choose HEAD as version.

Happy bug hunting,


 -= http://triq.net/~pearl =-   -= jens@triq.net =-


GNOME-Utils 1.104.0

Hi folks. Yes, a new gnome-utils release is available for GNOME2.
Special thanks go to Glynn Foster for applying patches and doing some
bug fixing of his own.

* get help working
* better tooltips (Abel Cheung)
* fix resizing issue with DEG/RAD/GRAD button - bug #74089 (Yogeesh MB)
* about fixes (Dennis Cranston)

* help works (Satyajit Kanungo)
* about fixes (Dennis)

* remove deprecated code (Satyajit)

* accesability fixes - bug #79044 (Narayana Pattipati)
* bug fixes - bug #75582 (Glynn Foster)
* UI improvements - bug #76426 (Glynn)
* more bug fixes - bugs #75583, #76808 (Glynn)
* search all databases properly and display where each came from (Adam
* about fixes (Dennis)

* help works (me, Satyajit)
* port to Pango (Aruna P R)
* about fixes (Dennis)

* make help work (Satyajit)
* append .tar.gz to archive filename (Senthilkumar Ramasamy)
* fix sensitivity of menu items - bug #72104 (Aruna)
* add mnemonics to menu items (Jagadeesh B.G)
* about fixes (Dennis)

* make help work
* fix for Nautilus OAFID changes (Dennis)
* about fixes (Dennis)




Updated GNOME 2.0 Platform Libraries


so I've released a couple of new libraries.

bonobo-activation 0.9.8
* Port fully to glib 2.0 (Michael)
* Plug a minor leak (Me)

libbonobo 1.116.0
* Use g_trymalloc in bonobo_streamclient_read (Richard Kinder)
* Add COPYING file (Jacob)

libgnome 1.116.0
* i18n fixes (Zbigniew Chyla)
* call bindtextdomain_codeset if available (Me)

libgnomecanvas 1.116.0
* GnomeCanvasShape fixes (Jody)

libbonoboui 1.116.0
* Widget constructor fixes in bonobo-widget and bonobo-selector to make
the C++ bindings work better (Murray)

libgnomeui 1.116.0
* Warning fixes and toolbar bug fixes (Jody)
* Change the "Exit" menu item to be HIG compliant (Glynn)
* Translation updates (Simos Xenitelli)
* Make all entries mnemonic activatable (Me)
* Add support for changing "menus_have_tearoff" and "menubar_detacable"
on the fly (Me).

You can get these updated versions at:






Bug reports
Bug reports go to http://bugzilla.gnome.org 

I'm sorry that I'm not cool enough to write a cool release announcement.



gedit 1.118.0


gedit 1.118.0 has been released. 

What is it? 

*  gedit is a small and lightweight text editor for Gnome 2 

What changed? 

* Accessibility related fixes (Hema Seetharamaiah) 
* Added translator credits to the about dialog (Abel Cheung)  
* Fixed bugs #78856, #75636, #76407, #79277 (me)  
* Fixed bug #76196  (Federico Mena Quintero) 
* Fixed bug #79115 (James Willcox) 

Updated translations? 

* Dutch (Ronald Hummelink), traditional Chinese (Abel Cheung), 
  Italian (Alessio Frusciante), Finnish (Jarkko Ranta), 
  Norwegian (Kjartan Maraas), Korean (Young-Ho Cha) 



How can I help? 

* Test it and report bugs on http://bugzilla.gnome.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=gedit
* Fix bugs and send patches to me 
* Write new contents for the web site 
* Translate it 



Paolo Maggi                      E-mail: maggi@athena.polito.it
Dip. Automatica e Informatica    Tel.  : + 39 011 564 7085 
Politecnico di Torino            Fax   : + 39 011 564 7099

A Bugless Program is an Abstract Theoretical Concept.


gnome-zine 0.1


gnome-xine 0.1


GNOME frontend for xine media player

initial release





Pan 0.11.91

Pan 0.11.91 "Brutus Cyclops Dull" has been released.
It can be found at http://pan.rebelbase.com/.
What is Pan?

        Pan is a newsreader, loosely based on Agent and Gravity, which
        attempts to be pleasant to use for new and advanced users alike.
        It has all the typical features found in newsreaders and also
        supports offline newsreading, article filtering, multiple connections,
        and a number of extra features for power users and alt.binaries fans.

        It's also the only Unix newsreader to get a perfect score on the
        Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval evaluations.  See
        http://pan.rebelbase.com/features.html for the rest of the
        sales pitch.

About 0.11.91

        This is the second beta of 0.12.0, which is a port of Pan 0.11.3
        to gtk2.  The port adds better charset/internationalization support,
        usability improvements, and bugfixes.

Changes Since 0.11.90


        * Added a user-configurable per-group default charset to use
          when converting messages that don't specify their own charset.
          In 0.11.90 Pan didn't know how to convert messages that didn't
          specify a charset and just left the message blank.
          Thanks for Frank Van Damme for reporting this. (#79275)

        * Added new preferences option to get new headers from
          subscribed groups automatically when starting Pan.


        * Call bind_textdomain_codeset() when starting Pan to set the
          output codeset for message translations.
          Thanks to Kang JeongHee for suggesting this. (#78158)

        * Refined `rot13 article body' to `rot13 selected text', since
          most rot13ed text is just punchlines or a spoiler paragraph,
          rather than an entire body.  Thanks to jim at cosx for
          suggesting this. (#72015)

        * Added `%g' and `%G' substitution fields into the download
          directory path.  If used these will be replaced with
          the.group.name// and the/group/name/ when saving articles.
          Thanks to Hans Verkuil for this suggestion. (#75591)


        * The single-keystroke hotkeys (like 'n' for next article), which
          disappeared in 0.11.90, are back! (#75478) (#78528)

        * Fixed major memory leak in 0.11.90 that didn't free pictures
          that were read inline.

        * Fix bug that kept 0.11.90 from compiling on platforms that
          can't take a NULL in a function expecting a va_list.
          Thanks to chaton.jm for reporting this bug.  (#78112)

        * Fixed 0.11.90 bug that didn't clear out the previous contents of
          the compose window before adding the contents from the external
          editor.  Thanks to Kang JeongHee for suggesting this. (#74885)

        * Fixed 0.11.90 bug that caused filtering on new/unread/old to
          not work properly.  Thanks to Philip Langdale for reporting
          this bug. (#79669)

        * Fixed 0.11.90 bug that didn't convert text to UTF-8 before
          displaying it in the Task Manager window.  Thanks to
          Kang Jeong-Hee for reporting this bug.  (#80004)

        * Synchronize with 0.11.3 bugfixes that were made after 0.11.90
          was released. (#73179) (#62909) (#78287)

        * Fixed 0.11.2 bug that didn't show HTML messages.  We still don't
          parse the HTML -- HTML has no place in Usenet -- but we at least
          show the message now.  Thanks to Himanshu J. Gohel for reporting
          this bug.  (#78723)

        * If an article was selected (for, say, a context menu operation),
          then clicking on the same article again wouldn't download & display
          the article; you had to double-click, which was nonintuitive.
          Now clicking on an already-selected article will download & display
          the article.  Thanks to Dan Hensley for reporting this bug. (#78557)

        * Other miscellaneous changes (#79377) (#69390)


Gnumeric 1.1.3

Gnumeric 1.1.3 aka 'slicker than a greased monkey' is now available.

        All the recent algorithmic cleanup for dependencies brought a new hot
        spot into view, malloc/free.  Exiting large sheets (~500,000 cells) was
        taking 20-30 seconds just to free all the twiddly little bits.  With
        typical efficiency Morten stepping in with a couple of custom
        allocators and we're now down under 3 seconds.  In the mean time
        Andreas has been bounding along polishing off the ui conversion.  All
        dialogs are now gtk2 happy.  Jon Kåre has done an initial re-enabling
        of bonobo support, even adding use as a BonoboControl.   Jukka-Pekka
        has continued to work on the solver.  I tossed in a few small
        improvements, like completing the support for encrypted xls files.

        We're still missing graphs in gnome2, but Jon is hard at work on a port
        so hopefully we'll be fully functional soon.


NOTE : This is a DEVELOPMENT RELEASE it is not supposed to be stable
We do not warrant that it will not cause you, your dog, or that
inflatable doll in the closet, to burst into flame.


                * Port print-setup dialog.
                * Fix print dialog.
                * Make all Analysis Tools undoable.
                * Add output formatting options to Analysis Tools.
                * Make undo-size configurable.
                * Plug leaks.
                * Add preference dialog.
                * Improve treeview cell renderers.
                * Make Random Generator Tool undoable.
                * Fix and improve row-height dialog.
                * Fix hide/show detail and group/ungroup dialog.
                * Include more info in HTML 4.0 files.
                * Support borders in HTML4.0 exports.
                * Fix Sheet-Object-Scrollbar configuration dialog.
                * Fix Sheet Object leak.
                * Fix Sheet-Object-Checkbox configuration dialog.
                * Fix Sheet-Object Arrow/Line configuration dialog.
                * Fix Sheet-Object Fill configuration dialog.
                * Fix workbook attribute dialog.
                * Add preference setting to include sheet name in undo/redo
                * Fix missing data handling of SUMPRODUCT and friends
                * Fix CONCATENATE (#78610)
                * Add number of sheets preference
                * Start to UTF8 some of the string functions
                * Preserve autocorrect exception lists
                * Switch plugin manager from gnome-config to gconf
                * Add window size preference page to preference dialog
                * Add file/xml preference page to preference dialog
                * Redesign Error info dialog
                * Improve x-selection handling
                * Fix http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=76474
                * Add lowering and raising of sheet objects (except widgets).
                * Fix http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=79809
                * Add lowering and raising of sheet objects (except widgets) to top and bottom.
                * Fix http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=62127
                * Fix http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=79744

                * Add password dialog to support encrypted input.
                * Make expr parser utf8 clean.
                * Fix printing.
                * Fix object import from XL.
                * Quicky insert image item.
                * Tidy drag and Drop
                * Fix dateToUnix
                * Some touchups to bonobo build
                * cleanup autoconf
                * apply some pending japanese patches
                * Improve HIG compliance.
                * Start support for filter importing.
                * Fix sheetobjects in the presence of panes.

        Jon Kåre:
                * Enable bonobo
                * fix hpux build
                * Clean up Guile plugin
                * Start splitting libgnumeric
                * Enable use as a bonobo control

                * More solver improvements.

                * More and better chunk allocation.
                * Fixed memory corruption in LINEST and LOGEST.
                * Plug gigantic leak in parser.
                * Improve gnumeric-expr-entry's utf8 support and speed.
                * Plug various little leaks.
                * Add logical XOR function.
                * Make fn-date a plugin.
                * Make fn-eng a plugin.
                * Make fn-financial a plugin.
                * Make fn-info[rmation] a plugin.
                * Make fn-financial a plugin.
                * Make fn-logical a plugin.
                * Make fn-lookup a plugin.
                * Make fn-math a plugin.
                * Make fn-string a plugin.
                * Partially untangle remaining fn-files. 

* Availability



Metacity 2.3.144


Metacity 2.3.144


Metacity is a window manager that integrates nicely with GNOME 2.
Originally an experiment, it's now
turning out to be halfway usable and lots of people are using it, though
there are still some caveats - be sure to read the README.


- Keybindings are configurable, see README, 
  probably keybindings are now buggy so report


- small memleak fix
- 64-bit crash fix (Jacob)
- fix i18n for window titles, should now 
  display them correctly
- fix a crash when closing windows
- fix some bad behavior when windows resized themselves
- don't mess up aspect ratio of icons (Anders)