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Eye of Gnome 0.119


"Eye of Gnome" 0.119.0 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:

  * Updated the scrolling engine for GTK+ 2.0; it is nice and fast again -
    #82417 (Federico)
  * EOG doesn't crash on exit anymore if you bring up the preferences
    dialog - #82426 (Federico)
  * Session is saved and discarded correctly - #82603 (Federico)
  * Re-added scroll wheel support - #79351 (Federico)
  * Fixes for installation prefix - #83399 (Ross Burton)
  * Opening an image in a window that already contains one will not screw
    up the image view size - #83233 (Federico)
  * Prettified the About dialog (Federico)
  * Misc. code cleanup (Federico)

* Changes/fixes in 0.118 (not anounced yet):

  * include dir fix (Ronald Bultje, me)
  * fix for save-session crash (me)
  * reduced debug output  (Michael)
  * accessibility support (Muktha Narayan, Federico)
  * support for loading svg images (Jacob Berkman)
  * zoom to fit does fit, #76406 (Federico)
  * image saving fix, #76239 (Federico)
  * preference dialog has help (Satyajit Kanungo, Federico)
  * Updated translations:
    Pablo Saratxaga (vi, ca, wa),Duarte Loreto (pt), Kjartan Maraas (no),
    Stanislav Visnovsky (sk), Hector Garcia Alvarez (es),
    Christophe Merlet (fr), Ole Laursen (da), Abel Cheung (zh_TW),
    Zbigniew Chyla (pl), Christian Rose (sv), Hasbullah Bin Pit (ms)

* Requirements:

  EOG 0.119.0 needs the latest Gnome2 development platform. It does not
  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 =-




Yay!  The time has come.  Gdm is like frozen and stuff and ready for
a new release.  So go forth and break it so I have something to fix.
If no major bugs are found, this will pretty much become the
release of gdm for the GNOME 2.0.0 release.

What's new this time?  Yet again mostly fixes.  And the language list now
isn't as broken as it was.

So no longer will I give the UNSTABLE warnings as this should now really be
stable.  It's just not yet numbered as such.  Of course you shouldn't ship
this release but it would be nice to test.  There are actually quite a few
improvements over which I will list in the final release, because
right now I'm too lazy to think of them.

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

Ahh, so you have no clue what gdm is?  Well if you've read this far ... let's
not get into that.  Gdm is GNOME Display Manager, the little daemon that lets
you log in to your computer.  It allows xdmcp multiple login displays,
selection of languages, multiple login sessions and generally is much cooler
then any xdm clone out there, mostly cuz it isn't an xdm clone to begin with.
I mean heck, it's even got a graphical configurator, so you don't have to use
the command line to hose your system anymore.


Highlights of

- Some work on making the language setup more sane and integrating
  the graphical and the standard greeter language setups

- Added more untranslated language names (Changwoo Ryu, me)

- The graphical greeter now actually works with timed login stuff,
  does enable/disable during configuration, and gives closing pam
  comments after login is completed (such as that your pw will expire
  or such)

- The timed login time is now increased on any key or mouse press on
  any widget.

- The shipped locale.alias now lists all the languages we know,
  and doesn't include any encodings or dups or other random garbage

- Xnest is now being passed the -kb argument to disable the xkb
  extension on the Xnest as this just causes problems apparently. (#66610)

- The gdmXnestchooser command now actually uses the command you gave it
  in the config file or on the command line

- The graphical greeter is actually translated, plus a bunch of
  other translation issues are fixed (#82549)

- Possible crashes and random weird errors fixed by not using g_print
  for communication (since that does charset conversions which we don't
  want to do)

- Translation updates (Jarkko Ranta, Stanislav Visnovsky, Kjartan Maraas,
  Ole Laursen, Zbigniew Chyla, GNOME PL Team, Carlos Perelló Marín,
  Christian Rose, Vincent van Adrighem, Duarte Loreto, me)

Note:  Gdm2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen , and
is now maintained by the Queen of England.  Although when she's not answering
her email I usually cover for her.

Note2:  If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites
most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf and gnomerc.  It will however
save backups with the .orig extension first.

Note3:  Distributors, packagers.  Please, PLEASE use the standard Gnome script
when setting things up as gnome, or at least equivalently working scripts.  It
should never be OK to just exec gnome-session, that is considered bad form.
The script needs to read (if available) the ~/.gnomerc and otherwise read
the /gdm/gnomerc file.  This allows users and administrators to
setup custom startup for gnome.



Have fun,


PS:  Freeze is a boring time.  No new features, no minor bugfixes ... no fun.
So in accordance (is that how you spell that?) with the freeze, this PS is
also boring.  In fact I should just take the PS off to make this announcement
even more boring then it is.  I should put long strings made up of a single
letter to make it more boring, and harder to find real information in.  Like
this: wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
This will also take up more bandwidth and generally increase the unhappiness
in the world ... MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ...

   When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
                       -- Jean-Paul Sartre

COnfigurator for Gnome 0.1.0


COnfigurator for Gnome 0.1.0


A program for editing advanced Gnome settings in an easy way - the backend
uses gconf and XML descriptions, but all the user will see is a (somewhat)
nice GUI.


- First release - everything is new.



Yelp 0.10


Yelp 0.10


Help browser for GNOME 2.0 which supports docbook documents, info and


* Show the open section in the TOC tree          (Mikael Hallendal)
* Handle info:dir                                (Mikael Hallendal)
* Set window title to say which document is 
  displayed                                      (Mikael Hallendal)
* Ship docbook DTD                               (Mikael Hallendal)
* Don't hard code font sizes                     (Mikael Hallendal,
                                                  Bill Haneman)
* Better error handling                          (Mikael Hallendal)


* Re enabled viewing documents in the index view (Mikael Hallendal)
* Fix that made index page only work for first
* Fix bug hat made index page only work for 
  first window                                   (Mikael Hallendal)
* Fixed session bug (#82605)                     (Yogeesh MB)
* Fixes to db2html                               (Mikael Hallendal,
                                                  James Henstridge)



festival-gaim 0.1


festival-gaim 0.1


Plugin de gaim que permite escuchar los mensajes que recibas, usando
síntesis de voz.

First version

First version



gnome-panel 1.5.24
gnome-desktop 1.5.22
gnome-session 1.5.21


* What are they ?

        gnome-panel contains the GNOME panel which the area
on your desktop from which you can run applications and
applets, and perform other tasks.

        gnome-desktop contains the libgnome-desktop library
which contains APIs that really belong in libgnome[ui] but
have not seen enough testing or development to be considered
stable. It also contains documents installed as part of the
core GNOME distribution, e.g. the GPL, GNOME's .desktop files,
the gnome-about program, some manpages and GNOME's core graphics
files and icons.

        gnome-session contains the GNOME session manager, the GNOME
session manager configuration program and several other session
management related utilities and the GNOME session manager proxy,
which handles basic session management for applications that do not
support XSMP.

* What's changed ?

>>> gnome-panel-1.5.24


        * Fix various Ditem issues (George, Dave Camp)
        * Fix g_free/g_object_unref memory corruption (Mark)
        * Button focus indication width fix (Padraig)
        * Fix signals and marshallers (George)
        * Accessibility work (Jayaraj Rajappan)
        * Remove padding aroung applets because of problems (Mark)


        * Accessible descriptions for pager (Rajkumar Sivasamy)
        * Hook up docs buttons (Satyajit Kanungo)


        * Abel Cheung, Carlos Perelló Marín, Christian Rose,
          Dmitry G. Mastrukov, George Lebl, Germán Poo-Caamaño,
          Jordi Mallach, Kjartan Maraas, Ole Laursen, Pablo Saratxaga,
          Pauli Virtanen, Stanislav Visnovsky, Tõivo Leedjärv and
          Zbigniew Chyla.

>>> gnome-desktop-1.5.22


        * Make translations in GnomeDitemEdit work (Frank Worsley)


        * Carlos Perelló Marín, Christian Rose, Duarte Loreto, George
          Lebl, Jesus Bravo Alvarez, Jordi Mallach and Tõivo Leedjärv.

>>> gnome-session-1.5.21


        * Allow InteractRequests in phase 2 (Jacob)
        * Made help button point at user guide (Satyajit Kanungo)


        * Carlos Perelló Marín, Christian Rose, Duarte Loreto, George Lebl,
          Jesus Bravo Alvarez, Tõivo Leedjärv and Vincent van Adrighem.

* Where can I get them ?


Good Luck,


vlc 0.4.1


vlc 0.4.1


vlc (VideoLAN Client) is a DVD, MPEG and DivX player for Gnome or Gtk+.
can play MPEG movies, all existing DVDs with audio channel,
subtitles and angle support, as well as network streams.
Hardware acceleration is available through XVideo or SDL.


- Support for AVI files with AC3 audio.
- Additional MMX optimizations in the video decoder.


- Fix for slanted subtitles and bad colors in RGB mode.
- Fix for crashes in the drop-down menu.