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Release Digest: GNOME, June 6, 2002

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Gnumeric 1.1.5

Gnumeric 1.1.5 aka 'there is no release #4' is now available.

    Lots of fun tibits in here.  Most noteably, Andreas has been kicking the
    printing system into shape so things now work reasonably well, and should
    be alot more usable than 1.0.x.  Jon Kåre's work has paid of in spades,
    Gnumeric can now be embedded in nautilus and libgnumeric is shaping up

    NOTE : We have disabled building 1.1 using gcc-2.96.  There are a few known
       areas where the compiler shipped with RH/Mandrake was causing numeric
       inaccuracies in gnumeric.  If you don't mind that feel free to manually
       remove the prohibition.


    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 your father's
        garter belt, to burst into flame.


        * Implement validation criteria checking.
        * Port part of the string functions to utf8.

        * Improve printing dialogs.
        * Make print-setup changes undoable.
        * Add zoom factor preference.
        * Add sheet selector to print-setup dialog.
        * Fix print range selection.
        * Added new stats function CRONBACH.
        * Improve focus handling in search dialog
        * Persist printer information
        * Add GUI to plugin manager to add/remove extra plugin
        * Add discard all/save all buttons to exit dialog.
        * Add a rescan directories button to the plugin manager
        (Note: this has seen only minimal testing.)
        * Fix bug:

        * fix name definition.
        * Only grab if selection succeeds.
        * Fix drawing glitch when creating unshared views not at A1
        * Copy freeze state and outline info
        * Ignore combos associated with filters.

        * More solver improvements.

        * Cleanup fn-database.
        * Disentangle fn-stat and fn-database.
        * Make fn-database a plugin.
        * Make fn-stat a plugin.
        * Improve goal seek for the case without a proper df.
        * Fix XIRR.
        * Plug leaks and improve speed of string functions.
        * Fix DOLLAR.
        * Fix ROW and COLUMN.
        * Prevent gcc 2.96 compilation.
        * Fix leaks for unknown function stubs.

    Jon Kåre:
        * Install bonobo control
        * Merge bonobo control commands into container's menus
        * Make bonobo control zoomable
        * Enable bonobo control to display message dialog.

* Availability



Gnumeric 1.0.7

Gnumeric 1.0.7 is now available.

    This is a bug fix release, new development is being done in version 1.1.x
    based on gnome2.  This is a high priority update for a couple of reasons
        - A patch in 1.0.6 broke xls export of empty strings.  This fixes that
          and enables those file to be read by Gnumeric.
        - The translators hard work has paid off, the function manual has now
          been shipped in translated form to 12 languages.
        - An oft requested feature to support 1 click import of tab delimited
          files has been added.  No need to use the import guru for simple
          things anymore.

    Many thanks to Ray Dassen (Debian maintainer) for helping to improve
    portability and patching niggly warnings from gcc-3.1

    NOTE : http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=81104
        Although I have never been able to reproduce this I suspect it has been
        patched.  For those of you who were experiencing this crash _please_
        test 1.0.7.  I'd like to close the report.

* Patches

        * Fix (possible) segfaults caused by the "mid", "left" and "right"
          right string functions and protect those functions and
          the "replace" function against invalid arguments.
        * Fix validation entry sensitivity.

        * Fix some memory problems in the solver.

        * Don't crash on xls import/export if locale is confused.

        * Simple auto-detection of tab delimited vs csv

        * Avoid mistranslated font names.

        * Actually disable wide character checking if it is not available.

        * Fix grab when selecting a col/row with validation failure.

        * Handle inserting col/row if the first is hidden.

        * clone grouping and frozen status too.

        * preset canvas scroll region in case something scrolls before we are

        * Handle some XL export breakage cause by TagoH's patch.

        * Fix advanced filter of value based implied enums.

        * gdk_flush after all grab/ungrab events so that long running
          operations that do not update the display are certain to ungrab
          without delay (thanks rconover)

        * Apply the accounting format rather than the numeric version for

    J.H.M. Dassen (Ray):
        * Fix the omf file.

        * Some gda plugin warnings.
        * correct the help references in a few languages
        * Fix some gcc-3 warnings.

* Translations

    * Stanislav Visnovsky (sk), Kjartan Maraas (no), Karsten Weiss (de),
    Duarte Loreto (pt), Vincent van Adrighem (nl) Fatih Demir (tr),
    Christian Meyer (de), Christophe Merlet (fr), Zbigniew Chyla (pl)
    Abel Cheung (zh_TW), Takeshi Aihana (ja)

* Availability



intltool 0.22

A new release of the intltool package is available; this time codenamed
"Så blev det endelig min fødselsdag! jubii, sikke en masse gaver". The
intltool package is a set of tools for translating the contents of data
files using the gettext translation framework.

As always we suggest everyone to upgrade.

Some of the changes in intltool since version 0.21:

  - Add detection of glade2 files in -m mode (Abel Cheung).
  - Force intltool-update to exit if POTFILES.in is not found (Abel 
  - Made schemas extraction code more bulletproof (Kenneth).
  - Added support for translation of descriptions used by ATK in glade
    files (Kenneth)

You can find the source code for intltool 0.22 on gnome ftp:


If you have problems with intltool, please report bugs at

    -- Kenneth



Hi Guys,

        A load of ABI stable releases just gone out; here are the incremental
notes from the last announced unstable release:


        * fixes
                + add linc-cleanup-sockets to clean
                  stale sockets from /tmp/orbit-$USER
                + g_type_init doesn't turn debug on

libIDL-0.8.0: stable ABI/API fozen release

        * link against glib (Mark)
        * build fixes (Jacob)


        * bug fixes
                + orbit-idl-2 knows its name (Michael)

        * featurelets
                + bin-compat fiddling (Michael)
                + accelerated object hashing (Michael)
                + orbhttp clean (Richard Kinder)
                + allow fast call disabling (Michael)
                + shrink stubs yet further (Michael)


        * leak fixes (Michael)
                + async code
                + connection dispose
                + GIOP 1.0 service contexts

        * trace cleanup (Sean Atkinson)
                + us timestamp printing
                + ellipsize long strings


        * Bug fixes
                + crash on server exit (Michael)
                + build fixage (Jacob Berkman)
                + remove message of doom (Michael)
                + dup iid/od on init for python (Michael)

libbonobo 2.0.0

        * Featurelets
                + add BonoboObject padding (Michael)
                + add --enable-debug config option (Gustavo Giráldez)

libbonobo 1.117.1

        * Bugs fixed
                + quiescence after destroy for
                  event-source & listener (Michael)

libbonoboui 2.0.0

        * Add bin-compat padding (Michael)

libbonoboui 1.118.0

        * Bugs fixed
                + socket resize on show (Michael)
                + socket sizing badness / inefficiency (Michael)
                + DockItem glade fixes (Kristian Rietveld)
                + pixbuf leak fix (Gustavo Giráldez)
                + control frame CORBA sizing update (Federico)

        All packages can be found at:


 mmeeks@gnu.org  <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot



I have just released libglade 2.0.0, available at:


This is the first stable release targetted at GTK 2.0, and is part of 
the upcomming GNOME 2.0 developer platform.  There are not many changes 
between this release and the previous one (1.99.12).  The main one is 
some updates to the documentation (some of the gtk-doc stuff got broken 
when I was updating things a while back).


Email: james@daa.com.au              | Linux.conf.au 2003 Call for Papers out
WWW:   http://www.daa.com.au/~james/ |   http://conf.linux.org.au/cfp.html


gsendfile 0.2


gsendfile 0.2


a gnome frontend to the unix-tools sendfile and receive

A Gnome Status Docklet was added, which signals new files. The Properties
Dialog has been implemented. There is now an option to check for new files
automaticaly after a certain period. Added fam support (monitors
/var/spool/sendfile/$USER and reports new files). Drag & drop is now
supported (you can drop files from nautilus on gsendfile - this will open
the senddialog with the "dragged" file selected. Added a contextmenu. It is
now possible to specify the Application with which you want to preview a
file. Added sessionmangagment support.