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Release Digest: GNOME, June 9, 2002

Jun 10, 2002, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])


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



gcalctool: Gtk2 based calculator 


gcalctool is a powerful graphical calulator with financial, logical and
scientific modes. It uses a multiple precision package to do its arithmetic
to give a high degree of accuracy.

This is the initial release of this software (alpha quality).
See the TODO file for a list of known problems.
This is also a request for help with a couple Gtk2 problems listed in
the TODO file. Contact the maintainer for more details.






Pan 0.11.94

Pan 0.11.94 "We Pass Through This World But Once" 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 0.11.94

        This is the fifth beta of 0.12.0, which began life as a gtk2 port
        of Pan 0.11.3, grew some new features and usability improvments,
        and is now (hopefully) shaking out the last bugs before 0.12.0.

Changes Since 0.11.93


        * Small UI improvments for copying articles to folders (#64867),
          watching/ignoring articles (#78006), the `next article'
          button (#82724), and reading a group for the first time (#82092).

        * Some good speed improvements in decoding, threading, and sorting.


        * Check that the article's charset is valid for the body. If not,
          warn the user and propose a better charset. Thanks to
          Frank Van Damme for reporting this. (#83045)

        * Fixed 0.11.91 bug that caused the header pane to get switched to
          the body pane when an article was cleared, such as when deleting
          an article or switching groups.  Thanks to Sam Solon for reporting
          this bug and providing a patch.

       * Fixed long-standing bug that could cause Pan to crash when deleting
          articles which had crossposts in a group that was being unloaded by
          Pan.  Thanks to bickingd for reporting this bug. (#82865)

        * Fixed long-standing bug that could cause Pan to crash when adding
          new tasks while the task manager dialog was open.  Thanks to
          Thomas Gamble for reporting this bug. (#82262)

        * Fixed minor bug that could give the wrong error message for
          articles that users tried to post without a Subject header. (#82828)

        * Fixed long-standing bug that could cause Pan to crash if the
          grouplist file was corrupt.  Thanks to Adam M for reporting
          this bug. (#72435)



(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip 5 paragraphs down first)

It is the Year Of Our Lord 2002 and thine times are dark.  For there
are not no stable GNOME 2 packages.  But fear not my gentle voyager,
for thou shall experienceth the greatest event thine eyes have ever seeeth.
Yes, here before you lies but one among those first stable packages that you
shall encounter on your voyage towards the perfect desktop of only the
holiest free softwareth.  Thus bow down before Your Saviour, Your Light In The
Dark, Your Merciful Knight, yes, Me, and do your bidding.  Yes, for thou shall
now sacrifice a virgin sheep thrice on a full moon night, and thou shalt not
eat nor drink for a full fortnight to express thine ethernal gratitude towards
... Me.

(Yes there were many other people involved much more with bringing you GNOME 2
stuff, but none of them are as arrogant, self centered and just plain assholes
as me, and thus I don't have to mention them)

Now slightly more seriously:  There are no new features over the last
development release and this is then just like the release except for
a new version name and an inclusion of a new theme for the graphical greeter,
and some updated translations.  So that you can now actually switch between
two themes.  However it would seem approriate here to list the features that has over 2.2.x.

 * Based on the GNOME2 platform, which gives us all the cool things that
   this brings
 * New, fully themable, graphical greeter written by Anders and Alex
 * New crack-reduced configuration program.  Morever the settings that
   you can change in the configuration program take effect immediately.
 * The daemon handles some startup and login errors in a much saner manner,
   giving better feedback and such.
 * A bunch of internal reordering and restructuring.
 * Many random fixes and small new features

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the
background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then
tells you to piss off because you forgot your password.  It does pretty much
everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much
crack.  It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer
design overall.  It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of
which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing.  The
goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to
customize or troubleshoot gdm.  It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact
extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is
still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).


Highlights of stuff:

- New theme, "Happy GNOME" by Steve Fox

- Translation updates (Christophe Merlet, Jarkko Ranta, Mantas Kriauciunas,
  Carlos Perello Marin, Kjartan Maraas, TÅivo Leedjärv, Jordi Mallach,
  Stanislav Visnovsky, Zbigniew Chyla, GNOME PL Team, Christian Rose)

Note:  GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen , and
has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England.  She is usually
not responsive to bug reports or feature requests.  You can try to send them
to me however.

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.



Sorry no RPMS.  There is a spec file included in the tarball and it may or may
not work (it should, and it did some time ago but I haven't tried it lately).

Also I think this may be moved out of the pre-gnome2 directory but that was
the only place I thought of for now.  It will likely find it's place among
where the other GNOME 2.0.0 packages will be.

Have fun,


PS:  The release name is "Vacation!!!" because I'm going on vacation (well,
I've sort of been on vacation since the school ended) for 3 weeks to Europe
and thus I will not be answering any email or doing anything productive.  I'm
also about to meet my girlfriend's parents and anyone who knows me or has
read a few of these gdm release announcements knows that I should be worried.
Anyway this PS is not too silly, but I hope the openning paragraph has
redeemed me.  To be at least little silly I'll do some funny faces at the
screen now ... there.  You can't really see them, but I did them.  I swear I

PS2:  I didn't have time to read email so I hope there weren't any big
problems in the last day or there will be a brown paper bag release someone
will have to make for me :)  (I've had about 20 minutes of internet time right
now, since my home connection is broken ATM)

   Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses,
   not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
                       -- Dennis (the bloody peasant)

GtkGLExt 0.1.1

Hello everyone,

GtkGLExt, OpenGL extention to GTK, version 0.1.1 is released.


This is a minor bug fix release.

The following bugs have been fixed.

  * SIGSEGV was arised with applications uses modal window.

  * Win32 GLPixmap problem that the displayed image was mirrored
    about y-axis.

Now, Win32 GLPixmap works correctly.

Could you please try it and tell me your comments?

General Information

GtkGLExt is an OpenGL extention to GTK 2.0 or later.

This package is composed of GdkGLExt library and GtkGLExt library.
GdkGLExt library includes low-level OpenGL related objects,
GdkGLConfig, GdkGLContext, GdkGLDrawable, GdkGLWindow, and so on,
which has GLX like interface. GtkGLExt library includes high-level
gtk_widget API extentions using GdkGLExt, which extends ANY GTK+ widget
to an OpenGL-capable widget.

The objects included in these libraries are implemented using C and
fully compliant with GLib's GObject and it's latest features.

The official web site is:

The official download & development information site is:

Supported Platforms

Currently GtkGLExt supports

  * UNIX platforms
      Tested on Linux (RedHat 7.2) and IRIX (6.5).

  * Win32 platforms
      Tested on Windows XP & 2000 Professional using MinGW +
      Cygwin environment.

Thank you,

Naofumi Yasufuku  
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -- Alan Kay
GARNOME 0.10.5: "42 Days, 42 Nights"

GARNOME 0.10.5 - the bad-ass, bleeding edge GNOME distribution for testers
and tweakers everywhere - is ready for more tire-kicking and bug-bashing. If
you're dying to try the GNOME 2.0 Desktop, but don't want to fall into the
depraved addictions and co-dependencies of testing from anonymous CVS, then
GARNOME is for you.


RAAAWK! So close to release it hurts. Next week is release candidate time,
and our release critical bugs are being jumped on left, right and centre.
Not many new treats in this release, but plenty of updates to the major
desktop components and platform libraries. Noice.

I recommend building afresh prefix, otherwise much arse will be left over
from your previous builds. It's always good to clear that out before trying
updated GARNOME releases.

What's New?

  - Update to latest weekly snapshot.
  - New: gthumb, by Paolo Bacchilega, now ported to the GNOME 2 platform!
    Very spiffy.
  - New: gnome-hacker-tools meta garball, currently just for Glade, but
    there'll be more there soon.
  - Updated: KDE 3.0.1 (KDE 3.0 was the surprise in the previous release,
    for those who don't look at their directory listings close enough). Try
    it out!
  - Fixed: Added some bits to gar.lib.mk/ for future use.

Where do I get it?

The tarball and documentation are available on the GARNOME website:


Happy Testing!

- Jeff

   "The Motif interface, with chunkier controls, felt more like a ghetto    
                           blaster." - Liam Quin                            

VisualOS 1.0.4


VisualOS 1.0.4


VisualOS is an educational visual simulator of an operating system for

        * English user manual.
        * Use libtool

        * Documentation compiles again.
        * Debian packing fixes
        * Some spelling fixes thans to
                Laurent Bonnaud 

All available documentation is now on the project's web page.



festival-gaim 0.3


festival-gaim 0.3


Añadido de gaim que parla los mensajes que recibas, usando síntesis de
Gaim plugin which speaks your incoming messages, using voice sintesis.

-Multilingual support (English and Spanish)
-Soporte multilingüe (Inglés y Español)
-Diálogo de configuración
-Configuration dialog


File Roller 1.107


File Roller 1.107


File Roller is an archive manager. It lets you open, modify
extract archive files sush as tar and zip.

* added support for encrypted zip archives.
* added test operation for zip archives.
* added mnemonics to all dialogs.
* use Nautilus as document viewer.
* user manual.
* use g_spawn to create processes.


* handle archives with a ';' in the name.



Gnome Clipboard Manager beta-3


Gnome Clipboard Manager beta-3 (gcm)


GNOME Clipboard Manager (GCM) is an application for managing selections
and clipboards. It auto-collects selections on a shelf and has the
option to choose which selections are to be pasted. Selections can be
edited, manually created, deleted, copied, and pasted. The available
selection types are clipboard, primary, secondary, or a custom atom. You
can choose which target (Text, html, richtext, custom) you want to
retrieve. You can save/load items to/from an XML file, and dock gcm as a
GNOME-panel applet. You can send/receive items to/from another host
running Gcm (unfinished). A Gnome 2.0 port is also available (which has
no working PanelApplet support -> not enough documenation available).

Latest screenshot (with some animations):
A screenshot with the Applet:
Older screenshot of the Gnome 2.0 version:
Gnome 1.0 version vs. Gnome 2.0 version:

Enhancements - fixes
* Support for multiple targets (compound_text, text/html, text/richtext)
* Clipboard Ring (limit max. amount of collected items)
* Completion of the Gnome 2.0 port (not in this release, checkout the
  gcm2 module in the CVS)
* Added some advanced options like...
 - Enable/Disable unselect-all after collecting new item
 - Enable/Disable followingscrollbar when collecting new items
 - Enable/Disable select-new after collecting new item
* Some small memleak fixes
* .. -I should update our ChangeLog more frequently, I forgot a lot
  enhancements ;)-
TODO for a first release

* End-user documentation
* A nice icon and logo
* Support for sending items to another host running Gcm
 (will use XML and GNet)

Plans for next versions
* One item can contain multiple targets (text, html, richtext)
  Gcm can deliver those targets if asked for by the application
  that wants the selectiondata.
* Requesting a selection will ask for the TARGETS target and
  then attach all received targets to the new item.
* More and better compatibility with OpenOffice.org and Mozilla
* (Perl) Plugins that will convert text/html targets to 
  for example text/richtext targets (so copypasting formatted
  text between Mozilla and OpenOffice.org should then work.. we
  hope. Well, lets first get the basics working -first two ideas-)
* Improving: sending items to another host running gcm
* Saving and Loading from XML will have to be rewritten so
  that all received targets in the item are saved/loaded.. hmm
  probably most of gcm will have to be rewritten ;-)
* Only in the Gnome 2.0 port : A new item-editing window with
  some advanced features which will for example use the TextView
  widget :
  - Vertical selecting
  - Crop selection
  - gtkhtml for text/html targets
  - etc..
* Binary clipboards 
  - Write a Gimp plugin to get the selected image-data -or is that
    already possible with TheGimp without writing a plugin? It should
    be (If not.. /me looks angry to the TheGimp developpers)-
  - Deliver image-data the way OpenOffice.org does it when copy-
    pasting images.

As you can see; we have enough ideas :-).. the only problem is
time and developpers. So All help, suggestions and documentation
is/are very appreciated! (checkout our mailinglist)



export CVSROOT=':pserver:anonymous@cvs.gcm.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/gcm'
cvs login

# For the Gnome 1.0 version of Gnome Clipboard Manager :
cvs -z3 co gcm

# For the Gnome 2.0 port of Gnome Clipboard Manager :
cvs -z3 co gcm2


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