Release Digest: GNOME, September 8, 2002
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Finally... Gaphor 0.1.0...
What is Gaphor?
Gaphor is a Unified Modeling Language (UML) modeling tool (CASE tool)
written in Python. It is designed to be nice looking with extensibility
in mind. It's data model is based upon the UML version 1.4
Gaphor 0.1.0 supports:
- Classes (partly)
- Associations (partly)
You can already load and save your diagrams.
Check out the download page (http://gaphor.sourceforge.net/download.php)
for details conserning dependencies on other packages.
A graphical whois client for GNOME.
* Makefile-based installer
* A new manpage by Mark Howard
* Queries made using an external client come through a filehandle rather
than a subshell making the program more responsive
* Localisation support using Locale::Maketext. 0.4.0 will ship with support
for English, Dutch and Swedish. Additional translations are welcome.
* An 'auto-detect' feature that attempts to guess the whois server to use
based on your query
* Program now uses the dialogs available through Gnome rather than custom
* Program now keeps queries in a history list for easy access.
Mass rename filenames and set ID3tags. Has ability to define filters. With
Initial release on Gnome.org.
Ogg support was added!
Some debugging info was removed.
Devil's Pie 0.2.1
A utility along the lines of the "Window Matching" options in Sawfish,
designed for use with Metacity but is window-manager agnostic.
It basically allows you to detect certain windows when they are created,
and manipulate them. I have used it to put X-Chat windows on all
workspaces, and to hide Gkrellm1 from the GNOME2 page and task list
(until gkrellm2 came out, of course).
This is version 0.2.1, and actually tells you what the syntax is instead
of crashing in exciting and interesting ways. 0.2 was very short-lived,
and 0.1 was released but generally sucked. I believe this to be sort-of
usable, but it is not finished, and does require hand-holding at times.
Consider it proof-of-concept.
Download from http://www.burtonini.com/computing/devilspie-0.2.tar.gz.
Debian packages are in the works (I just need to sort out
update-catalogs) and I'll probably knock up a .spec file for RH72 as
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Mass spectrometry framework in which the user can define brand new polymer
chemistries, and use these polymer definitions to simulate/analyse mass
spectrometric data for any polymer sequence complying with a polymer
- added a sophisticated programmable molecular calculator
GNOME System Tools 0.21.0
The GNOME System Tools version 0.21.0 have been released.
The GNOME System Tools are a set of cross-platform configuration
utilities for Linux and other Unix systems. Internally they are divided
in frontends and backends. The frontend knows nothing about the
underlying system and provides the same user interface across the
different types of systems. The backend knows how to read and write the
configuration information. The GNOME System Tools do not impose a new
database on the system: they work with the default configuration files
so that configuration can still be done by hand or by other tools.
You can view screenshots of the most recent tools at
Changes since last release
* The project was ported to the GNOME 2.0 platform (Tambet,
* Added Runlevel tool (Carlos Garnacho)
* Bugfixing in the existing tools
* New name
* Ximian is not sponsoring XST(GST) anymore
* Only the stable tools are enabled
You can get it from :
We still need lots of help from anybody interested in contributing to
GST, even if it's only an email letting us know whether the tools worked
for your system. You can also submit bug reports at
Testing that the tools work correctly on your system and either filing
detailed bug reports or confirming that they work correctly is greatly
appreciated. If you test a tool on an unsupported distro/system and find
out that it works correctly, please let us know so that we can update
the supported tools matrix (see below).
The backends are designed as to minimize the effort needed to support
more distros/systems. A great way to contribute is to port the tools to
* GNOME 2 libraries
The tools have been stable on our systems recently. However, since this
tools modify your system configuration we suggest that only people which
are going to be able to solve a problem if something goes wrong use them
at the time. We have created a backup system so that the changes made to
the configuration files are tracked and stored.
Mailing list / IRC
For discussion and feedback, sign up for our mailing
You can also find us in the #gst channel on IRC server irc.gnome.org/
You can find the latest version of the GST whitepaper at:
Every time a tool modifies your system configuration files, it makes
backups of those files. The backups are rotated (for 9 levels in total),
and the backup made the first time the tool was run is kept forever.
This means that you can revert your system configuration to the point
before you ever ran a GNOME System Tool.
The backup path is /var/cache/setup-tools-backends/backup///.
In this directory, you'll find a complete snapshot of the files that
were modified. The original directory structure leading up to these
files is also kept. runs from 1-9, and when the first backup is
rotated out, it is kept in a special catalog called "First", which is
never touched again.
Current Tool Set
- Runlevel admin
Allows you to configure:
* the services your computer will run at startup
* in which runleves do they run
- Network admin
Allows you to configure your:
* samba hostname and workgroup
* DNS servers
* search domains
* hosts (/etc/hosts)
* Network interfaces
* wavelan (limited support)
- Time admin
Allows you to configure your:
* Date & Time
* NTPD servers
- Users admin
Allows you to manage:
* username / full name
* home dir
- Boot admin
Allows you to set:
* Default boot partition
* Partition type and label
* Kernel image
* Kernel extra parameters (append)
* adding or deleting partitions from the boot manager
Carlos Garnacho Parro
Hans Petter Jansson
Carlos Garnacho Parro