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Release Digest: GNOME, November 1, 2002

Nov 01, 2002, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])

gtkmm 2.0.0

*** gtkmm2

gtkmm provides a C++ interface to GTK+. gtkmm2 wraps GTK+ 2.
http://www.gtkmm.org

After just over a year of intense coding, testing, and documenting, the 
gtkmm2 API is now binary frozen. As well as including all of the 
improvements in GTK+ 2, gtkmm2 offers an improved, simplified, and more complete
API in comparison to gtkmm 1.2. If you like C++ then we think you'll like it, and
we think it's a reason to like C++.


*** Credits

gtkmm2 is this good only because of the effort and care of these developers.
Without any one of these people, gtkmm2 would be noticeably less wonderful 
than it is.

Karl Nelson
  (initial code, mythical figure, exception-handling, others)
Murray Cumming
  (workhorse, cheerleader, organiser, blame-taker)
Daniel Elstner
  (merciless refactorer, standards expert,
   solver of unsolvable problems, loser of sleep)
Martin Schulze (Atk, Pango, Gdk API review and completion. Much more)
Gergo Erdi (Pango API review, ProgressBar. Much more)
Michael v. Szombathely (SUN Forte compiler support, test cases)
Cedric Gustin (Win32 support)
Andreas Holzmann (Menu API. Much more)
Michael Babcock (pack_start)
Bassoukos Tassos (exceptions, glibmm)
Bradley Bell
Patrick Crosby
Jarek Dukat (constness, gcc 3.x support)
Liam Girdwood
Michael Koziarski
Ole Laursen
Elke Meier
Marcelo E. Magallo
Andrew E Makeev
Mike McEwan
Christian Meyer (documentation)
Paolo Pinto (documentation)
Morten Brix Pedersen
Christof Petig (Menu fixes)
Stephan Puchegger (glibmm)
Alain Rouge
Daniel Sundberg
Naofumi Yasufuku (Win32 support)
Matthew Walton (TreeView demos)

and
James Henstridge (Python defs generation and docs extraction)
Havoc Pennington (for writing an easily-wrappable GtkTextBuffer API)
Valgrind (lifetime/memory fixes): http://developer.kde.org/~sewardj/

And all the bug reporters and testers.


*** Changes

The CHANGES file describes some of the more significant differences 
compared to gtkmm 1.2: 
http://cvs.gnome.org/lxr/source/gtkmm-root/base/CHANGES


*** Changes since gtkmm 1.3.26:

2.0.0

* gcc now builds even with -Werror warnings. (Daniel Elstner)
* Various low-level cleanups/improvements· (Daniel Elstner)
* SUN-specific workarounds removed now that SUN fixed their
  compiler (Michael v. Szombathely)

API Changes:
* Gtk::Box::pack_start() and pack_end():
  removed default argument values for the bool, bool overloads,
  to improve type-safety of the more useful PackOptions overload.
  (Daniel Elstner)
* Gtk::Menu_Helpers::StockMenuElems can be used to create 
  submenus. (Christof Pettig)
* Gtk::AspectFrame: Added a constructor that uses AlignmentEnum.
  (Murray Cumming)
* Some minor Pango API corrections (Daniel Elstner)
* Glib::ustring::clear(): Added. (Daniel Elstner)
* Glib::Ascii::tolower() and Glib::Ascii::toupper() added.
  (Daniel Elstner)


Documentation:
* Book:
    Updated almost all widget-specific sections.
    Used links to reference docs and to example source code.
    Added screenshots.
* FAQ: Updated and converted to DocBook XML.
* examples: Rewrote many examples - see examples/book/
  (Murray Cumming)
* Glib::ustring non-standard methods documented.
  (Daniel Elstner)


*** Download

http://www.gtkmm.org/download.shtml

You will need libsigc++ 1.2, available here: 
https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=1970


*** Development 

There is ongoing discussion on the mailing list: 
http://gtkmm.sourceforge.net/mailinglist.html
and in the #c++ channel on irc.gnome.org/  

-- 
Murray Cumming
murrayc@usa.net
www.murrayc.com

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Workrave 1.0.0

Application
===========

Workrave 1.0.0

Description
===========

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of
repetitive strain injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take
micro-pauses and rest breaks, and restricts you to your daily limit. It
currently runs on GNU/Linux and Windows.

Enhancements
============

After extensive testing we finally present our first production release.
Version 1.0.0 is rock solid and ready for daily usage at the office. New in
this release is a Dutch translation, and the daily limit window is fully
operational now.

Download
========

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=62552

_____________________________________________

Inti-GConf 1.0 Beta-1

Application
===========

Inti-GConf 1.0 Beta-1

Description
===========

Inti-GConf is the second module in the Integrated Foundation Classes 
library. Inti-GConf is an Inti binding for GConf, the Gnome 
Configuration System. Inti-GConf makes accessing the GConf database from 
your Inti applications easy and intuitive. Its API and documentation are 
complete and it comes with several examples.

Enhancements
============

* Initial Release

Download
========

https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=63682


The Inti Development Team.


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GNOME Accessibility Themes 0.3

Application
===========

GNOME Accessibility Themes 0.3

Description
===========

A set of desktop themes and icons for users with low or limited vision.

Enhancements
============

- Added preliminary/incomplete mimetype, filesystem and device icons for
all themes.

- Added stock icons for mixer applet and mouse capplet (requires latest
mixer applet from HEAD and mouse capplet patch from from #96081 for theming
to take effect).


Download
========
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/gnome-themes/0.3/
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gnomemm 1.3.11

*** gnomemm

The libgnome*mm libraries wrap the GNOME2 libraries for C++, for use
with gtkmm2. They are collectively known as gnomemm. You will need the 
latest gtkmm2 release.

libgnomeuimm wraps libgnomeui for C++.
libgnomecanvasmm wraps libgnomecanvas for C++.
libglademm wraps libglade for C++
libgnomemm wraps libgnome for C++.
gconfmm wraps GConf for C++.

We have also provided gnomemm as one umbrella package, gnomemm-all, for your 
convenience. 

*** Changes:

gconfmm 1.3.9:
libglademm 1.3.5:
libgnomemm 1.3.8:
libgnomeuimm 1.3.11

* Updated for gtkmm 2.0.0 (Murray Cumming)

libgnomecanvasmm 1.3.11:

* Updated for gtkmm 2.0.0 (Murray Cumming)
* Corrected demo (Owen Stenseth)

*** Download 

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=1161

You will need the latest unstable gtkmm2, available from the same place.

*** Installation:

The gnomemm libraries should be built and installed in this order:
libgnomemm, gconfmm, libgnomecanvasmm, libglademm, libgnomeuimm.
Or you could use the gnomemm-all umbrella package.

-- 
Murray Cumming
murrayc@usa.net
www.murrayc.com

_____________________________________________

ReciteWord 0.8.0

Application
===========

ReciteWord 0.8.0

Description
===========

a education software developed using gtk2 to help people to study
english,recite english words.it have very beautiful interface make reciting
word being a interesing thing.
it can change skins.with sound event.and it can read word.with over 400
books for your choice.

Enhancements
============

-
-

This is a "perfect" edition. :_)
-
-

Download
========

http://reciteword.cosoft.org.cn
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GStreamer 0.4.2

GStreamer "Toes Wide Open" 0.4.2 released

The GStreamer team is happy to announce another release of the GStreamer
streaming-media framework. This release has mainly focused on code
clean-up and rounding out of the features. Large chunks of GStreamer are
API stable at this point.

You find source and binary download instructions here:
http://www.gstreamer.net/releases/0.4.2/

Our development currently focus on the following items:

    * Increase stability and portability of scheduler
    * Add more video editing specific plugins
    * Improve plugins currently used by existing applications
    * Create language bindings

We are starting to have a really nice collection of applications under
development using GStreamer. If you are looking for something specific
check out our applications status page at:
http://www.gstreamer.net/status/?category=2

Updates and Enhancements
General

    * First release made of the Graphical Pipeline Editor, getting to be
        very stable and well working (new maintainer needed).
    * License field added to factory details field.
    * Further work on Language bindings, with Web pages set up
        describing them
    * gst_caps_check_compatability -> gst_capsisalways_compatible API
        change.
    * Designing interactive plugins architecture begun.
    * Cleanups for SPEC files for use with Red Hat 8
    * GConf keys provided and extended to set input sources
    * Converted FAQ to docbook and added it to build
    * use G_{BEGIN,END}_DECLS in core (plugins to follow)

Core

Plug-ins

    * FLAC plugin updated to work with 1.0.4 release
    * Metadata support and many fixes for Ogg Vorbis plugin
    * Lots of fixes to v4l plugin
    * New wavencoder plugin
    * New shoutcast2 plugin
    * Mad plugin now also collects id3 metadata
    * Lots of minor fixes, code cleanups and updates for new versions of
        underlying libraries.
    * Video editing plugins added
    * Snapshot plugin part of default build
    * Major updates to v4l plugin
    * Major updates to avimux plugin
    * New Mpegmuxer plugin
    * Many fixes to cdparanoia plugin
    * Playback of SVCD fixed
    * Moved generic gstplay library from gst-player into gst-plugins
    * Added first cut of new ASF demuxer (still not working)

Known Issues

GStreamer currently ships with schedulers based on two cothread
packages. The 'omega' cothread package is the one we have been shipping
for a long time now and is still the default in this release. There are
however some limitations and thread-related bugs in the omega scheduler.
These limitations are not present in the 'wingo' schedulers, but
unfortunately it does not work with i686 glibc at this time due to
differences in the way threads are handled compared to other
architectures, including i386. A new (third) scheduler (that doesn't use
cothreads) is being developed.

As for the bugs in the 'omega' schedulers, we did not feel they
warranted not releasing 0.4.2 as they are rather obscure. For instance
if you are using Rhythmbox you will need to be playing over 500 songs
nonstop to trigger it. You can choose a different scheduler by passing
--scheduler=(name) to any GStreamer application.

Wim Taymans has started work on a new scheduler. The first part is
already in CVS, but it will probably still be some months before it is
ready.

GStreamer Homepage

More details on these features can be found on the project's website,
http://gstreamer.net/.

Support and Bugs

We use Gnome's Bugzilla for bug reports and feature requests. The
"product name" is GStreamer (capital G). Please do the following before
writing a bug report :

gst-feedback &> feedback 2>&1

and attach the file "feedback" to your bug report, so that we have some
information useful in the debugging process.

Developers

GStreamer is hosted on SourceForge. All code is in CVS and can be
checked out from there. Interested developers of the core library,
plug-ins, and applications should subscribe to the gstreamer-devel list.
If there is sufficient interest we will create more lists as necessary.

We are still looking for people with access to Solaris, HP-UX, Irix and
True64 that would be willing to try building and testing GStreamer.
Patches fixing such problems are also more than welcome.

Contributors to this release:

Patches to the core of Gstreamer

    * Wim Taymans 
    * Thomas Vander Stichele 
    * David I. Lehn 

Plugins and Sample Applications

    * Ronald Bultje 
    * Andy Wingo 
    * Steve Baker 
    * Cameron Hutchison 
    * Zeeshan Ali Khattak 
    * David Schleef 
    * Colin Walters 
    * Iain Holmes 
    * Pedro Côrte-Real 
    * Jérémy Simon 
    * Julien Moutte 
    * Owen Fraser-Green 

Misc

    * Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller 
    * Tim Jansen 
    * Leif Morgan Johnson 
    * Martin Schulze <>
    * Christian Meyer 
    * Alp Toker