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Release Digest: GNOME, January 26, 2003

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CVSGnome Build Script 0.3.9


CVSGnome Build Script 0.3.9


CVSGnome is a modern powerful GNOME build script. It's able to build from
stable Tarballs or CVS.

- 0.3.9 - updated to the most recent tarball versions.
        - compiler flags changed from -O4 to -O2 for more stability in
          some applications. stuff tend to break operation such as the
          scheduler in gstreamer for example.
        - parallel installation of automake-1.4-p6, automake-1.6.3 and
        - updated autoconf to use a new version.
        - updated libtool to use a new version.
        - updated pkgconfig to use a new version.
        - added startup-notification as bootstrap requirement.
        - removed libzvt from the list of checkouts.
        - removed metatheme from the list of checkouts.
        - rearranged the modules list again.
        - added gnome-themes to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added gnome-system-tools to the list of checkouts and
        - added nautilus-cd-burner to the list of checkouts and
        - added nautilus-media to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added fontilus to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added gthumb to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added gcalctool to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added acme to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added totem to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added libmrproject to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added mrproject to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added monkey-media to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - added rhythmbox to the list of checkouts and tarballs.
        - FAQ reworked.

          thanks to:
                Sven Herzberg <>

          for bugging me all the time to release a new version :)

          >>> important instructions <<<

          note: it has been some time that i updated cvsgnome and a lot
                of things has been changed. i now spent 1.25 days in
                updating this script (tarball and cvs), updating the
                correct tags as i know them and testing the configure
                logs for problems which took a lot of time. as you see
                this version has a little script called 'helper' that
                you need to activate. in a normal build i expect this
                script to fail 3 times:

        - libgnomedb, wants scrollkeeper,
        - gnome-media, wants gstreamer,
        - gal, wants libgnomeprint-2.0 and libgnomeprintui-2.0

                to make life easier for you either you build from cvs
                or tarballs, do this. as soon as you get one of these
                problems, cd into the directory where gnome gets build
                in the default case this is /tmp/gnome. you see a lot
                of directories and tarballs there. now run 'helper' in
                that directory and it starts to checkout some required
                tarballs and if you build from tarballs it also patches
                totem-0.13.1 and monkey-media-0.6.1. this only works in
                the tempdir so make sure you are in the right dir. for
                the cvs version no patches will be applied and only the
                tarballs get checked out. i know this could have been
                done much easier within the script itself but i don't
                want to spent more time with cvsgnome than i did now.
                after the checkout and after the patches has been
                applied run cvsgnome again and enter:

                depack libgnomeprint-1.116.3
                depack libgnomeprintui-1.116.3
                depack gstreamer-0.5.2
                depack gst-plugins-0.5.2
                depack scrollkeeper-0.3.12

                after this has been done enter:

                build libgnomeprint-1.116.3
                build libgnomeprintui-1.116.3
                build gstreamer-0.5.2
                build gst-plugins-0.5.2
                build scrollkeeper-0.3.12

                it should build and install all the requirements in one
                go and hopefully without any errors. after this load
                cvsgnome again and enter 'world' or 'world stable' to
                continue with the build normally. this is only a
                temporarely solution and will get solved in future
                versions of this script. for other problems such as
                pango fails, xft2 or broken modules either read the FAQ
                or report to




GRot13 Grot13


A GUI interface to rot13 with cut & paste features.
Useful if your browser doesn`t support rot13 or the 
support is only for reading.


- Changed e-mail Address 




gtkVUMeter gtk+-2.0-0.2


gtkVUMeter 0.2


A VU Meter widget for gtk+ 2.0 and 1.2 and also an xmms plugin using it.


Added a Log scale option to the VU Meter.
It still defaults to Linear.



Dr. Genius 0.8.2


Dr. Genius 0.8.2


The Gnome Interactive Geometry Sofware.

Enhancements & Fixes

* Improvement of the locus sampling. Some internal changes were needed,
which may eventually cause strange behavior from DrGenius, if you note
such things, thanks to report it.

* Flickering issue with tip fixed. The tips appearing over item of a
figure do not make the figure to flicker anymore.

* Tips rendering has been improved.

* In select mode, when the user presses the mouse button with the
cursor over the bacrground or when she finished dragging an item, the
item becomes unselected.


Gnome-Media 2.2.0

Dateline: 25th January 2003
Location: Middle of Nowhere
Headline: Gnome-Media 2.2.0 "No War On Iraq" Released.
Unrelated Websites:

Executive Summary:
   Gnome-Media 2.2.0 "No War On Iraq" has been released.

   It is available in the usual spot on

   Compiles with either GStreamer 0.5.2 or 0.6.0 when it is released

   1 - Gnome-CD - A CD player
   2 - Gnome-Volume-Control - An audio mixer for OSS and ALSA 0.5
                              (But ALSA 0.9 will work if you turn on 
                               OSS emulation)
   3 - CDDBSlave2 - A Bonobo based FreeDB data retriever.
   4 - Gnome-Sound-Recorder - A GStreamer based sound recorder.
                              (Can load audio from any format GStreamer
                               can handle, and save to mp3, ogg, flac or
   5 - Other secret goodies - Like a GStreamer property dialog, 
                              and a VU meter

   Submit them at in the gnome-media category.

   Try not to let anyone blow up the world.





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

Pretty much just updated translations and fixed one bug in the chooser.
So you now actually get connected to the right host if you touched the
keyboard, or that is, you can actually also connect using your keyboard

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

- The chooser works with keyboard and you don't connect to a different
  host if you try to use the keyboard

- intltool*.in files aren't killed on distclean

- Translation updates (Pauli Virtanen, Lauri Nurmi, Dmitry G. Mastrukov,
  Russian team, Christian Rose, Sanlig Badral, Christian Neumair,
  Pablo Saratxaga, Yuriy Syrota, Fatih Demir, Gorkem, Christian Meyer,
  Abel Cheung, Gustavo Noronha Silva)

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 <sysconfdir>/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).

Have fun,


PS:  War sucks

George <>
   For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public
   relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
                       -- Richard P. Feynman