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Release Digest: GNOME, January 31, 2003

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Balsa 2.0.6


Balsa 2.0.6


Balsa is an email client for GNOME. It supports POP3, IMAP,
local folders, and goodies like multithreading.


- authenticated LDAP binding. Option to use TLS for LDAP.
- persistent mailbox sorting and threading.
- search improvements.
- multiple UI fixes.
- printing font and paper selection fixed.


- multiple UI fixes.
- printing font and paper selection fixed.




gQueue 0.4


gQueue 0.4


Gnome frontend for cups queues. It shows the printing jobs queue and let
you remove some jobs. gQueue now has system tray support.

What's nes since 0.3

system tray support works better
configure now checks for cups library
swich between system tray and normal mode


Guikachu 1.3.3

Dear users of both large and small computing tools,

As a special birthday present to myself, a new development release of
Guikachu is available.
About Guikachu
Guikachu is a GNOME application for graphical editing of resource
files for PalmOS-based pocket computers. The user interface is
modelled after Glade, the GNOME UI builder.

Catch it all from http://cactus.rulez.org/projects/guikachu/

 * Uses GNOME-VFS, you can load files from anywhere, e.g. from the
   Web, from an SMB share, from a tarball.
 * Exporting to PilRC .rcp files
 * Support for non-Palm PilRC targets (like the eBookMan)
 * Support for the following PalmOS resource types:
        - String and string list resources
        - Dialog resources
        - Menu resources
        - Form resources
        - Per-application resources (e.g. version number)
 * WYSIWYG Form Editor, with drag & drop capability and visual resizing
 * Flexible, complete undo support
 * Sample file with sample GNU PalmOS SDK-based application
 * Documentation (a complete user's manual)

About these releases
This release is part of the 1.3 development branch, so it's all about
crazy experimentations and not about providing a polished, well-tested
product -- so don't quite replace your 1.2 Guikachu just yet.

After I had to stop working on Guikachu due to time constraints, I
return with a new release containing  two new major features: cut &
paste and widget layouting commands. Both are available in the
right-click menu of the form editor. Some bugs also got fixed.

Guikachu uses GTKmm and GNOMEmm for its user interface. I/O is
implemented via GNOME-VFS, the XML storage format is managed with the
libxml package. Dialog windows are loaded via libglade. GConf is used
to store user preferences. You will need the versions of these
packages available in the GNOME 1.4 bundle (with the exception of
GNOMEmm which you will need to upgrade to the recently released
version 1.2.4).  To actually create the PalmOS resource files, you
will also need PilRC (part of the GNU PalmOS SDK) to compile the .rpc
files produced by Guikachu.

Beware of bugémons!


   .--= ULLA! =---------------------.   `We are not here to give users what
   \     http://cactus.rulez.org     \   they want'  -- RMS, at GUADEC 2001
    `---= cactus@cactus.rulez.org =---'
Elvis is dead and I don't feel so good either.


Third release of PythonCAD

I'd like to announce the third release of PythonCAD, a CAD package
for open-source software users. As the name implies, PythonCAD is
written entirely in Python. The goal of this project is to create
a fully scriptable drafting program that will match and eventually
exceed features found in commercial CAD software. PythonCAD is released
under the GNU Public License (GPL).

PythonCAD requires Python 2.2. The interface is GTK 2.0 based,
and uses the PyGTK module for interfacing to GTK. The design of
PythonCAD is built around the idea of separating the interface
from the back end as much as possible. By doing this, it is hoped
that both GNOME and KDE interfaces can be added to PythonCAD through
usage of the appropriate Python module. Addition of other interfaces
will depend on the availability of a Python module for that particular
interface and developer interest and action.

The third release adds some new functionality to the program. Construction
lines can be easily drawn tangent to circles and arcs, as well as
drawn perpendicular to the various entities in a drawing. The thickness
of drawing entities like line segments and circles is now drawn on
the screen, too. Splitting the entities in the drawing can now be
done by clicking on them at the point where they are to be split, or
entities can be split at points where they intersect one another. This
splitting functionality works only for "real" entities in a drawing
like segments and circles; there is no splitting of the construction

This release also includes many internal improvements in the code. Many
routines were revised to conform to current code standards, numerous
routines were simplified, and some routines were completely re-written.
These cleanups fixed various bugs, as well as making the code easier
to understand in places.

Visit the PythonCAD web site for more information about what PythonCAD
does and aims to be.


Come and join me in developing PythonCAD into a world class drafting

Art Haas
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
 -- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Hardware Monitor applet v. 0.1


The world is changing. Nothing is like it was before; even this moment
is already passing by. Our only remaining meaningful task is to sit in
our corner, monitoring the changes as they pass by.

The Hardware Monitor applet can help you here. Originally created
years ago by a frustrated young man who was annoyed by the limitations
of the monitor applet of the panel of that time, it has now undergone
a renaissance leading to this public exposure.


  - monitor CPU/memory/swap/disk usage, load average, Ethernet/modem

  - a curve view which supports an unlimited amount of monitors

  - a bar view for the traditional horizontal bars

  - a text view for those who wants extreme precision

  - a modular design for future enhancements (flame view coming soon!)

  - well-behaved GNOME panel applet (no floating gkrellm-windows)

Version 0.1 can be downloaded from here:


Screenshots are also available from the above page. The applet
requires Gnome 2.0 and the gtkmm and gnomemm libraries from
www.gtkmm.org - libgnomeuimm-1.3.11 is currently fine and has fewer

Known bugs: most notably editing the preferences will sometimes crash
the applet. This is due to a memory corruption bug in gconfmm which is
corrected in the CVS (a new version is due soon). Just answer yes when
you're asked if you want to add the applet again.

Also, you can't change the font of the text view yet.

Ole Laursen