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Gnome Pilot 2.0.1
Gnome Pilot Conduits 2.0.1
Gnome Pilot 2.0.1 (Relics of the past) has been released:
Gnome Pilot Changes:
* Forward ported 0.1.x fixes for handspring usb devices, vfs enabling
and OS 4.x initialization
* Install capplet .desktop files to the right spot (Rodney Dawes)
* Updated translations
Gnome Pilot Conduit Changes:
* Updated translations
JP Rosevear firstname.lastname@example.org
Ximian Inc. http://www.ximian.com
Evolution 1.3.1 Preview Release
the first (preview! unstable!) GNOME 2 based release of Evolution, the
GNOME groupware suite, is now available.
For the release notes, download locations, etc. please refer to the
SquirrelFax is reaching maturity!
- support for HylaFax
- support for starting and stopping fax send and receive services
What is SquirrelFax?
SquirrelFax is a computer fax client, targeted at gnome office.
SquirrelFax allows you to easily manage your faxes (delete incoming and
outgoing faxes, resend faxes, save faxes as pdf file, and print via gv
(ghostscript's ps/pdf viewer)), send faxes from existing ps or pdf
files, and send faxes directly from OpenOffice.org via a simple fax
Furthermore it can read the fax numbers from your Evolution and
Gnomecard address books - if you use both address books, no problem:
SquirrelFax simply reads both and shows you all available numbers.
SquirrelFax is written by Wouter van Marle, and released under the terms
of the GPL. The software is written in Python, so it requires a working
install of Python (developed in Python 2.2, unknown about older versions
- newer versions should work) with the python-gnome and libglade
libraries as well.
Download from SourceForge.net:
Sorry, no screen-shots available.
The user interface is also not finalised - one major change is that I
want to bring it to Gnome2. Looks a bit better I think, and has some
neat extra features. By the time that is done I will also think of a
homepage with screen-shots and the like.
Any feed-back is highly appreciated!
- feature requests
- success stories
Wouter van Marle.
GUI for emu-tools 1.0
GUI for emu-tools 1.0
GTK GUI for emu-tools what is a setup utility for SoundBlaster Live and
BEAST/BSE version 0.5.0 is available for download at:
BEAST (the Bedevilled Audio SysTem) is a graphical front-end to
BSE (the Bedevilled Sound Engine), a library for music composition,
audio synthesis and sample manipulation. The project is hosted at:
This new development series of BEAST comes with a lot of
the internals redone, many new GUI features and a sound
generation back-end separated from any GUI activities.
The most outstanding new feature is the track editor which
allows free arrangement of parts in songs and adds loop
support to simplify song edits.
Be warned though, the .bse file format hasn't completely
stabilized yet, so incompatibilities with future versions
Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.0:
* Moved BSE into its own thread
* Added IDL based code generator [Stefan Westerfeld]
* Deployed new middleware layer
* Major documentation generation improvements [Alper Ersoy]
* Generate structure documentation [Timj, Alper]
* Added documentation about Gtk+ GUI extensions
* Made documentation browser navigatable
* Improved MIDI support
* Added track editor to allow complex song arrangements
* The guile shell to BSE is named bsesh now
* Major code cleanups, bug fixes and refactoring
* Lots of GUI fixes, improvements and revamps
* Bug fixes and major cleanups
After 9 months of work on changing over to Gtk 2.0, we are proud to present
version 0.91 of Dia. Main improvements in this version include:
* Move to Gtk 2.0. You should all know what changes this involves --
better Unicode support, better font support, better lots of things.
* Font handling is now done entirely using FreeType2 (and the Windows API
functions for the Win32 version). This does mean that remote X servers
cannot be used to provide fonts for Dia.
* Some HIG compliance has been worked on, more is to follow.
* Better user feedback using cursor changes.
* Improved arrows that don't overshoot lines.
* Autosave support.
* Better handling of object defaults.
* More export functions.
* More shapes, including over 200 Cisco shape.
* Improved Python scripting support.
* Dynamic refresh support (allowing animated diagrams).
The tarball is available at ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/dia/0.91.
Lars Clausen (http://shasta.cs.uiuc.edu/~lrclause)| HÃ¥rdgrim of Numenor
"I do not agree with a word that you say, but I |----------------------------
will defend to the death your right to say it." | Where are we going, and
--Evelyn Beatrice Hall paraphrasing Voltaire | what's with the handbasket?
gjots - a jotter which allows you to organise your thoughts in a tree
structure. Encryption with ccrypt.
-Closing the window did not shut down the app. with
the result that subsequent invocations of gjots would offer a
gucharmap 0.4.0 is now available for download at:
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/gucharmap/gucharmap-0.4.0.tar.gz (if you prefer)
gucharmap is a GTK+ 2.0 Unicode character map. More information is
available at http://gucharmap.sourceforge.net/.
Significant changes since 0.2:
* Magnify the active character ("zoom mode"). Contributed by Daniel
* Drag icon when dragging out of the character table is the character
being dragged. Contributed by Daniel Elstner.
* Accessibility support. Contributed by Padraig O'Briain.
* Additional Unicode character details added since 0.2, including
annotations and cross references in NamesList.txt.
* Choose exactly which Unicode character details you wish to see.
* NSIS installer for Microsoft operating systems. Contributed by
* --font, --version and --help command-line options.
* gucharmap.desktop file; gucharmap.pc (pkg-config) file.
* Character cells of unassigned and invalid code points are darkened.
* Improved right-to-left support.
* Many new translations.
* Bug fixes, UI improvements.
GNOME ir monitor. A GNOME applet for monitoring IrDA devices.
- A fix for the pixmap location (pixmaps were not found if girda wasn't
installed in the default GNOME directory).
Lovers of all things Battfink should funk down to the latest and
Battfink is an energy saving preference dialog that allows you to set
your DPMS settings and display a battery notification icon. At the
moment, Battfink only supports APM, but I'd love if someone did the code
and tested it for ACPI - should be a 30 minute hackticle.
* Add a schema
* Fix display of completely random times
* Add a spec file
* Add dialog when battery is low
* Register icons with stock
* Shorten time format to hr:mm
* Re-structure menus in an attempt to obtain HIG enlightenment
* Try to avoid more silliness in the display of times
* Limit spin boxes according to the DPMS rules
I'm cc'ing gnome-i18n because I'd love to include it in the translation
table that you guys have.
I'm cc'ing desktop-devel-list because I'd love to get this included in
GNOME 2.4 plans.
Whale provides a simple interface to create playlists and store songs on
your Apple iPod. For example you can add songs to a playlist by simply
dragging the files from nautilus to the whale window.
- It no longer uses pyperl and the mktunes perl script out of gnupod. I've
ported the c implementation of mktunes.pl (by jorn schuler) to python. So
Whale is pure python now.
- Small GUI improvements like accelerators and others.
In accordance with instructions given by GNOME users, this release
annoucement follows the Official Release Announcement Spec .
"As you know, you are about to meet your husband, whom you will
recognise on account of the fact that he's got a bag over his head."
Themus is a collection of theme utilities for GNOME. It currently
* A themes:/// VFS method. You can go to themes:/// in Nautilus to view your themes.
* A thumbnailer. Themes in Nautilus will appear as previews.
* A properties page. The Nautilus properties will have a "Theme" tab
containing details about the theme selected.
This is a development release. It is known to be unstable. Do not
install it if you are not willing to suffer crashes.
On the other hand, if you like using unstable software to help squash
bugs, this release is for you!
What's new in this release?
* Fixed crash on clicking a theme
* Accessibility support in the properties page
* Some leak fixing
* Some build sanity fixing
For more details, see the ChangeLog files.
Screenshots are on the homepage.
Andrew Sobala <<A HREF="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org>
"If we eventually have the ubercool component system - based on Bonobo, or
something else - then great, we can then proxy it over IIOP, D-BUS, SOAP,
and morse code." -- hp
GTetrinet is a Tetrinet client for GNOME2. Tetrinet is a variant of the
popular Tetris brick game, that can be played simultaneously by 6 players.
GTetrinet's goal is to remain completely compatible with the Windows,
This version has a pair of new features. First, the ability to
control channels from the partyline, and a new configuration
option to add timestamps to partyline messages. Apart from that,
a few bugfixes and tons of translations.
- Added a list of available channels in partyline, and the ability to
join them by double-clicking on them.
- Added timestamps to partyline messages.
- Optimizations and bugfixes.
- New and updated translations: Swedish (Christian Rose), Catalan
(Jordi Mallach), Dutch (Vincent van Adrighem), Portuguese (Duarte
Brazilian Portuguese (Alexandre Folle de Menezes), Ukrainian (Yuriy
Czech (Michal Bukovjan) and French (Christophe Merlet).
Glunarclock displays the current phase of the Moon as an
applet for the gnome panel and provides sundry astronomical data such as
clock functions, rise and set times and current coordinates for the moon.
** number of frames automagically set for images which ship with
** Cartoon image mirrored in southern hemisphere
** fix padding on location page of preferences dialog
A GNOME 2 desktop news aggregator, using the RSS syndication format
- Proxy support, read settings from GConf or from the environment
- Import subscriptions in OPML format and provide a few default
- Offline mode
- Autosize the item list columns so the Keep toggles won't drift to the
- Fix the browse button in feed information view
- Fix the blogroll subscriptions stuff, it was apparently broken since
- Fix dealing with invalid HTTP status lines
- Support all(?) HTML entities in item titles
- Deal better with broken DNS records
- Deal with redirects not containing a full URI
- Make feed sorting work if only one feed is selected
- Clean up error display: don't show exception memory location junk or the
errno in case of socket.error
- Fix main window size remembering
GtkGLExt is an OpenGL extension to GTK.
It provides the GDK objects to support OpenGL rendering in GTK,
and GtkWidget API add-ons to make GTK+ widgets OpenGL-capable.
This is a tentative API-freeze release, and major API changes are
unlikely to occour before GtkGLExt-1.0 is released.
- Fixed X server crash on IBM AIX (reported by Bill Souliotis).
- Fixed drawing problem with some graphics drivers on Windows
(reported by Bill Souliotis).
gtkglextmm is a C++ wrapper for GtkGLExt, OpenGL extension to GTK.
It enables C++ programmers to write GTK-based OpenGL applications with
I've announced API freeze on 0.7.0 release. But I think there is
much room for improvement in gtkglextmm API, so that I decided to
break it in this release. Users will have to modify their code for
- API changes
* Changed Gtk::GL::Widget API.
Constructor takes reference to Gtk::Widget, and GL::Widget class
now provides public methods associated with static methods which
old gtkglextmm programs directly use.
* Added new Gtk::GL::DrawingArea class.
Programmers can use it to simplify an OpenGL-capable widget
- Use new sources auto-generated by using gtkmmproc.
A GNOME 2 desktop news aggregator, using the RSS syndication format
- This time include the online/offline images.
At long last, a new gst-editor release to feed the starved masses !)
GStreamer Pipeline Editor "Living abroad" 0.5.0 released
The GStreamer graphical pipeline editor, gst-editor, has undergone
slight modification to work with the new GStreamer core.
The GStreamer editor allows users to assemble pipelines using the
elements of GStreamer. It is useful for anyone interested in finding
out more about how GStreamer works, and particularly those people
interested in prototyping a potential GStreamer pipeline. Find out
more information about the gst-editor from the project's home
Although the editor is generally stable for small pipelines and such,
it should be regarded as highly experimental code. Of course, bugs
that can be pinned on the editor should be reported to Gnome
The gst-editor requires a GStreamer core of version 0.6.0 or higher.
Get the source here. There will also be Red Hat and Debian
packages available soon from our releases page.
Maintainer still needed
Andy (who did a lot of work on the editor) is teaching in rural
Namibia for two years (November 2002 until November 2004, at least).
He's unfortunately been quite busy teaching, and somewhat
internet-less since his departure. Although Leif is currently serving
as the editor maintainer, the code has been missing his love. If you
feel the urge to help out, please get in touch with the GStreamer
Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller <<A HREF="mailto:Uraeus@linuxrising.org">Uraeus@linuxrising.org>