This is the GNOME Summary for 2003-02-03 - 2003-03-15
Table of Contents
GNOME 2.2.1 released
GNOME 2 version of Dia
librsvg improves CSS2 with libcroco
Mozilla 1.3, GRE and Minimoz
Nautilus getting more polish
Thumbnailing with style
Fileselector backend design
A,B,C or D-Bus?
Mono documentation and CORBA support
Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
New and Updated Software
1. GNOME 2.2.1 released
The GNOME team has released another milestone on the path
towards the perfect Unix desktop. This release includes many
bugfixes and small improvements that has been done over the last
months since the 2.2.0 release.
The Dia team announced their 0.91 release this week. It is a
major release with lots of nice additions and fixes, including the
long awaited move to Gtk+ 2.0. So once again you can have a diagram
tool that integrates wonderfully with your desktop.
Dominic Lachowicz of librsvg fame is working with libcroco
developer Dodji Seketeli to use libcroco for CCS2 parsing in
librsvg. This will enable much improved CCS2 parsing in librsvg,
which again will enable altering many aspects of SVG themes like
for instance colours.
The Mozilla team has made another release of Mozilla 1.3, which
of course includes Gtk+ 2.0 support. It is an important milestone
towards a improved html rendering widget for use in Galeon,
Epiphany and Nautilus. This process will be completed with the
release of Mozilla sub-projects GRE, the Gecko Runtime Environment,
and Minimoz, the small footprint branch of Mozilla.
The deadline for submiting talks to this years GUADEC in Dublin
is looming very near. So all potential presentation givers out
there make sure to contact the GUADEC comitee as fast as possible.
Doing a talk at GUADEC is the best way to give your fellow GNOME
hackers the information they need to use your application or
A new preview release of the GNOME 2 port of Evolution has been
made. The Evolution team is charging full speed ahead on making the
GNOME 2 port, which of course will be the best release of Evolution
Eugene O'Connor of Sun Microsystems has released the latest
version of the User Guide. The guide includes updates to panels,
removable media, the font and theme preference tools, bug fixes,
and many other minor updates. Alexander Kirillov has announced a
new version of the introduction to GNOME document which gives an
overview of GNOME for new users.
Dave Camp and Alexander Larsson is wearing the gold buttoned
captains jacket again. They are hard at work making sure Nautilus
is ready to sail new oceans. They recently did a 2.2.2 release
which inlcluded fixes for issues with selecting transparent icons,
toolbar themeing, session managed views and more. So remember to
buy Alex and Dave a bottle of Rum at GUADEC this year.
Bastien Nocera says that the reason he is making so much
eyecandy software is because he wants software that reminds him of
himself. I will not comment on that, but I have to say that his
latest addition to the totem video thumbnailer for nautilus do look
cool. Check out the screenshot below for the details.
Owen Taylor posted to the gtk-devel mailing list with a first
draft for the design of the API for GtkFileSystem. This is the
first step in getting the new fileselector ready for Gtk+ 2.4.
Check out Owens mail and the current set of responses and maybe
join the discussion if you have something to contribute.
To edit or not to edit, that is the question. Some GNOME apps
include a toolbar editor already, but there are those who want to
make it a standard part of the toolkit. Iain Holmes started the
discussion by posting his ideas and many others including Biswapesh
Chattopadhyay followed up with their ideas and screenshots.
Anyone who hasn't been hit by a bus lately are probably aware of
the big discussion in both GNOME and KDE about the new D-Bus
messaging bus. It was created by KDE founder Mattias Etrich getting
togheter with some GNOME and KDE hackers, including Gnome's Havoc
Penington and Anders Carlsson. The goal was to try and design a
shared message bus for GNOME, KDE and others. This move has not
gone by without controversy as you might guess, the continued use
of CORBA for this has strong proponents in GNOME and the continued
use of DCOP has strong proponents in KDE. One thing that do seem
clear however is that the introduction of D-Bus will not mean the
demise of CORBA in GNOME, but instead D-Bus will probably get
included in addition to CORBA, to serve in areas where Unix desktop
interoperability is paramount. Havoc Penington's D-Bus explanation
email linked below.
If you are interested in starting to work on writing GNOME
applications using C# and the Mono framework you should really take
a look at the latest version of the Mono handbook, it is starting
to look really nice thanks to the great contributions of community
members like Johannes Roith, Martin Willemoes Hansen and Pedro J.
Cabrera Also of interest from the Mono world is a nice set of .net
CORBA bindings which probably will get assimilated into Mono.
Various people in the GNOME community have been spreading the
good word again. Tigert and Jimmac was interviews by
OpenForBusiness, Jeff Waugh was interviewed by the Sydney Morning
Herald and Havoc Penington was interviews by osnews.com.
This information is from http://bugzilla.gnome.org, which
hosts bug and feature reports for most of the Gnome modules. If you
would like to join the bug hunt, subscribe to the gnome-bugsquad
Currently open: 8568 (In the last week: New: 608, Resolved: 628,
Modules with the most open bugs (excluding enhancement
nautilus: 794 (In the last week: New: 39, Resolved: 49,
gtk+: 561 (In the last week: New: 36, Resolved: 14, Difference:
galeon: 451 (In the last week: New: 78, Resolved: 67, Difference:
gnome-vfs: 255 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 6, Difference:
gnome-panel: 223 (In the last week: New: 51, Resolved: 49,
GIMP: 199 (In the last week: New: 13, Resolved: 38, Difference:
control-center: 156 (In the last week: New: 17, Resolved: 6,
gnome-applets: 155 (In the last week: New: 16, Resolved: 109,
GnuCash: 123 (In the last week: New: 18, Resolved: 11, Difference:
sawfish: 112 (In the last week: New: 3, Resolved: 0, Difference:
gnome-terminal: 104 (In the last week: New: 17, Resolved: 18,
balsa: 103 (In the last week: New: 5, Resolved: 2, Difference:
libzvt: 93 (In the last week: New: 1, Resolved: 0, Difference:
medusa: 92 (In the last week: New: 0, Resolved: 0, Difference:
glib: 85 (In the last week: New: 4, Resolved: 0, Difference:
Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs:
I know I know, I have been a slacker. But here the summaries are
again to cover the phase of GNOME 2 development codenamed; The big
bumps are gone, bring out the polish
Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller email@example.com
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