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Release Digest: GNOME, March 26, 2003

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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

Workrave 1.2.2


Workrave 1.2.2


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.


The Window version now has a native look and feel, so Workrave no longer
looks like a second grade application when running on Windows. Furthermore,
support for Gnome session management was improved: Workrave is now properly
restarted by the Gnome session manager. Finally, the overall user interface
has improved, addressing most HIG issues.



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GNOME-System-Monitor 2.3.0

Hello friends. A new release of everyones' favorite system-monitor is
available. This is an UNSTABLE release (though it should be stable).
Here is what's new:

* new nicer devices view (Joergen Scheibengruber)
* performance optimization for displays of many processes
* display VM size in memmaps dialog (Jason Pfiel)
* get sorting correct in memmaps dialog
* view configuration options now available in menus
* maybe fix crasher #95238
* HIGify ui
* Fix resizing of graphs when viewing the process listing - bug #70101

Get it here:



gcalctool 4.2.77




gcalctool is the desktop calculator that has been proposed for GNOME 2.4.
It has Basic, Financial and Scientific modes. Internally it uses multiple
precision arithmetic to produce results to a high degree of accuracy.

We recently asked for testers on the desktop-devel mailing list, and have
fixed the bugs that users have found, and made all the changes that were 

We now believe that gcalctool is close to being equivalent to the version we
would like to include with GNOME 2.4, so we are looking for more testers to
give it a good workover.


Since the last announcement (to the desktop-devel), the following
enhancements have been made:

* The menu items in the Acc menu are now "tickable", so you know what the
  current accuracy selection is. Setting one of these clears the previous one.

* A new "Show Trailing Zeroes" menu item is added to the Acc menu (last
  item, with a separator just above), that is "tickable". This tick doesn't
  affect the accuracy ticks. It's either on or off.

* The default setting for accuracy now becomes 9 numeric places and "Show
  Trailing Zeroes" is not enabled. This is a more familiar look for users
  who are looking for a simple calculator.

* The Acc button is moved to the Scientific mode (slot in the top right 
  corner, above the Rand).

* The Base radio button group and the display type radio button group in
  the mode panel in Scientific mode are now moved to the right side to be
  close in proximity to the Acc button. The other mode items move to the
  left side.


Since the last announcement (to the desktop-devel), the following
fixes have been made:

* Bug 108219 (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=108219)
  When you go from Scientific mode to either Basic or Financial mode,
  the calculator will revert to "Dec" base in "Fix" notation.
  Any number in the display (and the memory registers if shown) will be
  converted accordingly.
  When you are in a mode (Basic, Financial, or Scientific) you will only
  be able to do the functionality that that mode shows. For example, you
  will not be able to do base changes if you are in Basic or Financial mode.
* Bug 108209 (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=108209)
  When the user uses the keyboard to enter data, the associated gcalctool
  button will be animated.

* Bug 108210 (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=108210)
  Main gcalctool window is no longer resizable.



  [although some of the ftp mirrors may take a little while to sync].

Known Problems

The online help doesn't reflect the changes listed above. This work will
hopefully be integrated next week. At that time, we will be looking for
folks to do alternative language translations. Look for an entry in the
ChangeLog to this affect.


Calum Benson for HCI wizardry.
Dennis Cranston for help fixing the bugs and adding in the enhancements.
Glynn Foster for help with making this 4.2.77 release sane.
Breda McColgan for work with the online help documentation


Rich Burridge                       Email: rich.burridge@Sun.COM
Sun Microsystems Inc. (MPK29-202),  Phone: +1.650.786.5188
4150 Network Circle,                AIM/YAHOO: RicBurridge
Santa Clara, CA 95054               WWW: http://java.sun.com/people/richb/




Meld is a GNOME 2 visual diff and merge tool. It integrates especially well
with CVS. The diff viewer lets you edit files in place (diffs update
dynamically), and a middle column shows detailed changes and allows merges.
The margins show location of changes for easy navigation, and it also
features a tabbed interface that allows you to open many diffs at once. 


The main changes are to the directory diff mode which has been
substantially reworked. (closes bugs 647966 and 704330)

CVS and file diff modes have some small usability changes.


Added status, tag, rev, options and location fields.
Hide location when not in recurse mode.
Commit messages now work when containing shell metacharaters.


Load files lazily for quicker feedback


Added copy/delete/diff context menu.
Reworked how dirdiff is presented.



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