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gnome-panel 2.3.0
gnome-session 2.3.0
gnome-desktop 2.3.0


* What are they ?

        gnome-panel contains the GNOME panel which the area on your
desktop from which you can run applications and applets, and perform
other tasks.

        gnome-session contains the GNOME session manager, the GNOME
session manager configuration program and several other session
management related utilities and the GNOME session manager proxy, which
handles basic session management for applications that do not  support

        gnome-desktop contains the libgnome-desktop library which
contains APIs that really belong in libgnome[ui] but have not seen
enough testing or development to be considered stable. It also contains
documents installed as part of the core GNOME distribution, e.g. the
GPL, GNOME's .desktop files, the gnome-about program, some manpages and
GNOME's core graphics files
and icons.

* What's changed ?

gnome-panel 2.3.0

Major Changes Since 2.2.0:

 o Panel
        * All the old panel types have been replaced with a single
          panel type which can be configured to behave like the old
          types: (Mark)
            + You can move and resize the panel using the keyboard
            + The panel can be any arbitrary size
            + Autohides to the corner of the screen
            + Grab handle on floating panels
            + No bevel at the screen edge

        * The global keybindings for the panel are not handled by the
          panel anymore. It is expected that window managers will
          handle these keybindings and invoke the actions using the
          protocol described in doc/gnome-panel-action-protocol.txt.
          Metacity handles this currently (Mark)

        * A new property dialog for panels (Mark)

        * Substantially re-worked GConf setup. Notifications should
          work for most things, all keys should be documented and
          have schemas associated with them, no longer use silly
          identifiers for panels ... (Mark)

  Note: much of this still requires work. Known issues:

 o Applets

        * Mailcheck applet has moved to gnome-applets (Mark)
        * New "Window Menu" and "Menu Bar" applets have been 
          added (Mark)
        * All window management related applets are now in their own
          out of process applet (Mark)
        * The clock applet has a calender (Havoc)
        * The Workspace Switcher is now flush against the screen 
          edge  (Mark)

Bugfixes, tweaks etc.:

 o Panel

        * Remove the dependancy on libwnck (Mark)
        * Half fix the "window list won't expand" issue (Mark)
        * Make the "Add to Panel" menu much more sane (Frank Worsley)
        * Fix the opacity slide in the new properties dialog (Arvind)
        * New tooltip for Run Program menuitem (Alex Duggan)
        * Fix menu bar popup menu popping up for all menuitems (Arvind)
        * Fix issue with new properties dialog being always on top
        * Fix issue with setting an incomplete restart command
                                                   (Matthias Clasen)

 o Applets

        * Error dialog to explain why the show desktop button doesn't
          work with non EWMH compliant WMs (Havoc)
        * Sync the max number of workspaces with metacity (Mark)
        * Fix the version number in the Window List and Workspace
          Switcher (Alex Duggan)
        * Move the "Show Desktop Button" into the "Actions" category
                                                      (Frank Worsley)

 o Miscellanous

        * Updated documentation (Irene, Breda, Takeshi)
        * Build fixes (Dan Mills)


        * az(Metin Amiroff), be(Dmitry G. Mastrukov),
          bg(Alexander Shopov),da(Ole Laursen), eo(Joël Brich),
          es(Pablo Gonzalo del Campo), et(Tõivo Leedjärv),
          fa(Roozbeh Pournader), fr(Christophe Merlet),
          ko(Kang Jeong-Hee), lt(Vaidotas Zemlys), ml(FSF-India),
          mn(Sukhochir), nl(Vincent van Adrighem), no(Kjartan Maraas),
          ro(Marius Andreiana), ru(Dmitry G. Mastrukov),
          sk(Stanislav Visnovsky), sq(Elian Myftiu), sv(Christian Rose),
          tr(Fatih Demir), zh_CN(Xiong Jiang) and zh_TW(Abel Cheung).

gnome-session 2.3.0

        * New logout effect (Iain Holmes, Mark)
        * Fix hang with multiple apps requesting interaction (Arvind)
        * Implement muli-screen support for logout help (Bala, Mark)
        * Test wrapper for testing out logout effects (Mark)
        * Warning fixes (Mark)


        * az(Metin Amiroff), be(Belarusian team), fa(Roozbeh Pournader),
          hi(Gnome Hindi Team), ml(FSF-India) and wa(Pablo Saratxaga).

gnome-desktop  2.3.0


        *  ga(Paul Duffy) and ml(FSF-India).

* Where can I get them ? [1]


[1] You might have to wait till the mirrors sync

Red Carpet 2.0 preview release


We're happy to announce a preview release of Red Carpet 2.0.

Red Carpet is a graphical software management tool for RPM and dpkg
systems.  Red Carpet allows you to update and remove existing software
and install new software on your machine quickly and easily with
complete dependency resolution.  It also allows you to get information
on packages and dependencies and view a history of package
transactions.  To make the large amounts of available software easy to
manage, Red Carpet organizes software conceptually into "channels".

This new version features an all-new, native GTK+ 2.0-based user
interface.  Its new layout allows more powerful access to software
management tasks like installing software from multiple channels and
installing and removing software simultaneously.  It aims to conform
with the GNOME Human Interface Guidlines.

This new version works in tandem with the Red Carpet Daemon to permit
simultaneous, system-wide (and optionally multi-system) access to your
native packaging system.

Binary packages for Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 8.0 are available from the
"RCD snapshots" channel in Red Carpet, or on our FTP site at  You will also need the "rcd"

To help make the final Red Carpet 2.0 release as bug free as possible,
we're holding a bug hunt contest.  Prizes include Bose QuietComfort
Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, gift certificates to,
and Ximian t-shirts.  See the link below for more details. 

Red Carpet (and associated components) are licensed under the GNU GPL
and can be found in GNOME CVS in the "red-carpet" module.  Associated
components libredcarpet (module "libredcarpet"), the Red Carpet Daemon
("rcd") and the rc command-line tool ("rc") are also in GNOME CVS.

We welcome developer contributions and recommend you subscribe to the
rc-devel mailing list.  See

There's a lot more information on Red Carpet and related projects at
this URL:

The Red Carpet Team