Release Digest: GNOME, May 20, 2003
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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame
mozilla-bonobo 0.3.0, the "Happy Vertical People Transporter"
Mozilla-bonobo is a Netscape-compatible browser plugin that uses
GNOME bonobo controls to display content of supported mime types
inside browser windows.
- Supports more bonobo components
- Displays an activity bar while documents are downloaded
- Mime types are now configurable in GConf
- Improved resizing behaviour
- Also works on Gtk+ 1.2 based Mozilla browsers (as in RedHat
Meld is a GNOME 2 visual diff and merge tool. It integrates
especially well with CVS.
This release is a major rewrite of melds internals to use
cooperative threads and also to add incremental diff updates. As a
result the user interface is much more responsive and feels much
- The interface has been made much more responsive using a new
task scheduler based on Python generators and idle callbacks.
- Directory diff searches for all differences recursively for
- Incremental filediff loader lets you see files as they
- Filediff loader lets you choose the order of codecs tried.
- Diffs now update as you type instead of after a small
- CVS browser now usable when the application current directory
is not inside the CVS tree.
- meld 'file' now shows cvs diff without having to open a cvs
- better focus behaviour for filediff.
- Right click on a tab now brings up a tab menu.
- Some Gnome HIG dialog alterations.
StarDict is an international dictionary written for the GNOME
It has powerful features such as "Glob-style pattern matching,"
"Scan selection word," "Fuzzy query," etc.
dictd dictionary converter, this added about 100 dictionaries.
wquick dictionary converter, this added about 150 dictionaries.
dictzip support, so StarDict can use .dict.dz compressed file
WyabdcRealPeopleTTS support, now StarDict can pronouce English
Don't hide window when iconify as there is no Notification
Custom font settings in preferences dialog.
Search website settings in preferences dialog.
Russia language translation, Russia help document, thanks Alex
> very much.
Thanks Will Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org
> for cleaning
up all of StarDict's English, including source files and help
document, DICTFILE_FORMAT, etc.
zh_CN help document translation, thanks gengjunjun <email@example.com
oxford-gb dictionary fix, thanks Luo Chong <firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks statue <email@example.com
for FreeBSD port patch.
Thanks Opera Wang <Opera.Wang@motorola.com
for Solaris patch and some bug fix.
A serverless instant messaging tool, primarily meant for Local
- It's now possible to add users to the userlist root.
- An automated banlist has been added to prevent DoS
- The "Talk" dialog has been replaced.
- Some other GUI improvements were also made to match the GNOME
Did you know flex is on crack? Yes it is. And now you too can
enjoy more crack then with the other leading brand of lex. Yes, you
can install new flex and enjoy new crack and still be able to
compile the wholesome family goodness of gob. Gob be praised!
So what is this gob thing? Well besides being the cure for
cancer, it also generates GObjects (or GTK+ objects). GOB2 is a
replacement for the version 1 GOB, that was for GTK+ 1.x mostly.
GOB2 can handle pretty much most of the GObject features. At least
most of the ones that anyone will ever use. It only requires GLib
2.0 and can generate arbitrary GObjects. You can have both versions
installed at the same time if you wish, so that you don't have to
port all your gob files to gob2 for now, but you really should as
gob2 is nicer and all that kind of stuff.
Here are the news in 2.0.5 (gob2):
- Allow compilation with newer flex (tested with both 2.5.4a and
- Minor doc update
- Minor build fixes
Note: RPMS are built on RH9, so you success on other distros or
versions of redhat may vary.
Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the
mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!
GNOME System Tools 0.26.0
The GNOME System Tools version 0.26.0 have been released.
The GNOME System Tools are a set of cross-platform configuration
utilities for Linux and other Unix systems. Internally they are
divided in frontends and backends. The frontend knows nothing about
the underlying system and provides the same user interface across
the different types of systems. The backend knows how to read and
write the configuration information. The GNOME System Tools do not
impose a new database on the system: they work with the default
configuration files so that configuration can still be done by hand
or by other tools.
You can view screenshots of the most recent tools at http://www.gnome.org/projects/gst/screenshots.html
- Added GST to pkgconfig, so any third party application could
find backends (Joseph Wenninger)
- Added network profiles support (Garnacho)
... plus other lots of bugfixing (Garnacho, Carlos
thanks to Götz Waschk, Ken Stanley, James Livinston and
Joseph Wenninger for sending patches
You can get it from :
We still need lots of help from anybody interested in contributing
to GST, even if it's only an email letting us know whether the
tools worked for your system. You can also submit bug reports at
Testing that the tools work correctly on your system and either
filing detailed bug reports or confirming that they work correctly
is greatly appreciated. If you test a tool on an unsupported
distro/system and find out that it works correctly, please let us
know so that we can update the supported tools matrix (see below).
The backends are designed as to minimize the effort needed to
support more distros/systems. A great way to contribute is to port
the tools to another distribution/system.
- GNOME 2 libraries
The tools have been stable on our systems recently. However, since
this tools modify your system configuration we suggest that only
people which are going to be able to solve a problem if something
goes wrong use them at the time. We have created a backup system so
that the changes made to the configuration files are tracked and
For discussion and feedback, sign up for our mailing list:http://lists.ximian.com/mailman/listinfo/setup-tool-hackers
You can also find us in the #gst channel on IRC server irc.gnome.org/
You can find the latest version of the GST whitepaper at: http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/helix-setup-tools.html
Every time a tool modifies your system configuration files, it
makes backups of those files. The backups are rotated (for 9 levels
in total), and the backup made the first time the tool was run is
kept forever. This means that you can revert your system
configuration to the point before you ever ran a GNOME System Tool.
The backup path is
this directory, you'll find a complete snapshot of the files that
were modified. The original directory structure leading up to these
files is also kept. <id> runs from 1-9, and when the first
backup is rotated out, it is kept in a special catalog called
"First", which is never touched again.
- Runlevel admin
Allows you to configure:
- the services your computer will run at startup
- in which runleves do they run
- Network admin
Allows you to configure your:
- samba hostname and workgroup
- DNS servers
- search domains
- hosts (/etc/hosts)
- Network interfaces
- wavelan (limited support)
- Time admin
Allows you to configure your:
- Date & Time
- NTPD servers
- Users admin
Allows you to manage:
- username / full name
- home dir
- Boot admin
Allows you to set:
- Default boot partition
- Partition type and label
- Kernel image
- Kernel extra parameters (append)
- adding or deleting partitions from the boot manager
Carlos Garnacho Parro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arturo Espinosa <email@example.com>
Hans Petter Jansson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tambet Ingo <email@example.com>
Chema Celorio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bradford Hovinen <email@example.com>
Israel Escalante <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jacob Berkman <email@example.com>
Carlos Garnacho Parro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Carlos García Campos <email@example.com>
Christian Neumair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jakub Steiner <email@example.com>
Anna Dirks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuomas Kuosmanen <email@example.com>
Joakim Ziegler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mass rename filenames and set ID3tags. Has ability to define
filters. With Freedb support.
- FLAC support has been added.
- A bug in the tageditor has been fixed.
- Some other small bugs have also been fixed.