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Release Digest: GNOME, June 3, 2003

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GENIUS 0.5.5

To find out what Genius is, skip a few paragraphs down, or go to http://www.jirka.org/genius.html

The degree I have is a mathematics one and not a CS one. This means that I'm allowed to release crappy code, as long as all the mathematics is right. Which is what happened. The IDE interface stuff really sucked in the last version, would pretty surely crash before saving the second time, and just generally was kind of sucky. Now it's less sucky. I have actually been using it now so I fixed all the obvious problems with it and also added things to make it easier to use. Other then that I added a few functions, (like square roots modulo a prime), that I needed, but it's a fairly minor update only, but major bugfixing for the GUI.

Again you should really get a GMP with MPFR enabled as it includes much better floating point routines then the native genius ones. The 5z site has an RPM for you redhat people (since redhat doesn't seem to ship gmp with --enable-mpfr).

In any case, Genius is one of the oldest GNOME projects, it has been the original GNOME calculator before I got wild ideas about it doing absolutely everything. It is programmable has a powerful language and handles many fun features including matlab like support for matrices. It requires GNOME2 and a recent enough gmp library. However you can still use the command line version if you prefer non-gui interface.

There is still a lot of work required to make this all nice, mostly it needs to have the function library improved and verified to be correct and documentation needs to be written (the complete help system is not yet in place). Feel free to help out :)

Here are the news in 0.5.5:

Note the syntax changes marked with 'SYNTAX:'

  • Fix quite a few DOH! errors in the GUI it should now be usable to actually edit and save file and all that
  • Also print the number line in the status box, this makes it much easier to find parse errors.
  • Add SqrtModPrime, IsPrimitiveModWithPrimeFactors, SilverPohligHellmanWithFactorization
  • SYNTAX: use SqrtModPrime when sqrt is called in mod context (only if the modulo is a prime, otherwise we print an error)
  • Other minor fixes.
  • Some new translations apparently too (Swedish by Christian Rose)


(Note that at the 5z.com site there are also some RPMS for RH9, which may work for RH8. The menuitem is now in the Office/Other menu. There is also a GMP RPM for RH8 and RH9 which enables MPFR and I recommend upgrading to that.)

Have fun,


George <jirka@5z.com>

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre

GGV 2.0.1 and 2.3.0

It's time for the regular GGV updating -

First a new bugfix release to go with your shiny Gnome 2.2 desktop:

GGV 2.0.1 "Siegmund"

featuring many translated help files, courtesy of sun, and a few bugfixes mending the most critical things in bugzilla and making the zoom-to-fit feature coexist hapily with scrollbars.

And for the bold and the brave, the first version for the upcoming 2.4 release,

GGV 2.3.0 "Sieglinde"

that, apart from the stuff from the 2.0.x series, features many, architectural changes to make GPdf developers happy.

Padraig O'Briain, Rajkumar Sivasamy, Menthos, Christian Neumair, Abel Cheung, Mike Lei and especially Martin Kretzschmar have been helping with the code and Paisa Seeluangsawat, Abel Cheung again, Christian Rose, Yuriy Syrota, Christophe Merlet, Duarte Loreto, Lucas 'Basurero' Vieites, Paul Duffy, Ole Laursen, Jordi Mallach, Miloslav Trmac, Christian Neumair, KAMAGASAKO Masatoshi, Danilo ??egan, Kostas Papadimas & David Barzilay have been translating the strings for you.

both are available at the nearest gnome FTP server!

now go on and play,



email: jaka@gnu.org
w3: http://fish.homeunix.org/people/jaka

gnome-network 1.99.0

GNOME Network 1.99.0 released!

GNOME Network is a set of network-oriented tools targetted to desktop users, and currently includes:

  • a network information tool, similar to the one found in Mac OS X.
  • a remote shell (Telnet/SSH) client
  • a remote desktop (X11/VNC) client
  • a (not working yet) backup tool

GNOME Network 1.99.0 is the result of porting and cleaning the old gnome-network 1.0.2 code. In this process, most of the tools originally available in the module have been removed, and new tools have been added. This is the first public release of the brand new GNOME Network, and so should be treated as beta software.

What has changed?


  • Ported to GNOME 2

Network information tool:

  • Added NIC information pane (German Poo)
  • Added pinging tool (German Poo)
  • Added route tracing tool (German Poo)
  • Added network status tool (German Poo)
  • Added port scan tool (German Poo)

Remote clients:

  • Added remote shell (Telnet/SSH) client (Rodrigo Moya)
  • Added remote desktop (X11/VNC) client (Rodrigo Moya)

Backup tool:

  • Started tool (Rodrigo Moya)


  • Czech (Miroslav Trmac)
  • French (Christophe Merlet)
  • Hebrew (Gil Osher)
  • Portuguese (Duarte Loreto)
  • Serbian (Danilo Aegan)
  • Spanish (Pablo del Campo, German Poo)
  • Swedish (Christian Rose)
  • Traditional Chinese (Abel Cheung)
  • Vietnamese (Pablo Saratxaga)
  • Walloon (Pablo Saratxaga)

Where can I get it?

It's in http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gnome-network/1.99/

How to report bugs?

Use the gnome-network module in http://bugzilla.gnome.org



Coriander coriander-0.33


Coriander is a full-featured GUI for IIDC compliant, IEEE1394 Digital Cameras


  • V4L export to apps like gnomemeeting, effectv,...
  • hotplugging capability
  • GUI layout improved


  • major Format7 debug
  • fixed 50fps limitation
  • overall stability improved



GNOME Software Map entry


gwget2 0.3


gwget2 0.3


Gnome2 wget front-end.


  • popup menu
  • pause/continue and cancel download added.
  • HIG cleanup



GNOME Software Map entry


gnome-games 2.3.3

A new gnome-games is available at the usual place:


Full details below:

me-games "Shiny Things Revenge" 2.3.3

13% Fewer bugs, 15% less fat and 7% more games.

We now have a blackjack game courtesy of Jon McCann.

The package has also lost 1.5 Mb due to the judicious use of jpeg compression.

For the paranoid system administrator there are now the --disable-setgid, --with-scores-group and --with-scores-user options for configure to help you manage those pesky setgid binaries.

The major changes, game by game:


  • Should stop crashing if you have libguile >1.5.
  • More i18n work. Still not perfect, but should be a lot better.


  • The corruption when using the undo button has been fixed.
  • Don't crash after 128 turns.
  • Gataxx is now bug-free (TM).


  • Some extra card images. Look for the "Dondorf" images.


  • There are now some sokoban levels to play. Thanks go to Alberto Manuel Brandao Simoes for convering the levels from Herman Mansilla's Yakoban game. Select the Gnomekoban levels from the preferences dialog and don't forget about the "restart level" option when you back youself into a corner.
  • There has been no real chance for play-testing these levels yet against the current sokoban implementation, if you have any suggestions to make feel free to file a report in bugzilla (even if it isn't technically a bug).


  • "Paused" and "Game over" messages.
  • Key behaviour fixes when a new piece appears.
  • Scoring consistency: dropping the blocks now scores as much as using fast-fall with the down arrow.
  • Big PNG backgrounds converted to jpeg. The transition should happen automatically and not be noticeable.


  • The multiple score dialogs problem might have been fixed this time.

Lots of fixes for behaviour and i18n all over the place, thanks should especially go to Steve Chaplin and Christian Rose for their patience in making sure I did things properly.

  • Callum

XML Security Library 1.0.2


XML Security Library 1.0.2


Implementation of XML Security specs: XML Digital Signature, XML Encryption, etc.


  • xmlsec-nss configuration and linking options (Tej)
  • PKCS21 files reading
  • documentation and help files



GNOME Software Map entry



Hi all.

There's a new stable release of libgnomeui out

libgnomeui 2.2.1 (24.05.2003)

New in this release:


  • Fix toolbars to be consistent (Rodney Dawes)
  • Fix gnome-segv to not loop when it crashes itself (Malcolm Tredinnick, Damon Chaplin)
  • Make fonts in icon labels respect font size changes (Pasupathi Duraisamy)
  • Skip hidden pages in the druid (Ricardo Fernández Pascual)
  • Fix referencing problem with MDI (Jaka Mocnic)
  • Fix leaks in session management and score handling (Kjartan Maraas, Arjan Van de Ven)
  • Bugfix for gnome-icon-theme (Gustavo Giraldez)
  • Don't crash when double clicking the OK button in the fileselector (Narayana Pattipati)
  • API documentation fixes (Sebastian Rittau)
  • Don't return FALSE in pointer functions (Morten Welinder)
  • Fix compiler warnings and uninitialised vars (Malcolm Tredinnick)
  • Ask gdk-pixbuf for supported mime types in gnome-icon-lookup.c (Anders Carlsson, Christian Schaller)
  • Fix leak in the font picker (Kjartan Maraas)
  • Fix top-left text for icons in nautilus (Alex Larsson)
  • Fix the file entry to use utf8 when setting the selected file name (Hidetoshi Tajima)
  • Fix a crash in the icon entry (Balamurali Viswanathan)
  • Don't open an infinite amount of preview widgets in the icon entry.
  • Enable color palette in the color picker (Gustavo Carneiro)
  • Clear entry items properly in gnome-entry.c (Marco Pesenti Gritti)
  • Fix problems with python-based apps and non-initialized memory. (Marcus at freebsd org)


am (Daniel Yacob), az (Metin Amiroff), be (Dmitry Mastrukov), ca (Jordi Mallach), cs (Miloslav Trmac), da (Ole Laursen), de (Christian Meyer), eo (Joel Brich), fa (Roozbeh Pournander), fr (Christophe Merlet), ga (Paul Duffy), hi (Guntapalli Karunkar), id (Mohammad DAMT), is (Samuel Gunnarsson), ja (Takeshi AIHANA),ml (FSF-India), mn (Sanlig Badral), pt (Duarte Loreto), ro (Marius Andreiana), sr (Danilo Yegan), tr (Fatih Demir), yi (Raphael Finkel), zh_CN (He Qiangqiang), zh_TW (Abel Cheung)

As usual...

ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/libgnomeui/2.2/libgnomeui-2.2.1.tar.gz Bugs:


Sticky Notes 1.2.0


Sticky Notes 1.2.0


A Gnome 2.2 applet that allows you to create, view and manage sticky notes on your gnome desktop.


* HUGE NUMBER OF CHANGES backported from the stickynotes component of the gnome-applets module in GNOME CVS. Here is a summary:

  • Gnome 2.2 is now required (previously Gnome 2.0 was enough)
  • Notes can now be individually colored.
  • Notes can now be individually locked (from editiing).
  • Notes can now have individual fonts.
  • The UI of notes has changed to be more HIG-compliant.
  • The icons of stickynotes_applet are themeable.
  • Be default, all notes use the system theme.
  • The xml save file format has changed, but is backwards and forwards compatible (hooray xml), so it is automatically updated.
  • Default title of notes respects locale now.
  • Documentation has been updated.
  • Window management buttons are invisible until brought in focus.
  • A few extra gconf keys added for advanced users (eg. disable prompts when closing notes).
  • Several filenames changed to sync with the gnome-applets version.
  • Lots of new translations.
  • Many, many bugs fixed.



GNOME Software Map entry


Seventh development release of PythonCAD

I'd like to announce the seventh development release of PythonCAD, a CAD package for open-source software users. As the name implies, PythonCAD is written entirely in Python. The goal of this project is to create a fully scriptable drafting program that will match and eventually exceed features found in commercial CAD software. PythonCAD is released under the GNU Public License (GPL).

PythonCAD requires Python 2.2. The interface is GTK 2.0 based, and uses the PyGTK module for interfacing to GTK. The design of PythonCAD is built around the idea of separating the interface from the back end as much as possible. By doing this, it is hoped that both GNOME and KDE interfaces can be added to PythonCAD through usage of the appropriate Python module. Addition of other interfaces will depend on the availability of a Python module for that particular interface and developer interest and action.

The seventh release adds the ability to draw tangent construction circles against one or two other construction objects, and the ability to easily draw a construction line tangent to two construction circles. The drawing of parallel construction lines has been simplified with the addition of a menu choice for doing this task. There are numerous internal code cleanups and revisions, and a large number of changes that moved more code into the interface neutral code directory. These code changes will hopefully make it easier for developers to add new interfaces to PythonCAD. Many bug fixes and code improvements have been added as well.

PythonCAD now also has the first iteration of a command interpreter thanks to the work of David Broadwell. Future releases of PythonCAD will build on the work he has contributed to make it easier to use PythonCAD by typing commands in the entry field at the bottom of the screen.

Between the sixth and seventh release a mailing list for developing and using PythonCAD has been set up thanks to Barry Warsaw. The mailing list home is found at:


This page has instructions for joining the mailing list and web archives of the list postings.

I'd like to publicly acknowledge and thank the developers and maintainers of PyChecker for the work they've done in developing this most useful tool. PyChecker is an effective tool for identifying errors in Python code, and I've been using it more and more. PyChecker gets a big recommendation from me and so I say thank you to the people who make it available.


Visit the PythonCAD web site for more information about what PythonCAD does and aims to be:


Come and join me in developing PythonCAD into a world class drafting program!

Art Haas
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.

-Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822