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Release Digest: GNOME, June 8, 2003

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Eye of Gnome 2.3.3


Eye of Gnome 2.3.3


Default GNOME image and photo collection viewer.

Special thanks to Lutz Mueller, who started to port the printing code from eog 1.0.x to the Gnome2 version. Please test this major new code extensively and report bugs to bugzilla.

Sadly, the image saving patch for rotated/flipped images in the collection view hasn't been finished for this release. Expect it to see it in the next one.


  • Printing of images in image viewer (Lutz Müller)
  • Image collection view:
    • layout computation fix (Federico)
    • improved image rotating/flipping (Jens)
    • drag'n'drop source (Jens)
  • Load/transform progress indication (Jens)
  • Scheme type fixes (Abel Cheung)
  • Build fix (Art Haas)
  • Translation Updates: Christophe Merlet (fr), Takeshi AIHANA (ja), Paul Duffy (ga), Pablo Gonzalo del Campo (es), Danilo Å egan (sr@Latn), Paisa Seeluangsawat (th), Hasbullah Bin Pit (ms), Duarte Loreto (pt), Abel Cheung (zh_TW), Christian Rose (sv), Dmitry G. Mastrukov (be), Laurent Dhima (sq), Miloslav Trmac (cs), Christian Neumair (de), Jordi Mallach (ca), Kostas Papadimas (el), Vincent van Adrighem (nl), Evandro Fernandes Giovanini (pt_BR),



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Best wishes,


Conglomerate 0.5.1

Conglomerate 0.5.1 is now available for download from this address:


The main website is at http://www.conglomerate.org

This is an UNSTABLE release: it will crash from time to time, along with numerous other problems. However it should do this in a stylish way.


Conglomerate is a free user-friendly XML editor. It attempts to hide the gory details of XML from the end-user. It can support any XML file format, but so far we have been concentrating on DocBook support.

A goal of the project is to create a free DocBook editor that Word users can easily learn.

It's currently fairly usable for viewing XML files. Unfortunately, there are numerous bugs, so it tends to crash when you start editing things. We will be fixing these problems in a forthcoming release.


You can see some screenshots at http://www.conglomerate.org/shots.php


Conglomerate should run on any recent free operating system, such as GNU/Linux. Internally it uses the GNOME 2 libraries for historical reasons - it ought to run fine under KDE. If you have any interoperability problems, please let us know!


The previous version was released over three years ago, and languished unmaintained (but fondly remembered) on CVS. It has now been almost entirely rewritten, component by component. Some of the changes:

  • ported from GTK 1 to GNOME 2
  • uses libxml2 rather than Flux for its XML handling
  • now uses Pango to support i18n
  • uses gettext for i18n support
  • Spanish and Russian translations
  • attempts to comply with the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines
  • has a new-look, cleaner UI
  • now uses a Model-View architecture internally
  • the beginnings of a plugin architecture.
  • and many more features!

We'll now move over to a more regular, frequent release schedule.


The current editor control is highly unstable, and will be rewritten soon, so please don't report bugs with editing for now.

For other bugs, we are using the Bug Tracking Database provided by the nice folk at the GNOME project. Please have a look at the "conglomerate" component at http://bugzilla.gnome.org, and see if the bug you've found is already there. If not, please add a bug report!


We need translators, people to write plugins, documentation, user interface designers etc etc. If you're interested in getting involved, have a look at http://www.conglomerate.org/contact.php

Hope you find Conglomerate useful!

Many thanks to everyone who's helped me breathe life back into the project:

  • Hans Petter Jansson (wrote the original version of Conglomerate and provided lots of help)
  • Joakim Ziegler (visual design, web wrangling, and much advice)
  • Steiner Bang (numerous useful suggestions)
  • Geert Stappers (lots of little things)
  • Brent Hendricks (UI improvements)
  • Doug Daniels (improvements to UI and to DTD support)
  • Dmitry Mastrukov (Russian translations, and help with i18n)
  • Quique (Spanish translations) Sorry if I missed anybody.

David Malcolm, on behalf of the Conglomerate Project

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yelp 2.2.1 and 2.2.2


There's a couple of releases of your favourite help browser out. The first was the one slated for the imminent GNOME 2.2.2 release, but we made a slipup and changed a string so I had to make a new tarball with that reverted. Thus this dual release.

From NEWS:

Changes in 2.2.2:

  • Revert accidental string change in a previous fix.
  • Update translations (fr, nl)
    (Christophe Merlet, Vincent van Adrighem)

Changes in 2.2.1:

  • Fix leaks (Mikael, Narayana Pattipati, Kjartan) Fixes bug #110572
  • Don't show about window more than once (Steve Chaplin) Fixes bug #113906
  • Fix issues with hangs in the TOC (Mikael, Narayana Pattipati)
  • Updated translations
    (az, be, bn, eo, fa, ga, he, id, is, it, kn, ml, mn, nl, pt, sr, sr@latn, th, zh_TW)
    (Abel Cheung, Alessio Frusciante, Christian Rose, Danilo Segan, Dmitry G. Mastrukov, FSF-India, Gil Osher, Joel Brich, Metin Amiroff, Mohammad Damt, Mujahidul Islam, Paisa Seeluangsawat, Paul Duffy, Pramod, Roozbeh Pournader, Samuel Jon Gunnarson, Taneem Ahmed, Vincent van Adrighem)

Tarballs found at
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/sources/yelp/2.2/ Bugs filed at



Hi all.

There's a new release of gconf-editor out. It has nothing new except a truckload of new and updated translations (30+) Hooray for the translators.

From NEWS:

gconf-editor 0.4.1

News in this release:

  • Updated translations
    (am, az, be, bg, es. et, fa, fi, fr, ga, hi, hu, id, it, ja, kn, lv, ko, ml, mn, nl, pl, pt, sk, sq, sr, sr@Latn, ta, tr, vi, zh_TW)
    (Abel Cheung, Alessio Frusciante, Alexander Shopov, Andras Timar, Artis Trops, Christian Rose, Christophe Merlet, Daniel Yacob, Danilo Segan, Dmitry G. Mastrukov, Duarte Loreto, Fatih Demir, Guntupalli Karunkar, Kang Jeong-Hee, Laurent Dhima, Marcel, Marius Andreiana, Mohammad Damt, Pablo Saratxaga, Pablo Gonzalo del Campo, Paul Duffy, Pauli Virtanen, Pramod, Roozbeh Pournader, Sanlig Badral, Takeshi AIHANA, Toivo Leedjarv, Vincent van Adrighem, Yanko Kantei, Yuriy Syrota, Zbigniew Chyla)



Bugreports to http://bugzilla.gnome.org/



Hi all

There's a new version of GNOME system monitor out. This one sports the following improvements over the last one:

New in 2.0.5

  • Fix bug #70701. Crashes on uid mismatch.
  • New and updated translations
    (am, az, bn, es, et, fa, he, hi, id, ja, ml, mn, nl, sr, sr@Latn, zh_TW)




Epiphany 0.7.0


What is it?

Epiphany is a GNOME web browser based on the mozilla rendering engine.
The name meaning:
"An intuitive grasp of reality through
something (as an event) usually simple and striking"

You can find more info about the project goals at: http://epiphany.mozdev.org

What's changed?

Epiphany 0.7

Code changes

  • Extend node api to allow to branch different databases, deobjectify nodes for better perfomance, smarter id factory. (Marco)
  • Use stock icons instead of the files directly to set window border icons. (Dave Bordoley)
  • Cleanup zoom code (Christian Persch)
  • Cleanup tab opening logic (Marco)
  • Rewrite large parts of the encodings/languages code (Christian Persch)
  • Use the spinner icon from gnome-icon-theme (Marco)
  • Start to cleanup schemas for 1.0 (Christian Persch)
  • Use bookmark action for the most used bookmarks menu (Marco)

New features

  • Zoom control for the toolbar (Christian Persch)
  • Holding shift and pressing reload button bypass the cache (Christian Persch)
  • Implement a traditional bookmarks menu (Marco)
  • Exit fullscreen button (Marco)

Interface improvements

  • Remove fine grain color settings. Always use the system theme colors (Dave Bordoley)
  • Remove the on new page pref, try to make it behave in a way that fit all cases. (Dave Bordoley)
  • Made (hopefully) all dialogs HIG compliant (Christian Neumair)
  • Make find dialog unresizable (Xan Lopez)
  • Make double click select the whole address in toolbar entry (Marco)
  • Cleanup downloader ui and remove keep open option (Christian Neumair)
  • Tweak mozilla default settings. Don't fetch sidebar whats related stuff. Line Wrap View->Source. CTRL-Mousewheel scrolls by one page. Enable Image Auto-Resizing. (Dave Bordoley)
  • Activate the menu on button press down (Dave Bordoley)
  • Several interface fixes in print dialog (Piers Cornwell)
  • Add accellerators on the encoding menus (Piers Cornwell)


  • Mark download time format strings for translation (Christian Neumair)
  • Make xml saving low disk safe (Marco)
  • Fix crashes on node removal (Marco)
  • Rebuild tabs menu only when necessary (Christian Persch)
  • Fix crash on download pause (Xan Lopez)
  • Ever ask for path when saving a file, persist the path also on Cancel (Marco)

Updated translations

  • be (Dmitry G. Mastrukov)
  • cs (Miloslav Trmac)
  • da (Ole Laursen)
  • es (Pablo Gonzalo del Campo)
  • li (Mathieu van Woerkom)
  • ja (Takayuki KUSANO)
  • nl (Vincent van Adrighem)
  • pt (Duarte Loreto)
  • se (Christian Neumair)
  • sv (Christian Rose)
  • vi (Pablo Saratxaga)

Where can I get it?

Source code:


Epiphany 0.7.0 requires Mozilla 1.3, 1.4a, 1.4b (suggested version) or cvs (tested until build 20030606).



Gnumeric 1.1.18

Gnumeric 1.1.18 aka 'Light at the End of the Tunnel' is now available.

Its been 4 months since we last announced a release, and this one is worth the wait. There's so much in here its hard to know where to start.

At long last a gtk2 based charting engine is in place. An MS Excel importer is tied in, and its ready to test. Guppi did more, but this is already better than the Gnumeric-1.0.x wrapper for Guppi. The data allocation is much stronger, and easily handles things like vector size changes, and missing values. The rest of the features should fall into place shortly.

In addition, the text import/export code is getting its long awaited spring cleaning. With the addition of a nice encoding selector, and lot of internal improvements, its now lighter, faster, and more utf8 aware.

Other highlights include

  • lots of bug squashing in preparation for 1.2
  • Multi-screen support
  • performance tuning
  • more HIGification
  • An initial Hebrew translation and some work on RTL support Look at the size of the NEWS log and marvel.

Please start testing this release and submitting bugs. I'd like to compress the beta cycle as much as possible. The sooner you report the problem the sooner we can fix it. Our avid QA team dredged up 67 bugs in 3 days and less than twenty, mostly enhancement requests, remain.

NOTE : This will (hopefully) be the last release before feature freeze.

The charting engine needs a few more bells before we can lock it down.

NOTE : release 1.1.17 aka 'less fun than a gal stone' was not announced due to late breaking bugs, we recommend against using it.


  • Some more utf-8 cleaning in the stf parsers.
  • Improve the encoding selector by only showing supported encodings
  • Some small improvements to the Text Import dialog

Ben Liblit:

  • Move the various compile time paths into a generated header.

Emmanuel Pacaud:

  • HIG compliant quit dialog.

Jean Brefort:

  • Initial version of gradient editor for chart style page.


  • More work on graphs.
  • Set alwaysCalc flag when xls exporting dynamic dependencies.
  • Fix HIG-ification of validation page in fmt dialog
  • Add some mnemonics to the new and improved file open dialog.
  • Finish conversion of default font to Sans 10
  • Fix http://bugs.debian.org/193276
  • Fix rangesel on other sheet in with of sheet local names
  • Fix recalc on undo of cut-paste of interior of range
  • Sheet data -> charts begins working.
  • Some minor tweaking for xls escher import to handle gradients
  • Clean up edit item, and support spanning autocompletion
  • Fixes for sheet object dependencies.
  • Fixes for chart series generation.
  • Basic Pie & Bar/Col plots.
  • Initial xls import for new plots (no formatting).
  • Have HTML exporters handle utf8.
  • Extend layout engine in GogChart.
  • Nice redraw speedup for images and charts.
  • Fix undo bug for moving merged regions (yummy).
  • Support Move with cells flag for sheet object.
  • Text in charts.
  • Fix lots of bugs in the run up to a beta.
  • Fix undo of defining an existing named expression placeholder.
  • Simplify the recently used file stuff in preparation for egg.
  • Fix months old stupidity in my lobotomization of gconf wrapper.
  • Remove deprecation from canvas items.
  • Finished first pass at an xml SAX based exporter, still rough around the edges.


  • New function COLUMNNUMBER.
  • Fix ABRs in imported pcre code.
  • Leak fix for gnumeric xml saving.
  • Leak fix for character encoding selection.
  • Fix stf import crash for empty files.
  • Improve generation of binomial and negative-binomial random numbers.
  • Fix stf dialog problem with WM close.
  • Make stf export quoting UTF-8 safe.
  • Make stf export cell separation UTF-8 safe.
  • Improve generation of NaN, -Inf, and +Inf.
  • Fix 112330.
  • Handle character set aliases, more or less.
  • Improve remote-DISPLAY start-up time by getting rid of calls to deprecated gtk_style_get_font function.
  • Start getting rid of use of deprecated features.
  • Multihead support.
  • Fix crash for analysis tools on initial failure.
  • Speed up stf import.
  • Rewrote stf importer to be GtkTreeView/GPtrArray based instead of GnomeCanvas/GList.
  • Fix a ton of stf bugs.

Gnumeric 1.1.17


  • Add character encoding menus to the file selector
  • Handle specified encoding for csv/tsv files
  • Handle specified encoding for configurable text import
  • Fix csv parsing (#80806), finally
  • Fix #100529, #78355, #99649

Ben Liblit:

  • Support for automake 1.6.x
  • Modernize the rpm .spec file

Emmanuel Pacaud:

  • Add encoding selector to stf export


  • Improve handling of files with content type != extension
  • A few small bugs in XL97 export.
  • Simplify defining new services
  • Work on graphs
  • Fix xbase importer
  • Add motion compression for high speed scrolling
  • Fix elapsed hour format
  • Make the edit item smarter at the right edge
  • Handle saving too many merged cells for 1 xls record
  • Fix internal hashing bug with styles containing auto colors
  • Improve update semantics of ExprEntry in preparation for graphs
  • Make sheet_get_extent span when needed.
  • Fix old bug exposed by alex's fix to mapping in foocanvas.


  • Added shuffling tool.
  • Added `Edit'->`Fill'->`Series...' filling tool like in XL.
  • Added scenario tools.

Martin Hoffmann:

  • Fix autocompletion in the face of multi-byte characters.


  • Make RenderedValue use a PangoLayout for storing the contents of a cell. (Operation Snappiness, Part 3.)
  • Make mstyle cache pango attributes. (Operation Snappiness, Part 4.)
  • Make sure our pango contexts have language set. (Operation Snappiness, Part 5.)
  • Shave off a few cycles here and there.
  • Improve progress display when loading.
  • Eliminate rendered_text from struct RenderedValue. (Operation Snappiness, Part 6.)
  • Fix a few stf irritants.
  • Security fix for sample data source plugin.
  • Security fix for oleo plugin.
  • Security fix for sc plugin.
  • Fix gnome print configuration.
  • Fix latex exporter crash.
  • Restore auto-format functionality. (Automatically supply a format to a new cell based on the formula entered.)
  • Work around extremely slow cases in in, e.g., BETAINV.
  • Improve speed of generation of many types of random numbers.
  • Switch regexp routine to pcre.



GNOME-Applets 2.3.4

Hello All. This is an UNSTABLE release of GNOME Applets. Here's what's changed:

Changes in GNOME-Applets 2.3.4

  • Overall
    • Expand most applets for Fitts' law complience
  • Keyboard Accessibility Status
    • Fix non ascii character for translators - bug #114190 (Bill Haneman)
  • Character Palette
    • Add an "add palette" to the popup menu
  • Keyboard Layout Switcher
    • get rid of bogus option, change default name to default not gkb bugs #76223,#94153
  • Inbox Monitor
    • Fix type in schemas file - bug #114300
    • Make clicked stuff occur on double click (Dennis Cranston)
  • Sticky Notes
    • Update tooltip (Loban Rahman)
  • Stock Ticker
    • update width when spin changes in prefs dialog
    • Display errors better and indicate when updating applet - bug #86923
  • System Monitor
    • Fix crash when setting load monitor color - bug #114477 (Ray Strode)
    • Use different frame style for better looks - bug #79676 (Tuomas Kuosmanen)
    • Fix issue when moving applet to different panels - bug ##94139
  • Weather Monitor
    • More HIG complience (Dennis Cranston)
    • Pack widgets tighter on larger panels
  • Wireless
    • pack tighter on larger panels
  • Translations
    • Catalan (Jordi Mallach)
    • Chinese - Simplified (Wang Jian)
    • Dutch (Vincent van Adrighem)
    • French (Christophe Merlet)
    • German (Christian Neumair)
    • Irish (Paul Duffy)
    • Maylay (Hasbullah Bin Pit)
    • Spanish (Pablo Gonzalo del Campo)
    • Swedish ( Christian Rose)

Get it here:

Have fun,

GNOME Bluetooth Subsystem 0.4.1


GNOME Bluetooth Subsystem 0.4.1


This is the jolly exciting "hack everything quickly before GUADEC" release. It's all very rough and buggy still, but you can now drag and drop files with Nautilus onto a remote Bluetooth device.


Components for managing and accessing Bluetooth devices


  • Added gnome-obex-send program, which sends files via OBEX push to a destination server.
  • Added gnome-vfs module, go to bluetooth:/// in nautilus to see which remote devices have been discovered.



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GPdf 0.103



GPdf 0.103


PDF viewing program based on Xpdf


  • support the Bonobo::PersistFile interface (faster loading of large files)
  • Translation updates: Christian Rose (sv), Miloslav Trmac (cs), Duarte Loreto (pt), Ole Laurson (da), Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es), Laurent Richard (fr), Young-Ho Cha (ko)


  • various code cleanups and new tests



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GTetrinet 0.7.2


GTetrinet 0.7.2, "Tellement mieux"


GTetrinet is a Tetrinet client for GNOME2. Tetrinet is a variant of the popular Tetris brick game, that can be played simultaneously by 6 players. GTetrinet's goal is to remain completely compatible with the Windows, original client.


This new version brings some minor features, but some of them had a lot of demand. First, a few eye candy changes: new icons on the toolbar (which can still improve, but it's a start) and the merge of the Start/Stop game buttons. GTetrinet finally learned about nickname completion in the partyline. We insist, the partyline isn't IRC, it's a lot uglier, limited and crappy in general, but people insisted in having autocompletion... People also complained that the mouse cursor can be annoying if it's placed in the middle of you playing field. Not anymore, as GTetrinet hides it :) Also, lots of French users complained about their problems using specials with their extremely weird Azerty keyboards (I really don't know how they can use those keyboards), so we made these keys configurable too. Thanks to the GNOME I18N people, there's a hell lot of new/updated translations, too.


  • Added new icons to several places.
  • Merged Start/Stop button.
  • Nickname autocompletion in partyline!
  • Show /msg commands in partyline.
  • The mouse cursor is now hidden while playing.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for connect/disconnect, change team and start/stop/pause game. ­ Attack/defense keys are now configurable, helping Azerty keyboard users.
  • Other bugfixes.
  • New and updated translations: French (Christophe Merlet), Catalan (Jordi Mallach), Swedish (Christian Rose), Portuguese (Duarte Loreto), Czech (Miloslav Trmac), Dutch (Tino Meinen), Brazilian Portuguese (Alexandre Folle de Menezes), Japanese (KAMAGASAKO Masatoshi), Serbian (Danilo Segan), Basque (Julen Landa Alustiza), Traditional Chinese (Abel Cheung).



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