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Release Digest: GNOME, June 26, 2003

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Peacock 0.6

Hello fellow gnomers

Today Peacock 0.6 is released for public consumption, rapage, debugging, spitting blah blah blah.

Excerpts from NEWS

  • Find and/or Replace - I finally added the Find and/or Replace functions. Something basic everyone expects from any kind of editor (text, html etc).
  • The wonderful world of GnomeVFS - All the file operations have been shifted to the GnomeVFS architecture (previously it was the POSIX complaint standard C FILE API). This means you can edit files directly from the web, ftp, even across networks using protocols like Samba etc, basically the ones supported by GnomeVFS. Including those from secured sites which require usernames/passwords. Example: ftp://username@password:ftp.mysite.com/my/websites/files/index.html
  • GtkHTML Preview click functionality - now you can click on a link in the Preview Pane, and Peacock will open the new file for you in the editor. Something to pamper the lazy web hacker.

Give it try, plz :D.

Homepage: http://peacock.sf.net/

Archit Baweja

  • -- fork() is the Unix programmer's hammer. Because it's available, every problem looks like a nail.

Anjuta 1.1.97

Dear all,

Anjuta version 1.1.97 [1] has been released.

Quick download:

Anjuta is a versatile IDE for C and C++, written for GTK/GNOME. Features include project management, application wizards, an onboard interactive debugger, and a powerful source editor with browsing and syntax highlighting.

Home page: http://anjuta.org/.
Download: [See above]
Requires: libzvt-2.0 http://anjuta.org/libzvt/. Screenshots: http://anjuta.org/right_pannel.php?load=screenshots

There are source .tar.gz and Red Hat Linux 9.0 binary and source packages available at the download page. Other distribution specific binary packages are likely to be released soon by other vendors. It should install fine in RedHat 9, but may require some additional dependencies to be satisfied for RedHat 8.0 systems.

Release notes for 1.1.97:

New: Support for all text file encodings..
New: Line and word selection menu entries.
New: Added *.css files highlighting.
Updated: Project and messages windows no longer transient.
Updated: Reorganized messages tabs in more sensible order.
Updated: Better 'Customize menu' message.
Updated: Prompts for 'clean' for modified compiler options.
Updated: Deprecated GNOME 1.x project wizards..
Updated: Speedier startup (but needs more optimization todo).
Updated: New splash.
Updated: Some re-organization and cleanups.
Updated: Better debugger operations.
Updated: Better HIG complient dialogs.
Updated: Many many translation updates.
Bug fix: Separated -dP and -A flags of CVS update.
Bug fix: No more file corruption for non-utf-8 encodings.
Bug fix: Removed references to older automake in generated projects.
Bug fix: Fixed automake errors with old in generated projects.
Bug fix: Tcl/tk properties fix (all keywords will be recognized).
Bug fix: Red color editor tab for modified files now consistent.
Bug fix: Backward search works correctly.
Bug fix: Properly detects installed *-config files.
Bug fix: Corrected many project generation codes.
Bug fix: Fixed compiler errors associated with older gcc.
Bug fix: Stack trace output can be activated with double-click.
Bug fix: Properly closes automatic debugger-tip (was annoying before).
Bug fix: Properly jumps to correct file/line from build messages.
Bug fix: CVS dialogs bug fixes.
Bug fix: Fixed gnome-print, zvt and pcre dependencies.
Bug fix: Fixed glade/glade-2 confusion in generated projects.
Bug fix: Multiple file selection works now.
Bug fix: Properly pops up search combo puldown (in main menu).
Bug fix: And many more critical/non-critical bug fixes.
Bug fix: Fixed non-working shortcuts (changed to working ones).

Happy coding!


[1] This is also the Release Candidate 1 for 1.2.0 final.

gCAD3D V.0.70


gCAD3D V.0.70


3D-CAD-CAM software


New: Contours, NC-Code-Generator, Curve-functions.






GNOME Software Map entry


icon-slicer 0.3

The initial release of icon-slicer is now available for download from:


What is icon slicer:

Icon slicer is a command line utility for generating icon themes and libXcursor cursor themes by cutting up "sheets" containing many images according to an XML theme description file.

It supports basically the full capabilities of libXcursor cursor themes and KDE/GNOME icons themes (http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/icon-theme-spec.html), including, among other capabilities:

  • Animated cursors using multiple layers
  • Hotspots for cursors using dots on separate layers
  • Attachment points for emblems and embedded-text rectangles for icons using separate layers.
  • Alias symlinks specified in the XML file
  • translated display names for icons (would need intltool support to be completely useful.)

Owen Taylor
26 June 2003

GDM (unstable)


(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)

[For a stable version use version]

So the last release was kind of crap. The graphical greeter was broken, it didn't actually include the theme document, it didn't compile on non-linux, and other whacky things were wrong. So this release fixes all that (yeah right:)

Also note that I got confused by someone telling me the freeze was pushed back and so there are new features (I couldn't help myself). So this time around it is actually frozen (I think). I was never good with this freeze thing :)

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then tells you to piss off because you forgot your password. It does pretty much everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much crack. It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer design overall. It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing. The goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to customize or troubleshoot gdm. It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).


Highlights of

  • When you log in twice on a different server, gdm warns you and if both logins are console logins on linux, then you can have gdm switch consoles for you instead of logging on.
  • Errorgui (failsafe) dialogs now run mostly under the gdm user and not as root
  • In the .desktop files we now refer to GDM as Login Screen and not GDM, fixes #85543
  • Add ALL_SERVERS to the socket protocol which returns all the displays
  • DESKTOP_SESSION is set in addition to GDMSESSION. Also these are unset in the standard Xsession file not to pollute the env namespace.
  • Add CDE session .desktop (Brian Cameron)
  • Remove some debugging output (and make it only output stuff when debug is on)
  • Fix the output reading of failsafe yes/no dialog
  • Fix some typos in config stuff (Ali Akcaagac, me)
  • Graphical greeter should now work again (Frederic Crozat, Diego Gonzalez, me)
  • Fix compilation on non-pam setups and non-linux setup
  • Fix default paths (Brian Cameron, me)
  • Actually include the theme document!
  • Minor other fixes
  • Translation updates (Christian Rose, Vincent van Adrighem)

Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <mkp@mkp.net>, and has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England. She is usually not responsive to bug reports or feature requests. You can try to send them to me however.

Note2: If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf. It will however save backups with the .orig extension first.

Note3: Note3 has been depracated ...


http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gdm/2.4/ ftp://ftp.5z.com/pub/gdm/

Sorry no RPMS. There is a spec file included in the tarball and it may or may not work (it should, and it did some time ago but I haven't tried it lately).

Have fun,


PS: I have become an evil Red Hat intern tuesday. I have not yet managed to take over the company, but this is in progress. I still have not yet even managed to get a @redhat.com email addy. I am pretty much at the same stage here as I am with taking over the world. I have however figured out a strategy. Instead of using force, I will attempt to take over the world by the world volunteering to be taken over. So then this is your notice that everyone (including you) should volunteer to be taken over. Right now! Unless you don't want to of course. Wonder if this will work ...

George <jirka@5z.com>

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

  • Jean-Paul Sartre

Fisterra Open Source ERP 1.4.1


Fisterra Open Source ERP 1.4.1


Fisterra is a project that aims to provide a generic open-source ERP. It supports invoicing, stock, and payment management, POS (Point-Of-Sale), distributed work, and offline replication.

It's a bugfix release.


  • It has been tested in woody and sid.
  • Released a testing rpm using alien, not yet tested. Hoping someone to test it O:-).
  • Database examples has been included in debian/red hat binary. No automatic sample database instalation.
  • Minor bug fixed, the most important in example database creation.
  • Some documentation and examples included in /usr/share/doc/fisterra
  • Perl scripts moved to /usr/lib/fisterra/



GNOME Software Map entry