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GNOME Summary: July 7-18, 2003

Jul 22, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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This is the GNOME Summary for 2003-07-07 - 2003-07-18

Table of Contents
  1. New look for gnome.org
  2. update from Welsh translation team
  3. art.gnome.org update
  4. Lord of the HIG
  5. Real releases SMIL 2.0 implementation
  6. Sodipodi passing true usability threshold
  7. Evolution looks to update its GUI
  8. freedesktop.org distribution considered
  9. Dashboard being dashing
  10. Translated GNOME summaries
  11. Hacker Activity
  12. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity
  13. New and Updated Software

1. New look for gnome.org

After a long wait the big update to our favourite website, gnome.org, is underway. The first phase is mostly updating the look of the site, using a shared template across all of gnome.org. This is a huge job, but we hope that it will help navigating the site. We have also done away with the old WML site building system in order to make life easier for content contributors. The real backend upgrade is still not done, but we have decided that if the new website is to happen then we need to make it happen step by step. So be sure to check out the website from time to time as we evolve the website towards its new incarnation. And of course if you want to help us make content, like more developer documenation don't be stranger, but contanct the web-developer on the web mailing list.


2. update from Welsh translation team

Telsa Gwynne was kind enough to send us this update on the effort of the Welsh translation team. If there are other translation teams out there who would like to do similar status reports, feel free to do so and send them in :)

There was a Welsh translation of GTK back in gtk-1.0 days, but things languished a bit after that. A bunch of us got together and decided to give it a go. We started by taking the Gnome Glossary and agreeing how to translate each item (well, except for anti-aliasing: that's still a problem :)) and using the existing GTK and Abiword translations. (Yes, there has been Abiword in Welsh for ages.) And then started on a few apps and libraries. The first commit went in on the 4th of May. Since then, we have comfortably passed "partially supported" for both HEAD and the 2.2 branch, and are heading for "fully supported" if we can get there in time for 2.4. In less than four months. (Okay, it took us two months to do the glossary first.)

(I say "we", but as a learner all I do is commit what native speakers are giving me. Oh, and I created 40 typos of one word in an effort to be helpful. And discovered new CVS error messages.) Something that has helped us hugely is Kyfieithu (or Gyfieithu :)), a wonderful web-based translation system put together by Kevin Donnelly to help the KDE Welsh effort which we joined in with. See link below for how it works. Other teams might want to borrow the idea. You just aim your browser there and translate a bunch of strings when you have time. Lovely.


The credits for the work so far, and I really hope I don't miss anyone out here, goes to: Rhoslyn Prys (original Gtk translation) Owain Green, Gruffudd Williams, Gareth Williams, Tom Llewelyn, Dafydd Jones, Daniel, Steve Griffiths, Keith Willoughby and multiple instances of 'anonymous'/'anhysbys' (Kyfieithu contributors); Kevin Donnelly (Kyfieithu creator); Chris M Jackson, Gareth Bowker, Dafydd Harries (mostly straight from the po files); Dafydd Tomos, Dewi Jones, Jim Killock (discussion and bashing word lists into shape), larne on IRC for screenshots of Evolution in Welsh on FreeBSD _12 hours_ after we committed the first part of the translation (!) ; Alan Cox for the "fill in 20% of Evo from other strings in other files" program; Bryn S for volunteering to test the "how to teach your Linux box to speak Welsh" instructions and then doing it all again after the first time didn't work; and Rhys Jones for running the gnome-cy@penwgyn.linux.org.uk mailing list. If you want to be in this list next time, get over to #gnome-cy on freenode or the mailing-list :) Next stop, 2.4. (We hope.) Wish us luck, and stop changing those strings!


3. art.gnome.org/ update

Its not just the core GNOME sites that has gotten an update in the last two weeks. The dedicated team who runs art.gnome.org/ has also done some major updates and added new functionality like searching to the site. The art.gnome.org/ websmith Alex Duggan also tells me that art.gnome.org/ soon will move to using the same new template as the other GNOME sites has switched to. I can't run a art.gnome.org/ story without using the opportunity to congratulate a.g.o founder Roman "star" Beigelbeck with his new PhD title and wish him luck in his new job at the Austrian Academy of Scientists.


4. Lord of the HIG

Since its introduction the human interface guidelines has had an tremendous impact on GNOME and GTK+ applications. It has helped move the GNOME desktop to a new level of polish and integration and improve usability of GNOME applications greatly. But making the desktop comply 100% with these guidelines has been a huge undertaking, an undertaking not yet completed. One of the people who has been working very hard over the last few weeks on these issues is Dennis Cranston who after seeing his name pop up in CVS with HIG fixes time and time again I felt deserved a special mention. A big thanks to Dennis for his effort!


5. Real releases SMIL 2.0 implementation

Real Networks has released the sourcecode to their SMIL 2.0 implementation as part of their Helix Community effort. This is something that many in the GNOME accessibility community has wanted for some time. It is not released under the LGPL unfortunatly, but the OSI approved RPSL license might be acceptable to application developers. Just remember to that if you use the GPL license for your application you would need to add an exception if you decide to include/link this library into your application. In related news from Real/Helix they have set up a project website for their upcoming GTK+ RealOne client for Unix and GNU/Linux.


6. Sodipodi passing true usability threshold

The Sodipodi project has been making steady progress over the last months, and is establising itself in the free software community to be as synonymous with vector graphics creation as Gimp is for bitmap graphics. It has reached the stage now where more and more artists find that it is powerfull enough for them to actually do serious artwork with. To examplify this we got a new SVG icon theme this month that is done 100% in Sodipodi by a wonderfull artist called Kuswanto a.k.a Zeus. His icon theme proves that you now can make just as beautiful and detailed icons in Sodipodi as you can in illustrator. Another use for Sodipodi is for making Manga comics, something which Sodipodi developer MenTaLguY do with his Lunar 8 project. A big thanks to Zeus and the Sodipodi developers for their work so far.


7. Evolution looks to update its GUI

Our favourite groupware team is considering changing the way Evolution looks in their next major release. Anna Dirks has made some neat mockups of the proposed new GUI. Check out the full story and discussion on gnomedesktop.org. The Evolution team has also made a list of things they want to see happen in the backend space, but they are also aware that there is no way they will be able to handle all all the items in the list themselves, so they are hoping for contributions from the community to make it happen, check out the email linked below for the todo list.


8. freedesktop.org distribution considered

The freedesktop.org metateam is contemplating doing a combined release of the development plattform they have developed for Unix desktops, primarly GNOME and KDE. This in order to help promote the shared technologies developed under and in conjunction with freedesktop.org. Check out Havoc Penningtons announcement and the ensuing discussion on the freedesktop mailing list.


9. Dashboard being dashing

According to the gnome dictionary T.Campbell said 'The dashing and daring spirit is preferable to the listless', and there is no doubt that the Dashboard developers are dashing and daring :). Since we mentioned the effort here two weeks ago it has moved fast forward and now even have a status page with screenshots of contributed frontends. In fact Dashboard is moving so fast forward that Nat hasn't even had time to add a screenshot to Mark Humphreys Rhythmbox frontend, so we do it here instead :)


10. Translated GNOME summaries

We now have French, German, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese
- all the links below.


11. Hacker Activity

Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
97 gnucash
39 gnomeweb-wml
38 gnumeric
35 evolution
34 gossip
34 gnome-control-center
33 gpdf
27 gtk+
21 gnome-applets
21 gimp
19 web-devel-2
17 gok
15 epiphany
15 gnome-panel
14 totem
13 drgeo
13 galeon
13 gdm2
13 eog
13 beast
[137 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
101 adrighem
81 hampton (gnucash)
33 jdub
29 dnloreto
28 dcransto
25 cneumair
24 pablodc
23 rcoscali
21 mitr
19 aflinta
17 rhult
17 jody
16 warlord (gnucash)
16 mortenw
15 redfox
15 baddog
15 hallski
13 timj
12 dolfin
12 jamesh
[104 active hackers omitted]

12. Gnome Bug Hunting Activity

This information is from http://bugzilla.gnome.org, which hosts bug and feature reports for most of the Gnome modules. If you would like to join the bug hunt, subscribe to the gnome-bugsquad mailing list.

Currently open: 9593 (In the last week: New: 616, Resolved: 456, Difference:

Modules with the most open bugs (excluding enhancement requests):

nautilus: 882 (In the last week: New: 45, Resolved: 14, Difference: +31)
gtk+: 591 (In the last week: New: 17, Resolved: 37, Difference: -20)
galeon: 548 (In the last week: New: 44, Resolved: 26, Difference: +18)
gnome-panel: 302 (In the last week: New: 29, Resolved: 14, Difference: +15)
gnome-vfs: 223 (In the last week: New: 10, Resolved: 10, Difference: 0)
control-center: 198 (In the last week: New: 13, Resolved: 10, Difference: +3)
GnuCash: 159 (In the last week: New: 14, Resolved: 11, Difference: +3)
GIMP: 152 (In the last week: New: 12, Resolved: 13, Difference: -1)
balsa: 133 (In the last week: New: 6, Resolved: 7, Difference: -1)
metacity: 125 (In the last week: New: 11, Resolved: 4, Difference: +7) sawfish: 119 (In the last week: New: 2, Resolved: 0, Difference: +2)
gnome-applets: 109 (In the last week: New: 9, Resolved: 15, Difference: -6)
dia: 108 (In the last week: New: 8, Resolved: 20, Difference: -12)
epiphany: 101 (In the last week: New: 30, Resolved: 26, Difference: +4)
gnome-terminal: 99 (In the last week: New: 10, Resolved: 14, Difference: -4)

Gnome Bugzilla users who resolved or closed the most bugs:

ps baum ro: 25 bugs closed.
yaneti declera com: 24 bugs closed.
mpeseng tin it: 15 bugs closed.
jody gnome org: 15 bugs closed.
richard imendio com: 14 bugs closed.
ccevans cox net: 14 bugs closed.
kris gtk org: 13 bugs closed.
aguelzow taliesin ca: 12 bugs closed.
hans breuer org: 12 bugs closed.
charles rebelbase com: 12 bugs closed.
maclas gmx de: 11 bugs closed.
warlord MIT EDU: 11 bugs closed.
teuf users sourceforge net: 10 bugs closed.
andrew sobala net: 9 bugs closed.
hadess hadess net: 9 bugs closed.

13. New and Updated Software

gURLChecker - Graphic web links checker
Greenwich - Whois client for GNOME
GHome Mover - User home directory migration tool
tsemgr - manager for the T68 mobile phone
Gossip - GNOME 2 Jabber client
polyxmass - Polymer mass spectrometry framework
Background Buddy - wallpaper changing daemon
Eye of Gnome - Image viewer
Bluefish HTML Editor - HTML editor
GNOME Applets - Applets
Gwine - A wine cellar manager
gramps - GNOME based genealogy program
OSGEdit - OSG Scene Editor
Rubik - A 3D rubik cube game
XML Security Library - Implementation of XML Security specs
solfege - Free ear training software
Tutka - tracker style midi sequencer
Gwine - A wine cellar manager
Fisterra Open Source ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning and POS
Libcroco - The Gnome CSS manipulation toolkit
Terminal Server Client - remote desktop tool
Coriander - IEEE1394 IIDC camera GUI firewire
gnome-mud - Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) client
Proxy-applet - A quick proxy configuration applet
ffmpeg with tv/radio - ffmpeg tv radio
gtk copy-paste buffer - gtk copy-paste buffer
Gossip - GNOME 2 Jabber client
galculator - GTK2 based scientific calculator
CVSGnome Build Script - CVSGnome Build Script
Balsa - Gnome Mail Client
polyxmass - Polymer mass spectrometry framework
File Roller - Archive Manager
Quick Lounge - Quick Launch for GNOME 2
gThumb - Image viewer and browser.
Phone Manager - manage your mobile phone

For more information on these packages visit the GNOME Software map: http://www.gnome.org/softwaremap/latest.php

Even has many GNOME hackers and contributors are enjoying their summer vacations the work continues at rapid speed. To clarify the statistics for this summary, the CVS and bugzilla stats are for the last week, while the software map list is for the last two weeks.

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller
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