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Release Digest: GNOME, September 2, 2003

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PyGTK 2.0.0

I am pleased to announce version 2.0.0 of the Python bindings for GTK. The new release is available from ftp ftp.gtk.org or ftp ftp.gnome.org and its mirrors:


GTK is a toolkit for developing graphical applications that run on POSIX systems such as Linux, Windows and MacOS X (provided that the X server for MacOS X has been installed). It provides a comprehensive set of GUI widgets, can display Unicode bidi text. It links into the Gnome Accessibility Framework through the ATK library.

PyGTK provides a convenient wrapper for the GTK library for use in Python programs, and takes care of many of the boring details such as managing memory and type casting. When combined with PyORBit and gnome-python, it can be used to write full featured Gnome applications.

Like the GTK library itself PyGTK is licensed under the GNU LGPL, so is suitable for use in both free software and proprietary applications. It is already in use in many applications ranging from small single purpose scripts up to large full features applications.

PyGTK requires GTK >= 2.0 and Python >= 2.2 to build.

Questions about PyGTK can be directed at the list:

http://www.daa.com.au/mailman/listinfo/pygtk Bug reports should be filed at the Gnome bug tracker:


James Henstridge.

Email: james@daa.com.au
WWW: http://www.daa.com.au/~james/

PyORBit 2.0.0

PyORBit 2.0.0, the Python binding for the ORBit2 CORBA ORB, is now available at:


PyORBit provides both client and server side CORBA bindings, and aims to follow the standard Python language mapping for CORBA (http://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?formal/02-09-07).

PyORBit is capable of calling in process servers implemented using ORBit2, and being called by in process C code. This makes it ideal for use in the Gnome environment, and is used by the gnome-python Gnome bindings.

PyORBit requires ORBit2 >= 2.4.4 and Python >= 2.2.

Questions about PyORBit can be directed to the PyGTK list:

http://www.daa.com.au/mailman/listinfo/pygtk Bug reports should be filed at the Gnome bug tracker:


James Henstridge.

Email: james@daa.com.au
WWW: http://www.daa.com.au/~james/

RPM Builder plugin for Anjuta 0.1


RPM Builder plugin for Anjuta, v0.1 (initial version)


You can make RPM spec file and RPM package(s) for the your project. The plugin use the Anjuta project settings. This plugin is useable with Anjuta >= v1.1.1.


  • graphical interface (Gnome v2.x)
  • use project settings (name, version, description, etc.)
  • not need the RPM package

Gnome-Python 2.0.0

Gnome-Python 2.0.0 is now available at:


Gnome-Python provides bindings for the Gnome 2.x development platform libraries. It builds on top of PyGTK, and includes bindings for the following:

  • the GConf configuration database
  • the Bonobo component system
  • the Gnome-VFS file access library
  • support for writing panel applets and Nautilus views
  • the GtkHTML2 widget.
  • the Gnome-Print print libraries.

Gnome-Python requires PyGTK, PyORBit, Python >= 2.2 and the Gnome 2.x development platform to build.

Questions about Gnome-Python can be directed to the PyGTK list:

http://www.daa.com.au/mailman/listinfo/pygtk Bug reports should be filed at the Gnome bug tracker:


James Henstridge.

Email: james@daa.com.au
WWW: http://www.daa.com.au/~james/



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

And the moment you have all been waiting for is here. The greatest thing to hit the news since, ... since ... I dunno, since something very important. Yes new GDM stable release is out. While the version number hasn't changed much since 2.4.1.x, that shouldn't leave you thinking that there haven't been many code changes. The version number nonsense is just to let rest of gnome kind of catch up with version numbering. This is a release aimed for the whole GNOME 2.4 which should be coming shortly. However this release of GDM should really work with any GNOME since 2.0, so you don't have to update anything just to get some sweet new GDM love.

Note that is not a drop-in replacement for 2.4.1.x versions because of the session setup changes. See the reference documentation on how the new session setup works (http://www.jirka.org/gdm.html).

To give you an idea of what changed between 2.4.1.x and, here's a short list of the more important changes:

  • Full reference documentation!
  • Facebrowser support in the graphical greeter
  • Better HIG support
  • Many security improvements
  • Performance and memory usage improvements
  • XDMCP much more robust
  • Better support for running XDMCP-only servers
  • Session setup is reworked into a new common standard to be implemented in KDM soon
  • "Proper" support for PAM making things like smartcard modules possible
  • XDMCP chooser may be run directly from the local login dialog (or you can have the chooser be default)
  • A PostLogin script for finer grained login setup
  • Many MANY bugfixes and build fixes
  • Lots of new translations
  • And lots of other new features, improvements, and bugfixes

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 (since

  • Updated the documentation quite a bit again.
  • Make the .spec file work again
  • Run pam_close_session and the delete cred AFTER the PostSession script and all those places where we touch the home dir so that pam_mount works properly
  • Fix error output to point to the right places
  • Create log file correctly during "make install"
  • Translation updates (Dafydd Harries, Alessio Frusciante, Jordi Mallach, Vincent van Adrighem, Ole Laursen, Stanislav Visnovsky, Abel Cheung, Pablo Gonzalo del Campo, Lucas 'Basurero' Vieites, Danilo Segan, Laurent Dhima, Christian Neumair)

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 ...


Webpage: http://www.jirka.org/gdm.html
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 should work. So generate an rpm with

rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz/

Have fun (or whatever else you wish to be having),


PS: Barn? NASA? Dilapidation? No, there is none of that nonsense in this release announcement. It was all a rumor anyway. There is no spoon. Err ... barn ... I mean. You do not need to know anything about NASA and the Barn, and least of all you need to know about dilapidation of said Barn, or any other barn. If this whole story thread about NASA and dilapidation of barns makes absolutely no sense to you. Good. People in black suits will not need to knock on your door and zap your brain for knowing too much. Whoops. Was I not supposed to say that ...


... huh?

George <jirka@5z.com>

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