Release Digest: GNOME, September 23, 2003
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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame
Dr. Geo 0.9.9
Dr. Geo 0.9.9
Dr. Geo is a GTK interactive geometry software. It allows one to
create geometric figure plus the interactive manipulation of such
figure in respect with their geometric constraints. It is useable
with students from primary or secondary level.
- Impement a quick and cool PNG exporter. It works as the
PostScript and LaTeX exporters. It required the Image Magick
- Continue extending the DSF API. The following Scheme functions
These functions are used through higher level prototypes as
explained at the 0.9.8 release change log bellow.
- Extend the user manual in French to cover the Dr. Geo Scheme
Figure feature. The manual is distributed separately. The latest
version can always be fetched from OFSET CVS at SourceForge.
- Updated Azerbaijani, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese
(Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Gujarti, Italian,
Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish translations.
- Enhancement in the macro system. Script can now be integrated
into macro (Feature request)
Conglomerate is an XML editor for GNOME, aiming to be as
user-friendly as possible, to help non-technical people to use
DocBook and similar formats.
- Optimisations: cursor movement and mouse dragging are now
significantly faster for large documents, other operations should
be slightly less chuggy than before. (me)
- Added "sr", "sr@Latn" translations (Danilo Segan)
- Added "sv" translation (Christian Rose)
- Updated README, now as a DocBook file (me)
- Added userinput and command as span tags to the DocBook display
- Fix for bug 114670 (opening files from the command line) (Varga
- Removed lots of dead code (me)
(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down
If you are afraid to ask, yes the random number stuff has yet
again been touched. Though obviously not the major focus of this
release. Now it's a little less embarassing mathematically I think
and is faster and gets more entropy. If you think this really
wasn't important to do, you are right. But I couldn't sleep and I
seem to always end up hacking on random things such as this at 3am.
Now that KDM actually does get good random numbers, I can't bash it
for this point. Hmmm. I can still bash XDM.
There are two major things in this release. First is that the
session stuff got a lot of work and should now be compatible with
the upcoming KDM as implemented in KDE CVS. As part of this I one
moved gnome.desktop and CDE.desktop (for solaris kind of people) to
/usr/share/xsessions (if prefix is /usr of course).
/etc/X11/dm/Sessions is deprecated but still used for the built in
sessions. I also renamed Default.desktop to default.desktop to be
compatible with KDM. SessionDesktopDir is now a path which by
you don't get your gnome.desktop session just make sure to comment
out the SessionDesktopDir key and that should pull in the built in
default then which includes the correct dir.
The second major thing is that the accessibility gesture modules
now not only build, they also work (or at least they do for me :).
They were pretty much completely broken before. Also they are
loaded for all the different GTK+ guis gdm puts up. So we're
perhaps getting closer to actual a11y support in GDM.
There are a lot of other bugfixes too. And there are a few
translation updates as well.
Finally GDM dilapidates all barns that NASA did not dilapidate
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 188.8.131.52:
- Fix the session setup to be both back-compatible and fully KDM
(kde 3.2) compatible, among others:
- SessionDesktopDir is now a path
- Change 'Default' to 'default'
- Honour TryExec correctly
- Other then 'default', the gnome and CDE sessions are now
installed in /usr/share/xsessions (if prefix==/usr)
- Support SELinux
- Fix the 'switchdesk' mode and mention 'switchdesk' only if it's
actually installed (rh #104287)
- Use the a11y modules for the chooser as well as the error
- Lots of dwellmouselistener and keymouselistener a11y modules
fixing, as in they actually work now, among other fixes are
#122944, #122658, #122616
- Default gestures for gok (David Bolter, me)
- Lots of small fixes
- Error dialogs are now crashing theme/module tolerant
- Load ~/.face.icon for kde 3.2 interoperability
- Clean up the random stuff again a bit (we get more entropy for
less work, yay!)
- Documentation updates
- Translation updates (Alessio Frusciante, Francesco Marletta,
Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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 ...
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: The snails ate all our bananas. In the aquarium that is. Yes
we had bananas in the aquarium. No we're not nuts. Those are
aquarium plants, really. Which reminds me I need to go buy real
- I'm getting better!
- No, you're not. You'll be stone dead in a moment.