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Release Digest: GNOME, October 15, 2003

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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

MyNetMonitor 1.0


MyNetMonitor 1.0


Mynetmonitor is a gtk2 net monitor with system tray support

1 - Shows various status icons in gnome2, kde3, xfce4 system tray

2 - Uses connect and disconnect commands, show net speeds and times



Tenth release of PythonCAD

I'd like to announce the tenth development release of PythonCAD, a CAD package for open-source software users. As the name implies, PythonCAD is written entirely in Python. The goal of this project is to create a fully scriptable drafting program that will match and eventually exceed features found in commercial CAD software. PythonCAD is released under the GNU Public License (GPL).

PythonCAD requires Python 2.2 or Python 2.3. The interface is GTK 2.0 based, and uses the PyGTK module for interfacing to GTK. The design of PythonCAD is built around the idea of separating the interface from the back end as much as possible. By doing this, it is hoped that both GNOME and KDE interfaces can be added to PythonCAD through usage of the appropriate Python module. Addition of other interfaces will depend on the availability of a Python module for that particular interface and developer interest and action.

The tenth release contains many fixes for running PythonCAD on Python 2.3. The latest Python release has a variety of internal changes, and various bits of code in PythonCAD triggered deprecation warnings from Python. All known warnings have been removed, so PythonCAD should run cleanly on this new Python release, as well as the older 2.2 releases.

This release also includes the code for reading AutoCAD DWG files, though PythonCAD still is unable to import the files. This code will be the basis for importing DWG files into PythonCAD directly. A number of entity clipping algorithms have been added for use in redrawing the screen and future use in improving the internal entity storage and access. Radial dimensions entities now can display the diameter value of a circle instead of just the radius. This release also contains a number of other small bug fixes and code improvements, though the redraw bug in release eight is still not fixed.

The DWG file format information came from the OpenDWG group, so my thanks to them for providing this information on the web. The OpenDWG website is at http://www.opendwg.org

The mailing list for the development and use of PythonCAD is available. Visit the following page for information about subscribing and viewing the mailing list archive:


Visit the PythonCAD web site for more information about what PythonCAD does and aims to be:


Come and join me in developing PythonCAD into a world class drafting program!

Art Haas
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.

-Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822