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Release Digest: GNOME, December 8, 2003

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GLib-2.3.1 is now available for download at:


glib-2.3.1.tar.bz2 md5sum: c320c3c883dba4759b8f04f40079a24e
glib-2.3.1.tar.gz md5sum: f3ecc10b565d097e7613584a0e04e2cf

This is a development release loading up to GLib-2.4. Changes since GLib-2.3.0 consist mainly of bug fixes and small improvements; among other things optional header files are now provided to define the typical _(), N_(), etc, internationalization macros.


  • This is unstable development release. While it has had fairly extensive testing, there are certainly plenty of bugs remaining to be found. This release should not be used in production.
  • Installing this version will overwrite your existing copy of GLib-2.2. If you have problems, you'll need to reinstall GLib-2.2.4.
  • GLib-2.4 will be source and binary compatible with the GLib-2.2.x series; however, the new API additions in GLib-2.2.0 are not yet finalized, so there may be incompatibities between this release and the final 2.2 release.
  • Remaining API issues for GLib-2.4 can be found with following bugzilla query:


About GLib

GLib is the low-level core library that forms the basis for projects such as GTK+ and GNOME. It provides data structure handling for C, portability wrappers, and interfaces for such runtime functionality as an event loop, threads, dynamic loading, and an object system.

More information about GLib is available at:


An installation guide for the GTK+ libraries, including GLib, can be found at:


Overview of Changes in GLib-2.3.1

  • Add glib/gi18n.h and glib/gi18n-lib.h for common gettext suport, including a Q() macro for translation with context [Matthias Clasen]
  • Add a more flexible G_FILENAME_ENCODING variable as a replacement for G_BROKEN_FILENAMES [Matthias]
  • Fix the return value g_main_context_iterate() for newly ready sources [Padraig O'Briain]
  • Handle Hangul composition for normalization [Noah Levitt]
  • Add G_{MIN,MAX,MAXU}INT{8,16,32}. [Mark Jones, Matthias]
  • Add G_STRFUNC as a portable wrapper for __func__ [Tim Janik]
  • Documentation improvements [Matthias]
  • GObject [Tim Janik]
    • Support '-' in g_signal_connect()/disconnect() names like 'swapped-signal'.
    • Add g_type_class_peek_static() and use to optimize g_object_new() for static types [Tim]
    • Allow setting construct-only properties from within init() implementations
    • Enforce readability/writeability in g_object_set/get()
  • Fix bug with g_ascii_strtod and multi-byte separator. [Behdad Esfahbod, Roozbeh Pournader]
  • Misc bug fixes [Matthias, John Ehresman, Andrew Lanoix, Tor Lillqvist, Mark McLoughlin, Tim-Philipp Müller, Manish, Morten Welinder]
  • Updated translations (ca,cs,da,es,fr,ja,nn,no,pt,ru)

8 December 2003

Liferea 0.4.5


Liferea 0.4.5


Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) is an RSS/RDF news aggregator which also supports CDF channels, Atom/Echo/PIE feeds, and OCS or OPML directories. It's intended to be a clone of the Windows-only FeedReader.


  • favicon.ico support, feeds whose webserver provides a favicon.ico have the standard icon replaced by the favicon.
  • Added the new SnowNews 1.4.1 HTTP client code, which now supports gzip/deflate compression, so Liferea helps saving some bandwidth.
  • Disabled the behaviour of hiding the program window when clicking the tray icon or minimizing, because this caused the window to hide each time the desktop was switched (reported by Dale K. Dicks, Christophe Barbe, Mike Rhodes and others).
  • Added a background shading of read items in the condensed item view as proposed by Mike Rhodes.
  • Added to options to zoom in and out of the HTML view.
  • Added a french (from Stephane Jourdan), a japanase (from Takeshi Aihana) and a korean (from Park Ji-In) translation. I've also added a german translation by myself. Note that while Liferea is still changing not all text literals may be covered!
  • Added a dialog to create search feeds using the Feedster (http://www.feedster.com) search engine.
  • Added a possibility to subscribe to a HTML link and to copy this link URL to the X selection.
  • Folders now remember their collapse state. Finally!


  • Fixed a bug with permanent URL redirection reported by Christophe Barbe.
  • Fixed a bug in the blogChannel module support, that the XML links were the same as the HTML links.



GNOME Software Map entry



Pango-1.3.1 is now available for download at:


pango-1.3.1.tar.bz2 md5sum: c5f1689623ae04a6276327e54927b656
pango-1.3.1.tar.gz md5sum: c3a23f03b4d68b12f67720fbf6ca2bfc

This is a development release loading up to Pango-1.3.1; changes in since Pango-1.3.0 are relatively minor; the most interesting is some additional work by Noah Levitt on finishing Unicode-4.0 support.


  • This is unstable development release. While it has had fairly extensive testing, there are certainly plenty of bugs remaining to be found. This release should not be used in production.
  • Installing this version will overwrite your existing copy of Pango-1.2. If you have problems, you'll need to reinstall Pango-1.2.5.
  • Pango-1.4 will be source and binary compatible with the Pango-1.2.x series; however, the new API additions in Pango-1.3.x are not yet finalized, so there may be incompatibilities between this release and the final 2.2 release.
  • Remaining API issues for Pango-1.4 can be found with following bugzilla query:


About Pango

Pango is a library for layout and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization. Pango can be used anywhere that text layout is needed, though most usage so far as been in the context of the GTK+ widget toolkit. Pango forms the core of text and font handling for GTK+ 2.

Pango is designed to be modular; the core Pango layout can be used with four different font backends:

  • Core X windowing system fonts
  • Client-side fonts on X using the Xft2 library
  • Direct rendering of scalable fonts using the FreeType library
  • Native fonts on Microsoft platforms

Dynamically loaded modules then handle text layout for particular combinations of script and font backend. Pango-1.2 ships with a wide selection of modules, including modules for Hebrew, Arabic, Hangul, Thai, and a number of Indic scripts. Virtually all of the world's major scripts are supported.

As well as the low level layout rendering routines, Pango includes PangoLayout, a high level driver for laying out entire blocks of text, and routines to assist in editing internationalized text.

More information about Pango is available from http://www.pango.org/.

Pango depends on version 2.2.0 or newer of the GLib library; more information about GLib can be found at http://www.gtk.org/.

Overview of changes in Pango 1.3.1

  • Support non-Unicode font encodings when supported by fontconfig [Sven Neumann]
  • Draw 6-digit hex boxes for > U+FFFF [Noah Levitt]
  • Update to latest fribidi [Noah]
  • Honor U+2028 LINE SEPARATOR [Noah]
  • Fix a problem with iteration by chars [Mariano Suarez-Alvarez]
  • Misc bug and build fixes [Jeff Bonggren, Martin Kretzschmar, Noah, Sven Neumann, Padraig O'Briain, Manish Singh, Morten Welinder]
  • Fix header file includes to work with recent FreeType.

Owen Taylor
8 December 2003

GNOME-System-Monitor 2.5.2

Hi. There is a new GNOME-System-Monitor UNSTABLE release. GNOME-System-Monitor is the app that displays process statistics and cpu/mem/disk usage.

Here's what's new:

  • Add process list column for X Server memory usage (Havoc Pennington)
  • Add support for multiple processors - bug # 91363
  • Fix color saving of graphs - bug #126612 (Kaushal Kumar)
  • Fix crash when asking for root passwoard - bug #126923 (Kiran Kumar Immidi)
  • Fix memory display

Get it here:



GTK+-2.3.1 is now available for download at:


gtk+-2.3.1.tar.bz2 md5sum: d19a07d0fdb04a68f7a0506900cf9691
gtk+-2.3.1.tar.gz md5sum: 432a1db1775400076e9b74b434af21c5

This is a development release leading up to GTK+-2.4. Changes since GTK+-2.3.0 consist of numerous small bug fixes and enhancements, with a special focus on the new GtkFileChooser.


  • This is unstable development release. There are certainly plenty of bugs remaining to be found. This release should not be used in production.
  • Installing this version will overwrite your existing copy of GTK+-2.2. If you have problems, you'll need to reinstall GTK+-2.2.4.
  • GTK+-2.4 will be source and binary compatible with the GTK+-2.2.x series; however, the new API additions in GTK+-2.3.x are not yet finalized, so there are likely incompatibities between this release and the final 2.4 release.
  • Remaining API issues for GTK+-2.4 can be found with following bugzilla query:


What is GTK+

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application suites.

GTK+ has been designed from the ground up to support a range of languages, not only C/C++. Using GTK+ from languages such as Perl and Python (especially in combination with the Glade GUI builder) provides an effective method of rapid application development.

GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all pdevelopers, including those developing proprietary software, without any license fees or royalties.

Where to get more information about GTK+

Information about GTK+ including links to documentation can be found at:


An installation guide for GTK+-2.2 is found at:


Common questions:

http://developer.gnome.org/doc/API/2.2/gtk/gtk-question-index.html http://www.gtk.org/faq/

Overview of Changes in GTK+-2.3.1

  • Improve sanity checks on gdk-pixbuf loaders [Matthias Clasen]
  • GDK
    • Add GDK_DEBUG=xinerama that fakes a 2x2 Xinerama mode [Matthias]
    • Make gdk_drawable_copy_to_image public [Matthias, Peter Zelezny]
  • Misc Win32 bug fixes [Tor Lillqvist, John Ehresman, Tim Evans]
  • Action-based menu/toolbar API [Matthias]
    • Add "name" construct-only parameter to GtkActionGroup
    • Bug fixes [Marco Pesenti Gritti, Christian Persch]
  • Change ranges for Saturation/Value to be 0-100 in GtkColorSelection [Gregory Merchan, Matthias]
  • GtkComboBox [Kristian Rietveld]
    • Make model and text_column properties not construct-only [Murray Cumming]
    • Fix sizing
    • Add mouse wheel support [Matthias]
  • Various GtkEntryCompletion bug fixes [Kristian, Piers Cornwell, Marco]
  • GtkExpander
    • Add a "use_markup" property, gtk_expander_set/get_use_markup
    • Fix bugs when unrealizing/destroying [Mark McLoughlin]
  • GtkFileChooser [Federico Mena Quintero]
    • Add a GtkFileSystemWin32 [Hans Breuer]
    • Use GtkEntryCompletion in GtkFileChooserEntry
    • Add a render_icon to GtkFileSystemIface to allow the GnomeVFS backend to supply appropriate icons
    • Improve selection handling in bookmarks list [Federico, Owen Taylor]
    • Support drops on the bookmarks list
    • Display error dialogs on failed operations
    • Many UI tweaks [Federico, Iain Holmes,Hans-Petter Jansson]
    • Ignore filters for folders [Dave Malcom]
    • Misc file chooser bug fixes [Owen, Christian Persch, Taavi Talvik]
  • Menus
    • Make torn-off menus transient-for the window they were torn from [Matthias, Jon-Kare Hellan]
    • Fix menu positioning for Xinerama, add gtk_menu_set_monitor() for use by position functions [Matthias]
    • Tweak menu delay parameters, add a default width [Soeren Sandmann]
  • Make g_message_dialog_new_with_markup() automatically escape arguments, add g_message_dialog_set_markup() [Owen]
  • Add read-only min-position/max-position properties to GtkPaned
  • GtkToolbar [Soeren]
    • Support gaps in the toolbar with expand=true/draw=false separators
    • Improve drop-location preview handling
    • Take a GtkRadioToolButton as the parameter to gtk_radio_tool_button_new_from_widget [Murray Cumming]
    • Many misc toolbar bug fixes [Soeren, Marco]
  • GtkTreeView bug fixes [Morten Welinder, David Hampton]
  • Add gtk_window_is_active()/gtk_has_toplevel_focus() getters to go along with properties [Owen Taylor]
  • Add gtk_widget_can_activate_accel() / ::can-activate-accel signal to fix handling of accelerators on insensitive parent menu-items. [Tim Janik]. (Note: the details here will probably change, since similar problems for mnemonics aren't handled.)
  • Implement or improve RTL support in GtkAlignment, GtkCombo, GtkNotebook, GtkScrolledWindow, GtkTreeView, GtkViewport. [IBM L3 NLS Support Team]
  • Fix string setters for self-assignment [Matthias, Soeren]
  • Finish multi-head handling in gtk-demo [Matthias]
  • Fix install rules for generating gdk-pixbuf.loaders [Manish Singh]
  • Reference doc improvements [Matthias, Soeren, Federico Mena Quintero, Michael Natterer, Owen Taylor, Olexiy Avramchenko]
  • FAQ updates [Tony Gale]
  • New and updated translations (ca,cs,cy,de,el,es,ja,mn,nl,nn,no,pl,pt,sr, sr@Latn,sv,th)

Other contributors: Jorn Baayen,Damon Chaplin, Jeff Franks, Diego Gonzalez, Richard Hult, Egmont Koblinger, Thomas Leonard, Ross McFarland, Padraig O'Briain, Tomas, Danilo Segan

8 December 2004

libRSVG 2.5.0

The librsvg team is happy to anounce a new release of the librsvg SVG rendering library. This release fixes a lot of rendering bugs in order to enable near perfect rendering of the Sodipodi flag collection and the gnome-themes-extras SVG metathemes. People using SVG through the libRSVG library, for instance with GNOME, are highly recommended to upgrade to this release. A big thanks goes to our new contributor Caleb Moore from Australia who did most of the fixes in this release.

Bugs fixed in this release:

You find information and download information about librsvg on: http://librsvg.sf.net

Librsvg is maintained by:
Dom Lachowicz

Anjuta 1.2.0


Finally, after a long wait, bug squashing sessions and series of release candidates, stable Anjuta version 1.2.0 is released! Like all .0 releases, it is at about 99% stability (with some minority bugs accounting to the missing 1% :)).


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/.
Screenshots: http://anjuta.org/anjuta.php?page=screenshots

There are source .tar.gz, Red Hat Linux 9.0 binary, source and documentation packages available at the download page. Other distribution specific binary packages are likely to be released by other vendors. Binaries should install fine in RedHat 9 or similar systems without further dependencies.

Release notes for 1.2.0:

Updated: Prompts users for unsaved files during project closing.
Updated: Added checkbox in wizard to enable/disable glade source generation.
Updated: Scintilla to version 1.57
Bug fix: Crash on preferences with other locales.
Bug fix: Freeze ups during build/debugging with other locales.
Bug fix: Crash with read-only project files (during saves).
Bug fix: Breakpoints bug.
Bug fix: Syntax highlighting bug.
Bug fix: Avoids error conditions for glade/glademm not found
Bug fix: Crash on anjuta exit
Bug fix: Crash on project close with unsaved files.
Bug fix: Compilation errors with old gcc.
Bug fix: Fixed debugger malfunctioning with non-english locales.
Bug fix: Crash bug during import.
Bug fix: Dnd file drop.
Bug fix: Setting breakpoints for c++ files works.
Bug fix: Crash bug to multiple open of same file fixed.
Bug fix: Enables debug and optimization flags for new projects.
Bug fix: Fixed pascal highlighting
Bug fix: Fixed build failure with no 'intl' directory.
Bug fix: Added filters to find in files.
Bug fix: Fixed tutorial
Bug fix: Added horizontal scrollbar to description text in wizard.
Bug fix: Installs properly even when system.tags file could not be generated.
Bug fix: Compiler error with old gcc.

Happy coding!



gnome-games 2.5.2, "Nervous Energy" is now out there in the usual place:


The release notes follow.

  • Callum

gnome-games "Nervous Energy" 2.5.2

This release is evenly split between UI changes and back-end code consolidation.

Code for locating files in gdk-card-image and glines has been merged into the libgames-support library. More games will take advantage of this as the (internal) API firms up.

The card selection widget in gdk-card-image has been changed. This affects aisleriot and blackjack. You no longer select the details of the card image from seven menus, instead there is one list with a set of predefined styles. These styles are loaded from an external file but home directories are not searched yet so custom styles require root access. If the current style is not on the list it is not touched, so existing preferences and direct editing of the style using gconf-editor will work.

In addition to the gdk-card-image changes aisleriot has also had its preferences menu renamed to "view". This reflects the fact that the entries under it only affect the look of the program.

Blackjack has received some cleanup work to the UI and some bug fixes.

Mahjongg is in the middle of a rewrite of the shuffling code. The bug where all the tiles were drawn after a shuffle has been fixed. Also the "no more moves" dialog now has a "shuffle" option. Unfortunately this is all still a bit ugly since it is work in progress.

Gnometris has better high score handling. There is no longer a duplicate score recorded when you start a new game without finishing the old one. Also the score is recorded if you quit the program without finishing the game: great for when the boss walks in unexpectedly.

Greenwich 0.6.2


Greenwich 0.6.2


A graphical whois client for GNOME. It transparently handles almost all gTLDs, first- and second-level ccTLDs, private domain registries, and IP addresses.


This release fixes the build system to make it more package-management friendly. No other changes have been made.



GNOME Software Map entry


libxml++ 0.28

The libxml++ team is pleased to announce the release of libxml++ 0.28.


libxml++ is a C++ wrapper for the libxml XML parser library. It has SAX and DOM-like APIs, but does not attempt to conform exactly to the DOM specifications because they are not aimed at C++. Its API is much simpler than the underlying libxml C API.


Because of some API changes, we do another release before complete API freeze and 1.0 pre-release.


  • Added entity handling to the SAX parser + examples (Dan Dennedy and Murray Cumming)
  • Replaced SaxParser::AttributeMap with an ordered container (Christophe de Vienne)
  • Fixed an issue with threading (Christophe de Vienne)
  • Completely switched to pkg-config.


You can download libxml++ 0.28 from here :



Christophe de Vienne

Evolution 1.5

As per our Grand Plan (TM) Evolution 1.5 has been released in time for GNOME 2.5.1. Download the following:


Snapshots are also available through Red Carpet for 5 platforms including SuSE 9 and RedHat 9.

Upgrade Notes:
Evolution 1.5 can be installed at the same time as 1.4.x. However note that there are still some bugs migrating data from 1.4.x to 1.5 and that 1.5 stores its information in ~/.evolution rather than ~/evolution/ so that if you add new info in 1.5 in will not show up in 1.4.x.

What Has Changed:
Evolution 1.5 has fixed some major architectural issues and sees the splitting out of the addressbook, calendar and task data access into a separate library for other projects to use. Shell components are now much more simplified.

We have also untangled the GUI quite a bit making the components (mail, tasks, etc) more individual and improving the usage experience for the user.

Reporting Bugs

The main purpose of this release is, of course, to gather as much testing as possible from users. Your help in testing and submitting bugs as you find them is highly appreciated.

If Evolution 1.5 crashes, please take the time to submit the bug using Bug Buddy, trying to fill in as much detail as you can regarding the circumstances that lead to the crash.

If, on the other hand, you find a problem in the behavior or the appearance of the application, please go to http://bugzilla.ximian.com/ to use our Bugzilla interface to report the bug.

You can also check if your bug has been reported before by using the search functionality of Bugzilla.

More information is available at the project website: http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution


JP Rosevear <jpr@ximian.com>
Ximian, Inc.