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Release Digest: GNOME, January 6, 2004

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

GNOME Platform Bindings 2.5.1

This is the first [1] release of the GNOME Platform Bindings release set, which provides a GNOME development platform for programming languages other than C, in the style of those languages. This release set gives some bindings a schedule and rules to work within, so we can endorse those bindings. We very much hope that Linux distributions will therefore choose to distribute these bindings as a supported development platform.


Note that those rules do not guarantee 100% API coverage, but they do guarantee API/ABI stability.

For the GNOME 2.5/2.6 schedule, we have bindings for C++, Java, and Perl: http://www.gnome.org/start/2.5/bindings/modules.html

There are "Beta Bindings" for C#, which are likely to be on the full release schedule for GNOME 2.7/2.8. Note that other bindings exist: http://www.gtk.org/bindings.html but they are not on this release schedule and they do not necessarily follow the same rules.

If you have questions about the GNOME Platform Bindings release set please send email to language-bindings@gnome.org.


ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/bindings/2.5/2.5.1/ (when the ftp mirrors update)

Note that this release announcement was delayed, so your favourite binding might already have newer releases.

[1] Yes, 2.5.1 is the first release. We started late.

Murray Cumming

GNOME Development Release 2.5.2

GNOME Development Release 2.5.2: "You want me to blow on your toes?"

The latest GNOME Development Release is ready for your bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is available for immediate download on ftp ftp.gnome.org and mirrors:


tar.gz:161M total
tar.bz2: 118M total


This release is a snapshot of development code. Although it is buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking purposes. Like the Linux kernel, GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status. Please check the 2.5 start page for more information:


Proposed Modules

A number of new software modules have been PROPOSED for inclusion in the next major GNOME release. You can find a list of these modules on the 2.5 modules list page:


Build Requirements

  • The tarballs included in the release. :-)
  • Some very basic packages not distributed with this release, such as image libraries, popt, and the freedesktop.org libraries collection. These should all be included with or available for your distribution.
  • Docbook DTD 4.1.2, Docbook XSL stylesheets and a valid system catalogue file for scrollkeeper (which in turn is required by many desktop components for documentation).

Happy testing!

  • The GNOME Release Team

Come to gnome.conf.au 2004! http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/2004/gnome.conf.au/

"Not to mention that there's simply no way to explain what a 'window manager' is without descending into 'PC Load Letter?!' technobabble."

  • Havoc Pennington

XML Security Library 1.2.3


XML Security Library 1.2.3


Implementation of XML Security specs: XML Digital Signature, XML Encryption, etc.


  • xmlsec-gnutls library is upgraded to support latest gnutls version (1.0.4).


  • Fixed several configuration and installation problems.



GNOME Software Map entry


Silky 0.4.3


Silky 0.4.3


Silky is an easy to use SILC client for GTK+. Silky is available as Linux and Windows binaries as well as a source tarball.

Release 0.4.3 brings you great amount of bugfixes, new features and new translations.

Smashed bugs include the server reconnection crash, the command history crash and couple of other kind of crashers.

New features include nickname tab-completion. New languages are Hungarian and French.

Known issues: Silky doesn't work in Windows 98. Translations do not work in any Windows version at the moment.

The Silky project now uses sf.net's bug tracker. Please report all bugs you find!



GNOME Software Map entry