Release Digest: GNOME, June 10, 2004
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Gnomoradio is a peer to peer music playing system, based on
Creative Commons licenses. It has the ability to find, share,
recommend, and play songs that are freely available.
Version 0.13 fixes many things involving the downloading and
caching of music. A download status indicator, advanced search
criteria, and other interface improvements were added.
Web site: http://gnomoradio.org/
Debian (unstable) and Gentoo packages of the new version will be
We're pleased to announce the release of version 0.11.4 of GOK,
the GNOME Onscreen Keyboards Suite.
Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to this
What is it ?
GOK is designed to allow access to the GNOME desktop and other X
applications by people who cannot use a physical keyboard (or
mouse), or in situations where a physical keyboard is not present.
What's new in 0.11.4 ?
- Allows user to override access method, "scan" action, and
"select" actions from command line. See "gok --usage" or "gok
--help" for more info.
- Requires at-spi-1.5.2 or better.
- Requires libloginhelper-1.0.
- Implements LoginHelper interface, to let authentication clients
know that GOK needs certain services during screen lock or
authentication (such as having its main window raised, access to
XInput devices, etc.)
- Always register with bonobo-activation (as a LoginHelper).
- Fixed bug in gok_scanner_current_state_uses_corepointer, which
means the "core pointer warning" dialog doesn't get posted
- Adds a new gconf key, /apps/gok/per_user_dictionary, which
determines whether each GOK user has a private (writeable) copy of
the main GOK word completion dictionary or not.
- Other bug fixes etc. (including #143453, #143295, #142796)
Alexander Winston (en_CA)
Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es)
Gareth Owen (en_GB)
Laszlo Dvornik (hu)
Miloslav Trmac (cs)
Takeshi AIHANA (ja)
Tino Meinen (nl)
Where can I get it ?
David, Bill, and the rest of the GOK team
gnome-bluetooth is a suite of tools for managing Bluetooth
devices and sending/receiving data under the GNOME desktop.
libbtctl is a GObject-based library for the Bluetooth and OBEX
operations on Linux. It comes with Python and Mono language
These releases are development releases, and should be
considered unstable. They incorporate a large amount rewriting of
underlying libraries for improved reliability and API usability.
Little extra functionality is offered over the previous
More details are available at
Tarballs are available at
Debian packages (against Debian sid) are available at http://debian.usefulinc.com/
Mailing list is available at
Changes in this release:
New in this development release:
- an OBEX server class, BtctlObex.
- an OBEX client class, BtctlObexClient.
- bindings for Mono.
- API documentation.
This release provides similar functionality to the 0.4 release,
but with many internal rewrites and cleanups. New features will
come in the next release, so don't worry! I'm aware that HIG love
is needed in many places, but as the dialog requirements aren't
stable yet, too much refinement is premature.
- gnome-obex-send and gnome-obex-server are now based on the new
OBEX code in libbtctl. This should lead to an increase in
reliability. gnome-obex-server now lets you decide whether a device
is allowed to connect or not. The download directory can be
configured from the gconf key
- gnome-bluetooth-admin has been retired in favour of a new
program called gnome-bluetooth-manager. This is implemented in
Python, but is only at an early stage right now.
- gnome-vfs support has been removed. Use gnome-bluetooth-manager
to view all the devices.
- OBEX sending support is now available on the Nautilus context
menus for files.
- Radical changes in underlying code!
The Bonobo component has been completely removed, in favour of a
normal GObject, GnomebtController, to be found in libgnomebt. This
embodies all of the functionality from the Bonobo object, but
without getting CORBA/Bonobo involved. It ships with Python
To find out how to use it, check out gnomebt-controller-test.c
in src/ for C, and the applications in the python/ directory for
Porting your code to this new object should make your programs
smaller and more reliable.
- New widgets include GnomebtChooser, GnomebtPermissionDialog,