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Release Digest: GNOME, June 23, 2004

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GNOME Phone Manager 0.4

Phone Manager allows you to send and receive text (SMS) messages from the desktop, connecting to your mobile phone via Bluetooth, serial or IrDA.

This release incorporates interface enhancements. See below for detailed changes.

More details are available at

Screenshots are available at

Tarballs are available at

Debian packages (against Debian sid) are available at

Mailing list is available at

Changes in this release:

gnome-phone-manager 0.4

  • User interface style improvements.
  • Add preference for whether or not to receive popup dialogs.
  • Add optional audible alert of message.
  • Now supports most Latin 1 characters in messages.
  • Makes serial-port timeout more generous and empties message queue before reconnection.
  • Warns if notification area not present.
  • Edd

gnome-games 2.6.2

gnome-games "Dramatic Exit" 2.6.2

Bug fixes backported from 2.7 and build fixes for OS X. In other words, another boring stable release for people who like their software to actually work.

Get it at:


  • Callum


Conglomerate is a free, user-friendly XML editor. It is particularly aimed at DocBook, but should be able to handle any XML document type.

This is still an unstable release; there are still some known repeatable crash bugs. Please download it and test that no new bugs have been introduced!

Conglomerate now requires GTK+ version 2.4.0 or later

You can download it from the usual place:

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this release; my apologies if I missed anyone from the credits below.

Updated Translations:

  • Czech (cs) (Miloslav Trmac)
  • British English (en_GB) (Gareth Owen)


  • The Tools->Validate feature can now show you the errors when validation fails (Nickolay V. Shmyrev)
  • You can now select a DTD for documents lacking one, accessible via buttons in the File->Properties dialog and in the Tools->Validate error dialog (Dave Malcolm)
  • A new option in the File->New assistant for creating empty XML documents of arbitrary type. The assistant has a page which lets you enter the name of the top-level element, and its namespace URI (if any), with a little XML source preview that updates as you type. (Dave Malcolm)
  • Improvements to the internals of attribute editing, making code cleaner and fixing various crashes (Nickolay V. Shmyrev)
  • Rewrite of the File->Import UI, making use of GtkFileFilter (see bug # 144713 ). Hopefully the features are now a lot more "discoverable" than before. (Dave Malcolm)


  • Fix layout of alert widget contents. (Nickolay V. Shmyrev)
  • Added the envar DocBook element ( bug # 144739 ) (Lars Trieloff)


  • Miloslav Trmac
  • Gareth Owen
  • Nickolay V. Shmyrev
  • Dave Malcolm
  • Lars Trieloff

WoodPusher 0.1

WoodPusher is a chess application written in C#. It was developed using MonoDevelop (http://monodevelop.org) and uses the Mono Framework (http://go-mono.org). Version 0.1 is our initial public release and is very much incomplete and buggy. This is a release for developers interested in improving WoodPusher.

Homepage: http://mono-code.sf.net
Download: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=75774

If you want to submit patches or help out in other ways, please join the mailing list:


WoodPusher 0.1

  • Initial public release.
  • What Works:
    • You can sign on to Freechess.org (FICS) and play a game if you have an account (they disabled guest login).
    • Once you are logged in you should be able to pull up the Sought dialog and select a game to play. Playing the game should mostly work. :)
    • You should also be able to pull up the Seek dialog and seek your own game.
  • What doesn't work:
    • Remembering login information
    • Clearing the move list between games
    • Displaying information such as time left per side
    • Closing some dialogs with the window close button prevents the dialog from opening again. Use the Cancel button instead.
    • ICC hasn't really been tested as I don't have an account.
    • No engines are hooked up yet.

jamin philip gray

I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What good would that do? --Ronnie Shakes

SLgtk 0.5.9
Vwhere 1.2.2


Version 0.5.9 of SLgtk is now available at


Release highlights are given in the CHANGELOG excerpt below.


The SLgtk package binds the Gtk2 and GtkExtra widget sets to the S-Lang scripting language (www.s-lang.org). SLgtk wraps more than 2200 functions from Gtk2 and its constituent libraries, includes over 4000 lines of sample code in 40+ working guilets, and bundles a code generator (SLIRP) which can be useful for building additional S-Lang modules.

SLgtk also includes a visual version of the powerful S-Lang "where" command, extensions to and performance enhancements for several GtkExtra widgets, and a pixbuf loader for the FITS image file format widely used within astronomy.


-Michael S. Noble

Version 0.5.8 (06/16/04):

  1. Added orientation and paper size options to print dialog
  2. Support passing multiple callback args to callback funcs registered via gtk_idle_add(), _quit_add(), _timeout_add(), and _container_foreach()
  3. SLgtk GtkPlot widget wrapper enhancements:
    • if line color is specified to _gtk_[o]plot() then that color will be used for the symbol as well
    • generic plots now connected with straight line, unless npoints(plot) is very large; in this case connecting symbols adds litte, so for performance and memory conservation line drawing is turned off
    • added _gtk_plot_set_vlpsize() to customize the (v)ery (l)arge (p)lot size cutoff value (default: 500k points)
    • added _gtk_plot_print() convenience function to simplify plot printing, optionally using the print dialog (see docs)
    • now possible to generate plots without X display, via bundled Debian xvfb-run script (modified to run on multiple platforms)
    • experimental _gtk_plot_image() function: plot descriptor can now be generated directly from image pixel array, which supports, eg, overlaying scatterplots directly onto FITS/RGB images (see demo)
  4. New slgtk-demo example: plot overlaid onto image, with printing
  5. GtkPlot widget enhancements (not yet fed back to GtkExtra@SourceForge):
    • avoid symbol drawing loop when symbol=NONE or (symbol=DOT and symbol_color = line_color), which can double or triple rendering performance for common plots
  6. Minor tweaks to improve autoload()-ability and multiple evalfile()s
  7. GtkExtra package now separately loadable via require("gtkextra");
  8. Bundle latest SLIRP version (1.0.5, see SLIRP CHANGELOG for details)