Release Digest: GNOME, August 18, 2004
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Gnome OSD 0.3.0
Gnome OSD is an OSD (On Screen Display) notification system for
the Gnome desktop.
Overview of Changes from gnome-osd 0.2.0 to gnome-osd
* New control center preferences dialog, allowing configuration of
font and message position/alignment.
gnome-python >= 2.5.90
Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro
The universe is always one step beyond logic
(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down
So I didn't really have all that much time for gdm hacking.
Actually that's not true, I did have some time but I didn't spend
it hacking gdm. So this is still 2.6 and there won't be any 2.8
version. Perhaps 2.10 version or some such. This means that this
version is SuperUltraMegaStable(tm) since no new features made it.
Well that's the theory anyway.
And now for the standard part of the release announcement:
GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that
runs in the background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a
login box and then tells you to piss off because you forgot your
password. It does pretty much everything that you would want to use
xdm for, but doesn't involve as much crack. It doesn't use any code
from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer design overall. It also
includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of which is that
it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing. The goal
is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to
customize or troubleshoot gdm. It of course supports xdmcp, and in
fact extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was
lacking (but is still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).
Highlights of 188.8.131.52:
- Allow not checking directory owners with CheckDirOwner key,
- FreeBSD support for VTAllocation stuff (Alexander
- Add de_AT, de_CH, fr_BE, fr_CH, hy_AM to language list
- Add more native versions of language names and fix up existing
ones, #148373, #148486, 148356, #148350, #88777, #150293
- Add support for Solaris logindevperm and usiting (Brian
- Fix some strings, fixes #144076, #144077, #147800
- On sun we automatically make the default config add -nobanner
to the X server flags (Arvind)
- Fix doubleclicking on the user browser in the standard
- Fix #144007 where bad .profile could screw up a session
- Fix #148042 by making GETTEXT_PACKAGE just gdm
- Fix #147940 by properly checking if shutdown/reboot/suspend
commands exist in the graphical greeter
- Fix #143707 by using Exclude key for the user dropdown lists in
- Fix some compiler warnings for new gcc
- .dmrc is created with umask 077 for maximum anality
- Translation updates (Kjartan Maraas, Laszlo Dvornik, Laurent
Dhima, Martin Willemoes Hansen, Marie Lund, Metin Amiroff,
Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Duarte Loreto, Tommi Vainikainen,
Leonid Kanter, Changwoo Ryu, Funda Wang, Artur Flinta, GNOME PL
Team, Miloslav Trmac, Adam Weinberger, Estevao Samuel Procopio,
Tommi Vainikainen, Danilo Segan, Guntupalli Karunakar, Lucas
Vieites, Christian Neumair, Nikos Charonitakis, Gustavo Maciel Dias
Vieira, Afonso Celso Medina, Sebastien Bacher, Ole Laursen, Ivan
Stojmirov, Andras Timar)
Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, and has for a
while now been maintained by the Queen of England. She is usually
not responsive to bug reports or feature requests. You can try to
send them to me however.
Note2: If installing from the tarball do note that make install
overwrites most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf. It will
however save backups with the .orig extension first.
Note3: Note3 has been depracated ...
#endif /* GDM_DISABLE_DEPRECATED */
No RPM this time around BTW. Have fun. A spec file is included
though, so you can try:
rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz
Have fun (or whatever else you wish to be having),
PS: So nowdays they're actually paying me for going to school
(it's about time). Not as well as I could get paid at an actual
job, but this was far less effort then an actual job I think. At an
actual job they make you do stuff. In a reading class, all you have
to do is read and occasionally ask semi-relevant questions. I can
now fake a conversation about several complex variables in front of
people who don't know anything about the subject and still I can
Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.