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GNOME Nettool 0.99.2

GNOME Nettool 0.99.2 has been released

GNOME Nettool is a network information tool which provides user interfaces for some of the most common command line network tools, like ping, whois, traceroute, etc.

It was originally based on Mac OS X's network information tool, but has since then improved over so much that it now clearly exceeds Mac OS X's tool with more features and a better UI.

This is the first release of GNOME Nettool after being splitted from GNOME Network. Version 0.99.2 is feature complete, and will be released as 1.0 after some testing period.

Changes since 0.99.1

  • #144278: Fixed crash on startup (Jürg)
  • #144300: Check ifa_addr before using it (Fernando)
  • Added status bar messages and tooltips (Carlos)
  • GUI tweaks (William, Carlos)
  • Fixed installation of pixmaps (Rodrigo)
  • Updated translations:
    • az (Metin)
    • bn (Sayamindu)
    • ca (Jordi)
    • cs (Miroslav)
    • de (Hendrik)
    • en_CA (Adam)
    • en_GB (Gareth, David)
    • es (Francisco)
    • gu (Ankit)
    • hu (Andras, Laszlo)
    • ja (Takeshi)
    • nl (Vincent)
    • no (Kjartan)
    • pa (Amanpreet)
    • pl (Artur)
    • pt (Duarte)
    • pt_BR (Gustavo, Estevao, Raphael)
    • sq (Laurent)
    • sr (Danilo)
    • zh_CN (Funda)

Tarballs can be found at:

Mailing list is at:

And bugs can be reported to:

Screenshots and more information can be found at:

Gnome OSD 0.4.0

Gnome OSD is an OSD (On Screen Display) notification system for the Gnome desktop.

Overview of Changes from gnome-osd 0.3.0 to gnome-osd 0.4.0 * New preferences 'Animations' and 'Drop shadow'
* New capplet icon


gnome-python >= 2.5.90

Download from:

Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro
<> <> The universe is always one step beyond logic

Guikachu 1.4.2

Dear users of both large and small computing tools,

A new stable release of Guikachu is available.

About Guikachu

Guikachu is a GNOME application for graphical editing of resource files for PalmOS-based pocket computers. The user interface is modelled after Glade, the GNOME UI builder.

Catch it all from


  • Uses GNOME-VFS, you can load files from anywhere, e.g. from the Web, from an SMB share, from a tarball.
  • Exporting to/importing from PilRC .rcp files
  • Support for non-Palm PilRC targets (like the eBookMan)
  • Support for the following PalmOS resource types:
    • String and string list resources
    • Dialog resources
    • Menu resources
    • Form resources
    • Bitmap resources
    • Per-application resources (e.g. version number)
  • WYSIWYG Form Editor, with drag & drop capability and visual resizing
  • Flexible, complete undo support
  • Sample file with sample GNU PalmOS SDK-based application
  • Documentation (a complete user's manual)

About these releases

  • GCC 3.4 build fixes (Frederic Crozat)
  • RCP importer memory leak plugged
  • RCP exporter fix (Tobias Gruetzmacher)

Guikachu uses GTKmm and GNOMEmm for its user interface. I/O is implemented via GNOME-VFS, the XML storage format is managed with the libxml package. Dialog windows are loaded via libglade. GConf is used to store user preferences. You will need the versions of these packages available in the GNOME 1.4 bundle (with the exception of GNOMEmm which you will need to upgrade to the recently released version 1.2.4). The ImageMagick library is used for managing bitmap resources. To actually create the PalmOS resource files, you will also need PilRC (part of the GNU PalmOS SDK) to compile the .rpc files produced by Guikachu.

Beware of bugémons!


GNOME System Tools 0.91.0

The GNOME System Tools version 0.91.0 "Freedom of speech" have been released.

The GNOME System Tools are a set of cross-platform configuration utilities for Linux and other Unix systems. Internally they are divided in frontends and backends. The frontend knows nothing about the underlying system and provides the same user interface across the different types of systems. The backend knows how to read and write the configuration information. The GNOME System Tools do not impose a new database on the system: they work with the default configuration files so that configuration can still be done by hand or by other tools.

Right now the GNOME System Tools fully support various distros/OS such as: Redhat, Mandrake, SuSE, Fedora, Debian, Gentoo, Slackware, FreeBSD, OpenNA, PLD, Vine and Specifix.

WARNING: By default, only the users, network and time tools will be built, for compiling the other tools you can do:


at configure time

Changes since last release


  • Improved communication with su/ssh, now works with users that don't need password for becoming root (me)
  • Added support for Vine Linux 3.0 and 3.1 (Daisuke SUZUKI)
  • Added support for Specifix Linux (Ken VanDine)
  • Fixed debian detection (Frederic Peters)
  • Changed "Black Panther Linux" to "Black Panther OS" (me)
  • Fixed Encode module detection with perl < 5.8 (Joe Marcus Clarke)


  • Fixed name verification (me)
  • Defaulted timeout to 0 if it's not defined (me)


  • Fixed interfaces activation/deactivation in Slackware (me)


  • Verify that the user data has changed before running chfn (me)
  • Show all the groups when adding/modifying an user (me)

... plus other lots of bugfixing

Thanks to Joe Marcus Clarke, Daisuke SUZUKI and Ken VanDine for submitting patches

Thanks to everybody I've forgot to thank


  • bg (Vladimir "Kaladan" Petkov)
  • bn (Runa Bhattacharjee)
  • cs (Miloslav Trmac)
  • da (Martin Willemoes Hansen)
  • en_CA (Adam Weinberger)
  • en_GB (David Lodge)
  • es (Francisco Javier F. Serrador)
  • fr (Jean-Michel Ardantz)
  • gu (Ankit Patel)
  • hu (Gabor Kelemen)
  • ja (Takeshi AIHANA)
  • lt (Zygimantas Berucka)
  • nl (Vincent van Adrighem)
  • no (Kjartan Maraas)
  • pa (Amanpreet Singh Alam)
  • pl (PL Team)
  • pt (Duarte Loreto)
  • pt_BR (Est. Samuel Procpio)
  • sq (Laurent Dhima)
  • sr, sr@Latn (Danilo Segan)
  • zh_CN (Funda Wang)


You can get it from :

GENIUS 0.7.1

To find out what Genius is, skip a few paragraphs down, or go to

It seems that people got really excited by all that 3D surfaces talk. I think I got more hits from this then any time before. This is definite proof that plotting surfaces has far greater coolness factor then good discrete log or prime testing abilities. At some point it really ought to start doing things like eigenvalues and eigenvectors. I think the coolness factor there is low as well, but damnit, it can't call itself a math package if it can't do that. The coolness factor of this release then is that you can export to PNG.

In any case this release is a bunch of fixes and some minor changes. For one we now have short documentation strings for all built-in functions. Secondly the continuity and numerical derivative functions now actually work instead of going into an infinite loop.

One thing that changed is the InfiniteSum and InfiniteProduct functions (and the alternate versions as well) where they no longer take the tolerance as an argument but act according to 3 parameters (tolerance, SFS, tries) just like the other limit functions.

One of the semi pointless optimizations done is that Identity is now built-in, which means it returns its argument in 0.6 of the time it used to, aren't you impressed. That is, the most useless function is now faster ...

In any case, Genius is one of the oldest GNOME projects, it has been the original GNOME calculator before I got wild ideas about it doing absolutely everything. It is programmable has a powerful language and handles many fun features including matlab like support for matrices. It requires GNOME2 (at least glib2 if you don't want a GUI) and a recent enough gmp library. However you can still use the command line version if you prefer non-gui interface.

There is still a lot of work required to make this all nice, mostly it needs to have the function library improved and verified to be correct and documentation needs to be written (the complete help system is not yet in place). Feel free to help out :)

Here are the news in 0.7.1:

  • Run EPS output through ps2epsi if it's there which adds a bitmap preview, even though this bitmap preview is fairly crappy
  • Add PNG export for plots
  • Remove some parenthesis from output where they are not needed
  • SYNTAX: InfiniteSum, InfiniteSum2, InfiniteProduct, InfiniteProduct2, now no longer take the tolerance argument and behaviour is controlled by the SumProductTolerance, SumProductSFS and SumProductNumberOfTries like other limits and they return null when limit can't seem to be found
  • Add: NumericalLeftDerivative, NumericalRightDerivative
  • Fix the NumericalLimitAtInfinity function and its use and with that fix NDerivative (which is now an alias for NumericalDerivative), IsContinuous, IsDifferentiable, Limit, LeftLimit, RightLimit
  • Fix the specfile and custom CFLAGS are added after the default ones (Florin Andrei, me)
  • LinePlot and SurfacePlot no longer crash when called without arguments
  • Fix EPS/PS export for older gtk
  • Fixup compilation of GtkExtra-2 with gcc 3.4
  • Bunch of "optimizations" and minor fixes

The RPM at the 5z site is built on Fedora Core 2 with all the bells and whistles of GNOME 2.6. Note that Fedora Core 2 has all the right things including MPFR.

You can also build RPMS on older redhat's with rpmbuild -ta <tarball>, you should also get the updated GMP RPM which has MPFR enabled since that's a lot better then internal FP routines of genius. RPM for that for redhat 8 is on the 5z site.

Have fun,


George <>

Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.

  • Monty Python

Liferea 0.5.3b

Liferea 0.5.3b

Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) is a fast, easy to use, and easy to install GNOME news aggregator for online news feeds. It supports a number of different feed formats including RSS/RDF, CDF, Atom, OCS, and OPML.


  • Update of the Czech translation (Juraj Kubelka)
  • Updated RPM spec file. (Daniel Resare)
  • Update of the French translation (Vincent Lefevre)


  • Fixed HTTP authentication problem with case sensitivy in the HTTP headers. (Nathan Conrad)
  • Fixed gaim strings in the configure output reported by Russell Kaiser. (Nathan Conrad)
  • Corrected dependency for libxml2 from 2.0 to 2.4.1 for the configure script and allow older versions of gconf. (Nathan Conrad)
  • Removed accidental usage of libxml2 2.6 usage. Liferea should now work with libxml2 2.4.1 or newer. (Nathan Conrad)
  • Fixed a mistake in the German translation. (Lars Lindner)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented RSS content:encoded tags to be parsed. (Lars Lindner)


Lars Lindner

Gwget 0.14

What it is ?

Gwget it's a Download Manager for Gnome 2.

What's changed ?

Gwget 0.14
  • Limit speed option.
  • Show recursive options with html, htm, php and asp extensions in the url.


  • Show correct filename in recursive mode.
  • Porcentage column works in recursive mode.
  • Hide main window when clicked in systray icon.
  • Translations fixes.


  • Added pt (Duarte Loreto), en_CA (Adam Weinberger), hu (Gabor Kelemen), pt_BR (Raphael Higino) and pa(Amanpreet Singh Alam)
  • Updated ru (Pavlo Bohmat)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:

David Sedeño Fernández