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Release Digest: GNOME, August 30, 2004

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Gtk2-Perl 2.7.92

Gtk2-Perl is the collective name for a set of Perl bindings for GTK+ 2.x and various related libraries. These modules make it easy to write GTK+ and GNOME applications using a natural, Perlish, object-oriented syntax.

This is Gtk2-Perl 2.7.92.

Overview of Changes in Glib 1.055

  • Documentation generation fixes. [Ross]


Overview of Changes in Gtk2 1.055

  • Require Glib 1.055 for docgen updates. [Ross]
  • Remove custom GType for PangoMatrix, since pango 1.6 (since 1.5.1) will ship with its own. [Torsten]
  • Adjust Gtk2::TextIter tests to account for bugfix in gtk+. [Torsten]


There's no new Gtk2::GladeXML release -- 1.00 is current.


There's no new Gnome2::GConf release -- 1.000 is current.


There's no new Gnome2::Canvas release -- 1.002 is current.


There's no new Gnome2::VFS release -- 1.003 is current.


Overview of changes in Gnome2 1.014

  • Bind and test gnome_authentication_manager_dialog_is_visible.
  • Generate a Gnome2::enums man page with all enum and flag values. [Kevin C. Krinke]


gedit 2.7.92

version 2.7.92 of gedit, the GNOME text editor, is out:

homepage: http://www.gnome.org/projects/gedit
download: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gedit/2.7/


  • fix misc spell plugin issues (#149400, #149761, #149475) (Paolo Borelli)


  • Updated for GNOME 2.8 (Breda McColgan)

New and updated translations

  • Akagic Amila (bs)
  • I. L. (eu)
  • Jarkko Ranta (fi)
  • Reinout van Schouwen (nl)
  • Changwoo Ryu (ko)
  • Jordi Mallach (ca)
  • Danilo Segan (sr.po)
  • Danilo Segan (sr@Latn.po)
  • Leonid Kanter (ru)
  • Maxim Dziumanenko (uk)
  • Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es)
  • Adam Weinberger (en_CA)
  • Christian Rose (sv)
  • Takeshi AIHANA (ja)
  • Laszlo Dvornik (hu)
  • Funda Wang (zh_CN)
  • Miloslav Trmac (cs)
  • Martin Willemoes Hansen (da)
  • Laurent Dhima (sq)
  • Ankit Patel (gu)
  • Duarte Loreto (pt)
  • Artur Flinta (pl)
  • Metin Amiroff (az)
  • Kjartan Maraas (nb)



Epiphany Extensions 1.1.4


What is it ?

Epiphany Extensions is a collection of extensions for Epiphany, the GNOME web browser.

Epiphany Extensions 1.1.4 is a development release for use with the 1.3.x development series of Epiphany.

What's new ?

Epiphany Extensions 1.1.4

New extensions

  • Tab grouping extension, written by Justin Wake

Translation updates

  • Xavier Conde Rueda (ca)
  • Laurent Dhima (sq)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/epiphany-extensions/1.1/epiphany-extensions-1.1.4.tar.bz2 with md5 sum 92a67c2b9866b26ccdcfd1a87a45d181.

Epiphany Extensions 1.1.4 requires Epiphany 1.3.8 or above:



Epiphany 1.3.8


What is it ?

Epiphany is the GNOME web browser, based on the mozilla rendering engine. It aims to be simple and easy to use.


Epiphany 1.3.8 is a beta release in the unstable series leading up to GNOME 2.8.

What's changed ?

Epiphany 1.3.8

Code changes

  • Track mozilla API change on 1.7 branch (Christian)

Bug fixes

  • Make save-as obey lockdown key (Christian) [#151039]
  • Correct stored tab positioning after tab_added signal (Justin Wake)
  • Fix for bookmarks on main toolbar (Christian) [#151267]
  • Fix signal handler return values for popup_menu signal (Christian)
  • Fix crash on print to filename with nonabsolute path (Christian) [#148849]


  • Added japanese translation of the manual, translated by (SATOH Satoru)

Translation updates

  • Ole Laursen (da)
  • Christian Neumair (de)
  • Nikos Charonitakis (el)
  • I.L. Murgoitio (eu)
  • Ankit Patel (gu)
  • Gurban M. Tewekgeli (tk)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/epiphany/1.3/epiphany-1.3.8.tar.bz2 with MD5 sum 75f01cd65183d47a60dfaef3112e2b80.

Epiphany 1.3.8 requires mozilla 1.7, 1.7.x, 1.7 branch, 1.8a3 or trunk. The recommended version is Mozilla 1.7.2:

More about dependencies and installation tips:



GNOME Nettool 0.99.3

GNOME Nettool 0.99.3 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.

Version 0.99.3 is feature complete, and will be released as 1.0 after some testing period.

Changes since 0.99.2

  • #144364: Crash on exit (William)
  • Updated translations:
    • bn (Runa)
    • bs (Akagic)
    • da (Martin)
    • el (Nikos)
    • eu (Iñaki)
    • fi (Tommi)
    • ja (Takeshi)
    • ko (Changwoo)
    • ms (Hasbullah)
    • nb (Kjartan)
    • no (Kjartan)
    • ta (Jayaradha)

Tarballs can be found at:


Mailing list is at:


And bugs can be reported to:


Screenshots and more information can be found at:


Metacity 2.8.4

What is it ?

Metacity is a simple window manager that integrates nicely with GNOME 2. 2.8.4 is an unstable release of metacity.

What's changed ?

This release features a number of bug fixes, and also the disabling of the focus-stealing-prevention code (hard code freeze for Gnome is supposed to be tomorrow, so it's too late to fix the remaining issues; especially since it requires several patches to modules other than Metacity).

Thanks to Havoc Pennington, Soeren Sandmann, Elijah Newren, and Rich Wareham for fixes in this release.


  • track the last_xor_rect, for wireframe painting (Havoc)
  • Move wireframe code before grab is released to prevent endless loops with fullscreen windows. (Soeren)
  • Make dialogs that Metacity shows follow focus-stealing-prevention conventions. (Elijah; part of #149028, though the code is effectively a slow no-op at this time with focus-stealing-prevention having now been disabled)
  • add render extension check to the display, don't build the compositing manager by default, use an ARGB visual when available for the window frame (Rich Wareham; various tweaks added later by Havoc)
  • move the have_xrender variable initialization up in the file since it can be set as part of composite check (Havoc)
  • make argb stuff compile, add some code from xcompmgr (Havoc)
  • fix an assertion failure that would occur after increasing the number of workspaces; fix stacking order when a window is denied focus (Elijah; #150615)
  • disable some compositor code that wasn't working, don't grab the server during repaint, various set_background fixes and refactoring (Havoc)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:

P.S. Apparently people in the past have thought I was the maintainer when I released software. Since releases take a while, volunteering to make them for the maintainer can reduce their load. I'm merely trying to help out by doing that. I am not the maintainer.

gnome-applets 2.7.3

GNOME Applets are the little programs you run in your panel. Just about everyone uses a GNOME Applet or two, the package includes applets like the battery applet, CPU load applet, weather applet and mixer applet.

Changes in GNOME-Applets 2.7.3

GNOME 2.8.0 Release Candidate 1


  • Fix forecasting information for the United Kingdom (Alan Cox)
  • Fix crasher in battstat (Carlos Garnacho Parro)
  • Change 'dictionary:' macro in mini-commander to use gnome-dictionary (Davyd Madeley)


  • fi (Jarkko Ranta, Ilkka Tuohela)
  • es (Francisco F. Serrador)
  • sv (Christian Rose)
  • da (Martin Willemoes Hansen)
  • ko (Changwoo Ryu)
  • sr (Danilo =C5=A0egan)
  • sq (Elian Myftiu)
  • uk (Maxim Dziumanenko)
  • ja (Takeshi AIHANA)
  • nn (Asmund Skjoveland)
  • zh_CN (Funda Wang)
  • cs (Miloslav Trmac)
  • gu (Ankit Patel)
  • hu (Laszlo Dvornik)
  • ms (Hasbullah Bin Pit)
  • pl (GNOME PL Team)
  • en_CA (Adam Weinberger)
  • pt (Duarte Loreto)
  • el (Simos Xenitellis)
  • id (Mohammad DAMT)
  • bn (Runa Bhattacharjee)
  • az (Runa Bhattacharjee)

Thanks to everyone who contributed (especially anyone I forgot to name). GNOME Applets is now is code freeze until the branch for 2.9. This means that only release critical bugs will be fixed. Please check for duplicates before filing bugs, but don't simply assume that someone else has filed it. Translators and documenters should be aware that they may of course continue working on GNOME Applets, and are uneffected by the freeze.



Gaphor 0.5.1

Gaphor 0.5.1

Gaphor is an easy to use UML modeling environment written in Python. Gaphor has an UML 2.0 compliant data model. It's design is very extensible.

Changes since 0.5.0

  • Fixed a bug in the installation procedure

Important changes for 0.5.0

  • Support for Stereotypes,
  • Support for UseCases,
  • Plugins
  • Packages can be reordered by drag-and-drop,
  • Support for Interfaces





gcalctool v4.4.17

Gcalctool is the default GNOME desktop calculator.

It has Basic, Financial and Scientific modes. Internally it uses multiple precision arithmetic to produce results to a high degree of accuracy.

This release is for GNOME 2.7/8.

Note that gcalctool now requires the Gtk+ libraries that come with GNOME 2.6 or later in order to build.

Changes since the last gcalctool version in the 4.4.X series (4.4.16).

  • Contains updated online help to match the changes made since the version of gcalctool in GNOME 2.6. See:


for more details.

Thanks to:

Breda McColgan

for this work.

  • Localization changes:
    "bs" added to ALL_LINGUAS.
    "nb" added to ALL_LINGUAS.
    Updated translations for:
    el, eu, fi, sq, az, bs, tk, pt, uk, da, no, ko, da, pt_BR, bg, sv

Thanks to:

Alexander Shopov
Changwoo Ryu
Christian Rose
Duarte Loreto
E. Samuel Procópio
Gurban M. Tewekgeli
Kjartan Maraas
Laurent Dhima
Martin Willemoes Hansen
Maxim Dziumanenko
Metin Amiroff
Nikos Charonitakis
Tommi Vainikainen

for this work.


gcalctool for GNOME 2.7/8 is in the "gnome-2-8" branch (which was created on 28th June 2004). This is so that an important new feature can be debugged in CVS HEAD. If you need to do any string translations, then don't forget to checkout gcalctool with the "gnome-2-8" tag.

You can download this new version from:


[Although some of the ftp mirrors may take a little while to sync].

Revelation 0.3.3

Revelation is a password manager for the GNOME 2 desktop, released under the GNU GPL license. It stores all your accounts and passwords in a single, secure place, and gives you access to it through a user-friendly graphical interface.

This release includes the long-awaited support for entry launchers. A password generater dialog was also added, along with a search toolbar and an XHTML/CSS exporter. In addition, a couple of bugs were fixed, and the internal data handling was further refined.

New features:
- added entry launchers
- added a search toolbar (disabled by default)
- added a password generator dialog
- added an XHTML/CSS exporter
- unknown errors are reported in a dialog with an error call traceback

- entry descriptions were not set when adding/editing an entry
- changed the keyboard shortcuts for add, edit and update entry to use the control modifier key, to avoid overriding other use of the keys. the old keyboard shortcuts can still be used when the tree has focus

Code changes:
- created subclasses of Entry class for the various entry types
- created subclasses of Field class for the various field types
- added config_get() and config_connect() convenience functions

Project website:


Erik Grinaker <erikg@codepoet.no>

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

  • Albert Einstein

gnome-games 2.7.8

gnome-games 2.7.8

This release is ready for the code-freeze. It contains only bug-fixes. One more release with documentation updates and any emergency bug-fixes can be expected before 2.8.0.

Remember that your favorite themes may have been moved to the gnome-games-extra-data package. This is still at version 2.7.0, so if you obtained it for the 2.7.7 gnome-games release you do not have to download it again (for details see the 2.7.7 release notes below).

Bug fixes:


  • Right click now works after window enlargement.
  • The translation of the game-specific help menu item is fixed.
  • --variation (and the freecell desktop file) now works for non-english locales.
  • Documentation for one and two-suit spider.


  • The payout for winning with a blackjack is now documented.
  • The SVG chip images have been cleaned up and should work with most versions of librsvg.


  • "No or child" bug on x86_64 has been fixed.


  • Fixed a crasher on x86_64 machines.


  • Cut down on unnecessary redraws while resizing.


  • Stop the face image being clipped.
  • Fix the sanity-checking code.

You can download this release from:


  • Callum