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Release Digest: GNOME, September 27, 2004

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Devhelp 0.9.2

Devhelp 0.9.2 released
Sep 27, 2004

Imendio is happy to give you a new version of Devhelp. Devhelp is a developer tool for browsing API documenation for GNOME.

This release adds three new translations (nb, gu, mk), it also features updates to 11 other translations. Nickolay V. Shmyrev sent a patch to support searching for sub strings, for example "gtk new" will give you all gtk constructors. Johan Svedberg was kind enough to send a patch for adding accelerators for back and forward.

  • Added accelerators for back and forward (Johan Svedberg)
  • Bacon-love for IPC
  • Support searching for substrings "gtk new" (Nickolay V. Shmyrev)
  • New translations (nb, gu, mk)
  • Updated translations (sq, no, fi, pt, sq, da, be, nb, fr, it, zh_TW)

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Gnomoradio 0.14.1

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 0.14 migrates audio output to libao and closes the audio device when music is paused. It also has an improved http server, and it can now download songs without RDF descriptions.

Version 0.14.1 fixes a bug that some people were experiencing downloading files, and it fixes a few bugs when scanning all local music on startup.

Web site: http://gnomoradio.org/
Screenshots: http://gnomoradio.org/screenshots/
Source: http://gnomoradio.org/pub/devel/gnomoradio-0.14.1.tar.bz2

gcalctool v5.5.5

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 targeted for the GNOME 2.9 development release. We are releasing early to get as much feedback as possible on the new features that have been added:

  • support for arithmetic operator precedence.
  • support for upto 30 places after the numerical point.

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

Changes since the last gcalctool version in the v5.5.X series: (5.5.0).

  • Numerical answer localization and thousand separator support for arithmetic precedence mode.
  • Fixed bug #152790. Most of the changes needed were already in CVS; there was one compiler warning that still needed to be removed.
  • Storing the display value to a memory register was not updating the memory register window, if it was visible.
  • Added in functionality to set the number of significant places > 9. There is a new menu item under the Acc menu called "Other (12) ...", where "(12)" is the current precision. It is in the same radio box group as the other Acc menu items. This menu item brings up a small popup allowing you to set precision between 0 and 30 significant places. The Acc button tooltip will show the current accuracy too.
  • Fixed up numerous warnings generated by running lint on the gcalctool code. Removed unused variables and functions. Declared routines statically where possible.
  • Fixed bug 148581. Changes to get latest gcalctool compiling on a BSD system.

For testing purposes, the default mode is currently to use Arithmetic Operator Precedence. If this version of gcalctool is going into GNOME 2.10, it is still to be decided whether it will remain the default there.

We are looking for folks to give this new version of gcalctool a good testing and to report back any problems found as soon as possible. As with all new code, it is expected there will be a few bugs lurking that need to be found and fixed.

You can download this new version from:


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

Blogfish 1.0RC1

Blogfish 1.0RC1 "Reality Bites" is out!

New features

  • MUCH improved and tested networking code: blogfish should now be able to stay connected for days, with less network traffic
  • Improved settings dialog, including configurable fish speed, death, spawning, fighting and reproduction
  • More lifelike fish movement ++
  • Redesigned fish details dialog - text now wraps correctly, RSS parsing improved
  • New included backgrounds and several new fish images
  • New uninstall script
  • Improved install script
  • Better handling of peer disconnects
  • Peers pass on neighbour information if requested
  • There is a running peer to connect to!
  • Now promoted from alpha to release candidate. No shark attacks have been reported on Blogfish users. If you are attacked by a shark while using Blogfish, swim carefully away from the computer

[++] now in 2 dimensions!

Getting Blogfish

You can download Blogfish 1.0RC1 from Sourceforge at:


What is Blogfish?

Blogfish is the memepool.

Blogfish is social networking meets evolutionary software meets peer-to-pier networking. Blogfish is best eaten wrapped in newspaper, with salt and vinegar. Blogfish is the fin end of the wedge.

More prosaically, blogfish is a panel applet for your Gnome desktop. It allows you to spread your blog, website URL or random thoughts in the form of small, internet-enabled, RSS-parsing sea creatures. Good memes survive; bad ones are voted down and go belly up.

More information

Project homepage:

Sourceforge page:

Mailing list:

Simple peer

If you want to run a blogfish peer but without Gnome GUI dependencies - e.g. to run on a server - try downloading "branch-simple-peer" from CVS, like so:

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/blogfish login

cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/blogfish co -r branch-simple-peer blogfish