Release Digest: GNOME, January 13, 2004

Pigeon CD Recorder 0.4


Pigeon CD Recorder 0.4


A Gnome2 CD Rurner, designed to integrate into the gnome
desktop. Can create audio CDs from Mp3s, oggs, wavs, etc., as well
as data cds.

Enhancements & Fixes

  • Fixed data cd recording (and cleaned the code at the same
  • Got GetText working
  • Moved CD size from an annoying dialog to simple radio
  • Gconfed cd size value
  • Got watching gconf values working (ie changes made in
    gconf-editor will be reflected in the ui)
  • Can now reorder the tracks in an audio CD
  • Fixed automake errors (intl/Makefile.am etc.)
  • Can now select multiple files (or audio files) to add at the
    same time
  • Disable “Add Selected Dir” when dealing with audio files (it
    never worked anyway)
  • Moved “Add Selected Dir” button to the directory column.





GNOME Software Map entry


Yelp 2.5.3

Yelp 2.5.3: “Shafted”

Here is the feature-frozen 2.5.3 release of Yelp, the GNOME help
browser. Any feature not present in 2.5.3 won’t be in 2.6.

What is it?

Yelp is the default help browser for GNOME 2. It sports the
awesomest DocBook conversion system ever witnessed by a living
human being. It can also read HTML, which is much less of an
achievement. The man and info capability wasn’t ready in time, so
that’s a regression that will be present in 2.6.

What’s changed?

  • Previous and Next changed to Previous Page and Next Page.
    (Shaun McCance)
  • Set encoding to utf-8 in the generated html. Fixes #131186.
    (Richard Hult)
  • New man converter, which will be totally unadvertised for the
    2.6 release, due to its unreadiness (Shaun McCance)
  • i18n in place for the XSLT (Shaun McCance)
  • Some nice work on the test document, which though not included
    in the release, has shown some XSLT errors (Eric Baudais)
  • Fixes and improvements to the DocBook XSLT (Shaun McCance)
  • Mildly better error dialogs, still need work (Shaun
  • Some under-the-hood improvements to the TOC maker (Shaun
  • Anchor jumping stuff, which is still giving problems (Shaun
  • Added yelp:chunk-depth processing instruction (Shaun
  • Handle absolute ghelp: URIs again (Shaun McCance)
  • Actually handle HTML pages (Shaun McCance)
  • Handle links to stuff that goes outside Yelp (Shaun
  • Fix annoying whitespace problem in sidebar (Shaun McCance)
  • Update translations:
    ar (Arafat Medini)
    ca (Jordi Mallach)
    cs (Miloslav Trmac)
    de (Christian Neumair)
    es (Francisco Javier F. Serrador)
    et (Tõivo Leedjärv)
    fr (Sebastien Bacher)
    hr (Robert Sedak)
    ko (Changwoo Ryu)
    lt (Beruèka)
    mn (Sanlig Badral)
    ms (Hasbullah Bin Pit)
    nl (Tino Meinen)
    nn (Åsmund Skjæveland)
    pl (GNOME PL Team)
    pt (Duarte Loreto)
    sr (Danilo Segan)
    sr@Latn (Danilo Segan)
    sv (Christian Rose)
    ja (Takeshi AIHANA)

Where can I get it?



gtk copy-paste buffer 0.2.5


gtk copy-paste buffer 0.2.5


It is something like ‘xcb’. It has multiple buttons to store
strings of paste buffer. You click a button to put the content into
paste-buffer/clipboard. It also has history of changes of



  • In this version, clicking a button should now also change the
    window title bar.
  • There is periodical (2 seconds) fetching clipboard to overcome
    a problem in Mozilla.



GNOME Software Map entry


gnopernicus 0.7.3


I have the pleasure to announce the release of version 0.7.3 of
gopenicus, the screen reader for GNOME desktop.

What is it?

gnopernicus is designed to allow blind and visually impaired
user to use the computer. gnopernicus presents the information
using three devices: speech, magnifier and braille.

What’s new in 0.7.3?


  • Support for devices created by HandyTech.


  • Possibility to add a watch a specified object (to receive all
    event for that object). GUI
  • Add option to permite a crosswire on without a cursor when the
    magnifier is active.
  • Presentation is now a collection of predefined profiles.


  • Made non-case sensitive a braille device command line

What’s new in 0.7.2 ?


  • Make sure that the coordinates are set ok in case of a change
    of resolution.
  • Zoomer’s coordinates are from (0,0) to (x-display-size –
    1,y-display-size – 1) (not from (1,1) to (x-display-size,
    y-display-size) as before)

Where can I get it ?



GNOME Desktop Themes 2.5.3


GNOME Desktop Themes 2.5.3


A set of desktop themes for GNOME, including the GNOME 2.5
default theme (“Simple”), and many designed for users with low or
limited vision.


  • New/updated translations:

2004.01.09 Arafat Medini <lumina@silverpen.de>

  • ar.po: Added Arabic translation

2004-01-04 Duarte Loreto <happyguy_pt@hotmail.com>

  • pt.po: Revised Portuguese translation.

2004-01-02 Alessio Frusciante <algol@firenze.linux.it>


  • Add cursor-color and cursor-aspect-ratio properties to a11y
    themes for EelEditableLabel, so that the cursor color changes
    according to the theme selected. Fixes bug #130565 (Narayana



GNOME Software Map entry


Epiphany 1.1.3


What is it?

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


What’s changed ?

Epiphany 1.1.3

Code changes

  • Add API to clear http auth cache (Christian)
  • Fix compilation with mozilla 1.4 (Christian)
  • Some API naming unification (Christian)
  • Add API to get the EphyTab from its EphyEmbed (Christian)
  • Better error checking in mozilla glue code (Christian)
  • Track mozilla trunk API changes (Christian)

New features

  • Set SOCKS host from GNOME global preferences (Christian)
  • Check if there was input in forms before closing the
    tab/window, and warn user if there are unsubmitted changes
  • More lockdown features (Christopher J. Lahey, Christian)
  • Caret browsing (enabled/disabled with F7) (Christian)
  • Add back “Download Link As…” to the context menu (Xan)

Interface improvements

  • Always show “Copy” in the context menu when there is a
    selection (Michael Terry)
  • Add “Help” buttons to all dialogues (Piers Cornwell)


  • Fix some mem leaks (Christian)
  • Fix the encoding menu in the case that the encoding is unknown
    to us (Christian)
  • Fix logic error in window position restoring (Dave Jones)
  • Fix startup crash when lockdown enabled (Christopher J.
  • Fix gobject implementation error in notebook finalize


  • Updated OMF file (Piers Cornwell)


  • Arafat Medini (ar)
  • Changwoo Ryu (ko)
  • Christian Neumair (de)
  • Christian Rose (sv)
  • Danilo Segan (sr, sr@Latn)
  • Duarte Loreto (pt)
  • Francesco Marletta (it)
  • Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es)
  • GNOME PL Team (pl)
  • Joao Emanuel (pt_BR)
  • Michael Everson (ga)
  • Miloslav T. (cs)
  • Progga (bn)
  • Robert Sedak (hr)
  • Roozbeh Pournader (fa)
  • Sanlig Badral (mn)
  • Sebastien Bacher (fr)
  • tunggul arif siswoyo (id)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:


Epiphany 1.1.1 requires mozilla 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 or mozilla cvs. We
recommend to use Mozilla 1.6 as soon as it is released. http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mozilla/releases/

More about dependencies and installation tips: http://gnome.org/projects/epiphany/downloads.html



First alpha release of PyGDA

I would like to announce the first release of PyGDA, a python
extension module for the GNOME Data Access data abstraction
library. PyGDA is released under the GNU Library General Public
License. The module is still very much in an early alpha stage, and
this release is mainly meant to get feedback from adventureous
application developers.

The module does not wrap all of libgda yet; none of the
reporting features are supported yet and parts of the main
functionality haven’t been wrapped yet either. However, I have been
using it for over a month in a program that is supposed to be taken
in production within a few weeks, with no problems. (which could
perhaps in part be attributed to the fact that the program only
performs SQL SELECT queries on a data provider and does not do any
writing; then again, maybe not 🙂

PyGDA needs Python 2.2 or higher, libgda 1.0.2, and PyGTK 2 to
build. To run, it doesn’t need pygtk but it does need the gobject
module from pygtk.

PyGDA 0.0.3 is available from
and a detached gpg signature from http://people.debian.org/~mechanix/pygda-0.0.3.tar.gz.asc
(my key can be retrieved from keyring.debian.org/)



“Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending
the rest = of
the week debugging Monday’s code.”

  • Dan Salomon

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