Release Digest: GNOME, October 10, 2004

gedit 2.8.1

gedit 2.8.1

gedit is the official text editor for the GNOME environment.
Among others, it features full UTF-8 support, syntax highlighting
and a powerful plugin system.

homepage: http://www.gnome.org/projects/gedit

download: http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/GNOME/sources/gedit/2.8/

changes since 2.8.0:


  • do not try to open non regular files (#153204) (Paolo
  • allow opening file by drag and drop on read only documents
    (#89881) (James Bowes)
  • open dropped files in the right target gedit window (#150485)
    (Paolo Maggi)
  • do not change active document when closing an unmodified tab
    (#149811) (Paolo M.)
  • fix crash when trying to open an invalid sftp uri (Paolo
  • update to the latest egg-recent (Paolo B.)

New and updated translations

  • Changwoo Ryu (ko)
  • Adam Weinberger (en_CA)
  • Zygimantas Beruèka (lt)
  • Meelad Zakaria (fa)
  • Jordi Mallach (ca)
  • Gora Mohanty (or)

libgda 1.1.99
libgnomedb 1.1.99

libgda/libgnomedb are a complete framework for developing
database-oriented applications, and currently allow access to
PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, SQLite, FireBird/Interbase, IBM
DB2, mSQL and MS SQL server, as well as MS Access and xBase files
and ODBC data sources.

libgda/libgnomedb are the base of the database support in the
GNOME Office application suite, providing database access for many
features in both Gnumeric and Abiword.

This is the last release before the upcoming 1.2 version.

Changes since libgda 1.1.6

  • Use empty strings rather than NULL for missing fields in XML
    provider schema (joe)
  • Improved SQL parser (vivien, dru)
  • More fixes for GCC 3.4 compilation (caolan)
  • Added escape_string virtual method for providers (alan)
  • Added gda_connection_clear_error_list function (txema)
  • Improved transaction support for PostgreSQL provider
  • Fixed database dropping in FireBird provider (jeronimo)
  • Added support for aggregates to FireBird provider
  • Fixed crash on strcmp in gda_client_find_connection
  • Use the correct dsn/username/password when searching
    connections in gda_client_find_connection function (rodrigo)
  • Added example code for FireBird provider (jeronimo)
  • Corrected problem with FireBird date and datetime year part
  • Fixed #151054 (rodrigo)
  • Added support for transparent connections in FireBird provider
  • Updated MySQL list of types to matche the real ones (alan)
  • Added read-only support for blobs in FireBird provider
  • Improved ODBC, MySQL and PostgreSQL detection from autotools
  • Removed obsolete macros from configure.in (rodrigo)
  • Removed lots of compilation warnings (szalai)
  • Added reset_connection virtual method for providers
  • Fixed compilation under Win32 (alan)
  • Improved autotools setup (julio)
  • Fixed leaks in some samples contained in the documentation
  • Improved provider parameter descriptions API (rodrigo)
  • Install headers in versioned directories (rodrigo)
  • Updated translations:
    • cs (miroslav)
    • en_CA (adam)
    • en_GB (david)
    • nb (kjartan)
    • pt_BR (raphael)
    • sq (laurent)
    • uk (maxim)

Changes since libgnomedb 1.1.6

  • Improved autotools setup (julio, rodrigo)
  • Fixed #150791 (gustavo)
  • Updated documentation for .devhelp book support (daniel)
  • Improved new data source wizard interface (rodrigo)
  • Install headers in versioned directories (rodrigo)
  • Use GtkFileChooser when available (rodrigo)
  • Updated translations:
    • en_CA (adam)
    • fi (tommi)
    • it (alessio)
    • nb (kjartan)
    • sq (laurent)
    • uk (maxim)

Tarballs are available at


To install this new version, you’ll need:

  • libgda: glib, libxml2, libxslt
  • libgnomedb: libgda and dependencies, libgnome/ui, libglade,
    libbonoboui and, optionally, gtksourceview

You can find more information at the projects’ homepage
(http://www.gnome-db.org), or
you can ask any question/propose anything you want in the GNOME-DB
mailing list, which is available at http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gnome-db-list.

GTK+ 2.4.11

GTK+ 2.4.11 is now available for download at:



gtk+-2.4.11.tar.bz2 md5sum: 52169a2ca9dcf72af980628cb1136d26
gtk+-2.4.11.tar.gz md5sum: 5742c0ab3188182e92ae43952461f291

This is a bug fix release and is source and binary compatible
with 2.4.0. Notably, this release fixes some issues with the new
file chooser.

What is GTK+

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user
interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable
for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete
application suites.

GTK+ has been designed from the ground up to support a range of
languages, not only C/C++. Using GTK+ from languages such as Perl
and Python (especially in combination with the Glade GUI builder)
provides an effective method of rapid application development.

GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the
licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all
pdevelopers, including those developing proprietary software,
without any license fees or royalties.

Where to get more information about

Information about GTK+ including links to documentation can be
found at:


An installation guide for GTK+-2.4 is found at:


Common questions:



Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.4.10 to
GTK+ 2.4.11

  • GtkFileChooser
    • Make path bar arrows larger [Matthias Clasen]
    • Make SELECT_FOLDER mode work [Matthias]
    • Speed up the completion popup [Matthias]
    • Update the preview when searching [Tommi Komulainen]
    • Pop up completions again when tab is pressed [Jon Bech
    • Don’t prepopulate the location entry [Matthias]
  • Win32 bug fixes [Robert Egren]
  • Other bug fixes [Federico Mena Quintero, Joel Fredrikson,
    Matthias, Padraig O’Briain, M. Garoche. Frederic Crozat, Jonathan
    Blandford, John Cupitt, Morten Welinder, Christian Persch, Lorenzo
    Gil Sanchez, Federico] Martyn Russell]
  • Documentation improvements [John Finlay, Billy Biggs, Jonathan,
    Owen Taylor]
  • New and updated translations (az_IR,ang,en_CA,gl,hu,it,nl)

A list of all bugs fixed in this release can be found at


October 8, 2004

GLib 2.4.7

GLib-2.4.7 is now available for download at:


glib-2.4.7.tar.bz2 md5sum: eff6fec89455addf8b0dee5a19e343be
glib-2.4.7.tar.gz md5sum: 813c7edf8abc787326dfba0a17fb7040

This is a bug fix release and is source and binary compatible
with 2.4.0.

What is GLib

GLib is the low-level core library that forms the basis for
projects such as GTK+ and GNOME. It provides data structure
handling for C, portability wrappers, and interfaces for such
runtime functionality as an event loop, threads, dynamic loading,
and an object system.

More information about GLib is available at:


An installation guide for the GTK+ libraries, including GLib,
can be found at:


Overview of Changes from GLib 2.4.6 to
GLib 2.4.7

  • Win32 bug fixes
    • Fix Unicode collation [Tor Lillqvist]
    • Fix a thread leak [Peter Zelezny]
    • Fix build with newer mingw headers [Tor]
    • Convert messages to UTF-8 [Kazuki Iwamoto]
    • Don’t open console windows [Tor]
  • Other bug fixes [Manish Singh, Matthias Clasen, Morten
    Welinder, Tim Janik, Tor]
  • Documentation improvements [Morten, Stephan Kasal, Philippe
    Blain, Nickolay V. Shmyrev, Gustavo Carneiro, Kjartan Maraas,
    Stefan Kost]
  • New and updated translations

A list of all bugs fixed in this release can be found at


October 8, 2004