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PR: Announcing The GNOME 2.6.2 Desktop and Developer Platform

Jun 28, 2004, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kjartan Maraas)

This point release from the stable branch of the GNOME Desktop and Developer Platform contains a lot of bugfixes and improvements over the previously released 2.6.1 version. Our maintainers, bugfixers, translators and general contributors have been hard at work for the last couple of months bringing more polish, stability and performance to your favourite desktop environment.

Tarballs available at:


Bugreports go to:


Full changelog attached below.

Kjartan Maraas

UPDATED: eel-2.6.2

eel was updated without a NEWS entry.

NEWS: epiphany-1.2.6

Epiphany 1.2.6

Code changes

  • Support for mozilla 1.7rc1, 1.7rc2, 17rc3, 1.7 branch and trunk (Christian, Marco, Carlos Romero)
  • Eliminate external protocol handlers and use prefs instead (Christian Biesinger)
  • Various solaris portability fixes (Brian Cameron, Christian)
  • Filter unwanted urls from history (Christian) [#142143]
  • Disable xpinstall by default (Christian) [144035]


  • Fix some compile warnings (Christian)
  • Use single sign-on prompt for downloads too (Christian)
  • Fix crash with popup window and when opening windows from command line (Christian) (backported from HEAD) [#142184]
  • Fix compilation with gcc 2.95 (Christian)
  • Fix LD_LIBRARY_PATH setting in startup script (Christian) [#141576]
  • Fix a mem leak in the toolbar editor (Christian)
  • Fix cookies-cleared notification (Christian)
  • Fix toolbar editor dragging theme bug (Crispin Flowerday)
  • Fix reload not to use forced reload by default (C. J. N. Breame) [#143365]
  • Fix filechooser default filename shown from web form file inputs (Christian)
  • Fix opening of webcal: urls (Marco) [#139040]
  • Fix check for firefox bookmarks file import (Christian)
  • Fix contextmenu on unfocused text fields (Marco) [#139040]


  • (bg)
  • (el)
  • (th)
  • (tk)
  • (ru)

NEWS: gail-1.6.6

Overview of Changes in GAIL 1.6.6
  • Check that label in page tab is showing before returning it. (bug #129608)
  • Ensure that create-tab notification is not sent when tab is removed. (bug #128970)
  • Report accelerator correctly for menu items created using GtkAction and GtkUIManager. (bug #143587)
  • Add translations: Bulgarian [Vladimir Petkov]
Overview of Changes in GAIL 1.6.5
  • Ensure than antecendent menu is unposted when menu item is activated. (bug #134532)
  • Set state ATK_STATE_SENSITIVE for cells in a GtkTreeView. (bug #142776)
  • Emit children-changed signal when tab added to or removed from GtkNotebook. (bug #128970)
  • Updated translations: Simplified Chinese [Funda Wang]
Overview of Changes in GAIL 1.6.4
  • Prevent warning message because of referring to non-existent child. (bug #141494)
  • Report labels correctly for GnomeFontPicker (bug #140616)
  • Ensure that focus object for widget is not defunct before reporting focus on it. (bug #141907)
  • Set button press as default action for button consisting of a down arrow. (bug #137401)

NEWS: GConf-2.6.2



  • Get rid of duplicate '/' with AM_GCONF_SOURCE_2 (Daniel Elstner)
  • Don't create a directory for docs if we're not installing them (Julio M. Merino Vidal)
  • Fix a bug with the markup backend on 64-bit (Joe Marcus Clarke)
  • Fix a leak (Kjartan)
  • Return an error for incorrect source addresses (Mark)


  • Gisela Carbonell (ca)
  • Christian Neumair (de)
  • Christophe Merlet (RedFox) (fr)
  • LoneStar (zh_CN)

NEWS: gconf-editor-2.6.2

* Fixes:

  • Don't show all widgets in new window, because we have hidden ones.
  • Fix crash when nothing is selected. (Richard Hult)

NEWS: gdm- stuff:

  • Fix cpu/bandwidth eating on idle displays by not blinking the cursor after 20 seconds of inactivity on anything other then :0, fixes #135764
  • In the face greeter cut after a comma in the gecos field if there are at least two commas since then it's probably some login arguments and not the name of the user, "fixes" #142274
  • Apply patch to make the language dialog at most 600 pixels so that it doesn't look too crappy on large displays, #142175 (Leonard Michlmayr)
  • Fix last_x_failed possible infinite loop on slow machines, #141497
  • Fix multihead wanker code in the *mouselistener modules, this confused the moronic bonobo DISPLAY logic
  • Don't use certain languages on the console. Controlled by the daemon/ConsoleCannotHandle config key, but that's a hack. Oh well, better then displaying garbage in cjk and similar. "fixes" #135387
  • Ensure proper ~/.ICEauthority permissions to fix broken cases such as gnome-session vs. suid root apps that create root owned ~/.ICEauthority, "fixes" #137345
  • We no longer use `which' command which is horribly broken on some horribly broken systems and use a private shell version, #133245 (Brian Cameron, me)
  • Solaris fixes, #137600 (build), #133245 (chown arguments) (Brian Cameron, Ivan Noris)
  • Support system-config-display as X setup for FC2
  • Further shell quoting paranoia in gdmsetup
  • Many minor fixes
  • Add some new new icons (James M. Cape)
  • Translation updates (Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Alexander Shopov, Rostislav Raykov, Dinesh Nadarajah, Asmund Skjaeveland)

NEWS: gedit-2.6.2

gedit 2.6.2
  • Bug #143410 (problem with GOK and Find dialog) (padraig.obriain@sun.com)
  • Bug #144525 (include config.h) (Takao Fujiwara)
  • Update recent-files stuff (Frederic Crozat)
New and updated translations
  • Evgeni Boevski (bg)
  • Jordi Mallach (ca)
  • Gurban M. Tewekgeli (tk)
  • Ahmad Riza H Nst (id)
  • Raphael Higino (pt_BR)

NEWS: glib-2.4.2

Overview of Changes from GLib 2.4.1 to GLib 2.4.2
  • Win32 bug fixes
    • make printf accept ll format modifier [Tor Lillqvist]
    • only believe HOME if it is an absolute path an exists [Tor]
  • Other bug fixes (Steve Lhomme, Tor, Hans Breuer, Manish Singh, Owen Taylor, Matthias Clasen, Nikolai Weibull, Benoît Carpentier, Morten Welinder)
  • New and updated translations (de,it,ja,ko,no,pt_BR,sq,wa,zh_CN)

NEWS: gnome-applets-2.6.2

Changes in GNOME applets 2.6.2


  • Lots of fixes from Davyd Madeley.


  • Build fix (Kjartan)
  • Fix warning when removing the applet (Leena Gunda)


  • Fix some UTF-8 problems with labels (Sergey)
  • Fix crash when removing the applet (Leena Gunda)


  • Lots of fixes from Gareth Owen for crashes and leaks etc.
  • HIG fix from Davyd Madeley
  • Fix "invalid sky" problems (Fabrice Bellet)

Keyboard accessibility:

  • Bugfixes for bug #140281 and bug #137585. (Arvind and Padraig)


  • Accessibility fix (Vinay Mandalakoppal)


  • Restore saved mixer channel on startup (Jorn Baayen)

Changes in GNOME-Applets 2.6.1


  • Fix bug #135179 - help not displaying from right click on the applet. Fix by Richard Kinder.


  • Added a ETCHED_IN border around the Forecast dialog.
  • Added cities in Great Britain. Patch from Gareth Owen <gowen72 at yahoo com>. Closes bug #140675.
  • Added some portugese cities. Patch from Milton Moura <mgcm at acm org>. Closes bug #140648.
  • Fix for crash when removing second applet. Fixes bug #140964.
  • Fix for certain invalid conditions. From bug #134452. Patch from Arnaud Patard .


  • Fixed odd bug with the background update. No more reproducable crashes in the flags mode.
  • Better theme handling - deprecated GnomeIconTheme changed to GtkIconTheme. Also now gswitchit applet allows local per-user icons.


  • Fix volume reduction for alsa. Fixes bug #137307. Patch from Jan Schmidt.
  • Use correct icon to theme properly. Patch from Calum Benson. Fixes bug #137707

Wireless applet:

  • handle 2 wireless cards correctly, as well as cards with 2 interfaces such as some Cisco cards (Closes: #139336). Fixed by Bastien Nocera.

NEWS: gnome-desktop-2.6.2

Version 2.6.2


  • Basque help files (Pablo Saratxaga)


  • Zygimantas Berucka (lt)
  • Asmund Skjoveland (nn)
  • Gurban M. Tewekgeli (tk)

NEWS: gnome-games-2.6.2

gnome-games "Dramatic Exit" 2.6.2

Bug fixes backported from 2.7 and build fixes for OS X.

NEWS: gnome-icon-theme-1.2.3

Version 1.2.3

Changes since 1.2.1:
* Fix API breakage for stock_save_as vs. stock_save-as
* Fix build so that make distcheck works
* Bugs fixed: #142001, #142988

NEWS: gnome-netstatus-2.6.2

Version 2.6.2
  • Fixes
    • Fix build on Solaris (Lazlo Peter)
  • Translators
    • Rostislav Raykov (bg)
    • Miloslav Trmac (cs)
    • Adam Weinberger (en_CA)
    • Asmund Skjoveland (nn)
    • Raphael Higino (pt_BR)

NEWS: gnome-panel-2.6.2

Version 2.6.2


  • Fix a rare crasher while menu editing (Chris Lahey)
  • Fix some problems with filename quoting (Mark)
  • Fix issue with the tooltip on drawers no being updated (Vinay M R, Mark)
  • Don't allow drawers to move offscreen (Shakti Sen, Mark)
  • Fix issue with launcher save location not being valid with gnome-vfs (Vincent Berger, Mark)

Screenshot Utility

  • Don't make the entire desktop hang when using --delay with a11y (Padraig O'Briain)
  • Fix crasher when window icon not found (Mark)

Clock Applet

  • Fix issue with the clock no resizing properly when making the panel bigger (Mark)
  • Fix problems with tasks edits affecting the wrong task (Carlos Garnacho Parro)
  • Destroy the calendar if the clock is removed from the panel (Shakti Sen)


  • Nirav, Ankit, Ankur, Atit, Bhavin, Kartik, Khushbu, Sweta (gu)
  • Gil Osher (he)
  • Changwoo Ryu (ko)
  • John C Barstow (mi)
  • Asmund Skjoveland (nn)
  • Kjartan Maraas (no)
  • Stanislav Visnovsky (sk)

NEWS: gnome-session-2.6.2

Version 2.6.2


  • Fix issue with drop shadow on splash screen not being redrawn (Carlos Romero, Simone Gotti)
  • Don't start a keyring if there's one already available (Alex Larsson)


  • Zygimantas Berucka (lt)
  • Reinout van Schouwen (nl)

NEWS: gnome-speech-0.3.3

gnome-speech 0.3.3:
* FreeTTS driver now requires FreeTTS 1.2beta.

NEWS: gnome-themes-2.6.2


Many HC/HCLP icons deleted and symlinked to generic icons at install time instead, giving better coverage (and a slightly smaller tarball).


New/updated translations:

2004-04-15 Andras Timar <timar@gnome.hu>

  • hu.po: Updated Hungarian translation.

2004-04-08 Guntupalli Karunakar <karunakar@freedomink.org>

2004-04-03 Samúel Jón Gunnarsson <sammi@techattack.nu>

2004-03-29 Guntupalli Karunakar <karunakar@freedomink.org>

2004-03-23 Asmund Skjoveland <aasmunds@fys.uio.no>

  • nn.po: Added Norwegian Nynorsk translation.

NEWS: gnome-utils-2.6.2

GNOME Utilities 2.6.2

GNOME Dictionary

GNOME Floppy Formatter

  • Fix DOS Formatting [Chris Smith, Kjartan]

NEWS: gpdf-0.132

Version 0.132
  • Make the scrollbar buttons work. (Martin) - #132489
  • Keep "Loading failed" alerts on screen until the user dismisses them. (Martin) - #137262
  • Fix handling of link_named bookmarks. (Remi)
  • Load bookmarks and thumbnails in the background. Speeds up file loading. (Remi) - #137439
  • Update recent-files code (includes file locking fixes). (Martin) - #138817
  • Fix crashes during Thumbnail extraction. (Martin) - #139211, #139477, #141725, #141226
  • File format filters for the file chooser. (Remi) - #137592
  • Translation updates: Zuza Software Foundation (af), Helgi Thormar Thobjornsson (is), Inaki Larranaga (eu), Gujarati Team (gu), Andras Timar (hu), Theppitak Karoonboonyanan (th), Christian Rose (sv), Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es), Duarte Loreto (pt), Gareth Owen (en_GB), Miloslav Trmac (cs), Sigurd Gartmann (no), Artur Flinta (pl), Baris Cicek (tr), Tino Meinen (nl), Laurent Dhima (sq), Changwoo Ryu (ko), Funda Wang (zh_CN), Christian Neumair (de), Ole Laursen (da), Raphael Higino (pt_BR), Danilo Segan (sr), Takeshi AIHANA (ja), Adam Weinberger (en_CA), Ahmad Riza H Nst (id), Christophe Merlet (fr), Francesco Marletta (it), Rostislav Raykov (bg) Rhys Jones (cy)

NEWS: gstreamer-0.8.3

This is GStreamer 0.8.3

Changes since 0.8.2:

  • Hotfix for unregisterable switch element

This is GStreamer 0.8.2

Changes since 0.8.1:

  • new translations: Turkish, Ukrainian, GB English
  • Fixes for setting elements to NULL to release devices
  • Windows port
  • New GStreamer Data Protocol helper library
  • New GstAdapter, similar to bytestream
  • Fixes for registry loading plugins with same name
  • Added no-more-pads signal
  • Added Fixed List GValue type
  • Fixes to schedulers

Bugs fixed since 0.8.1:

  • 133897 : Internal GStreamer error: seek problem
  • 134839 : buffers leaked by filesrc, typefind, spider or fakesink
  • 137710 : When seeking, the sink's time is reset
  • 138012 : [opt] simple pipeline crashe
  • 138836 : docs build but won't install
  • 140015 : GstValue GTypes should not derive from G_TYPE_BOXED
  • 140156 : ARM port / type reading patches
  • 140477 : [debug] crash with *:2 while playing alien.mpg
  • 140594 : Small memory leak int gst_parse_launch()
  • 140734 : filesrc should handle named pipes/devices
  • 140743 : Leak in _gst_parse_escape()
  • 141083 : gstreamer-0.8.1 compile failure with gcc-3.4: error: PIC ...
  • 141304 : GST_CAPS and GST_IS_CAPS broken
  • 141317 : Win32 build with newest Microsoft compilers
  • 141414 : filesink leaks events
  • 141416 : leak in entrygthread scheduler
  • 141417 : Memory leak in gthread-cothreads.h
  • 142304 : The Win32 makefiles clean too much
  • 142804 : needed change to allow x86 Solaris compile with Forte
  • 142957 : xmlregistry failes to compile on osx

NEWS: gtk+-2.4.3

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.4.2 to GTK+ 2.4.3
  • GtkButton
    • Give extra space to children of !CAN_FOCUS buttons [Matthias Clasen]
  • GtkFileChooser
    • Make DND work when the dialog is modal [Federico Mena Quintero]
  • GtkToolbar
    • Don't show empty overflow menu [Soeren Sandmann]
    • Don't show initial separator in overflow menu [Soeren]
    • Handle dynamic changes to overflow menu [Soeren]
  • Documentation improvements [Bastien Nocera, Matthias]
  • Other bug fixes [Matthias, Soeren, Sven Neumann]
  • Updated translations (hu,ne)
Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.4.1 to GTK+ 2.4.2
  • GtkUIManager
    • Install signals correctly [Michael Natterer]
    • Make the output of gtk_uimanagerget_ui() parsable. [Michael]
    • Add a way to suppress stock accelerators. [David A Knight]
  • GtkClipboard
    • Fix INCRemental transfer of MULTIPLE targets [Matthias Clasen]
    • Increase the chunk size for INCRemental transfers [Matthias]
  • GtkFileChooser
    • Hide the combo box when appropriate [Christian Neumair]
    • bug fixes [Federico Mena Quintero]
  • GtkComboBox
    • add mouse/wheel bindings on the cellview [Matthias]
    • improve positioning of popup [Matthias]
    • make the selection follow the mouse [Matthias]
  • GtkEntryCompletion
    • make the selection follow the mouse [Matthias]
    • restrict popup size to monitor size [Matthias, DmD Ljungmark]
    • don't complete on paste [Anders Carlsson]
  • Win32
    • bug fixes [B. Carpentier, Hans Breuer, John Ehresman, Tor Lillqvist, Robert Ogren]
  • GtkButton/GtkArrow
    • Don't draw the focus over the button child [Matthias]
    • Increase default arrow size to compensate [Matthias]
  • Documentation improvements [Doug Quale, Matthias, Steffen R., Steve Chaplin, Tommi Komulainen]
  • Other bug fixes [Billy Biggs, Crispin Flowerday, David Hawthorne, Federico, Havoc Pennington, John Finlay, Kouichirou Hiratsuka, Mark McLoughlin, Matthias, Michael, Michal Pasternak, Morten Welinder, Olivier Andrieu, Owen Taylor, Padraig O'Briain, Sam Stevenson, Scott Tsai, Soeren Sandmann, Sven Neumann]
  • Updated translations (bg,it,nl,tk,wa,zh_CN)

NEWS: intltool-0.31

Version 0.31

  • Usage of [no-xml] option in AC_PROG_INTLTOOL to avoid requiring XML::Parser Perl module. (Rodney Dawes)
  • Support for C#. (Rodney)
  • Support for running intltool-update without autoconf, or with po/Makevars file (as used in gettext). (Danilo Segan)
  • New XML merging (compatible with pre-0.27.2 intltool) -- bug #130802 -- entity decoding and encoding is not done anymore for XML. (Danilo)
  • Multiple-output XML merging now produces simpler files, and sets "xml:lang" only when translation is used -- bug #46650. (Danilo)
  • Support for passing comments to translators from XML and GConf schema files. (Danilo)
  • Many bug fixes (Rodney, Danilo, Callum McKenzie)

NEWS: libbonobo-2.6.2

libbonobo 2.6.0

  • featurelets
    • uninstalled pkg-config files (Glynn Foster)
    • configure cleanup (Tomasz Kloczko)

UPDATED: libbonoboui-2.6.1

libbonoboui was updated without a NEWS entry.

NEWS: libgail-gnome-1.0.4

What's new in version 1.0.4:

  • bugfix for #134832.

NEWS: libgnome-

libgnome 2.6.1 "Triclops"

What's new since 2.6.0

  • Bug fixes:
    • Various fixes (Kjartan Maraas, Colin Walters)
  • Translations:
    • Added Punjabi translation (Amanpreet Singh Alam)
    • Added Gujarati translation (Gujarati Team)
    • Various updated translations (az, ar, be, ca, cs, cy, da, de, en_CA, en_GB, el, es, et, eu, fi, he, hr, id, it, ja, ko, lt, nn, nl, no, pl, pt, pt_BR, ro, ru, sk, sr@ije, sq, sr, sr@Latn, sv, ta, th, tr, uk, zh_CN, wa)

NEWS: libgnomeprint-2.6.2

libgnomeprint 2.6.2


* invalid fonts in pdf files when locale uses comma for decimal
* invalid line widths in pdf

UPDATED: libgnomeprintui-2.6.2

libgnomeprintui was updated without a NEWS entry.

NEWS: libgtkhtml-2.6.2

Overview of Changes in gtkhtml2 2.6.2
  • Fix memory leaks. (bugs #140628, #140664, #140596, #140730, #140727, #140747, #140522, #140520) [Morten Wilander]
  • Fix compiler warnings. (bug #141962) [Bart Martens]

NEWS: libwnck-2.6.2



  • Don't show multi-workspace related menu items if there is only a single workspace (Johan Persson)


  • Vladimir Petkov (bg)
  • Gil Osher (he)
  • Kjartan Maraas (no)
  • M. Moldovan (ro)
  • Ivan Noris (sk)

NEWS: nautilus-2.6.3

This is nautilus 2.6.3, the file manager for the Gnome 2 desktop.

Major changes since 2.6.2 are:

  • Improved drag and drop responsiveness
  • Set working directory of launched processes to current view directory
  • Zooming fix
  • Crash fixes

Major changes since 2.6.1 are:
* Accessibility/keynav/theming fixes
* Leak fixes
* .desktop file updates
* Fixed help buttons in the preferences dialog
* Portability fix
* Use initial click position to anchor icon dnd
* Crash fix in the file properties dialog
* Don't overlap the close icon and text label when the sidepane is very small.

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