September 4, 2001

GNOME Summary

Author: JT Smith

The latest GNOME Summary is now available. This edition looks at the GNOME Accessibility Framework, Sun's desktop division, Ximian's new shrinkwrapped software, additions to the GNOME Foundation, and the status of libgnome.
This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-08-19 - 2001-09-01
    
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Table of Contents
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1. GNOME accessibility
2. Sun's Desktop Division making headway
3. GNOME 2.0 Status Interview: James Henstridge and libglade
4. Ximian shrink-wrap software
5. Gnome Foundation news
6. libgnome* status
7. Bonobo-python 0.2.0
8. Hacker Activity

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1. GNOME accessibility
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An early access release of the GNOME Accessiblity Framework was announced by 
the Foundation. The ATK (Accessibility ToolKit) is a toolkit independent 
implementation which allows assistive technologies (screen readers etc) to get 
information about the desktop. This is a general capability that any GUI 
toolkit could use, in GTK+ 2.0's case the standard widgets have built-in 
support. So applications written with GTK+ 2.0 will automatically be 
accessible, though coders can do various things to make their apps more 
accessible - the GAP (GNOME Accessiblity Project) project has more information. 
This is an important piece of work predominantly provided by the SUN hackers. 

        http://www.gnome.org/pr-accessible.htmlhttp://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/

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2. Sun's Desktop Division making headway
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Christian Schaller interviews many of the Sun hackers to find out what they've 
been up to with GNOME. Topics covered include some of the reasons Sun chose 
GNOME, usability, accessiblity, testing and how the transition from CDE is 
planned. This is a wide-ranging interview which really gives you a feel for 
what this team hopes to achieve working with GNOME. 

        http://www.linuxpower.org/display.php?id=213

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3. GNOME 2.0 Status Interview: James Henstridge and libglade
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Glade and libglade have been two of the most outstanding successes of GNOME for 
application developers. Describing the GUI as an XML document allows quick 
development and freedom to try different designs quickly. Jeff Waugh asks James 
about the port of libglade to GNOME 2.0. 

        http://perkypants.org/projects/gnome-2.0-interviews/libglade/


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4. Ximian shrink-wrap software
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Ximian announced availability of its' commercial version of the GNOME 
evironment. The Ximian desktop is a packaged version of GNOME provided on CD 
for either $29.95 or with Staroffice for $49.95. Meanwhile the Ximian hackers 
are all steam ahead to get Evolution 1.0 ready by October: a competition for 
anyone helping with bug-hunting was announced. 

        http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6984949.htmlhttp://www.ximian.com/products/ximian_desktop/http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/08/29/1846223&mode=thread

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5. Gnome Foundation news
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The GNOME Foundation announced Timothy Ney as Director of the GNOME Foundation. 
He will be responsible for the administrative side of the Foundation and will 
also be the main contact point. This is an exciting development, with a full 
time employee hopefully the Foundations work will progress quickly. Federico 
also released the proposed policy on gnome.org accounts - comments are sought. 

        http://www.gnome.org/pr-ney_execdir.htmlhttp://lists.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2001-August/msg00027.htmlhttp://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2807176,00.htmlhttp://lists.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2001-August/msg00008.html
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6. libgnome* status
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Anders Carlsson the new maintainer for the libgnome* libraries sent an update 
on their status and what's left to be done for the freeze to become solid. 
There's still lots to be done and a number of tough problems to sort out, but 
it's down to enough issues that everyone can concentrate on them. Some of the 
core developers have started considering moving to the GNOME 2.0 platform so 
that bugs will be more easily discovered such as Nautilus and gide. 

        http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-2-0-list/2001-August/msg00405.html

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7. Bonobo-python 0.2.0
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Johan Dahlin released an initial version of Python bindings for Bonobo the 
GNOME component architecture. There are some basic examples and screenshots on 
his homepage, hopefully more will come. As bonobo is becoming more important to 
the development platform more effort is being put into language bindings. 

        
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-August/msg00033.html

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8. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 230 evolution
 77 galeon
 68 gtranslator
 63 gnumeric
 60 web-devel-2
 58 mc
 40 gtk+
 37 gtkhtml
 34 gnome-core
 31 procman
 31 nautilus
 28 pan
 27 guile-gobject
 24 gnomemeeting
 24 balsa
 23 gnome-utils
 23 libglade
 22 gnome-xml
 21 gdm2
 21 guppi3
[110 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 70 kabalak
 56 proskin
 55 chyla
 52 rodrigo
 44 damon
 44 martin
 44 ettore
 32 jirka
 30 kmaraas
 28 darin
 27 jesusb
 27 veillard
 27 fejj
 26 jamesh
 26 trow
 26 kevinv
 26 jberkman
 25 peterw
 24 mpeseng
 23 menthos
[122 active hackers omitted]


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8. Hacker Activity
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Thanks for Paul Warren for these lists.

Most active modules:
 111 gnome-utils
 91 galeon
 77 evolution
 57 gtranslator
 45 gnumeric
 38 gtk+
 29 pan
 29 nautilus
 28 ximian-setup-tools
 28 libgnome
 26 gimp
 26 gdm2
 26 libgnomeui
 25 procman
 25 web-devel-2
 23 mc
 20 guile-gobject
 17 gnome-core
 17 devhelp
 16 gtkhtml
[124 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 102 linas
 88 baddog
 63 jirka
 51 kabalak
 42 martin
 41 darin
 31 mpeseng
 24 chyla
 24 olau
 24 menthos
 22 cactus
 21 jody
 21 proskin
 20 unammx
 19 lark
 18 uraeus
 18 bansz
 18 hp
 17 trow
 17 rodrigo
[117 active hackers omitted]

Until next time,

Steve
gnome-summary@gnome.org


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