December 3, 2001

GNOME Summary 2001-11-24 - 2001-11-29

Author: JT Smith

"This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-11-24 - 2001-11-29."
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Table of Contents
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1. Preliminary results to Gnome Foundation elections 2001 announced
2. Galeon reaches 1.0
3. GNOME 2.0 activity
4. Sun releases GNOME User Guide draft
5. DRAFT Human Interface Guide release (0.1)
6. GNOME VIM bonobo component
7. LinuxSalute seeks GNOME Slackware testers
8. CSL 0.2.0 Release
9. Hacker Activity

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1. Preliminary results to Gnome Foundation elections 2001 announced
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The elections for the 2001 Board of Directors finished with the winners 
announced. The elections proceeded very smootly for which the membership and 
elections team must be congratulated. Looking at those who were elected there 
is a good mix of experienced hands that represent different interest groups 
within GNOME. There seem to be more people who focus on applications rather 
than the core libraries which probably reflects wider community better. for 
those worried about commercial interests it is worth noting that board members 
serve in a personal capacity serving the wider interests of GNOME. Finally, we 
must thank the outgoing board members who I think have done a sterling job this 
last year. 

        
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2001-November/msg00037.htmlhttp://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/11/28/0754234&mode=thread

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2. Galeon reaches 1.0
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Galeon is a web-browser built on top of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine. It 
uses native GTK+ widgets to reduce its overheads making it fast and stable. 
Along with this it has introduced a host of features making it a favourite for 
many users. As the team says in their short announcement, they have finally hit 
their major release after a year and a half of hard work. If you haven't tried 
it now is the time too, the team is already proceeding with new features! 

        http://galeon.sourceforge.net/news/index.php#26http://theregister.co.uk/content/4/23024.html

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3. GNOME 2.0 activity
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Telsa sent an update on the timetable pointing out that the first beta is due 
in under a week. This has caused everyone to consider how much work is left to 
do and realise that a date slip is very likely. On the good side Seth Nickell 
announced some screenshots of the current desktop - it looks amazingly similar 
to the current desktop which is the basic idea for the first release. Michael 
also announced a picture of nautilus up and running on the GNOME 2.0 desktop. 

        
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-2-0-list/2001-November/msg00603.htmlhttp://www.stanford.edu/~snickell/gnome2.pnghttp://primates.ximian.com/~michael/nautilus2.png

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4. Sun releases GNOME User Guide draft
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Pat Costello announced an initial release of a User Guide for Gnome. Internally 
to Sun this is the guide that will be used for the Solaris version of GNOME, 
but Pat feels the content is suitably generic that it can be used elewhere. At 
this stage the documentation team would like feedback and comments so that they 
can improve it. This is great work and lets hope it will have a bit impact on 
the level of help users have when starting with GNOME. 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-doc-list/2001-November/msg00078.html

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5. DRAFT Human Interface Guide release (0.1)
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The Userability Project has been working really hard in the last few months. 
They've now released an initial version of the Interface Guidelines which will 
show hackers how to give their applications a consistent look and feel. The 
idea is that GNOME applications will increase the user experience by making 
them easy and intuitive to use. Lots of things are missing at this stage and 
the team is adding stuff all the time - so if you'd like to get your two cents 
of comment in now is the time to do it! 

        
http://lists.gnome.org/archives/gnome-2-0-list/2001-November/msg00545.html

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6. GNOME VIM bonobo component
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Jason Hildebrand announced a new Bonobo component that wraps vim via a number 
of the GtkHTML interfaces. This means that with a little bit of help Ximians 
Evolution can be made use use vim for editing emails rather than the current 
default editor. It is also a very nice example of the power of components. 

        http://www.opensky.ca/gnome-vim/

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7. LinuxSalute seeks GNOME Slackware testers
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The LinuxSalute team is hoping to do for Slackware what Ximian has done for 
lots of other distributions by making GNOME easy to install and maintain. If 
you're interested in helping their effort by testing out the packages visit 
their homepage and send them an email. Good luck! 

       http://www.linuxsalute.com/

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8. CSL 0.2.0 Release
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CSL is an effort to remove some of the problems in sound support for the 
desktop. Tim Janik explains it as being a wrapper around the hardware and sound 
daemons removing other dependencies. They have now released an API and would 
love for all interested parties to send comments in so that they can make 
whatever alterations are required at this point. 
For eagle eyed readers you will note that this is out of date, I accidently 
missed it out a few Summaries ago after promising Tim I would include it! 

        http://www.arts-project.org/doc/csl-0.2.0.html

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

Most active modules:
 184 gnucash
 73 gnome-core
 71 gimp
 57 galeon
 54 evolution
 49 gnome-utils
 37 gtk+
 37 web-devel-2
 36 porting-doc
 30 atomix
 29 gnomeicu
 27 mc
 27 gtkmm-root
 27 guikachu
 26 gnome-python
 25 gnumeric
 24 pybliographer
 23 gnomemm
 22 gmime
 21 SashComponents
[134 active modules omitted]

Most active hackers:
 70 menthos
 57 rlb (gnucash)
 55 warlord (gnucash)
 39 cactus
 39 malcolm
 38 seth
 38 baddog
 37 murrayc
 35 mmclouglin
 31 fejj
 29 linas
 28 peticolas (gnucash)
 27 linas (gnucash)
 26 owen
 24 veillard
 24 rodrigo
 23 jens
 23 fredgo
 22 msw
 22 hp
[152 active hackers omitted]


It's a pretty quiet week on the Summary; partially this is time constraints on 
my part but judging by the lists everyone is working on the GNOME 2.0 rlease so 
not much else is going on. 
Until next time, 
Steve 

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