July 9, 2001

GNOME summary for 6/24 - 7/8

Author: JT Smith

"This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-06-24 - 2001-07-08.."
From:    Christian Schaller 
To:      gnome-announce-list@gnome.org
Subject: GNOME Summary for June-24 - July 08
Date:    08 Jul 2001 23:23:16 +0200
Cc:      grex@scouts-es.org, cactus@cactus.rulez.org


This is the GNOME Summary for 2001-06-24 - 2001-07-08
    
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Table of Contents
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1. New release of the popular Nautilus filemanager
2. GNOME Games gets new maintainer and a new release
3. GNOME Meeting unleashed on the world
4. First non-development release of GNOME-- C++ bindings
5. Open Office releases new development build
6. Linux Planet review Abiword
7. GStreamer releases 0.2.1
8. GnuCash Developer Robert Merkel interviewed on Slashdot
9. Overflow 0.5.0 and Open Mind Speech 0.0.2
10. Japanese GNOME 1.4 programming book available
11. Gnumeric getting close to 1.0 release
12. GNOME summaries on slower summer release schedule
13. Abiword weekly news report 50
14. New Mozilla and Galeon releases
15. IBM hackers hard at work updating SashXB
16. Friends of the tree
17. X-chat releases 1.8.0 release
18. CVS statistics
19. New and Updated Software

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1. New release of the popular Nautilus filemanager
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Darin Adler and the Nautilus team announced the release of Nautilus
1.0.4 which 
contains many improvements and optimisations. The nautilus companion
libraries 
librsvg and eel also have new releases. Below you find links to the
announcents 
for Nautilus, librsvg and Eel. 

        http://lists.eazel.com/pipermail/nautilus-list/2001-July/004212.html
        http://lists.eazel.com/pipermail/nautilus-list/2001-July/004221.html
        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-July/msg00011.html

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2. GNOME Games gets new maintainer and a new release
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Juan Pablo Mendoza has taken over the helm of the GNOME Games module as
its new 
maintainer. He has been hard at work fixing bugs and making improvements
and 
has just made a new release with the version number 1.4.0.2. But Juan is
not 
stopping there. He is currently doing spring cleaning on GNOME Games and
is 
porting all the games from imlib to gdkpixbuf. Great stuff, Juan! 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-July/msg00012.html

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3. GNOME Meeting unleashed on the world
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Been looking for a video conference application for Linux? Well Damien
Sandras 
must have heard your cry of despair since he has unleashed GNOME Meeting
0.9.1 
on the world. It turned out to be a popular move with 11.000 visitors
the first 
week. One of those was Red Hat Labs hackers Alex Larson, who quickly put
togheter a set of RPMS for your pleasure. Below you find the link to the
GNOME 
Meeting homepage and to Alex's RPMS. For you Debian fans, James
Greenhalgh and 
Sander Smeenk have made sure GNOME meeting is now available in Sid. 

        http://www.gnomemeeting.org/
        http://people.redhat.com/alexl/RPMS/

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4. First non-development release of GNOME-- C++ bindings
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Murray Cummings announced the availability of the first stable release
of 
GNOME--, the C++ bindings for GNOME. As you know GTK--, the
corresponding GTK+ 
bindings, have been available in a stable release for quite some time
now, but 
this is the first stable release of the GNOME part of the bindings.
GNOME-- 
based projects like the incredible Jabber client, Gabber, is surely very
happy 
about this. Of course the GTK-- and GNOME-- hackers are not resting on
their 
laurels, work is already underway on GTK-- 1.3, which will be the
bindings for 
GTK+ 2.0. Links below point to the full release announcement and to the
GTK-- 
and GNOME -- homepage. 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-June/msg00030.html
        http://gtkmm.sourceforge.net

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5. Open Office releases new development build
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The hardworking people at Open Office released build 632 last week. Open
Office 
is starting to shape up, this build is actually rather snappy on my
Athlon 750 
machine, something which wasn't true about earlier snapshots. Stability
seems 
to have greatly improved too. Click below for the full release
announcement. 

        
http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/build_632/release_notes_632.html

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6. Linux Planet review Abiword
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Linux Planet gives a fairly positive review of Abiword. 

        http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/3564/1/

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7. GStreamer releases 0.2.1
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The GStreamer project made a new release containing their new Glib 2.0
port. 
This release adds support for the free FLAC format, Quicktime (without 
Sorenson) and the Festival text to speech system. The AVI driver now
uses the 
AVIFILE library for windows .dll loading. Happy news on the codec front,
however. Thanks to the great work done by Gérard Lantau on his ffmpeg
library, 
creating a msdivx compatible codec implemented in C, the next release of
GStreamer will be able to support DivX without the use of .dll files. In
the 
long run, as some endianess problems are solved in ffmpeg, this will
also allow 
divX playback on non-i386 systems. Wim Taymans already have the plugin
code 
checked into GStreamer CVS. The ffmpeg library also allows you to use
GStreamer 
to create Real .rm files for playback with the Real Media client. 

        http://www.geocrawler.com/archives/3/1504/2001/6/0/6059206/
        http://www.gstreamer.net

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8. GnuCash Developer Robert Merkel interviewed on Slashdot
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Slashdot did one of their community interviews with Robert Merkel, one
of the 
Gnucash developers. Gives you some insight into their future plans for
Gnucash 
and the technical challenges such a project has to overcome with regard
to 
different taxation and auditing legislations. in the gnucash part The
Gnucash 
team also released the Gnucash 1.6.1 this week. 

        http://slashdot.org/interviews/01/07/05/1456248.shtml
        http://news.gnome.org/994540299/

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9. Overflow 0.5.0 and Open Mind Speech 0.0.2
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Seems like 2001 is going to be the year of multimedia for GNOME. With
projects 
such as GNOME Meeting, GStreamer, GLAME and Overflow, things are really
moving. 
Overflow is a data flow oriented development environment, very well
tuned for 
creating multimedia systems. Open Mind Speech is a speech recognition
system 
built with Overflow. 

        http://news.gnome.org/994217495/index_html

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10. Japanese GNOME 1.4 programming book available
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There is a very active GNOME community in Japan, and some of them have
just 
released a book on hacking with the GNOME 1.4 platform. Hopefully this
will 
make it much easier for Japanese developers to rapidly learn to take
advantage 
of the power of the GNOME platform. Thanks to the authors for their
great work. 

        http://news.gnome.org/993971997/index_html

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11. Gnumeric getting close to 1.0 release
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The Gnumeric team made a new release of Gnumeric not long ago, the first
with 
Bonobo enabled by default. With this important threshold passed, they
are now 
gearing up for Gnumeric 1.0. The two missing pieces they have decided
are 
needed before declaring 1.0 ready are frozen panes and graphing. Both of
these 
pieces are nearly there. Graphing will be provided by embeding Guppi
through 
bonobo and just needs some polish to work smoothly. Code for frozen
panes is 
also commited and just needs the final polish too. So prepare yourself
for the 
new world order heralded by the arival of Gnumeric 1.0. 

        http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/technology.shtml

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12. GNOME summaries on slower summer release schedule
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Seems the Goddess of luck has turned her blind eye to us, as it turns
out that 
both myself and Steve George are having vacation at the same time. This
has 
already resulted in the summary for last week not being made and it will
mean 
no summary next week. But after that we hope to be back at full steam
again.If 
you see someone on the deck of a sailboat in the Oslofjord in the next
two 
weeks, seemingly in a coma, it is just me on vacation so don't worry. 


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13. Abiword weekly news report 50
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The relentless Abiword hackers are hard at work at their 1.0
release.This 
status report contains news on better Unix printing and more work on the
Perl 
bindings among lots of other stuff. 

        http://www.abisource.com/dev/news/2001/awn50.phtml

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14. New Mozilla and Galeon releases
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The Mozilla and Galeon teams are hard at work making sure that GNOME has
the 
greatest browser available to mankind. The Mozilla team made their 0.9.2
release and Galeon their 0.11.1 release. 

        http://www.mozilla.org/releases/
        http://galeon.sourceforge.net/news.html

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15. IBM hackers hard at work updating SashXB
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Anyone following GNOME CVS have probably noticed the high activity on
the Sash 
modulessince our friends at IBM have been hard at work improving on
their 
SashXB framwork for some time now. Ari Heitner wrote this little article
outlining what SashXB is, its history and its architecture. 

        http://developer.gnome.org/feature/current/
        http://oss.software.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/sashxb/

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16. Friends of the tree
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This week's special mention goes to a person who has been a member of
the GNOME 
community for a long time. He is the lead coordinator of the GNOME
translation 
project, has almost single-handedly translated GNOME to Norwegian and is
currently working hard on cleaning up GNOME bugzilla. As part of this
bugzilla 
cleanup he has been applying a lot of patches to different GNOME
modules, 
especially GNOME applets, patches which too long have lingered in
bugzilla. He 
is also the release coordinator for the upcoming GNOME 1.4.1 release.
Thanks 
Kjartan your contributions to GNOME, they are invaluable. 


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17. X-chat releases 1.8.0 release
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The Chat client I humbly refer to as the best, X-Chat, has made a new
major 
release. 1.8.0 contains many new features and many bugfixes. One of the 
features polished which I like is the improved handling of opening URL's
in 
browsers, which now are per default much better configured. This makes
opening 
those links people keep putting on IRC in Galeon a true pleasure. 

        http://www.xchat.org/changelog.txt

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18. CVS statistics
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Due to this summary containing two weeks of CVS activity I am sending
them out 
as a separate mail. Link to the mail below. 

        
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2001-July/msg00015.html

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19. New and Updated Software
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gnome-games  - Many games - same-gnome, gnothello, solitaire, tetravex,
tetris, 
others
gramps  - gramps is a GNOME/Python based genealogy program.
EtherApe  - EtherApe is a network monitor modeled after etherman
Nautilus  - The GNOME file manager, desktop, and graphical shell.
meko  - GNOME client for the Say2 chat protocol
Gwhois  - A whois client for the GNOME desktop enviroment.
Glimmer  - A very functional all-purpose editor.
MrProject  - A project management program
Overflow  - Overflow is a free (GPL) "data flow oriented" development 
environment
galeon  - GNOME web browser based on Gecko
rubrica  - Addressbook application
gboard-edit  - Tool to create boards for RoboRally
glame  - GNU/Linux Audio Mechanics is targeted to be the GIMP for audio 
processing.
PonG  - GNOME Properties is a library and a GUI tool for building
configuration 
dialog boxes.
gnome-utils  - Useful GNOME utilities/apps
GStreamer  - GStreamer is a streaming media library and set of tools
BEAST/BSE  - Framework to simulate audio synthesis and song composition
gxmlviewer  - xml viewer with a netscape plugin
Gnome Toaster  - CD creation suite
Procman  - GNOME process viewer and system monitor.
gob  - GOB is GTK+ Object Builder, a preprocessor for making GTK+
objects 
easily.
gcompris  - A simple education game to teach to children use a mouse and
keybord.
gThumb  - Image viewer and browser.
Paleta  - Personal log/diary/news program
David  - A C, C++ code editor
Gnome Predict  - A GUI client to John Magliacane's satellite tracking
program
gmrun  - Run-program utility, providing bash-like TAB completion and
history
bond  - Bond is a rapid application development tool
Flink mailapplet  - A mailchecker for the GNOME panel.
Bakery  - A C++ Framework for creating GNOME applications using Gnome- -
and 
Gtk--.
resexp  - This is a resource management tool
Pygmy  - GNOME mail client written in Python
X-Chat  - A fully featured IRC client
GNOME Photo Collector  - A tool used to classify images and photos
seti_applet  - An applet with the current status of any seti@home client
running
Gnome--  - A powerful C++ binding for the GNOME libraries.
ToutDoux  - A project manager

For more information on these packages visit the GNOME Software map: 
http://www.gnome.org/applist/listrecent.php3


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