Issue 120

January 23, 2011

This week… 2604 commits, in 181 projects, by 266 happy hackers (and 446 were translation commits).

  • The screensaver dialog screen has been made a bit more like the mockups by Jon McCann.
  • Also the work he did to make gdm more like the plans for GNOME 3 has been merged by Ray Strode.
  • Diego Escalante Urrelo started pushing his work for a new Epiphany download manager, in the downloads branch.
  • Chandni Verma patched Empathy to display a typing icon alongside contacts in the MUC contact lists . (GNOME bug 609419)
  • Jeff Schroeder added support for hiding notes, and notebook template notes, in Snowy.
  • Matthias Clasen updated gnome-settings-daemon to use symbolic icons for its On Screen Display . (GNOME bug 639772)
  • Paolo Bacchilega added focus stealing prevention code to file-roller . (GNOME bug 318108)
  • The Adwaita theme engine has been moved from gtk-theme-engine-clearlooks to gnome-themes-standard.
  • A “Generate Patch Series” pane has been added to the git plugin of Anjuta, by James Liggett.
  • Marek Kašík added an initial implementation of a Printers panel to the control center.
  • Pierre Wieser migrated nautilus-actions from GConf to GSettings.
  • A new histogram view has been added to the sidebar of gthumb.
  • David Zeuthen finished the port of gnome-disk-utility to GTK+ 3.
  • The screencast recorded built in GNOME Shell has been switched to webm by Adel Gadllah . (GNOME bug 632595)
  • Also in GNOME Shell Maxim Ermilov added the ability to extend a search to the web, using OpenSearch to define the search engines . (GNOME bug 623708)
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Issue 114

December 12, 2010

This week… 1805 commits, in 169 projects, by 212 happy hackers (and 260 were translation commits).

  • Kenny Meyer added a tab to the context pane of Rhythmbox with links to websites for album and artist info . (GNOME bug 636550)
  • Philip Withnall switched many of the libgdata API to be stream-based, he wrote about his libgdata work in “Recent libgdata work“.
  • Shaun McCance added syntax highlighting for code snippets in Yelp.
  • The Murrine GTK+ engine has been turned into a GtkThemingEngine by Andrea Cimitan, while Carlos Garnacho did the same for the clearlooks engine in gtk-theme-engine-clearlooks.
  • David Pellicer added scanning support to the Caribou onscreen keyboard.
  • Detection of TLS and SSL support has been added to the FTP backend in gvfs.
  • Carlos Garnacho added the beginning of a CSS-based theme to gnome-themes-standard.
  • Diego Escalante Urrelo added nice custom error pages to Epiphany . (GNOME bug 592667)
  • Tomas Bzatek added a check to gnome-settings-daemon, to detect if Nautilus is running, as it is no longer possible to rely on having Nautilus a key component in the session. (see GNOME bug 636191 for details).
  • Carlos Garcia Campos added a new sidebar page for bookmarks in Evince, it allows to add, remove, and rename internal bookmarks.
  • Daniel G. Siegle added new effects contributed by Filippo Argiolas to gnome-video-effects, and added a fade-in animation when switching effect page in Cheese.
  • Johannes Schmid ported Anjuta to G(tk)Application.
  • Bastien Nocera added a “network time” switch to the datetime control center panel.
  • The Quartz backend in GTK+ has been ported to the latest rendering-cleanup changes by Kristian Rietveld.
  • Brandon Lewis implemented the saving of presets in Pitivi.
  • The participants to the doc dev tools hackfest contributed a serie of tutorials and demos to the gnome-devel-docs module.

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Issue 110

November 14, 2010

This week… 2168 commits, in 214 projects, by 223 happy hackers (and 385 were translation commits).

  • Tomas Bzatek ported the GVFS daemons to GSettings.
  • The drag n drop redesign of GNOME Shell has been pushed to the gnome-shell-design repository.
  • Torsten Schoenfeld worked on introspection support in the Perl modules, adding tests and implementing conversions from and to Perl scalar values.
  • Owen Taylor pushed his mutter branch making shadows pretty and configurable . (GNOME bug 592382)
  • Epiphany has been changed to use ful lcontent zoom by default . (GNOME bug 615362)
  • Shaun McCance added support for TTML captions to Mallard tag, he wrote about it in Mallard+TTML Video Captions.
  • Maxim Ermilov updated GNOME Shell to never fall back to using the window title as application name . (GNOME bug 624935)
  • Tomaž Vajngerl added the MapQuest rendered for OpenStreetMap to libchamplain.
  • Jose Aliste ported the gedit syntex plugin to both libpeas and the newest pygobject (with introspection).
  • Nemiver got better breakpoint re-setting on restart, by Dodji Seketeli . (GNOME bug 634227)
  • Lucas Rocha added thing-specific toolbars to The Board (which has been added to git.gnome.org recently), and later he wrote about them in Context Toolbars in The Board.
  • In GTK+ A xcb GDK backend has been started by Ryan Lortie.
  • Ignacio Casal Quinteiro updated gstranslated plugin engine to use libpeas.
  • And Gheyret T.Kenji added Uighur translations to a lot of modules.

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Issue 99

August 29, 2010

This week… 2512 commits, in 181 projects, by 248 happy hackers (and 596 were translation commits).

  • The synctex plugin, to synchronize TeX files and PDF output, has been merged into gedit-plugins.
  • Both Lapo Calamandrei and Jakub Steiner worked on the metacity/mutter theme for GNOME 3.
  • Nate Stedman added alpha support to backgrounds in Ease.
  • A “save as PDF” plugin has been added to Gimp, thanks to Barak Itkin . (GNOME bug 382688)
  • Andreas J. Guelzow added progress info support to the ODF export feature of Gnumeric.
  • Batch operation support for both Calendar and Documents services has been added to libgdata . (GNOME bug 624141, GNOME bug 624142)
  • Christopher Roy Bratusek made the applications menu of Sawfish honour NotShowIn and OnlyShowIn.
  • Interactive TLS certification verification has been merged into Empathy . (GNOME bug 626848)
  • Jonh Wendell split the reverse VNC feature of Vinagre into its own plugin, and ported it to GSocket, making reverse connections work with both IPv4 and IPv6 . (GNOME bug 626981)
  • Cosimo Cecchi updated the design of the Nautilus sidebar, categorizing items with headings, a screnshot is available . (GNOME bug 508404)
  • f-spot completed its port to GtkBuilder . (GNOME bug 589702)
  • Thomas Wood implemented a new UI design for the background preference panel.
  • Thomas Hindoe Paaboel Andersen ported both gnotravex and gnotski to cairo . (GNOME bug 625444)
  • Gustavo Noronha Silva wrapped the geolocation support provided by WebKitGTK+ in Epiphany, using info bars to present policy requests to the user . (GNOME bug 626687)
  • GDateTime, an opaque data type containing a date and time representation, has been added to GLib . (GNOME bug 50076)
  • Benjamin Otte completed the second part of his GTK+ 3 rendering cleanup work, and posted a status report to the gtk-devel-list.

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Issue 96

August 8, 2010

This week… 2649 commits, in 194 projects, by 282 happy hackers (and 522 were translation commits).

  • Ruben Vermeersch updated f-spot to show import failures after the import command is done.
  • Nate Stedman made ease use a single instance, using libunique.
  • A long list of deprecations (GdkImage, GdkGC…) has landed in the GTK+ 2.21 branch, to match functions and objects that were removed in GTK+ 3.
  • Andrea Cimitan added blur capabilities to his Murrine GTK+ engine.
  • GEdit got a GSettings migration file (GNOME bug 619898).
  • In GNOME Color Manager Richard Hugues added the possibility to flick between different images in the profile viewer.
  • Validation of UTF-8 strings when serializing from blob has been added to GDBus.
  • GNOME Power Manager EggConsoleKit has been converted to use GDBus.
  • Philip Withnall added a key-file backend to folks, to store links made between contacts.
  • Epiphany web inspector got new capabilities, including docking in Epiphany’s window, Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote about this in WebKitGTK+ and the Web Inspector.
  • Aaron Bockover added the Amazon MP3 server proxy code tat is used to redirect the user to the correct Amazon store, set the Amazon Affiliate ID on requests, and generally provide a level of indirection.
  • Bastien Nocera added support for Last.fm’s new XSPF extensions to totem-pl-parser.
  • Jiří Techet introduced a memory cache, and removed the non-persistent file cache, to store tiles in libchamplain.
  • The summer of code is ending soon, Luca Invernizzi ported his Getting Things Gnome Evolution plugin to be a proper backend, Jamie Nicol added the ability to download free songs from Last.fm in Rhythmbox, etc.

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Issue 85

May 23, 2010

This week… 2040 commits, in 188 projects, by 264 happy hackers (and 299 were translation commits).

  • Brian M. Carlson added DocBook version 5 support to yelp-xsl.
  • Totem and Transmageddon both got support for the new WebM video format.
  • The Google Calendar backend in evolution-data-server has been removed, as the CalDAV backend should be enough to interact with Google.
  • Carlos Garcia Campos continued working on his Bonobo-less panel changes, with a port to GDBus.
  • Thomas Wood added support for “shell” and “panels” in gnome-control-center, and added an initial implementation of a date/time panel.
  • Shaun McCance added nautilus-sendto support in Yelp, to be able to send the pictures in documentation.
  • The password length limit for SSH connections in Vinagre has been lifted.
  • Xan Lopez removed the status bar of Epiphany, replacing its only use, the display of targets, by a small overlay that only appear on hover . (GNOME bug 609713)
  • Łukasz Jernaś added GObject introspection support to Emerillon.
  • GEdit got full support for compressed files . (GNOME bug 413220)
  • In GNOME Shell Owen Taylor added a facility for automated performance measurement (GNOME bug 618189); and Dan Winship updated the Telepathy support to show notifications of presence changes (GNOME bug 611613).
  • Emmanuele Bassi added a GApplication class to GLib, and Colin Walters used it to add a GtkApplication class to GTK+.
  • Lin Ma reworked Solaris file event notification in GIO.

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Issue 73

February 28, 2010

This week… 2327 commits, in 209 projects, by 299 happy hackers (and 739 were translation commits).

  • libgda got initial support for GObject Introspection, thanks to Daniel Espinosa.
  • Empathy conversation logger can now be run as a separate process (GNOME bug 518414)
  • Zenity got a –color-selection switch, to display a color selection dialog . (GNOME bug 540169)
  • GNOME Screensaver got a control center extension panel, but it got reverted, most likely for the next release.
  • Brasero drive selection widget has been fixed to be usable from GtkBuilder (GNOME bug 608170)
  • Some minimal support for checking certificates has been added to Epiphany (GNOME bug 600663)
  • GNOME Shell got notifications to point to windows demanding attention (via the urgency hint ) (GNOME bug 610594)
  • gnote has been changed to allow user to decide if links are updated when renaming a note . (GNOME bug 584789)
  • gcalctool was chaned to allow hexadecimal numbers to be entered in lower-case.
  • Carlos Garcia Campos pushed a bonobo-less branch of the GNOME Panel, porting both gnome-panel and libpanel-applet to D-Bus . (GNOME bug 572131)

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Issue 71

February 14, 2010

This week… 2149 commits, in 179 projects, by 319 happy hackers (and 557 were translation commits).

  • Sven Herzberg cleaned up gnome-launch-box, removing libgnome, libgnomeui, gnome-vfs dependencies, and more; in the same cleaning vein Javier Jardón updated gnome-hello and ghex.
  • Mutter merged a lot of Metacity changes, including the usage of libcanberra to play system bell and workspace switch sounds (GNOME bug 609585).
  • Adel Gadllah replaced the workspace switcher popup of GNOME Shell (which was still the old metacity popup), with a clutter based one, which fits better into the overall shell design . (GNOME bug 609187)
  • Also in GNOME Shell Maxim Ermilov added an “InfoBar” and undo capabilities to overview, it allows to show some information to the user and to undo his actions . (GNOME bug 608933)
  • The Postasa plugin, to support uploading images to PicasaWeb using libgdata, has ben added to eog-plugins . (GNOME bug 600190)
  • The Accounts dialog of Empathy has been seperated into its own program which works with the Gnome preferences and control center, this also supports embedding the preferences dialog in the “extensible-shell” control center.
  • Jose Millan Soto added back support for print preview in Epiphany (GNOME bug 609021)
  • The Magnatune rhythmbox plugin saw many improvements thanks to Adam Zimmerman.

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Issue 68

January 24, 2010

This week… 1900 commits, in 191 projects, by 249 happy hackers (and 339 were translation commits).

  • Epiphany now has page cache enabled, as all critical bugs have been fixed and it now needs real world testing.
  • Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala added TLS-Remote support to the NetworkManager OpenVPN plugin . (GNOME bug 455142)
  • Cheese has been changed to limit webcam framerate to 30 frames per second, as the developers really do not want webcams that claim to support huge framerates to slow down everything . (GNOME bug 607238)
  • Enrico Minack updated the Invest applet to connect to NetworkManager to react on network changes . (GNOME bug 605739)
  • GNOME Color Manager gained the ability to find and select ICC profiles on mounted volumes from other operating systems (both Mac OS X and Windows ). (GNOME bug 607390)
  • Jesse van den Kieboom fixed bugs in the smart converter encoding guessing of gedit and added test cases.
  • The GNOME Disk Utility got drive emblems, used to mark RAID and LVM2 “drives”.
  • A new workspaces view, matching latest design has been commited to the GNOME Shell, the default workspace view is now a scrollable horizontal list, with a control to switch between it and the previous grid view . (GNOME bug 593844)
  • Toms Baugis added the possibility for Hamster to run as a standalone application, instead of being a panel applet.
  • The accounts dialog of Empathy gained an extra column in the treeview displaying the status of each account (GNOME bug 605309).

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Issue 67

January 17, 2010

This week… 2106 commits, in 195 projects, by 235 happy hackers (and 348 were translation commits).

  • Behdad Esfahbod added the possibility to save the content of a terminal . (GNOME bug 24457)
  • Vinagre feature to share a desktop over Telepathy has been ported to the latest Telepathy API, removing the requirement on Empathy to dispatch tubes.
  • A new accounts-dialog module has been imported, talking to a new accountsservice service to manage accounts; Matthias Clasen announced it on his weblog: Old Promises.
  • Parallel to those developments Milan Bouchet-Vala continued hacking on the accounts management in system-tools-backend and GNOME system tools, improving both backends and user interface.
  • XChat-GNOME got rid of libgnome and libgnomeui (GNOME bug 584887); the GNOME Panel also got rid of them.
  • gdm has been fixed to not display a different message for user unknown versus a failed password for a valid user, to avoid revealing which user names are valid without authenticating . (GNOME bug 606703)
  • Andrea Cimitan speed up the Murrine engine in RGBA mode, fixing the way webkit windows were handled along the way.
  • Alexander Larsson added support for lazy loading of giomodules to GLib.
  • Thomas Wood worked on the evolution of the control center, moving to a single window approach, in the single-window-shell branch, read his weblog for more info.
  • GNOME Disk Utility got a first cut at LVM2 support, with support for creating Logical Volumes; support for setting up striping and mirroring will come later.
  • Bastien Nocera added cropping capability to the chooser widget of Cheese . (GNOME bug 606730)
  • Toms Baugis improved the hamster applet so it will now adapt automatically to theme colours.
  • Epiphany “find on page” feature has been improved to wait a little bit before searching for one or two character strings, which slowed down things . (GNOME bug 598322)

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