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 106

October 17, 2010

This week… 1906 commits, in 198 projects, by 218 happy hackers (and 330 were translation commits).

  • Once again this week many modules are being ported to GTK+ 3, a notable exemple is the port of the Murrine GTK+ Engine.
  • Jon McCann dropped support for non-PAM authentication methods from gnome-screensaver.
  • A new GApplication implementation by Ryan Lortie landed in glib.
  • John Palmieri added compatibility functions for the deprecated PyCObject API to pygobject, also updating it to use the new PyCapsule PAI for Python versions above 3 . (GNOME bug 630844)
  • Jonh Wendell made the Avahi browser in Vinagre work with its new plugin system.
  • Vitaly Minko updated Empathy to divide spelling suggestions in one sub-menu per language . (GNOME bug 532832)
  • Many parts of gnome-settings-daemon and gnome-control-center have been migrated to use GSettings.
  • Robin Sonefors added a GUI for unit conversions to gcalctool . (GNOME bug 539830)
  • Dodji Seketeli made it possible to start remote debugging in Nemiver from the command line, it is no longer necessary to fill necessary parameters in the GUI . (GNOME bug 624630)
  • The colour temperature has been added to the profile viewer details of gnome-color-manager.
  • Jonathan Matthew added children to the podcast rhythmbox item, to have access to both new episodes and recent downloads.
  • David Zeuthen started implementing the Date and Time GNOME Shell mockups, in the datetime branch.
  • And Christian Dywan added a GtkComboBoxText class to GTK+, subclassing GtkComboBox and replaceing the old gtk_combo_box_*_text() convenience API . (GNOME bug 612396)

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Issue 98

August 22, 2010

This week… 2759 commits, in 181 projects, by 258 happy hackers (and 486 were translation commits).

  • Peter Tyser added to Meld the ability to check if version control repository are valid.
  • Christian Persch ported libgconf-2 to GDbus, this makes libgconf-2 not link to libdbus anymore, which means libgconf-2 is LGPL2+ again . (GNOME bug 618039)
  • Tor-björn Claesson made it possible to register new search providers for the GNOME Shell dash.
  • Paul Cutler added Mallard snippets to the gedit snippets plugin.
  • Also in the Mallard vicinity Claude Paroz updated Damned Lies to display a special icon next to documentation in the Mallard format.
  • Håkon Enger added support for Mac OS VNC authentifcation to gtk-vnc.
  • The Murrine engine got support for theming new widgets: GtkIconView and GtkInfoBar.
  • Jiří Techet changed the double click behaviour of libchamplain, it will now zoom and center to the clicked area . (GNOME bug 605784)
  • Support for importing ODF graphs into Gnumeric continues to improve thanks to Andreas J. Guelzow . (GNOME bug 626961 for example)
  • Carlos Garcia Campos merged his port of gnome-applets to the new libpanel-applet API.
  • Nicolas Dufresne work on proxy support in GLib has been merged.
  • Empathy new “linking contacts” dialog continues to be improved; also it is now possible to disable logging . (GNOME bug 567858)
  • Nate Stedman added support for embedding PDF documents in Ease.
  • Summer of Code has ended, there is a summary of all projects, the snippets manager plugin written by Dragos Dena has been merged in Anjuta, and a few last updates were posted, Salomon Sicket on TaskView, Pēteris Krišjānis on recording VoIP in Jokosher, and Matt Novenstern who worked on the Message Tray.

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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 76

March 21, 2010

This week… 2398 commits, in 234 projects, by 289 happy hackers (and 834 were translation commits).

  • The 2.30 release is approaching fast and translators are hard at work, French and Russian are already totally translated, and 30 teams are over the 90% bar. The most impressive progress this week has been the Lithuanian team, coordinated by Gintautas Miliauskas, that improved from 84 to 89%.
  • Banshee lyrics plugin got support for the lyricsplugin.com database . (GNOME bug 612958)
  • The GNOME Keyring has been fixed not to store session keyring on disk . (GNOME bug 612977)
  • Daniel P. Berrange worked hard on gtk-vnc, substanctally improving and modernising the code.
  • GNOME Volume Control got a speaker testing UI, Bastien Nocera blogged about it in Speaker testing . (GNOME bug 519438)
  • Yelp 3.0 branch got support for a basic “back” button.
  • Thanks to a patch by Marc Deslauriers GNOME Power Manager got support to communicate with GNOME Screensaver running as a D-Bus service . (GNOME bug 609031)
  • Andrea Cimitan added a new option to the Murrine theme engine to draw smooth separators.
  • The GNOME Shell has been changed to use a single button to toggle between linear and grid view . (GNOME bug 610801)
  • The VTE library got introspection support . (GNOME bug 604837)

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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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Issue 62

December 13, 2009

This week… 1522 commits, in 153 projects, by 200 happy hackers (and 121 were translation commits).

  • In Epiphany Carl van Tonder added a gconf key to control the search engine used in auto-search.
  • GNOME Terminal got support for more proxy settings, exposing environment variables such as ftp_proxy or https_proxy, taken from the GNOME Proxy Preferences . (GNOME bug 596688)
  • Federico Mena Quintero changed the Display Preferences tool to automatically turn on outputs which support Mirror Screens . (GNOME bug 590823)
  • Andrea Cimitan pushed a lot of updates to the Murrine theme engine, including support for theming the GtkExpander widget.
  • Support for per-monitor backgrounds has been added to the control center, Nautilus and libgnome-desktop . (GNOME bug 147808)
  • Holger Berndt added support for panes in Nautilus, to provide a new split view mode.
  • Johan Dahlin added introspection support to ATK . (GNOME bug 592146)
  • Palimpset, from the GNOME Disk Utility module, got a “connect to server” dialog, to manage disks on a remote server.
  • File Roller has been updated to use AES256 as encryption type when creating zip files with 7zip.
  • In the GNOME Icon Theme Lapo Calamandrei updated a lot of icons, including a new set of navigation icons.

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Issue 24

March 22, 2009

This week… 2594 commits, in 269 projects, by 223 happy hackers (and 993 were translation commits).

  • 2.26 got released on Wednesday, and translators worked hard, a special mention for the Maithili and Assamese teams, that improved their percentages by near 20 points.
  • An initial backend support for GDB Variable Objects landed in Nemiver.
  • Philippe Rouquier started splitting brasero between backend and application.
  • The Mini-Commander applet got support for https URL . (GNOME bug 575782)
  • Cosimo Cecchi fixed nautilus to spawn its windows on the correct screen, instead of always using the default one . (GNOME bug 555078)
  • Epiphany got support for translucent link-message statusbar, ‘Inspired’ from Chrome, will show the link-message in a translucent floating div on the bottom left corner of the web view if the normal statusbar is hidden.
  • Cody Russel improved the GTK+ menu theming on Win32, using the new menu styling API, it makes GTK+ looks much better on Windows Vista . (GNOME bug 538840)
  • Rhythmbox will now use the new GtkEntry API for the “clear” icon in its search entry, rather than libsexy’s SexyIconEntry; also GnomeHRef usage has been replaced with GtkLinkButton, that removes the libgnome dependency.
  • Also the Rhythmbox Jamendo XML parser got rewritten to create database entries in a single pass, rather than creating an intermediate structure and converting that to database entries. This speeds up catalogue loading and reduces memory consumption . (GNOME bug 424423)
  • Rygel got transcoding support, from any format (that GStreamer can handle) to
    mp3, LPCM and mpeg transport stream.
  • In the Murrine GTK+ engine Andrea Cimitan removed shadows from comboboxentry’s button and welcomes any feedback on this.
  • Finally two new modules in Subversion this week: Jordi Mas imported Mistelixa, a DVD authoring tool, and Krzesimir Nowak imported libvtemm, C++ bindings to libvte.

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Issue 23

March 15, 2009

This week… 2312 commits, in 240 projects, by 194 happy hackers (and 1253 were translation commits).

    Hard code freeze started this week, things settle down and translators are hard at task, there is now 8 languages at 100% and 44 languages over the 80% mark. The Oriya team is again leading the progress show with a mind-boggling increase of 17 points (that is almost 7500 strings!), it is now at 77%; other particulary noteworthy teams are Malayalam (+11 points), Hindi (+10), Telugu and Tamil (+8), Greek and Assamese (+7).

  • A major discussion happened in gtk-devel-list over fsync in glib/gio, led by Alexander Larsson with a patch to gio making sure fsync() is called and adding a new G_FILE_CREATE_ASYNC_WRITE flag. A patch to call fsync() was also applied to gedit.
  • Epiphany trunk is again preparing a WebKit future with profile migration from the old Mozilla backends (both SQLite and txt formats).
  • To perfectly match nautilus-cd-burner, Brasero added a CD/DVD Creator entry to the System Tools menu, to start up a Nautilus window in burn :// (GNOME bug 573790)
  • Dan Winship seriously improved libsoup documentation.
  • Rhythmbox got a new CD burning plugin, using brasero, that is now built in preference to the nautilus-cd-burner plugin . (GNOME bug 536732)
  • Andrea Cimitan updated his Murrine theme to support the “progress bar in entry” that is new in GTK+ 2.16.
  • Ray Strode disabled the user presence stuff from gdm for now until some of the pieces that make it useful get fleshed out.
  • Finally Vincent Untz spent much time to fix session saving for 2.26, be sure to test the patch now attached to GNOME bug 552387.

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