Issue 97

August 15, 2010

This week… 2933 commits, in 162 projects, by 257 happy hackers (and 368 were translation commits).

  • Emmanuele Bassi added JsonReader, a simple, cursor-based API for parsing a JSON DOM, to json-glib.
  • Christian Persch created a gdbus branch of gconf, porting it to gdbus; in the same vein David Zeuthen ported PolicyKit-gnome from dbus-glib to gdbus.
  • As for GDK changes, Thomas Hindoe Paaboel Andersen started porting gnome-games, Benjamin Otte pushed a cairo-port branch onto gnome-mag, and ported parts of Nautilus, and The Gimp continued being ported to Cairo by Michael Natterer.
  • Empathy has been changed by Bilal Akhtar to use GimpNet as default IRC network . (GNOME bug 625675)
  • Martin Pitt ported gdm to UPower . (GNOME bug 626176)
  • An initial implementation of the “background” panel has been pushed to gnome-control-center.
  • Andreas J. Guelzow added exporting of images to ODF in Gnumeric.
  • Preview comments have been added to most of the effects provided by gnome-video-effects (now used by Cheese).
  • A new “Shuffle” action has been added on the Banshee play queue.
  • Ryan Lortie added signals to GApplication, they are: startup, activate, open, action, and command-line.
  • Support for common licenses has been added to GTK+, this introduces a :license-type property . (GNOME bug 336225)
  • Also in GTK+ Matthias Clasen beefed up the GTK 2 -> 3 migration guide, including a first cut at documenting the rendering cleanup changes and the region removal.
  • For their last week of Summer of Code, Dena Dragos added a basic import/export feature to Anjuta snippets, Adrien Bustany added a function to load resources filtering on their attributes to his tracker ORM, Alexander Saprykin got his chapters plugin merged in Totem (GNOME bug 622779), and more.

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Issue 95

August 1, 2010

This week… 1817 commits, in 202 projects, by 221 happy hackers (and 396 were translation commits).

  • In the ongoing transitions emerillon has been ported to GSettings, while evolution, evolution-data-server, and brasero have been ported to GDBus (GNOME bug 622884 and others).
  • Also glibmm gained a wrapper for GApplication, and gtkmm another one for GtkApplication.
  • Mike Gorse added thread safety around main loop invocations in PyGTK.
  • Eye of GNOME got a settings conversion file, to migrate configuration from GConf to GSettings.
  • Jonh Wendell ported Vinagre to use libpeas for its plugins.
  • And a basic support for plugin dependencies has been added to libpeas.
  • Cheese effect preview elements have been changed to be constructed on-demand, rather than at startup, which has a great effect on startup performance.
  • Matthias Clasen improved a lot the coverage of unit tests in GLib.
  • Michael Natterer started porting various bits of Gimp from drawing with GDK to drawing with Cairo.
  • Paolo Borelli made a first cut at a fonts panel for gnome control center 3.0, at the moment a straight port of the fonts tab of the current appearance preferences dialog.
  • In Gnumeric Jean Brefort added support for importing old Guppi graphs from gnumeric 1.0 files.
  • Nate Stedman added support for shapes and backgrounds to Ease.
  • In Vala Michael Terry added support for the new bytestring GVariant (GNOME bug 624986)
  • Last but not least Cosimo Cecchi removed the backgrounds/emblems feature in Nautilus.
  • As for GSoC students, many were at GUADEC and you should really watch the recorded GSoC lightning talks session once it’s made available…

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Issue 94

July 25, 2010

This week… 2276 commits, in 205 projects, by 233 happy hackers (and 504 were translation commits).

  • Handling of contacts in Empathy has been switched to use libfolks, this will enable future enhanchements, such as support for metacontacts . (GNOME bug 623714)
  • Carlos Garcia Campos ported the byzanz applet to use the new D-Bus based panel applet library.
  • Gtk-vnc has switched over to use GIO for socket connections and DNS resolution.
  • Giovanni Campagna contributed a base API for system status indicators in GNOME Shell . (GNOME bug 621705)
  • James Liggett implemented a tags pane in the Anjuta git plugin.
  • In the ongoing transitions, Nautilus has been ported to GSettings, Eog has been switched to GTK+ 3, and accounts-dialog is being ported to gdbus.
  • Preliminary support for adding new annotations (at the moment only Text annotations are supported) has been added to Evince . (GNOME bug 168304)
  • Toms Bauģis changed hamster search to use SQLite full text search.
  • David Pellicer contributed a few more keyboard layouts to Caribou.
  • The function name completion tooltips used in Gnumeric have been improved by Andreas J. Guelzow.
  • Evolution-rss default renderer has been switched to be WebKit.
  • Nate Stedman merged his branch adding suport for themes in Ease.
  • Benjamin Otte continued stripping GTK+ of old GDK drawing functions and classes (GdkPangoRenderer, GdkGC…).
  • Richard Hughes split off a new libcolor-glib library out of gnome-color-manager.
  • Totem youtube plugin has been updated to work after the latest Youtube page format changes.
  • In GSOC land Jamie Nicol has added to Rhythmbox the possibility to scrobble to both Last.fm and Libre.fm, Michal Hruby ported zeitgeist-datahub to Vala, Karlo Jež added a hover menu for quick task manipulation in Getting Things GNOME, and more…

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Issue 84

May 16, 2010

This week… 2094 commits, in 204 projects, by 253 happy hackers (and 417 were translation commits).

  • Florent Thévenet added support for user preferences to solang, using gsettings.
  • libunique and gtkmm have both been ported to GTK+ 3.0.
  • Fabio Bonelli removed libbonobo from Galeon, it uses D-Bus now.
  • In pygi John Palmieri wrapped the GObject module, making it compatible with both the ancient pygobject attributes and new attributes exposed by introspection.
  • Roberto Majadas added initial support for ConsoleKit in nanny.
  • The dependency on libgnome-vfs has been removed from f-spot, it now uses GIO.
  • The class inheritance graph in anjuta has been switched to use cairo, instead of straight gdk draw.
  • Christian Persch ported Evince and GConf to GDBus.
  • Fridrich Strba pushed an initial implementation to have evolution as default mail client and mailto handler under Windows.
  • Introspection support has been added for the libnautilus-extension library.
  • GEdit unique instance mechanism has been switched from bacon to DBus.
  • In GNOME Shell Colin Walters implemented the initial application menu.
  • Last but not least Matthias Clasen merged GDBus in glib.

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Issue 83

May 9, 2010

This week… 2274 commits, in 184 projects, by 262 happy hackers (and 262 were translation commits).

  • Guillaume Desmottes and Sjoerd Simons merged their timestamp work into Empathy’s master branch . (GNOME bug 615976)
  • Nautilus saw changes in its bookmark API, including the removal of the deprecated gtnome-fs-bookmark* icon names, replaced by the folder icon, and the use of emblems.
  • Aleksander Morgado has been improving unicode support of tracker using libicu based word breaking to the parser-libunistring-review branch of tracker.
  • Meego improvements got merged into Banshee’s master branch.
  • Robert Carr started theming support and improved shapes capabilities in Glide.
  • Ekiga got support to work in 16bpp mode . (GNOME bug 611308)
  • gedit port to gsettings continued, with many plugins ported already.
  • Ross Burton has been working on Randr related improvements of gnome-settings-daemon for Meego. This is happening in the new randr branch of gnome-settings-daemon.
  • Yelp got basic printing support, and started being ported to gdbus.
  • Matthias Clasen layed ground for new work on GTK+ 3.0 as he made it parallel-installable to 2.x.
  • Matthew Barnes went forward replacing CamelObject by GObject in camel, evolution, evolution-data-server, evolution-mapi and evolution-exchange.

Many thanks to Dodji Seketeli who assembled most of this issue.

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Issue 75

March 14, 2010

This week… 2144 commits, in 230 projects, by 307 happy hackers (and 681 were translation commits).

  • Banshee got a new Youtube extension (GNOME bug 576666).
  • Nautilus has been changed to load tracker/beagle at runtime . (GNOME bug 589345)
  • Support for GObject introspection has been added to gnome-menus (GNOME bug 598406)
  • gnome-settings-daemon got its code to eject removable media rewritten to use gio (instead of spawning the eject command ). (GNOME bug 580779)
  • GNOME Shell has been updated to support and require Clutter 1.2 (GNOME bug 610679)
  • Yelp, in its yelp-3-0 branch, got a new ocation dropdown, with two-line entries, displaying both title and description. Shaun McCance blogged about this change in More Yelp 3.0 Location Entry.
  • David Zeuten added rudimentary support for loop files to GNOME Disk Utility. (screenshot)
  • To follow up on the usabiltiy report Empathy was changed to sort contacts by state and to show offline contacts by default (GNOME bug 612338).
  • Milan Bouchet-Valat added support for password (un)locking to system-tools-backends.
  • Dan Williams modified the network manager applet to handle and show access technology for GSM connections (GSM, GPRS, UMTS, etc.)
  • Evince has been updated to use monitor height instead of screen height to calculate page scale in presentation mode; this fixes the presentation mode in dual head setups . (GNOME bug 608924)

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Issue 63

December 27, 2009

This week… 1776 commits, in 177 projects, by 233 happy hackers (and 279 were translation commits).

  • This was hackfest week for Epiphany, WebKitGTK+ (and other related modules), go and read Xan Lopez and Gustavo Noronha summaries. Or read on for my particular pick…
    • Benjamin Otte added support for favicons the the epiphany tabs-reloaded extension.
    • Content-Encoding support landed in libsoup (GNOME bug 522772)
    • Custom user-agent support has been added.
    • There is a new info bar widget at the top of the web view, used to ask if credentials have to be saved.
  • Maxim Ermilov added command and path completion to the Alt+F2 dialog of GNOME Shell . (GNOME bug 597677)
  • Also in GNOME Shell Colin Walters added an extension system, there is no UI yet, it will come later . (GNOME bug 599661)
  • Johan Dahlin added a Makefile.introspection file to gobject-introspection, to be used by other projects, and modified pango and gtk+ to use it.
  • After some discussion on nautilus-list and gnome-shell-list, Alexander Larsson changed Nautilus to use its browser mode by default.
  • The GNOME Terminal preferences dialog got a new “unlimited scrollback” option (GNOME bug 599443).
  • After a comment in last week digest edition, Paolo Bacchilega changed File Roller to use AES128 instead of AES256 as encryption type.
  • Libgnomekbd got a new GkbdStatus widget implementing a status icon, Sergey V. Udaltsov wrote about it in kbd stuff going threezero.

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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 53

October 11, 2009

This week… 1940 commits, in 179 projects, by 246 happy hackers (and 367 were translation commits).

  • Nautilus gained a “copy anyway” option in the error dialog it displays when there is not enough space on the destination . (GNOME bug 324361)
  • Richard Hugues probably added Super Cow Powers to gnome-packagekit, carefully hiding this fact in 50 commits with “Moo”, or a slight variation, as commit message.
  • Ryan Lortie merged the various dconf* utilities in a single “dconf” tool, also he added API documentation.
  • The gtk-2.90 branch was created and saw the removal of many deprecated widgets and functions.
  • Devhelp got a new fullscreen mode, mostly thanks to code from gedit.
  • In Evolution Matthew Barnes finally got pane size restoration to play nicely with maximised windows . (GNOME bug 593612)
  • gok has been migrated to use GtkBuilder instead of libglade . (GNOME bug 582504)
  • gvfs has been fixed to display the overwrite dialog when restoring already existing files from trash . (GNOME bug 596618)
  • Rhythmbox has been ported to use gnome-session for inhibition support, inhibiting the session to go idle (thus preventing gnome-power-manager from suspending the computer due to inactivity ). (GNOME bug 596573)
  • Marina Zhurakhinskaya extented GNOME Shell application search to match on menu categories . (GNOME bug 597153)

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Issue 52

October 4, 2009

This week… 2015 commits, in 171 projects, by 239 happy hackers (and 242 were translation commits).

  • Robin Sonefors contributed a prime factorization function to gcalctool (GNOME bug 563217).
  • Evolution got rid of all the deprecated GTK+ symbols it used (GNOME bug 572348).
  • Pascal Terjan ported the Pidgin nautilus-sendto plugin to use Pidgin D-Bus API (GNOME bug 597039).
  • GNOME Shell added a calendar pop-down to the clock (GNOME bug 596432).
  • Sound Juicer has been converted to use the Inhibit interface from gnome-session (GNOME bug 596570).
  • Vinagre got configurable depth support (in the “depth” branch, to be merged once a new gtk-vnc release gets out ). (GNOME bug 485204)
  • Thanks to the efficient scrollback store in vte 0.22 Christian Persch added support for unlimited scrollback to gnome-terminal.
  • Nautilus gained a checkbox for not assocating a filetype on open with . (GNOME bug 92497)
  • Ryan Lortie commited GSettings property binding support and a GValue serialiser into the gsettings glib branch.
  • Empathy fixed its handling of fallback HTML files in Adium themes . (GNOME bug 596303)

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