1 March 2002

linux.conf.au

Got asked to go on the paper review committee for next
year’s linux.conf.au. This should be interesting. For
people living in Europe, it should cut off about 5 hours
flying time compared to the eastern states, so hopefully we
will get some cool European hackers submitting papers.
Conversely, flights from the US will most likely be longer.

If you have never been to Perth, it is a great
opportunity to come (it is a great place). If you live in
Perth, it will be a great opportunity to meet many
interesting people without > 4 hours flight :-).

Also, check out the video on the website if you haven’t yet.

GNOME 2.0

The GNOME release is looking pretty good. Things have
been shaping up quite well. The new stable GTK+ release is
scheduled for Monday. There have been significant speed
improvements to Nautilus (some due to improvements to the UI
handler code in bonobo). Libglade is shaping up well. Guadec is about a month
away as well.

Python

The development pygtk branch
is going well. Most of the infrastructure is in place, and
it is pretty usable (except threading, which is still a
little broken).

I my first patch into python recently. It allows use of
non string types as the __doc__ attribute of new style
classes (eg. unicode strings, or arbitrary descriptors
(which is what I wanted)). It should be going in both the
2.3 and 2.2.1 releases. The gettext module in the standard
library is also partially based on my code (along with the
other gettext wrappers that were around at the time), but
that is really Barry’s work. I should look at the bug about
building libpython as a shared library, as it would be
required to implement a full gnome-vfs wrapper.

raph: hopefully pygtk 2.0 should
be a pretty good choice when it is ready. GTK+ 2.0 should
work on win32, and I have gotten rid of the file naming
issues and global variable referencing issues (MSVC doesn’t
allow referencing variables from other DLLs in global
variable definitions. However, the C++ compiler does. It
is a bit weird) people were having with the stable pygtk.
Also, the Redmond95 windows lookalike theme has been
improved a fair bit.

Mozilla

Looks like the patch to fix font handling for PS printing
(#37685)
is going in to mozilla 0.9.9. This should make printing on
unix mozilla much better. Finally, preformatted text should
finally be displayed in a monospace font. Previously, the
generic font types (sans serif, serif and monospace) were
all being printed as Times.