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While GNOME 2.15.x unstable packages have been sprouting all week, the official release of GNOME 2.15.1 has just come down the wire. As with past GNOME releases, the odd branch signifies the development cycle, while GNOME 2.16 will be the stable release. Planned for the upcoming GNOME development are lots of new changes, features, bug fixes, and translations. Many new modules and guidelines are planned in time for GNOME 2.16. GNOME 2.16.0 is planned for a release in September of 2006. It is important to remember GNOME 2.15 may be unstable and cause problems, so try at your own risk. More information is available at GNOME.
26 April 2006
Yesterday, GNOME v2.15 development broke into full swing with some of the projects presenting unstable packages so far being: Gnome-utils 2.15.0 (Growing Family), GnomePython 2.15.1, GnomePythonDesktop 2.15.1, Yelp 2.15.1, and gnome-games 2.15.1. However, out today from the GNOME camp GNOME Power Manager and GNOME Display Manager 2 (GDM2). GNOME Power Manager 2.14.2 is primarily a stable bug-fix release with similar changes to what was presented for GNOME Power Manager 2.15.1, while not quite as lengthy. GNOME Display Manager 2.14.3 on the other hand implements fixes for four known issues. GDM2 2.14.3 has been dubbed the "SuperNovaBlast" release.
24 April 2006
If GNOME Power Manager 2.14 doesn't suit your needs or you are looking for the latest packages, GNOME Power Manager 2.15.1 was just released. GNOME Power Manager 2.15.1 incorporates a number of changes in the release from general features, power management, power preferences, power information, and translations. Some of the notable items in this release are the icons switching to using the Tango style, new throttle API for gnome-screensaver, appropriate response when systray crashes, monitors more gconf keys, checks to ensure lower brightness when idling, and the new information page showing a simpler view of hardware. More on GNOME Power Manager 2.15.1, and this project in general, is available at the site. With the start of the GNOME 2.15 development cycle, additional projects have begun to announce new unstable packages such as Gnome-utils 2.15.0 (Growing Family), GnomePython 2.15.1, GnomePythonDesktop 2.15.1, vte-0.13.0, and Pango-1.13.0.
23 April 2006
Seahorse, a GNOME application for managing encryption keys (which is also capable of integrating with Nautilus and gedit among others), has reached the v0.9.1 mile-stone. Major changes are listed below and the download is available at GNOME. * Major Changes between 0.9 and 0.9.1: ====================================== * New Tango style icons * Completely reworked personal key properties dialog * SSH Key Generation * Add libcryptui library for standardization of key selection * DBUS interface for encryption and key management * Gedit plugin now uses DBUS to do it's work * Progress dialog while generating keys [Jim Pharis] * Automatically resize and convert photos that are added to a key. * Now uses the GNOME proxy settings when accessing key servers [Adam Schreiber] * New UI for signing keys * HIG fixes for dialogs [chpe] * Many crasher and stability fixes.
16 April 2006
Rhythmbox, the popular GNOME music management application, has come out this morning with version 0.9.4. Rhythmbox v0.9.4 incorporates a great deal of changes with both new features and fixes from the previous release. The new major features include support for C or Python written plug-ins, making GStreamer crashing during importing not taking Rhythmbox down, several user-interface improvements, and a few significant performance improvements. The change-log and source downloads are available from the Rhythmbox website.
16 April 2006
Metacity, the simple window manager that integrates well with GNOME, has come out today with a version 2.14.3 release. This release revers the hated new focus behavior of Metacity 2.14 back to what could be find in the 2.12 branch. Downloads of this release are available from GNOME.
14 April 2006
The latest release of GNOME is here: Gnome 2.14.1! This is the first release in a series of point releases for the 2.14 branch. Come and see all the bug fixing, all the new translations and all the updated documentations brought to you by the wonderful team of GNOME contributors! While development has started on the Gnome 2.15/2.16 road, we didn't forget about making a new release that is rock solid. And simply better than the previous one. If you meet any GNOME contributors while shopping, in a bus, or even on the Internet, don't forget to thank them! If the contributors insist they're working on Gnome (and not GNOME), then it's okay, you can thank them too. Even if they're also working on computational biofluid dynamics! More at GNOME
12 April 2006
A bugfix release is now out for GNOME Power Manager v2.14. This version, which was just released hours ago, adds the missing --daemon option to the man page, doesn't do the critical action when the battery value is at 0%, deal sanely with HAL and DBUS restarting, the experimental code has been removed and moved to HEAD, use the button "battery" rather than the "www" to show battery status, don't inhibit just throttle when lid is shut, add X-GNOME-Bugzilla keys for use with bug buddy. This bugfix update is available from GNOME.
9 April 2006
I'm pleased to announce the release of Beagle 0.2.4. This release is primarily a bug fix release. It fixes a number of irritating bugs, including some exceptions while indexing, memory usage explosion while using deskbar-applet, plain text files being recognized as application/octet-stream, and various UI crashes. This release also features a number of optimizations:. Indices have been added to the sqlite databases, so beagle-build-index is now substantially faster as are files in which we can't set extended attributes. We now also limit the amount of data we pull from some filters, so extremely large files now index more quickly. More information on Beagle 0.2.4 is available at the Beagle Project.
7 April 2006
GNOME Colorscheme, the application for creating color schemes based upon a single starting color, has come out today with version 0.3.91. Changed in this release are an improved monochromatic color scheme algorithm, the palette is not shown by default, displays a tool tip when hovering over colors, when dragging a color the drag icon is a block of color, gconfm and libgnome* dependencies are now optional, added some Windows installation support, new translations (German and Dutch), and minor bug fixes. GNOME Colorscheme is available here.
3 April 2006
Gossip, a Linux instant messaging (IM) client designed for GNOME that is based upon the Jabber protocol, has reached the version 0.10.2 milestone. In Gossip 0.10.2, there is a great deal of new features, bug fixes, and translations. Some of the new features include runtime controlled debugging facilities, updated the integrated spell checker, cleaned up the Glade windows, addressed several Jabber-related items, and improved the X screen-saver detection. Some of the bugs that were addressed included make the accounts information file unreadable by others than the owner, using iso-codes for the language names for spell checking, and changed some keyboard mnemonics for chat windows. Seven new translations were also updated in this Gossip v0.10.2 release. More information on this project is available from their Gossip page.
19 March 2006
Beagle, the popular Novell-sponsored mono-based application, has reached version 0.2.3. Of course, Beagle is the popular search tool and offers its fair share of benefits. This release does fix a Mono bug that caused the Beagle daemon memory usage to spike heavily over time. Also in this release are a handful of other fixes and new search filters. More information can be obtained from this Wiki.
18 March 2006
Accompanying the release of all of the GNOME v2.14.0 goodies is the Nettool availability. GNOME Nettool provides a user interface for some command line networking tools such as a ping or whois. Only two changes are in this Nettool 2.14.0 release compared against the 2.13.91 build, it fixes a error when dealing with gtk_init_with_args and there are three updated language translations. More information pertaining to this project can be found here.
16 March 2006
Today's the day of the GNOME v2.14 release, and was the previous Fedora Core 5 release date until it was postponed to March 20. On top of the availability of GNOME 2.14 is the launch of GARNOME v2.14.0, Cairo v1.0.4, and GTK+ v2.8.16. Information on all of these products is available from GNOME. ======================================
15 March 2006
Lionel Dricot, a developer blogging on Planet Ubuntu, has written a fairly lengthy article in regards to the GNOME Web Browser -- Epiphany. GNOME v2.14.0's Epiphany is powered by the Mozilla gecko-1.8 backend and includes everything from extensions support to RSS subscriptions and are simple yet ergonomic. Whatever your Linux web browser of choice may be, Epiphany v2.14.0 is certainly turning into a viable Internet surfing choice.
14 March 2006
Today, March 06, 2006, marks the development freeze for Fedora Core 5 and GNOME v2.14/2.13. The Fedora Project is experiencing an absolute development freeze for this upcoming release while no changes will be made to the upcoming GNOME release unless approval from the release-team -- translations and documentation teams can still continue. The tarballs for GNOME v2.14 are due on March 13, while March 15 is the anticipated release date for GNOME v2.14.0. The Fedora Project is also announcing Fedora Core 5 on March 15. As mentioned previously, Fedora 5 is expected to ship with a stable GNOME v2.13 release candidate due to the simultaneous release dates, and a full GNOME v2.14 will be available from Red Hat repositories at a later time. It appears neither of these open-source projects will experience any additional delays. The GNOME calendar is here and the Fedora schedule is here.
6 March 2006
Dan Williams has updated his blog with word of the NetworkManager 0.6 release. NetworkManager development began by Red Hat and was later transferred to GNOME. Some of the improvements to this latest NetworkManager advancement is WPA/WPA2 support, dial-up, improved VPN service support, and quite a few fixes. NetworkManager v0.6 should make its way into Rawhide today for Fedora Core 5. The purpose of NetworkManager is supposed to make Linux networking easier, especially when it comes to managing multiple wireless connections and is powered by DBUS and HAL.
5 March 2006
The last unstable release for GNOME v2.14 has been released today! GNOME v2.13.92, or also known as GNOME v2.14 Release Candidate, is anticipation of GNOME v2.14.0. GNOME v2.14 is still scheduled for a release on March 15 of this year. Vincent states on the GNOME mailing list that there are likely more changes and new appended features in this release than the previous testing candidates. A list of changes are available for platform, desktop, admin, and bindings. As always, the tarballs are available for download while jhbuild is recommended as GARNOME is still missing in action. Certainly we at Phoronix will keep up on the GNOME happenings as GNOME v2.14 quickly approaches. Another prominent software release today was the availability of GCC -- the GNU Compiler Collection. Information on GCC v4.1 is available here. Changes in the GNU Compiler Collection v4.1 include such things as a from a form of partial dead code elimination, enhancements to auto-vectorization, and GCJ Java improvements. If you will recall, Fedora Core 5 (scheduled for release on March 15 -- will feature a stable GNOME v2.13 testing build) primarily uses this new version of GCC.
1 March 2006
Davyd Madeley has posted an interesting preview of the upcoming GNOME v2.14. This upcoming version of the GNOME desktop environment is scheduled to be unleashed on March 15, 2006, although several testing candidates are already available in the v2.13 branch. In this article the speed performance is mentioned as well as all of the other improvements, and a lot pertaining to the user interface. Inducted into the GNOME Admin Suite is now the Lockdown Editor and Sabayon. Also is a new search system in Nautilus and Yelp. GNOME Meeting has also be renamed to Ekiga and shipping with GNOME v2.14 will be Ekiga v2.0. Metacity has also experienced several new additions in this latest release. There are also dozens of new items such as the Deskbar applet, Evolution improvements, gedit advancements, and a new notification framework. This GNOME article is a definite must reader for any GNOME enthusiast. On the side note, the server problems when viewing pyroCPU and Phoronix earlier today should now be resolved.
17 February 2006
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