Frederic Crozat | 1 Aug 17:08 2003

ANNOUNCE: Enlightened Sound Daemon 0.2.30


Enlightened Sound Daemon 0.2.30


EsounD (the Enlightened Sound Daemon) is a server process that allows
multiple applications to share a single sound card.

        * IPv6 support (Archana Shah)
        * Cygwin support (Masahiro Sakai)
        * MacOS X CoreAudio support (Masanori Sekino)
        * Always read esd config file, not only when auto-spawning (James
        * Prevents drop-outs for hardware allowing low period_size (ALSA)
        * Man pages fixes (Stanislav)
        * major code cleanup (Kjartan)
        * ensure esd_open_audio succeed if interrupted (Arvind)
        * allow 0 as auto-standby value (Mohammed Waleed Kadous)
        * allow simultaneous play and record on Solaris (Balamurali)
        * add support for session name to esdcat (j <at>


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Rich Burridge | 1 Aug 18:02 2003



GNOME Speech API (GSAPI) v0.6.0


The GNOME Speech API (GSAPI) allows developers to incorporate speech
technology into user interfaces for their GNOME applications. This API
specifies a cross-platform interface to support command and control
recognizers, dictation systems and speech synthesizers.

It has been heavily influenced by the Java Speech API (see: for more details).

This GSAPI release is just a specification, not an implementation.
The plan is to release it to the GNOME community for review. From
feedback provided by reviewers and our attempts to implement the API
as defined, the specification will be refined until it provides a
clean and consistent API. This will then be GNOME Speech v1.0.

Please send questions and comments about this specification to either
the authors (as listed in the AUTHORS file), the Desktop Development
mailing list (desktop-devel-list <at> or the GNOME Accessibility
mailing list <gnome-accessibility-list <at>>

Note that there is currently already a gnome-speech CVS module on This provides a simple text-to-speech (TTS) API that
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Ettore Perazzoli | 1 Aug 22:46 2003

Evolution 1.4.4

A new bug fix release of Evolution, the GNOME groupware suite, is out.

Release notes are here:

Special thanks go to the Sun hackers (Antonio Xu, Maxx Cao, Harry Lu,
Bolian Yin, Andrew Wu, Jack Jia) for their work on keyboard
accessibility and to the various translation teams for keeping up with
our repeated violation of the string freeze.

-- Ettore
Martyn Russell | 2 Aug 00:52 2003

ANNOUNCE: Gnome Jabber Instant Messenger 0.2


Gnome Jabber Instant Messenger 0.2


An Instant Message Client for Gnome using the Jabber Protocol (which
supports all major IM protocols, like ICQ, MSN, AIM, etc).


* Improved chat window.  The send button is now only available when
content is there to send. Shift+Return combination can be used to send
multiline text messages (Martyn).

* Added feature to remove all contacts related to a group (part of the
right click options) (Martyn).

* Added UTF8 validation check on incoming socket stream (Martyn).

* Added feature to choose the double click on a contact action (a new
chat or message window) (Martyn).

* Updated the images for the status' (Colin Marquardt, Martyn). 

* Added feature to toggle scrolling on new log information (Martyn).

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Manuel Clos | 2 Aug 03:26 2003

ANNOUNCE: Gnome Download Manager 0.0.3


Gnome Download Manager 0.0.3


Download Manager (aka downman) is a suite of programs to
download files.


* Gdownman will now autostart the daemon if needed.
* You can change the speedlimit of a download while downloading :)


* Some bugs fixed ]:/

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Callum McKenzie | 3 Aug 12:12 2003

Gnome-games 2.3.6

Gnome-games 2.3.6 is now available at the usual location (and mirrors):

It isn't mentioned properly in the release notes, but between pixmap
sharing and documentation graphics with better compression this
release is a whopping 1.5 meg smaller than 2.3.5.

The usual release notes follow,

 - Callum

gnome-games "It's For Your Own Good" 2.3.6

This release is in theory a good facsimile of what 2.4.0 will look
like. The most obvious change will be that the documentation is now
mostly up-to-date. 

All games should now have state-sensitive undo and redo buttons as
well as full keyboard navigation for the preferences.

The bug count is now about a third of what it was at the start of the
2.3 series. Since there is no recent 2.2.x release of gnome-games this
can be considered a substitute, it compiles under the GNOME 2.2
environment without problems.

Changes by game:

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Jeff Waugh | 3 Aug 12:57 2003

GNOME Development Series Desktop 2.3.5: "Jebe"

GNOME Development Series Desktop 2.3.5: "Jebe"

The GNOME Development Series Desktop 2.3.5 "Jebe", is ready for your
bug-busting and testing pleasure! It is available for immediate download on and mirrors:

  tar.gz:   124M total
  tar.bz2:  92M total

For Developers and Testers!

This release is a feature-frozen, development series snapshot. It is used by
developers and testers as their day-to-day working desktop, and is ready for
wider testing by our user community. Like the Linux kernel, GNOME uses odd
minor version numbers to indicate development status, so this 2.3.x series
will eventually become the official 2.4 release. Please check the 2.3 start
page for more information:

Build Requirements

  - The tarballs included in the release. :-)

  - Some very basic packages not distributed with this release, such as
    image libraries, popt and freetype. These should all be included with or
    available for your distribution.
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Marco Pesenti Gritti | 3 Aug 14:37 2003

Epiphany 0.8.2 "Gestures not included"


* What is it ?

Epiphany is a GNOME web browser based on the mozilla
rendering engine.
The name meaning:
"An intuitive grasp of reality through
something (as an event) usually simple and striking"

You can find more info about the project goals at:

* What's changed ?

Epiphany 0.8.2

Code changes

	* Improve toolbar editor api for costum items (Marco)
	* Rework find implementation to integrate better
          with type ahead and to simplify the code (Marco)
	* Usual memory leaks fixes (Christian Persch)
	* Add some comments for translators (Christian Persch, Marco)
	* Use string valid also externally for drag and drop
	  Url for bookmarks, a special uri for topics (Marco)
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Fernando Herrera | 4 Aug 00:28 2003

Bug Buddy "Pinochio" 2.3.4 released

	Hi GNOME-lovers!

Bug Buddy 2.3.4 "Pinochio" is out!

This is the latest devolopment version of the GNOME bug reporting
tool.  Bug, bug, and bug fixes!. It's getting really stable, and 
very near to the final 2.4 release. Now, it's UI frozen and no new
development will be done. Only bugs, bugs, bugs, and translations, 
translations, translations.  If you are looking for the current
stable Bug Buddy release, get the latest 2.2.x version.

Please, try it a lot, and of course, reports bugs using itseft!
        and if you want to know about the release name... read the
bottom of the announcement!


  * Fixes:

        - Workaround for a bug
        - Fix a free (bug #117806)
        - Fix a crash (bug #117809)
        - Unify copyright strings (Christian Neumair)

  * Improvements:

        - Fill version entry with unspecified if version is not know
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Emmanuel Saracco | 4 Aug 01:09 2003

ANNOUNCE: gURLChecker 0.6.0-pre2


gURLChecker 0.6.0-pre2


gURLChecker is a C/GNOME2 tool that can check links on a single web page or
on a whole web site in order to determine validity of each page.


- A lot of enhancement in management of urls and links
- Removing progress bar during the check
- Improved redirection handleling


- Correction of a bug that was resulting in a segfault in the HTML parser
- Correction of a UTF-8 conversion bug that was resulting in segfault
- Other debugging in urls building


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