Here is what to expect in the area of new modules:
GNOME Devtools: "Our end goal is to create an easy to use and powerful environment for developing applications. This means having an environment that the user can tailor to his or her needs, and that fits in with the developer's way of working. Our basic strategy is to build small, well defined components that will work together to form a complete environment."
GNOME Devhelp: a component of GNOME Devtools which includes full indexing of books in XML, the GtkHTML HTML viewer, the ability to search by functions, structures and macros, automatic completion, transparent HTTP support with GnomeVFS, command line search via Bonobo and including Emacs integration, a simple installer for books, print support, multiple zoom levels and vi support.
Seahorse: "Seahorse is a GNOME application for managing encryption keys. It also integrates with nautilus, gedit and other places for encryption, decryption and other operations. With seahorse you can Encrypt/decrypt/sign files and text, Manage your keys and keyring, Synchronize your keys and your keyring with keyservers, Sign keys and publish, Cache your passphrase so you don't have to keep typing it, Backup your keys and keyring, Add an image in any GDK supported format as a OpenGPG photo ID Create SSH keys, configure them, cache them."
Nm-applet, which is the visible component of NetworkManager: "Networking on Linux right now is painful for the mobile desktop user, especially in comparison to other operating systems. A laptop user should never need to use the command line or configuration files to manage their network; it should "Just Work" as automatically as possible and intrude as little as possible into the user's workflow. NetworkManager attempts to make networking invisible. When moving into areas you've been before, NetworkManager automatically connects to the last network the user chose to connect to. Likewise, when back at the desk, NetworkManager will switch to the faster, more reliable wired network connection."
Glade-3: "Glade is a RAD tool to enable quick & easy development of user interfaces for the GTK+ toolkit and the GNOME desktop environment, released under the GNU GPL License. The user interfaces designed in Glade are saved as XML, and by using the libglade library these can be loaded by applications dynamically as needed. By using libglade, Glade XML files can be used in numerous programming languages including C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, C#, Pike, Ruby, Haskell, Objective Caml and Scheme. Adding support for other languages is easy too."
The modules that have been retracted for possible later inclusion are: Gnome Scan, a project whose goal is to add scanner capabilities across the desktop applications, the Tracker search and index tool and MonoDevelop, a GNOME IDE for C# and other .NET languages.
The list of removed modules includes gnome-main-menu and the Anjuta DevStudio, a C/C++ IDE. Anjuta has been removed because the stable version is unmaintained and the development version is not ready yet.
Database SoftwareSQLite DBMS is out. "Version 3.3.11 fixes for a few more problems in version 3.3.9 that version 3.3.10 failed to catch. Upgrading is recommended."
Embedded SystemsSince this is a x.x.0 release, it probably is a bit less "stable" than usual."
Web Site Developmenthas been announced. "We've just rolled out Django 0.95.1, a new minor release of Django which includes fixes for several bugs discovered in the original 0.95 release". Upgrades are recommended. has been announced. "We got the RESTful flavor with new encouragement for resource-oriented architectures. Were taking mime types, HTTP status codes, and multiple representations of the same resource serious. And of course theres the international pizzazz of multibyte-safe UTF-8 wrangling. Thats just some of the headliner features. On top of that, theres an absolutely staggering amount of polish being dished out." uses XML within Ruby on Rails on O'Reilly's XML.com. "Ruby on Rails is a database-based web framework. An XML document may be created and parsed with Ruby on Rails. Rails provides a Ruby library called Builder to generate XML markup. The Builder package contains class Builder::XmlMarkup to generate an XML document. In this article, we will create an XML document from a database table with the Builder library." looks at Stripes on O'Reilly. "Stripes is an open source, action-based Java web framework designed around the principles that web development should be simple and productive for developers. Traditional Java web development focused on versatility through decoupling, which resulted in multiple configuration files, additional objects, and other fragmented resources. These difficulties subjected many developers to a higher learning curve and reduced productivity. As a result, some Java developers have been lured away by non-Java frameworks such as Ruby on Rails or Django. Java web frameworks, like Stripes, are beginning to learn from the successes of alternative frameworks that streamline development. This article will show how Stripes distinguishes itself from other action based Java web frameworks, such as Struts, while supplying some of the simplicity available in Ruby on Rails."
Miscellaneoushas been announced. Changes include: New database support: Oracle, Better user/role management, New binary package with better third party libraries support, Third party libraries upgrade and Many bugs fixed.
Audio Applicationshas announced issue #5 of the Amarok Weekly Newsletter: "This issue covers the fine tuning of the scoring algorithm, new fadeout options, configurable playlist color, as well as new handy tool for editing filters. Traditionally, with tips included." Ardour, a multi-track audio workstation, has been announced. "With several crash fixes, a smattering of minor featurettes, a tubful of bugs squashed and a whole dose of community support comes 2.0 beta11.1." eSpeak text to speech converter has been released, it adds asynchronous modes, two command-line invocation methods, a new voice variants feature, new languages and more.
Business ApplicationsMaklerPlus, an online real estate catalog system, is available. "In this version some bugs were fixed, including some installation problems. The French translation of the layout is included. The function fast contact sends the inquiries directly to the object advertisers, with a copy to the email of the managers of MaklerPlus."
CADVarkon, a CAD system, has been announced. "VARKON can be used as a traditional CAD-system with drafting, modelling and visualization if you want to but the real power of VARKON is in parametric modelling and CAD applications development. VARKON includes interactive parametric modelling in 2D or 3D but also the unique MBS programming language integrated in the graphical environment."
Data VisualizationPLplot, a library of scientific plotting functions, is available. The change log lists the new capabilities. "This is a routine development release of PLplot. It represents the ongoing efforts of the community to improve the PLplot plotting package."
Financial Applicationshas been announced. Changes include: "fixed formatting error for "ship" field when European number format is in use".
Gamesannounced the release of version 0.5.11 of Cyphesis. "Cyphesis is a small to medium scale server for WorldForge games, with builtin AI. This version includes the demo game Mason which is currently in development. This release is intended for server administrators wishing to run a Mason server and World developers developing new worlds or game systems."
Mail Clientsnotes that the second Thunderbird 2 beta release is out. "Features new to Thunderbird 2 include message tags, folder views, session navigation history, a visual refresh of the theme, and improved new mail notification alerts." See the release notes for more information.
Web BrowsersSeaMonkey, an internet application suite with a web browser, e-mail, newsgroup and IRC clients and an HTML editor, is out. "Powered by the same engine as Firefox 2 and the upcoming Thunderbird 2, SeaMonkey 1.1 includes numerous enhancements including more visible security indicators in the browser and enhanced phishing detection for e-mail, a new tagging system for e-mail that supersedes labels, support for multi-line tooltips in web pages, and previews images in tab tooltips. Other changes include inline spell checking in the browser, an updated version of ChatZilla, and a significantly improved startup script on Linux."
Languages and Tools
PerlWeekly Perl 6 mailing list summary is out with coverage of the latest Perl 6 developments.
Pythonwrites about Python in an O'Reilly article. "What happens when programming stops being fun? What do you do when juggling dependencies and worrying about installation issues takes all of the joy out of writing code for other people? You can stop coding... or you can try to address the underlying problems. Brian McConnell postulates an enhancement of the Python language to make programming as fun as it was in the BASIC-in-ROM minicomputer days."
Librarieshas been announced. "IT++ is a C++ library of mathematical, signal processing and communication system routines/functions. Its main use is in simulation of communication systems or for performing research in the area of communications. It has been over 10 months since the first release of IT++ 3.10.x stable series was released. During this period a lot of new functionality and improvements have been committed to the main branch (trunk) of the IT++ SVN repository. Therefore, we decided to publish a set of development releases as 3.99.x series before preparing a new stable branch 4.0.x."
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