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    Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll out.
    Submitted by Netsnipe on Wednesday, April 04, 2001 – 13:16
    Tonight will probably mark the first time in weeks that GNOME release managers and developers could go to sleep and rest in tranquility and look up from their beds to look at the sea in the moon sharing the same name as their latest release’s codename. About 24 hours ago and “with some last minute technical difficulties” the GNOME project released GNOME 1.4 (Tranquility). Press release here. Within a few hours, the GNOME 1.4 Debian packages also quietly slipped into the unstable “Sid” tree. For those already using the latest Nautilus packages as maintained by Takuo Kitame, would have hardly noticed from their desktop’s physical nature that the gnome-core package version had been sneaked into their last recent apt-get upgrade. The transition to GNOME 1.4 within unstable so far has appeared smooth with the core packages, however the uploading of newer and optional packages of the new release has been rather ad hoc. Read on about the status of extra packages that you should install for fuller GNOME 1.4 experience, plus a quick look at what’s ahead for GNOME 2.0.

    To begin with, the task packages for GNOME (task-gnome-desktop and task-gnome-apps) have not been updated to reflect the new packages that belong with 1.4. The major improvements of 1.4 not yet covered or installed by an apt-get upgrade include the following:

    • nautilus:integrated desktop file manager and graphical shell replacing gmc. note that Kitame has recommended on the debian-devel mailing list that Mozilla 0.8 should be used with his Nautilus packages while unstable only provides M18. so add the following to sources.list: deb http://people.debian.org/~kitame/mozilla/ ./
    • xalf: application launch feedback to let users know when a program is in the process of being loaded.
    • xml-i18n-tools: Tools for internationalizing xml files. (for developers only)

    There are other packages which are yet to be officially packaged for unstable, yet are now included with GNOME 1.4. They include the following:

    • galeon: webrowser based upon gecko. debs can be downloaded from ftp://galeon.ufies.org/pub/galeon/debian and requires Mozilla 0.8 debs as well.
    • gdm2: re-implementation of X Display Manager featuring X authentication, default and per-display initialization scripts, pre and post-session scripts, pluggable authentication modules and TCP wrappers for access control. Not packaged yet.
    • medusa: new content and file indexing system that performs quick searches of a user’s hard drive. Pulled from 1.4 at the 11th hour due to bugs.

    Within Debian unstable, there has also been no sign of packages for GNOME Fifth Toe “a broad collection of applications that run on GNOME” which would include many of the popular GNOME programs, that were included in the apps and games task packages provided by both Debian and Ximian, for 1.2 and some new additions. GNOME office has been expanded with programs catering for data analysis (Guppi), vector graphics creation (Sodipodi), and project management (toutdoux) as well as a fax program (gfax). Other noteworthy additions include a new Integrated Development Environment (Anjuta), which has found avid fans within the official #gnome channel and a firewall configurator (firestarter). However, this list was based on the release engineer’s notices during beta testing, so expect this to change. As of yet there has been no word from Ximian about their plans for 1.4 debs.

    The tranquility however, will be short lived, as work on GNOME 2.0 will undoubtedly pick up pace (road map here) as more and more of GNOME will be more closely integrated with Bonobo and gnome-vfs (the abstraction to common file system operations) while Imlib, having reached its used-by-date will be exorcised. The GTK libraries will also be overhauled making the jump to 2.0, and gnome-libs will also cleaned out. With these new innovations, expect to see Bonobo-based productivity tools take the centre stage in 2.0, especially with the rising expectations of stable releases of Evolution (email/pim) and OpenOffice being possibly ready. The desktop will also continue to improve with the addition of Vertigo (new panel with Bonobo integration), and a new more flexible control centre.

    As more and more GNOME 1.4 news comes to hand, we’ll be updating this page. Feel free to post your own first hand opinions and upgrade tips here as we congratulate the GNOME team on another job well done, not to mention our own maintainers who helped roll it out to us cutting edge addicts so soon = )

    Thanks to #gnome of irc.gnome.org for their help on this article. By the way, if you’re a Debian GNOME maintainer, or GNOME developer we’d love to hear from you on the 1.4 rollout. and future plans.

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    Subject: roadmap link broken
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2001/04/05 – 09:23
    That link to the Gnome 2.0 roadmap goes to a 404. I tried to deduce the correct URL, but failed.

    BOO HOO!

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    Subject: Re: roadmap link broken
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2001/04/06 – 14:51

    You can find the roadmap at:

    – frenchtouch

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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/04/04 – 17:24
    BTW, I can’t install nautilus-trilobite, cause it needs a newer version of librpm. 🙁
    This is stupid. Especially cause I will never use those rpm features. 🙂
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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2001/04/06 – 08:36
    had thesame problem…

    workaround: uninstall those rpm debs, and get the woody ones and install those…

    then install trilobyte

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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: arcterex
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/04/04 – 17:12
    Just as a note, the mozilla 0.8 packages can be gotten by putting:

    deb http://people.debian.org/~kitame/mozilla ./

    in your sources.list.

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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/04/04 – 20:13
    For those of us who don’t know, could someone post instructions for upgrading to GNOME1.4 from Ximian 1.2 ?
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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: Netsnipe
    Date: Thursday, 2001/04/05 – 09:21
    It can be assumed that Ximian will release GNOME 1.4 Debian packages pretty soon, yet I haven’t heard word of them yet. However, if you’re impatient the best thing that most people seem to do when switching back from Ximain Debian packages to Debian unstable GNOME packages is to purge all Ximian package, before trying to upgrade.

    1. apt-get remove -y –purge gnome-core*
    2. dpkg -l | grep ximian
    3. purge those packages by hand using dpkg -P packagename or the apt-get line from above.
    4. repeat but for dpkg -l | grep helix
    5. backup ~/.gnome* and ~/.sawfish to a different directory
    6. edit sources.list and remove the Ximain/Helixcode deb lines.
    7. apt-get update && apt-get -y install task-gnome-desktop etc… (task-gnome-apps is a good choice as well).
    8. startup the new GNOME installation.
    9. carefully restore any of the old gnome config files to the newly generated ~/.gnome
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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: markybob
    Date: Thursday, 2001/04/05 – 11:08
    automate! 🙂 do this for helix and then for ximian

    take out helix line in /etc/sources.list, then:
    cp /var/lib/dpkg/status /root/status.bak && { echo ‘,s/^Version:.*helix.*$/Version: 0/’; echo ‘wq’; } |ed /var/lib/dpkg/status && apt-get -f upgrade

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    Subject: Re: Tranquility at GNOME camp as 1.4 Debian packages roll ou
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/04/04 – 16:43
    Great article, thank you!
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