ANNOUNCE: GDM (unstable), the "Nose poking" release


(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)

It has come to my attention, that we need a constitutional amendment to
protect poking oneself in the nose.  Recently there has a been a string of
incidents in which gay people were poking themselves in the nose and
obviously this makes a mockery out of the institution of nose poking.
Nose poking is an institution between a man (non-gay) and his finger, and
anything other then this is obviously a crime against nature and humanity
and should deserve the harshest of punishments.  If we allow gay men to
poke themselves in the nose, next thing you know, women will be wanting to
poke themselves in the nose as well, and that is a road to destruction of
family values as we know it.

With that out of the way, there's a new unstable gdm release out.  Not all
that much new as I'm busy with school, so I have to fill up the announcement
with random silliness.  The coolest new thing is the gtk theme support in
the standard greeter I suppose.

If you wonder what happened to the announcement, it didn't make it.
It was poking itself in the nose and was beheaded.

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the
background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then
tells you to piss off because you forgot your password.  It does pretty much
everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much
crack.  It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer
design overall.  It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of
which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing.  The
goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to
customize or troubleshoot gdm.  It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact
extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is
still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).


Highlights of and stuff:

- Support for GTK+ theming (accessibility) and ability to change current
  theme in the standard login, fixes #125070 (Muktha, me)

- Hindi was written wrong in the language menu fixes #134372
  (Guntupalli Karunakar)

- When restarting a server by whacking it and starting it again, wait
  for 1 sec to allow things to "settle", plus be a lot milder on X
  server's lock files / sockets to avoid whacking ones currently in use

- Make language dialog in the graphical greeter come up quicker and init
  the languages lazily

- Fix #135232 by using code mod for the translation matrix (me), and added
  Serbian variants there (Danilo Segan)

- Fix #135053 by adding canadian english (Adam Weinberger, Danilo Segan)

- Fix sourcing of environment on AIX, #135401 (Vincent Berger)

- Fix displaying of ~/.xsession-errors file

- Attempt to handle out of user diskspace more gracefully by whacking old
  .xsession-errors in case we fail.

- Translation updates (Nikos Charonitakis, Jordi Mallach, Funda Wang,
  Tommi Vainikainen, Kostas Papadimas, Kjartan Maraas, Miloslav Trmac,
  Laurent Dhima, Zygimantas Berucka, Christian Rose, Changwoo Ryu,
  Yukihiro Nakai, Duarte Loreto, Christophe Merlet,
  Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Artur Flinta, Alastair McKinstry,
  Guntupalli Karunakar, Takeshi AIHANA, Paisa Seeluangsawat,
  Surichat Sumrit, Supranee Thirawatthanasuk, Chanchai Junlouchai,
  Adam Weinberger, Christian Neumair, Hasbullah Bin Pit,
  Pauli Virtanen, Ole Laursen, Asmund Skjaeveland, Metin Amiroff,
  Vincent van Adrighem, Tino Meinen, GNOME PL Team) stuff:

- Login field was not clearned when x server / slave crashed (#131389)

- Change the 12 hour format to be less confusing (#133189)

- Re-fix the aix ADMCHG bug #123766 (Vincent Berger)

- keymouselistener fixes (Brian Cameron)

- Compilation fixes #131042, #130963

- Build fixes (Tomasz Kloczko)

- Other fixes and cleanups (among others #133181 by Mariano Suarez-Alvarez)

- Translation update (Andras Timar, Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Lucas Vieites,
  Maxim Dziumanenko, Robert Sedak, Metin Amiroff, Laurent Dhima, Changwoo Ryu,
  Kjartan Maraas, Miloslav Trmac, Asmund Skjaeveland, Sanlig Badral, 
  Zygimantas Berucka, Kostas Papadimas, Christian Neumair, Artur Flinta,
  GNOME PL Team, Gustavo Maciel Dias Vieira, Joao Emanuel, Danilo Segan, 
  Vincent van Adrighem, Tino Meinen, Fernando Herrera, Arafat Medini)

Note:  GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <mkp mkp net>, and
has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England.  She is usually
not responsive to bug reports or feature requests.  You can try to send them
to me however.

Note2:  If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites
most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf.  It will however save backups
with the .orig extension first.

Note3:  Note3 has been depracated ...



I built an RPM this time around BTW.  Have fun.  A spec file is included
so you can also try:

  rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz

Have fun (or whatever else you wish to be having),


PS:  I didn't actually realize until a very serious discussion about
licensing and beheadings on the foundation list, that there has been no Queen
of England since 1707.  I have decided this not to be a problem for the
maintainership and copyright assignment of gdm code.  This is because
assigning the code to the Queen of England is already very silly and thus
the fact that I'm assigning it to a person that's been dead for almost 300
years does not raise the silliness level all that much further and is thus
lost in the statistical noise.  On a positive note, anyone found infringing
on gdm2 code shall be beheaded and his barn shall be dilapidated.  The queen
told me so yesterday while I was poking myself in the nose.

George <jirka 5z com>
   Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses,
   not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
                       -- Dennis (the bloody peasant)

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