Notes about the release notes
- From: Claus Schwarm <c schwarm gmx net>
- To: marketing-list gnome org
- Subject: Notes about the release notes
- Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 19:49:14 +0200
This is my usual (yearly) request to restructure the way we present the
items in our relase notes -- after all, they should make clear why the
A rationale for this kind of approach is available from Kathy Sierra,
see her "Crash Course in Learning Theory: "Use "chunking" to reduce
Here it starts:
(This is a special class: If there's anything in the amount of changes
that could belong to a certain major topic, it should be featured here!
For example, the last release had many changes that improved
performance, so these changes could have been be featured here. This is
a desperate way of justifying headlines such as "GNOME 2.14 improves
A potential topic for this year could be "Eyecandy".)
* Something happened with icons
* Transperacy in the Terminal
* Compositor stuff in Metacity
* new wanda icon in gnome-panel
(Another one could be 'C#')
(OK, the following classes are basically standard: We should always be
able to put a change into one of them. In general, this should promote
GNOME as a whole, not each module. I've used a selection of items from
the wiki list to give you an idea how this could be sorted.)
Page 2: Extended funtionality:
If you're running a laptop, have problems finding free space on your
hard disks, loose overview on your menu items, or spend too much time
online to download videos (ehm, ok: the last one might lead to funny
jokes), you'll be happy to upgrade to GNOME 2.16:
There's a new module called GNOME Power manager that will let
// image about here
Menu editing just got even more easier. The old menu editor was
replaced with a new one, called Alacarte. Alacarte is already known to
Ubuntu users: ...
// image about here
(You get the idea.)
* New in GNOME Utils! Baobab, a disk usage analysis tool.
* Totem: Numerous Web Browser plugin improvements
o Audio playback support
o QuickTime, Windows Media Player and Real Player skins
o Playlist support
* Totem: Subtitle encoding selection
* Totem: Removed DXR3 and GStreamer 0.8 support (worth mentioning?)
* Totem: Use HAL for CD and DVD detection
* Totem: XSPF playlist support (read/write), Quicktime Metalink (read)
* Nautilus CD Burner: Support for writing DVDs on the fly (without
* GNOME-Screensaver: fullscreen preview
* Evince: Support for attachments in PDF
* gtk filechooser location button thingy
* Evolution: Support for GroupWise Reminder Notes (Ehm, is that
* File-roller: Shows an emblem for password protected files 152039
Ongoing efforts to make GNOME easier:
* Bug-buddy: interface cleaned up -- a lot
* Nautilus: New permission dialog with recursion and selinux support
* Gnome-panel: new dialog to edit launchers. It's really better.
* Evolution : http://blogs.gnome.org/view/sragavan/2006/07/19/0 (?)
* EyeOfGnome: Collection Panel and UI Rework (?)
* Totem: Properties dialogue is now in the sidebar (Worth mentioning?)
* Nautilus has improved startup performance; uses less memory while
Code cleanups and backend improvements:
* Improved printing support (Ephiphany, Yelp, any others?)
* Unicode 5.0 support.
* GDM: No longer use popt in favor of glib's GOption command line
parsing. IMPORTANT: Users who depend on the single dash options will
need to change to use the non-deprecated double-dash options.
* Unmaintained themes removed: rand-Canyon, Ocean-Dream, Simple &
* Unmaintained engines removed: Lighthouseblue and Metal engines
Looking forward to GNOME 2.18
* The usual infos about 2.18 here but also include the paragraphs from
'Getting involved' -- there's no sense in 'Call to action' when people
can circumvent it by not clicking a link.
Feedback welcome. I offer to write the text down to a number of WDTM?
and WDID? , because I don't run a development snapshot. I can't make
screenshots, nor move it to docbook. Some changes need some explantion,
so I need a developer as well. And I'll probably need someone to
proof-read from a factual point of view, as well as from a grammar
point of view.
 What does it mean? What does it do?
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