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GNOME Now and Then

In the process of cleaning up my home directory, I came across some of my first screenshots from the beginnings of GNOME 2.x. In just over a year and a half, it's really quite amazing the transition that went on from long flame wars, rewrites and general uncertainly to the direction and polish present in GNOME 2.3.x today.

Early Winter 2002
Late Summer 2003


I finally added the new GNOME website header to art.gnome.org. I am still looking for a rocking header image to replace the boring purple one. If you have any ideas, please email them to me.

As for the future of art.gnome.org, I'd like to get rid of all of the purple background colors, but 500+ thumbnails have a drop shadow with a purple background added to them by hand. I'm looking for some help in removing all of the drop shadows or writing a gimp/python script to remove them.


I updated my GNOME browser gaim patch to work with gaim-0.67. The latest patch is here.

29 Jul 2003 (updated 29 Jul 2003 at 21:15 UTC) »

With Rob McQueen's help, I cooked up a patch to gaim that makes gaim open urls in the GNOME web browser. Gaim will now detect if you are running GNOME and automatically open URLs with your GNOME web browser. No extra configuration is required and the browser section of the preferences tab is actually hidden if you're running GNOME.

The patch against 0.66 is here. libgnome or later is required since this uses the gnome-open binary.

10 Jul 2003 (updated 10 Jul 2003 at 00:44 UTC) »

I finally finished up and committed the search and sort features for art.gnome.org that I had been slowly working on the past 6 months. The site now has a way to search through all themes and backgrounds by name and/or author. The background and theme listing pages also now have the ability to be sorted by date and name to make browsing for what you want a little easier.

As for future enhancements to art.gnome.org, I'd like to make the focus of the site on system themes or meta themes instead of individual (gtk, metacity, etc) themes as it is now. This will integrate better with GNOME and the theme manager. Please email me with UI ideas/suggestions/mockups. We also need to work out a way to separate gtk2 themes and engines and find a way to list what gtk2 engines each theme on a.g.o requires, if any. Anyone looking to help, please contact me.

Testing XML-RPC Interface

9 Jul 2003 (updated 11 Jul 2003 at 00:11 UTC) »


Wow, it's been a long time since I posted anything here. I've been busy working all summer doing hardware design and programming for a solar cell array.

In other news, I've decided that it's about time to do something about art.gnome.org. I've been working on some major changes for the last 4 months but haven't had time to finish them up and check them in. Hopefully this will get done this week.

After many long months, art.gnome.org has finally been finished.

I moved my GNOME 2 FAQ to the gnome.org server and added a few new sections and a list of all of the 3rd party apps that I know of that have been ported to gtk2/gnome2. The new address is http://www.gnome.org/~aldug/gnome2/

Over the past few days I have compiled a Gnome2 FAQ for users new to gnome 2.0. It's available at http://www.astrolinux.com/gnome2/. Comments, questions and corrections are welcome.

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