AbiWord Weekly News #175,
      (2003, week 51, released December 23rd, 2003)

Welcome to this issue 175 of the AbiWord Weekly News.


      More Abi-Centric Releases

This week in development

      AbiWord's first Developers' release in a few months.   QNX gets an installer while an update about BeOS comes in.   Plus, more information on Revisions and AbiCommand Document Server.   Also, users who need your help.

Request for User Assistance

      Hi there.   We're looking for people who can help keep AbiWord accurate and uptodate in a number of languages.   Please look over them and see if ither you or someone you know might be able to assist us.   Remember, your contribution is not only welcomed or encouraged but is also documented, for an easier-to-brag experience.   The languages we are looking for are listed below:

      Due to the traffick of people who are trying to help with picked up languages, those who are interested in helping us are encouraged to join ither mailing list.   Please read the instructions for the list you are most interested in joining to get the correct address.   Joining, as you'll find out, is a simple three step process.   First, send a letter to one email address; second confirm you sent the letter by sending a reply, and third...oops, there is no step three.   Ok, so, excluding all the minor steps of what to click and/or type, it's really a simple two-step process.

      There are just two important reminders in using the mailing lists which all users are expected to do.   If you want your message to even make it to the list, you message will need to be in plain text only.   Due to an insurgence of a certain virus a while back, all HTML email is rejected for reasons of sanity.   Webmail users will have to figure out how to turn on plain-text only before sending email.   Second, you are required to send the language in Engrish or English.   For those of you who don't speak English well enough to send Engrish, it is recommended that you send the letter in both your native language (identify your language please) and after that, in the same message, send it in a machine-translated version of your message, like BabelFish, in case no-one who speaks your language is available to translate your message for the list.   Failure to follow these proceedures in the past have led to frustration and resentment.   We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these two requests may cause you.

Silliness of the Week

      The trick to getting quotes for the Silliness of the Week is not to include names.   Now that I know that, let's get started!   Sixto Ortiz Jr. of Processor.com has a charming review-let of AbiWord 2.0.   “AbiWord 2.0.1 - An open source word processor that gets better and better.   A compelling program for those looking to save a buck and get a good word processor.”   You'll find that buried somewhere among the advertisements...somewhere among that sea.   And now, the quote that doesn't have a name attached to it, just a price tag, “Personally, I think [Processor.com] is a bunch of idiots, and I have no idea how they stay in business or why I keep seeing their stupid adalogues, but I guess any AbiPress that isn't bad AbiPress is good AbiPress.   I wouldn't be surprised if complimenting AbiWord is the most intelligent thing they've done in years.   Though I also enjoyed the XP Media Center blurb, ‘The transformation of the PC from tool to plaything continues.’ ”

This Issue

Editor(s) of this issue:  E. A. Zen

      If you're interested in using AbiWord for the first time, receiving a more up-to-date version, any particular version or special release, feel free to visit the new  Latest Releases page.

DISCLAIMER:   It should be generally noted that anything said before the "In this issue:" line is purely editorial.   Actually, everything I say is purely editorial.   You kind of get used to it.


Traffic on the  developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 postings per week.   This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:

  1. Updated download page ,
    QNX 2.0.2 installer uploaded to sf.net :
    →   The Latest Releases page, which is not my fault project anymore, has been updated to included the 2.0.2 release.   If you come across any problems with it or the downloads, lodge a bug report against the module called, “Website,” and assign it to the j.m.maurer address.   Also worth mentioning, a qpr has been released for you QNX fans and philliacs.
    §   I hope someone makes another operating system; announcing ports is fun!

  2. commit (HEAD): xap_Win32Res_DlgListDocuments.rc2 :
    →   If you skip past the part where we learn Tomas needs to stock up on Ginseng and Ginko, we come to the ultimate question, “Should developers be working on code or screenshots?”   Why do we have to choose?   I don't know, but the choice is obvious when you're writing a newsletter...screenshots.   I'm sure, of course, you disagree with me.   You've always thought you were better than me, haven't you?   Hey, I got me other readers; I don't need you.   You're not better than me.   SCREW YOU, PIG!
    § ...   I'm sorry, Baby.   Can't we just get along like we used to do?   I love it when you're here.   If you'd please keep reading, I'll keep writing.   I promise.   PLEASE!

  3. some explanations about revisions and related stuff :
    →   Mentioned last week, this thread is a discussion about the revisions feature.   The title bars of revised documents may possess the phrase “[revised]”.   Though removing revision information requires that an author accept or reject the revisions, this will not be done in the saving dialogue, to prevent cluttering.   Though the complexities have not been planned in detail, it will be possible to, in the words of Tomas, “Link this history record with the revisioning system, so that each new version also starts a new revision set with the appropriate version id.”
    §   It is a good thing when users and developers can bounce ideas off of one another.

  4. commit: New command for AbiCommand writepid. ,
    commit: Document server code for AbiCommand. ,
    commit: AbiCommand feature - server :
    →   In a nifty case of GNOME Office getting along with the rest of GNOME, Martin proudly presents <flourish instrument="trumpets" /> AbiCommand Document Server.   One of Dashboard's interests was to be able to track and organise numerous documents, herein lies just one value of, both, a document server and a text summariser.   It's a very nice, relatively simple, fault tolerant standard interface with so many uses.... well it's Abi... and Command and a few other things all rolled into one.
    §   Also mentioned was a cute resource sucking project about previewing documents as thumbnails.   So far, Nautilus has done this wrong, in my opinion.   Personally, I think I should put my cursor over the icon and see a decent-sized, semi-transparent thumbnail of the first page, with some means of increasing size and flipping through pages.   Yeah, it would take more resources, but atleast it would be done right this time ;o)

  5. beos port: status update :
    →   Daniel Furrer writes to inform us that neither he or BeOS are dead.   Last year of schooling and work have kept him out of our CVS for a couple of weeks.   BeOS lovers should have no fear, however, Daniel may return soon and...with help!
    §   I'm beginning to think there are more BeOS developers than QNX developers.   This leads to the question of, “What would happen if Johan got hit by a bus?”   We'll have to find a way to turn him into a shut in, just in case.

  6. AbiWord Weekly News #174 "Weenie Bong...I kid you not." Released. :
    →   Two points of interest, first who's interested in a small RSS of the AWN?   Maybe it could be something like on the index of this directory which tells you the current version and a quick summary.   Second, Notice Mailing List Users:   If you didn't receive any mail from me in the past week (or more), I'm RBL'd.   Though I have yet to be picked off by major anit-spam-ware, I appear to have made it to an RBL.   Help keep the AbiSource mail logs clean by harassing your head mail honcho, especially if your last name is Rosenthol or Kramer.
    §   Not that I'm keeping track of Leonard or Randy or anything like that.   Yeah....

  7. Fwd: Abi Word [jtaber (symbol) johntaber (point) net] :
    →   John has a few points, questions and comments reguarding AbiWord and its general coolness.   These were forwarded to the list to encourage some reference to AbiShow.
    §   I've just found that I've left something in my draftbox from just before I left....

  8. Patch: unix: use gdk_draw_pixbuf instead of depreciated functions :
    →   Alex Converse is just one of those really nifty AbiUsers that took the time to patch a problem.   Though the problem had been patched (but not backported), it is still a good thing to people helping out.   Maybe you'll be encouraged by a bug report one day and go, “Ooh!  I know how to fix that!”
    §   I'm going to continue to dream, if nothing else.   Did I mention the money thing?

  9. How about a 2.1.0 tomorrow? ,
    Tree closed for 2.1.0 tag. ,
    ATTN: AbiWord 2.1.0 Tagged / Tree reopened ,
    AbiWord-2.1.0 Released! :
    →   Not obvious?   Tough.   This will include all the New Feature!-niftiness you've already seen mentioned here.   Those new features include, excluding the NEATO thing: InstaZoom, Text Boxes, Visual Text Dragging, Revisioning, Document Server, as well as: fixes, speed ups and other improvements.   For a more complete list, read “AbiWord-2.1.0 Released!.”
    §   How cool is that?   Release note references had some minor points about spelling people's names correctly, as well as presentation beautification (does this dash make my bug look big?).   I find the names funny, because throughout all of AbiWord the programme, I think Johan has three different spellings....

  10. AbiWord better than MS Wordpad openning a .doc :
    →   Rui brings us more entertainment from the world of Microsoft.   A document accompanying Windows XP Service Pack 2, which lists the content of the Service Pack, crashes Microsoft's WordPad.   AbiWord, however, opened it successfully.
    §   Now that's a good chuckle, alright.

  11. New TWiki question: Where to send files that won't load? :
    →   Randy and/or Ruth, but mostly Randy informs the list of the latest Twiki question, “Where to send files that won't load?”   In general, the practice is to file a bug report and attach the offending document.   If the document has confidential information, simply mention that instead of uploading the document, and the appropriate developer will ask for a copy of the document.   The AbiDevelopers are known for their discreetness.
    §   Well, there were a few memoranda from Microsoft that made it to Eric Raymond, but other than that....

  12. commit: previewpng, converttopng features. :
    →   Yup, New Feature!   Mentioned earlier, this is the imaging of a document, specifically for dashboard-related purposes.   It uses png because...because, ok.   I have faith that this is a brilliant idea.
    §   “Yeah!  Toke it out, Man!” --Anthony “The Man” Stoner, as portrayed by Tommy Chong in Up In Smoke!

Traffic on the  user mailing list is sporadic at best.   Often, a good topic comes up, but users tend to only respond to the original poster rather than the list (as well), which limits what I would add, as the only lone threads I post are announcements of importance or points of great interest, e.g. solutions to problems in a preceeding thread.   Happily, the user list is becoming more active!   This week, interesting topics on the user list included:

  1. Compliments :
    →   Ted, Don and Ryan send their thank you's for AbiWord 2.0.2.   It's always a nice thing to do stuff like that when you like a piece of software; developers otherwise have such fragile egos.   That's what I learned from watching and reading Dilbert.
    §   Can you feel the Love?   It feels like creme of mushroom soup that's been allowed to bake in the sun for a few days — all warm and squishy.

  2. Kinput2 on AbiWord2 :
    →   Rommel Ikeda is new to the world of unices, and has a few questions to clear up.   If anyone knows how to get Kanna/Kanji to work within AbiWord, please reply to this thread, which includes further details.
    §   Perhaps someone forgot to mail to list their reply, but don't let that discourage you from adding your own input...or kinput if you'd like ;o)

  3. envelopes ,
    Envelope printing is driving me crazy :
    →   Do you have a lot of letters to send, and you just want to load up the envelopes and let it go?   Then, this thread is for you!   First, Martin points us to this mailmerge howto.   He also explains how to create and use a simple csv file for handling all of you contacts.
      Jonathan, however, reminds us that the dialogues for doing all of this may not be as straight forward for some users as we hoped.   Hopefully, if its a real issue, an RFE will pop up.
    §   Later, I'll say something witty about not participating in community projects.

  4. AbiWord Print Problems :
    →   Don and Ted have some questions about problems with printing.   If you know what's going on, or filed a bug, or want to tell them to file a bug, feel free to join in the conversation.   It seems to be margin related, and possibly two different problems, but if you have knowledge about printers in a unix environment, please add your thoughts.
    §   Remember when people used to send responses to queries like this?

Traffic outside of the AbiDomain is tracked and occasionally reported.   This weeks includes selection(s) from: FootNotes

  1. image printing in abiword :
    →   Gnome users (gnome-enabled, but not gtk), if you've have problem with image resolutions when printing, this is a problem with gnome-print, not AbiWord.   Non-gnome-build Unix users, i.e. gtk-only, should not experience these issues.   As you can guess, this is a known problem.
    §   Roughly translated, that means this is Jody's fault.

  2. Re: AbiWord 2.0.2 released ,
    Re: AbiWord 2.1.0 (development snapshot) released :
    →   These two deal with the old .doc issues.   First off, if you have problems viewing a .doc document, you should file a bug.   We do have a place for that, but if you read a development newsletter, then, I'm probably preaching to the converted, so, next time you see someone going on about a bug they never registered, please give us a hand and remind them of it.
      Second, true export (i.e. saving) of .doc format from AbiWord will never happen.   Disguising an .rtf isn't a new  trick.   Any rich text format bashers should be aware right now, .rtf is a: equally capable in formatting techniques as .doc; b: more consistent and more documented than .doc; c: more supported by various types of software than .doc.
    §   So, instead of harassing people who send you a .doc about proprietary software, et c, and you know who your are, you could simply make those points, and the best part is, you don't sound like a total lunatic.   Nothing but love you, Dickie.

  3. AbiWord Revisions Revision plugin needs fixing desperately! :
    →   A couple of points about the revisions technology.   First, users of 2.0.x should probably not use the revisions plugin.   Thanks to Johannes for pointing that out, albeit not in bugzilla.   Now that it is known how poorly the plugin does it, the revisions technology of 2.0.x will be discontinued.   I'm sure you'll be happier with 2.2.x when it comes out, especially with Tomas' great revision-ability work.
      Second, if you want to influence how revisions will be presented, now is the time to file the RFE that could influence the developers' decision.
    §   In case you missed it, that means if you don't like how it was done, and you neither filed and Request For Enhancement in bugzilla, or voted for your format of choice, you are not allowed to complain in the future when you don't like the way it was done.   Remember, not participating in community development is your choice, and that's a rotten one at that.

  4. Need Mac OSX Support! :
    →   The first major word processor with continued support for Aqua will almost certainly be AbiWord 2.2.   Hub does not know for sure when it will become available or when its 2.1.x series will be released, but if you want to watch it develop, you can check out goals and screenshots at Hub's AbiPageNEATO.
    §   Of course, if you want to speed up the process of porting, Hub accepts help in the form of, “US checks, French checks, Australian checks, USD, AUD, EUR and GBP bills mostly.   You can also pay with PayPal or Kagi.   The more you send us, the more we'll listen.”   Also, code is an acceptable donation, very much so; in fact, I'm sure Hub will be happy to <kirk>help you...help him</kirk>.   As Microsoft lobbying groups have said before, “This isn't a bribe; this is just the standard practice


CVS Stats

      Track who put in how much and why.   And, while you're at it, consider whether you'd like to keep your own cvs build as well.   Textboxes...ooh....

CVS checkins for HEAD from December 14th to Decemenber 20th, 2003
Who Commits In summary
Tomas Frydrych 24 Primary work was towards creating the base for revisions
Windows:   GR_Painter changes, resource for list docs dialogue, ListDocuments dialogue, implementation of UT_getEthernetAddress()
Revisions:   revision work, UT_uint64 & UT_sint64, UT_gettimeofday() & UT_getEthernetAddress(), UT_UUID class, no message, comment out UT_uint64 for now, fix win32 definition of 64 bit uint, add <winsock2.h> for timeval & remove timeval definiton for win32 elsewhere, no message, implementation of UT_getEthernetAddress() for Windows

Hubert Figuiere 22 Continued work on making the MacOS X port “generally usable” for a developers' release, atleast.
Cross Platform:   safely define UT_*int64 (at least on GCC), genImageFromRect() is now in the GR_Painter
MacOS X:   fix build (missing headers), fix mouse down handling bug, remove close button, change window to a panel, clean up unused code, fix code dirtiness, fix suffix detection, fix a crasher--discard update callback before destroyer Ruler object, implement painter, implement line properties correctly, fix logic bugs, fix pixel dirt in restore Rectangle, various code cleanup, update graphics on resize
Make:   update for MacOS X, fix for MinGW too

Johan Björk 16 This week's work focused on getting QNX to build again.
QNX:   update “For personal use” copyright, fix compilation errors, compilation fixes, SUCCESS!!!

Martin Sevior 13 Primarily focused on the AbiCommand Document Server with a detour to the 2.1.0 changelog
Cross Platform:   make cursor blink again
AbiCommand Document Server:   new command for AbiCommand--writepid <filename>, simple C interface to remotely executing AbiWord-2.2 process, implement “server” command to AbiCommand, make convertToText more fault tolerant, fix initializers
Visual Text Dragging:   some work towards making the cursor not blink during visual drags
English, United States:   some fixes to the 2.1.0 ChangeLog, Raphael Finkel added/corrected to/in the 2.1.0 ChangeLog

Kenneth “Jeremy” Davis 10 Mostly work for Windows and committing documentation from Alan
Windows:   remove obsolete files from setup, remove JPEG stuff since now a plugin, update MSVC make build to default to building with NSIS 2 based installer, , ,
5989:   (From Jordi Mas) — Importing this EMF-file causes crash in AbiWord 2.0.1 on Win2K

Marc Maurer  9 A little this, a little that...I think he's just messing with me at this point.
Windows:    implement GR_Win32Graphics::genImageFromRectangle (for dragging selections) From Ruud Vring,  added cross-hair cursor when drawing text frames From Ruud Vring
WordPerfect:   fix wordperfect build against libwpd cvs HEAD
General:   bump version from 2.0.0 → 2.1.0
en-US:   add 2.1.0 ChangeLog, fix Daniel Glassey's name
Spanish, Spain:    update From Francisco J. Fernandez

Dom Lachowicz  3 Two goes at a bug and some new documentation stuff.
English, United States:   add howtobidi.info
6212:   Crash on Insert Background Image for Tables

Pierre Abbat  2 I get confused when stuff happens twice.
Spanish, Spain:    update From Francisco J. Fernandez

Christian Biesinger  2 Star/Open Office work is just what the doctor voted for....
Star/Open Office:   show hexdump debug output where it belongs, indicate in debug output when a text attribute is unknown

Jordi Mas  1 Make This!
Make:   fixes makefile

Nadav Rotem  1 The Open Text Summarizer gets...changelogged.
Open Text Summarizer:   updated changelog.

CVS checkins for STABLE from December 14th to December 20th, 2003
Who Commits In summary
Marc Maurer 29 Backporting crap stuff, mostly from Dom.
Unix:   fix gucharmap bug From Dom Lachowicz, remove some other gtk deprecated stuff From Dom Lachowicz, more deprecated gtk+ stuff From Dom Lachowicz, fix more gtk deprecated stuff From Dom Lachowicz, gtk deprecated fixes From Dom Lachowicz, port revision 1.10 upto 1.13 From Dom Lachowicz
4925:   (From Dom Lachowicz) — Mouse cursor does not react to changes after using the scroll wheel
5806:   (From Alex Converse and Dom Lachowicz) — Abi won't build with gtk head - uses unknown functions
5910:   (From Dom Lachowicz) — scrolling with the mouse wheel gets stuck if the pointer is over an horizontal cell separator
5974:   (From Dom Lachowicz) — abiword does not compile against gtk+ 2.3.0
6179:   (From Dom Lachowicz) — In German (de) locale, "File" and "Documents" menu compete for same hotkey.
6184:   (From Dom Lachowicz) — gdict plugin broken for GNOME 2

Hubert Figuiere 22 Two bugs from Jordi.
4908:   (From Jordi Mas) — Missing toolbar in preferences
4967:   (From Jordi Mas) — Toolbars are hardcoded

Kenneth “Jeremy” Davis  2 Something and more good news for nightly builds.
Windows:   backport some of Dom's changes ie_impGraphic_Win32Native.cpp
Make:   uncomment ImageMagick plugin directory

Jordi Mas  1 Lone Bug
5989:   Importing this EMF-file causes crash in AbiWord 2.0.1 on Win2K


      It's happening...right after the bug thing....

Bug Update

Bug Market


      This week's activity: ResoUnconf +6 (8 : 2), VeriNew +1 (7 : 6), ClosAssi -1 (0 : 1),

      Markets remain low, with VeriNew slipping into the positive and no bugs being Closed.   Louis Bugkeyser suggests that with the changing of the year, the markets may very quickly become very positive.   Alan Bluespan, however, reminds us that developers' releases tend to encourage more bug reporting, thus, Markets should be expected to remain low.

      For information about how to view the chart, please read 142's Special Interest.

Bug Votes

      These are the week's Top 20 Bugs in the categories  problems and  requests for enhancements.   Influence next week's results by  casting your own votes.   Ah, another release, another change of what bugs are on the "Most Wanted" list.

Top 20 MisFeatures™ as of December 19th, 2003
ID Votes Milestone Summary
 376  82 2.0.x File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......
3778  46 --- Hanging indent setting ignores units
5059  41 2.2 Recent Files breaks with international file names
5815  35 --- Variable-width font issue
4745  31 Future Change colour of foreground text for screen only
2362  30 2.2 AbiWord only prints across half of page
4031  30 Future Hebrew status line message is not displayed correctly
4722  30 --- When using -p or --print the output isn't usable
5252  30 2.2 Contrast between cursor (caret) and background is ruined ......
5794  30 --- Horizontal space and distortion at print page break in We......
6181  30 --- cursor position is not updated when changing paragraph style...
2868  26 2.0.x character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
4896  25 2.0.x the very last character can't be selected
6011  25 --- Spelling check provides bad suggestions and improperly pl......
2421  24 2.0.x TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......
6112  24 --- Win32 Windows Accumulate Dirt from Windows Objects
4733  20 --- File paths with ampersands kill preferences
1679  17 --- List changes should keep selection
3216  15 2.2 [Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement as of December 19th, 2003
ID Votes Milestone Summary
2183 455 Future Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
2321 145 2.2 [RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
3668 136 Future Support for window tabs instead of separate windows
4038 136 --- Outline View Support
2490 126 2.2 Finish Cocoa Frontend
1950 121 Future Wish for automatic Table of Contents
1374 108 Future [RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...
4057  70 --- Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency
1144  68 Future Improve KWord import/export filters
1929  50 Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
2365  43 --- AbiWord needs 'view codes'
 515  41 2.0.x columns change should only affect selected text
1851  36 Future [rfe] Ability to create an ALL CAPS style, and Small Caps......
2164  36 2.2 Ability to set default print command anywhere
2473  35 2.0.x [rfe] Support move & resize of images anchored to a page...
2186  30 Future The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles
2219  27 Future AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu
2169  24 Future Line numbering
3233  23 2.0.x New Language preference menu

      The MisFeatures™ list gained some minor changes.   First, 4896, the very last character can't be selected, lost seven votes, while 4020, UTF8 strings not shown in list of spelling alternatives, has been squashed at last.   Meanwhile, a minor change in Enhancements, 1851, [rfe] Ability to create an ALL CAPS style, and Small Caps, gained five points.

Release HackDown

      To return the moment there's a meta bug for (I'm assuming) 2.0.3 or otherwise 2.2.0.   In the meantime, Dom has a thingy for 2.2.

Abi's Relatives

      Several projects are used by, use or synchronise with AbiWord.   Some of the most noteworthy libraries and applications will be summarised here.   Some may be added under guise of the GNOME Office Suite.; others may be added because it's really just a plug by request.   Want your project plugged?   Send money to Dom.   I'm offering rates of $10 per plug, $25 for a month-long plug, $50 for a quartly plug and $200 to go all year.   P*ing us off or the discontinuation of this section does not result in a refund.


      AbiWord uses several libraries, and other sub-applications, to give it that extra bit of polish.   Here, you will learn whatever news I scrape together or has been sent to me in relation to them.   I wanted to do more this week, but not so much.

Open Text Summarizer







      Jo Moedre.


      AbiWord is crucial to the use of or coordinates with a number of full blown applications.   Ok, I only know of, like, two.   Well, there was that screen play thing, but that went straight out the window.   And there was AbiMoz, but some other application has taken its place.   I'm sure, once AbiWord 2.0 is seen to all, there will be more to see.   Screw the Ant, it's AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom!!!

GNOME Office Suite

      Since I don't know of applications outside of AbiWord that use AbiWord, I'll be doing this Gnome Office business.   These people should have newsletters, so, I can steal crap from them.


      I don't think...anything.


      Not one thing.


      I'd change it to AbiShow if I knew it existed.


      Michéle Garoche updates us on the latest issues with Fink.   Dave takes some time out to do some fixing one by one, but is open as to how to fix the rest.   Interested users/developers should see “Version 0.7.8 on MacOSX via Fink .”


      Look, a place to talk about the AWN

Abiword Weekly News

      I've added a summary in individual CVS summaries; I'm hoping it'll encourage more peeking there.


      After a week like this, what could be left to rumour?   Oh, I got one; Microsoft sent us a C&D.   Apparently, we're on the verge of being too competitive.


      After the first AWN of the year.


      I just want to remind you that all of you matter.   It's really great, as I've said, that you test things, report bugs, exchange idea and, from time to time, send little notes of appreciation.   “And, if you haven't done any of that,” said the Preacher to the Choir, “Feel free to send money, code or more users our way.”   When was the last time you said, “Hey, Steve, have you checked this out?”

Open Source, Open Books.

Last Updated: December 6th, 2003

      Approximately once a month, don't hedge bets, I'll get this updated by asking (read: whining at) dom.   In the meantime, whenever you want to see how much is in and where it gets diverted, just peek down here.

      Word of caution, numbers lightly fudged due to (hopefully) temporarily incomplete data.   Like a consultant's suggested price, you'll find hidden meaning in the data if you stare long and hard.   Surgeon's General's Warning:  Staring long and hard may have psychotropic affects; keep out of reach of people who like that sort of thing.

      I cannot promise the time of de-fudging, nor can I promise there will be de-fudging any time soon. However, I feel confident that there will be some de-fudging going on.

Current Balance: $2144.20
Interest earned: $19.34

Expenditures: $2185
$210 to feed 12 people at GUADEC
$100 to pay for Marc's work on the new server
$700 to pay for the new server
$400 to pay for Martin's Boston Gnome Summit Trip
$400 to buy Andrew Dunbar a new computer
$ 60 to misc./entertainment expenses at GNOME summit, GUAD3C, other, paid out of dom's pocket
$225 Patch Prize (those already successfully awarded)
-   $ 45 Will Lachance (?)
-   $ 45 Marc Maurer
-   $ 45 Ruud Vring
-   $ 45 Patrick Lam
-   $ 45 Dom Lachowicz
-   -   note: Pat and Dom went to an Italian restaurant named Dom's on Boston's North End.   Neither Pat or Dom seem to recommend visiting Dom's anytime soon.   Actually, I didn't ask Pat, but I'm pretty sure he'd agree.   Personally, I recommend avoiding Dom altogether.   Hmm, typo, what?

Unique contributors: 61*
paypal: 66
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cash  :  1
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