Sunday, October 8, 2006

Mandriva 2007.0, RTL, Lozere

Mandriva 2007.0 is out
I guess most people already know about it but Mandriva Linux 2007.0 is available for everybody now, and it is the first distribution to ship GNOME 2.16 (yay). Moreover, if you (or your friends) just want to test it without installing it first, you can now grab Live CD in both GNOME (yay) and KDE flavors, which can later be used to install the distribution on your system. And remember, if you don't like Ia Ora theme colors, there are always 3 other flavors (colors) available.

While fixing some Ia Ora bugs with vmware and gnomine, I tested it with RTL languages (such as arabic, hebrew and farsi). I knew I didn't had time to do those tests before 2007.0 but better later than never ;) Anyway, there were some bugs, which are now fixed and after discussing with Bedhad, I also changed light direction on theme when used in RTL, so light is now coming from the right side, inversing shadows and horizontal gradients. Result looks a little strange for non RTL readers but I think most RTL languages readers will be pleased. The only thing I didn't change is Metacity theme, since it doesn't support RTL and I didn't want to add 4 other metacity theme just for that (and I'm not sure other OS switch WM buttons positions).

And of course, screenshots (with help of TheWidgetFactory, click for full resolution) : LTR (as reference) and RTL


I'm taking a two weeks vacations in my native soil. I'm usually not spending a lot of time there because I really enjoy Paris (which is now my home) and I can't do much things in country land (and after staying there for 18 years, I know there isn't much things to do) but I'm expecting something different this time. Aside upgrading my mom computer to latest Mandriva, I'll be visiting countryside as a tourist (something most people never do) and testing my new 400D at the same time. Let's hope I'll do nice photos ;)


  1. Comment from Alex Smith:

    I guess most people already know about it but Mandriva Linux 2007.0 is available for everybody now, and it is the first distribution to ship GNOME 2.16 (yay)

    Actually, it's not the first - Frugalware Linux was the first distro to ship GNOME 2.16, which was in the 0.5 release on September 14th.

  2. Comment from sc:

    Apparently every distro is the "first distro to ship GNOME 2.16", I've probably seen five distros make that claim now. For what it's worth, I think this was technically the first distro:

    But really, who cares?

  3. Comment from Marnanel:

    We could fix up something in metacity if you like. I don't think it would be easy to reverse the shadows, given that they're mostly in images, but we could definitely reverse the order of the buttons in RTL languages.

  4. Comment from Andreas R:

    Hello, which bug in gnomine did you refer to? Has it been reported to bugzilla yet?

  5. several answers !
    Alex, sc : when I was saying "first distro", I mean "first mainstream distro" ;)
    Marnanel : for shadows, I agree it is up to theme designer. And in our case, shadows wouldn't need to be inversed for metacity. But inversing button order and placement would probably be an good idea for metacity-2 theme spec ;)

    Andreas : bug was really in Ia Ora (see ), because gnomine is using paint_box with unusual parameters (only SHADOW_IN but not GTK_STATE_ACTIVE, same for GTK_STATE_SELECTED with detail being "button" to get a colored button). Anyway, it is now fixed in ia ora 1.0.9 and will be available through bugfix update soon.

  6. Comment from Tuomas Kuosmanen:

    Hmm. What's up with the "fake steps" on progressbars and the sliders? Ubuntu does the same thing on their theme and I don't understand the point. It makes you think they have some meaning, even though they do not. ("this task takes a bit of time, and it contains 8 steps" or "You have 5 steps for volume" (but, not really, it's just fake!))

    Make it stop! :)