AbiWord Weekly News #178,
      (Released January 12th, the second week of 2004)

Welcome to this issue 178 of the AbiWord Weekly News.


      I actually got feedback from HappyGuy!   I'm going to name a cat after him.   Linus is first in line, however, like any other self-respecting geek, followed by the Lone Gunman (each individually, include Yves), and Jack and Sam (O'Neill and Carter, though, I've been encouraged to go with fish), and, of course, Alan, but only because Maddog doesn't want to be cat (I think he has dementia or something).   I'm going to have to live a long time...or people will think I'm queer¹.   Anyhow, I've learned that the AWN is on a freakish list of things that only weirdos read².   I'll discuss that more in the SOTW.   HappyGuy! will hear back from me soon enough; I just haven't gotten there yet.

This week in development

      New AbiDevelopers and an AbiTranslator with positive attitudes shine on this week, while the ability to translate the Windows installer has already been taken advantage of, and MacOS X gets an automatic builder.   Also included is an exclusive present for AbiLovers from FootNotes' own stro!   Additionally AbiWord 2.0.3 is anticipated to be tagged this Wednesday!   See!   You wouldn't know that if this came out on time!

Request for User Assistance

      Attention Indic and Arabic users!   We need more of you to attempt to use and report bugs on CVS Head.   As we continue to improve the glyph-shaping engine, we will need to know what is working and what is not.   You, our users, are an essential part of our community development.   Please participate in helping us improve the application all of us are using.

      In case you haven't guessed, the fact that the plea below, languages, has remained unchanged is because no-one has even told us they're trying to help.   However, we were told that two were not that different (if at all) from a close linguistic relative.   That said, please-oh-please give us 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:

  • Afrikaans[af-ZA]
  • Armenian[hy-AM]
  • Assamese[as-IN]
  • Chinese (Singapore)[zh-SG]
  • Cornish[kw-GB]
  • Corsican[co-FR]
  • Croatian[hr]
  • Esperanto[eo]
  • Estonian[et]
  • Farsi[fa-IR]
  • Flemish (Belgium)[nl-BE]
  • Frisian[fy-NL]
  • Georgian[ka-GE]
  • Hausa (Niger)[ha-NE]
  • Hausa (Nigeria)[ha-NG]
  • Hindi[hi-IN]
  • Icelandic[is-IS]
  • Korean[ko-KR]
  • Macedonian[mk]
  • Marshallese (Nauru)[mh-NR]
  • Occitan[oc-FR]
  • Thai[th-TH]
  • Urdu[ur-PK]

      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

      “Well look at this morose muthafuchsia right here; looks like some spit in his donut holes.”   Kevin Smith fans know what I meant.   I have found nothing short of the absolute oddest bullcrap to share with you people this week.

      Lets begin with one of the dust gathering bits of the Internet, TimeDoctor.   Now, I haven't really decided what makes it sing to me...but I have some parts I can't help but love.   A discussion space with phrases, like, “Spread your own libel,” and, “There are <number> lawsuits pending.” just sings to me.   And, you really can't beat that red-ray gleaming penis, or whatever that thing is, with anything short of a bigger red-ray gleaming penis.   Don't believe me?   See here.   Note:  This should crash some browsers.

      Speaking of the Google Cache, or Google, really, I want to share another AbiMoment with you.   Have you ever met our AbiGooglismNEATO?   Abiword is the crown jewel of AbiSource EVER!   AbiWord beats off my cat.   AbiWord smells like testicles.   AbiWord scares small children.   AbiWord raped my mother back in '74.   AbiWord ain't yo' father's bo'chit.

      Bitter KDE users who actually care about UserLinux (i.e. Bruce Perens) giving you the bird, at least both such lusers, must have been in a state of shock upon reading this total line.   Yup, every single week, Dom tows in the bucks.   Now, for those of you who lack critical reading skills when visiting, Open Books, here are a few things you should try to remember, “ Last Updated: Month Day, Year,” and “Approximately once a month.”   I have noticed that, somewhere down the line, I stopped mentioning this was an “all of time” thing, so, I've added one more paragraph re-clarifying that for you.   Additionally, if you want to, you're welcome to do the QT port, if you two have enough non-troll time to spare — I know how important trolling is to some people, but if you can code, feel free to join the effort.

      Now, another serious matter.   I found and fell in love with the idea of SchoolForge.   I apparently missed the original Slashdot story to this, so, I think it should have a new one.   Additionally, people stopped doing stuff with it for the most part, so, if its of interest of you, look into it.   I think it's a great idea and seems like something that would catch the attention of people trying to help place Open Source into the lower educational circles.   Anyone who tells me its in a state of perma-dead is a Bruce Perens loving jagoff!   I have hope!   I have dreams!

      You're reading everyone's favorite gonzo open source status report.

      This week, I also took the time to read about The Commercial Development Process of Third Party Windows Applications.   I found it intriguing and fairly inexpensive.   Even Loonyfornia's Governer Schwarzenegger thinks its a good thing.   What could possibly be wrong?   You should call PETA or ALF.

      Once again, bo'chit befalls us.   I do not honestly believe that swriter could possibly be better than AbiWord.   When was the last time these people used AbiWord!?   And, where are my defending readers ready to declare this contest as fixed!?

      Once again, in the “Editor of the Year” contest, this V.I.M punk beat out E.A.Z.   What kind of crap is that!?   Screw those people!   This is obviously a rigged contest.   I'm going back to my own:

      The Zenny!   “Development News Editor of the Year Award” goes to Eric Zen for the AWN!   “Funniest News of the Year Award” goes to AbiWord for AWN#anything_really!   “Community News Site of the Year Award“ goes to Footnotes!   “Funniest News Site of the Year Award“ goes to Footnotes for AWN#anything_really!

      Speaking of non-rigged award-winning work, your favourite Community News Site Editor of the Year, stro, has sent me an incredible exclusive for those of you who just love AbiWord...to a point that there should be laws or somethin'.   Stro was playing about with the freshest Fedora release of Inkscape...that he has, and created some yummy treats.   First up, an A-Swoosh/Swish WallPaper, (I don't want to discriminate against swooshers or swishers, but I do believe left to right is a swish, and I also believe that swoosh is more fun to say), that reminds me disastrously of the gnome-foot image I like the very least (BRING BACK THE MUD!).   And if you don't find that pretty enough, he's also created (Dom, brace yourself), The Cute Blue Ant!   It's even cuter than the original, but he put in that sign...well, no accounting for taste ;o)   Thank you, stro, for this yummy treat.

¹queer:   As in strange....
²a freakish list of things that only weirdos read:   Prove me wrong, you bastards³, prove me wrong!
³you bastards:   Yeah, you, you right there.   You jammering reader bastard!   Who do you think I was talking to?   Jesus?   Only on Tuesdays....   God and Mary weren't married....   Ok, that went too far.   If you're not too new to the AWN, you know I love you already, and don't really mean this, if you are new, you probably have to be told I don't consider you a bastard, as I am not, in fact, Catholic.

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. Question about dialog code :
    →   For users with some interest on hacking/fixing/tweaking AbiWord, here's a thread to give you hints about dialogue code (Unix-Centric).   Nathan, our now second-newest developer, possesses a few questions regarding dialogue code, in his continuing quest of improving the printing functionality.
    §   Come play with us!   The doxygen is fine!
  2. Abiword w/o Gnome impossible? :
    →   Ingo Lantschner informs us that The RULE Project, Red Hat for Low Memory, has found its way to the Congo-areas of Africa.   Like the Lord High Pumbah, Marco Fioretti, Ingo has questions reguarding Abi's dependency on Gnome libraries.   In reality, Abiword only depends on some GTK-libraries.   Building from source would hide most of that, as seeing that, in order to get a build with actual GNOME dependencies (like Nautilus), the build would have to use the option --enable-gnome.   As far as pre-built binaries go, the “normal” build has “gtk”   It should be noted, I suppose, that this does not appear to exist....
    §   It has just come to my attention that Lingala has, unfortunately for some, replaced Lojban as the language all the cool kids are speaking.
  3. Questions about the Windows installer ,
    commit: Windows installer, add ability to localize dictionary names :
    →   Upon reading the interesting development last week about the Windows installer being localisable, Karl Ove Hufthammer has come back to bring the Nynorsk uptodate for both AbiWord and the Windows installer.   Meantime, Jeremy continues to make the installer as easy as possible for translators to keep uptodate.   People wanting to get their translations uptodate for the Installer may download/update their own copy of the CVS HEAD source code and goto: abi\src\pkg\win\setup\NSISv2\ and edit the appropriate abi_lng_<language>.nsh file or if it is missing, copy out a known language file and begin translating that one, as is usually done with string files and add it to the abi_dict_list.nsh file.
    §   Well, I'm assuming you can do that string-esk translation part, but it seems logical.   Perhaps, if you speak any of the languages mentioned here, you could just maybe really help with that.   I know you all just scroll past it...it's not helping get rid of it.
  4. Brazilian Portuguese localization update :
    →   Nelson Ferraz seems happy to participate in the community side of Free Software.   While sending in the Brazilian Portuguese translation, he explained, “Since this is my first contribution to this project, I'm not sure if there's anything left to do; any input will be appreciated.”   Maybe this story will encourage you to...never mind, you've already read it twice today.
    §   Gyih!   Nelson sent one of those hard-to-convert .po files.   A note to future translators:  Strings are nicer.
  5. commit: NSIS v2 compiling with MinGW :
    →   For users of MinGW trying to get AbiWord to build, Jeremy has created a linker script that does work with atleast one version of MinGW/gcc, but if that doesn't work, then run ld -verbose > lscript.mingw and, “Copy this over the one in the NSIS subdir, comment out the header, and add a chunk so the .ndata section is placed after the .idata (imports) section.”   You should note, however, that is highly recommended you use NSIS compiled with MSVC rather than MinGW for a greater probability of success.   NullSoft's own official binary releases are, of course, compiled under MSVC.
    §   For less daring and/or less technical Windows users, AbiWord will continue to be distributed as binary within itsown installer for the forsee-able future.
  6. Are we ready for 2.0.3? :
    →   Martin asks everybody's favourite question, “Who wants free beer?”   Outside of chat, of course, he also got around to our users' favourite paraphrased question, “Is it time to release yet another, better version of AbiWord?”   Right now the real question is, “Can Abiword withstand Jordi's excessive use of footnotes and endnotes?”
    §   Martin may not have asked that thing about beer, at least, not recently, at least, not while I was there; well, actually, I haven't “been there” per se, in quite some time, but...ya know....   We're all crossing our fingers now....
  7. Commit (HEAD): abicocoa: automatic builder for MacOS X :
    →   Hub continues to prove his AbitudeNEATO of total coolness, as he begins the creation of a builder for the MacOS X port.   Currently it only does some minor work with the peers and Fink, and it creates a disk image for distribution.   There is much work to be done.
    §   “She is young; she is fickle; she will marr you for life.”   That quote was from me, just now.
  8. Patch for 5143 (My first!) :
    →   Ryan Pavlik is our brandest-spankingest-newest member of “The AbiPatchNEATO of the Month Club.”   Ryan gave a go at tackling bug 5143, Inserting tabstop deactivates keyboard.   Now, we're just waiting for someone to pick it up for a commit.
    §   The waiting is the hardest part; I heard that somewhere.

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. Where does Abiword find it's fonts :
    →   Johnathan asks a question that pops up from time to time on the list.   After finding a large list of fonts after installing AbiWord, he would like to know how AbiWord found all of those fonts on his system.   Here's the secret, and by secret, I mean documented bit that gets looked over, AbiWord doesn't do a thing; it asks FontConfig to do it all for it.
    §   “And, now you know!”   I heard that somewhere, too.


CVS Stats

      Keep track of the latest developments, from bug fixes to requested enhancements.   You'll find it easy to watch the progress made by the developers or individual developers involved.   Perhaps you'll even be encouraged to try a development build of either branch.

Developments for 2.0 from January 4th through the 10th, 2004
Who Commits In summary
Hubert Figuiere 8 A variety of interesting backports and bug fixes.
Unix:    print a range of pages when editing the ranges in the print dialog From Nathan Bullock (backport work by Marc Maurer)
File Types:
MSWord (.doc):   handle standard style 154
HyperText Markup Language (.html):    export filename in title not fullpath From Jordi Mas
6143:   (From Martin Sevior) — pasting - textparts exchanged for strange signs
6255:   (From Jordi Mas) — Too accurate statistics (word count), less is more ? (No kidding, you've got to see this! Note American readers: spaces are commas and commas are periods)
6261:   Unknown paper size in .doc

Developments for 2.1 from January 4th through the 10th of 2004
Who Commits In summary
Hubert Figuiere 42 As usual, lots of MacOS X centered work, a bug, .doc fixing and some other stuff.
All Platforms:   use UT_UTF8String instead of UT_String for line thickness, ASSERT on this unimplemented GUI callback
MacOS X:   fix scrolling H, fix pixel dirt redraw (bad layout in nib) on left ruler, fix redraw when resize: much slower and done properly, cleanup, fix a few NSExceptions, speed up resize and correctly fix it (unlike in previous code), fix statusbar resize, resize frames when the toolbar resize, implement show/hide toolbars
File Types:
MSWord (.doc):   handle standard style 154
Project Builder (& AbiProject Builder):   wv: bump version, fribidi: file cleanup, work towards an automatic builder for MacOSX forgot to tell about ./configure in Fribidi
6261:   Unknown paper size in .doc

Tomas Frydrych 13 Much work focusing on html export.
Cross Platform:   remove duplicates from short cmd line parameters names, functions to set/get LinkCSS option, added UT_UTF8String::lowerCase()
HyperText Markup Language (.html):   functions to set/get LinkCSS option, allow linking of external CSS stylesheet instead of exporting style definitions, exporter options class-only and title

Kenneth “Jeremy” Davis  6 The localisability was done...then undone, then done better.   It's more like 4 commits....
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, version 2 :    update Norwegian dictionary names From Karl Ove Hufthammer, revert last commit (adding proper localizable support), add support for localized dictionary name (not filename) to installer

Jordi Mas  2 An html fix and a funky bug (with picture!).
File Types:
HyperText Markup Language (.html):   export filename in title not fullpath
6255:   Too accurate statistics (word count), less is more ? (No kidding, you've got to see this! Note American readers: spaces are commas and commas are periods)

Dom Lachowicz  1 Another Harry Potter movie means Dom needs to get back to work on Enchant.
6278:   unistd.h missing for build on Solaris

      A slow week, unless you were French.   Je suis l'morse!   Speaking of which, guess who's got a rare “Magical Mystery Tour” DVD coming his way!


      It's happening Really Soon Now™!

Bug Update

Bug Market


      This week's activity: ResoUnconf +12 (14 : 2), VeriNew -6 (0 : 6), ClosAssi +1 (0 : 1),

      A slumping market place and a low commit level is suggestive of, “a bad week.”   It has been put forward that many of the AbiHackersNEATO have slowed their online activity as life in the real world resumes after the Holidays, most notably, for those in University.   “With the possibility of the next stable release ahead,” as Alan Bluespan put it, “You can't help but to hope that there will be a swift recovery.”   Louis Bugkeyser, however, noted that with two new developers entering the fold and the resilience of the French, things are, indeed, looking bright for the future.

      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  misfeatures 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 January 3rd, 2004
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
1679  17 --- List changes should keep selection
3216  15 2.2 [Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column
3801  15 Future [META] Seems to struggle with large files
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement as of January 3rd, 2004
ID Votes Milestone Summary
2183 458 Future Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
3668 166 Future Support for window tabs instead of separate windows
2321 145 2.2 [RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
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

      Only the mildest event occurring in Enhancements, where 3668, Support for window tabs instead of separate windows, gained twenty more votes.   Dream world, Kiddies, dream world.

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.

      Though not technically available, it will be scripted in by searching for 2.2 scheduled bugs.   New Bug Schnitzle to be available on the 18th.   Works For Me!

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

      Nadav has written a report for his Natural Language interests to explain the multiple-document summarisation of OTS.   This is present in its original form, as you editor, Billy Bo Bob Jim Jo, has yet to re-read it with a critical eye.   History has shown that there is a small army of netizens with nothing better to do than criticise work they don't do, so, I feel rest assured that we will get fixes soon enough.   All AbiSpelling Nazis should consider diff -u format ;o)


      Marc doesn't do news anymore, but if you look at last week's newsletter, you'll learned what happened earlier on this week.


      Weirdest thing found this week regarding the handling of standard style 154.   That problem is now fixed ^_^


      Build fix for Solaris users.


      AbiWord is crucial to the use of, coordinates development with, or to some extent relies upon a number of applications.   Only one two of these applications make it easy for me to steal information from them, so, we're talking about a lot of blog reading.

Windows World

      Here, we'll explore our Windows associates more.   Well...it's currently only the one, but it's a very important one.

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

      Release Candidate #2 came out earlier this week, with one more expected to follow.   “ This second release candidate contains bugfixes releated [ed. sic] to the user interface, language strings and user variables.   It also includes an updated compiler interface with an improved user interface.”   Windows users may grab their copy here.   Now, as you might have noticed, AbiWord uses NSIS, but NSIS doesn't use AbiWord, or even Enchant for that matter!

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.


      It appears that 1.2.0 didn't turn out to have stamped out all the bugs Jody was hoping to kill.   Additionally, some work needs to be done with regard to correctly implementing the state of manual recalculation.   Now, in the modern world....

      GtkAction is, now, officially in action, clearing up some time to commit Nick's xor's encryption import for xls, JGill's re-freeze option, JHM's header fix for the ia64 breakage on 1.2.   Additional patches have come in, like Jean's yummy bubble-enabling and JonKare's fixing up of the Python bindings.   While the GtkAction integration fixes problems that have cropped up in the custom combo boxes and gradient themes, Jody has been distracted by “interesting bugs” that those pesky responsible users have been finding, preventing all sorts of new features from being implemented.   I'm sensing Martin and Jody have something in common.


      The ODBC provider, virtually abandoned until this point, has been brought back up to functionality, thanks to Jon.


      Someone want to point me somewhere?


      If you got confused by the releases, my last look at the archives says that 0.7.10 is the current release.   Between the two of them (0.7.9) the following enhancements have been folded in: support for middle mouse button paste, update Primary whenever selection changes, rewrite of clipboard and selection code (now in a sane xml format), translation updates from many known GNOME names in (cs?, sr?, Portuguese, Spanish), Home/End keys function within structural elements and for the whole document when used with Control.   Needless to mention, I'm sure, are the 20+ bug fixes.


      Look, a place to talk about the AWN

Abiword Weekly News

      As you can tell by the lateness (if you haven't gotten use to that), the end of this week has been very distracting, preventing many things from getting done.   Your editor is high tailing the abandoned distribution he's been on since before the millennium switched over (and it doesn't really matter whether you --wrongly-- believe that was in 2000 or --correctly-- believe it was 2001).   I, quite frankly, look forward to “using software created by the Ancient Greeks.”   Tulpen en Windmolen.


      I haven't even been to chat for (/me checks calendar) 8 weeks.   I'll get rumours for next week.


      I did, indeed, get an update!   Unfortunately, due to technical problems I see no point in handling, I was unable to do anything with it.   I think I have a tricky bit in the memory or on the drive, and I'll be looking at that this week.   Expect an update in next week.


      Nathan Bullock and Ryan Pavlik are swiftly working their way from playful user to... AbiAddictNEATO!   Nelson Ferraz has also put a smile on my face with his positive attitude to doing translation work.   I was beginning to think we should offer small monetary prises to encourage such work.   You users make me so proud of our little AbiMunnity.   See, it is like Community but...ok, see, that's why I didn't neato it.

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.

      These are numbers from all of time!   Everything since the paypal AbiFund has been setup is in here, not just this month or just this week.   Just in case you didn't figure that out, I'm restating it since the PayPal incident first incited interest in this.

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?

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