AbiWord Weekly News #179,
      (For the week ending January 17th, the 3rd week of 2004)

Welcome to this issue 179 of the AbiWord Weekly News.


      Another potential user-into-developer event, and the person who got that ball rolling, Johnny Lee, popped up with another speedup!

This week in development

      As you would have noticed, 2.0.3 didn't come out, but it certainly will next week!   Meantime, the Windows Installer is now available in numerous languages, instructions are included for MacOS X users who might want to try playing with AbiWord early, there's discussion about making BiDirectional text manipulation purely optional, and AbiWord's first Arabic translation just committed!   Or, maybe, we're guessing; well, I'm guessing.

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

      So, I'm sure you're wondering, “Eric, what's up with the late AWNs?”   I understand your confusion; at least, after I realised that you actually do read this thing.   So, I'm going to tell you my harrowing tale of distro-switching.

      So, it begins with the arrival of a bunch of pretty (green!?) Debian Sid CDs.   Of course, the CD's come with a Woody installer, which was probably really sweet...back in 2000.   Your harrowing editor went to work at cleaning up the home directories and getting the CDRW to work.   Unfortunately, dependency hell (the whole reason for the switch in the first place) struck against making CD backups of anything.   “Well, that's OK,” said the brave and foolish editor, who's initials were not V.I.M., “Home has itsown partition and should be perfectly safe.   I love Debian.   I trust Debian.   Debian's my friend.“   The blank stare with a glimmer of hope should have been a warning.

      Your editor only installed 5 distros ever, so, it is likely he knew not what he was getting himself into.   Selecting ext3 for the initialised boot, Root and usr systems and mounted everything else, install went fine...when restarting the package installation over and over and over again.   Then came the moment CD1 of Sid was placed in the tray....

      FAILED INTEGRITY CHECK!   Wanna try another!?   ^_^


      After much failed dinking about, your editor, your poor editor, your poor editor on dial up, mind you, finally caved into using ppp-sources — Yes, he was going to install no less than 350Megs over the Internet.   Thanks to Hub, however, he knew to edit his sources right away for Testing!   That was sweet, for awhile, until tasksel found conflicts in the “Desktop Environment” option, which, your editor believes, is entirely GNOME centric, but can't prove, as he stopped using dselect as this, too, caused issues, and, ironically, paranoia.   Here's the ironic bit:   Abiword conflicted with Abiword-Gnome!


      So, what does your brilliant, patient, tolerant editor do?   He aptly got lots of packages individually as tasksel and dselect, as far as direct use went, were dead to him by then.   Eventually, he reached...Synaptic Heaven!   Glorious, glorious Synaptic!   It's like the Sears Catalogue of apt-based distributions!   The only disappointment after that was when he kept forgetting to download the world's greatest package — Virtual Richard Stallman!

  “Well, everything's here, time to setup all the stuff again!”   What came next nearly gave your editor a fearsome heart attack!

      So far, you've been given all the simplified quickie version of this; you've been spared the pain and agony of attempting Reiser and wigging out at package failure.   So, you don't know that when mbr (Debian's manager for the Master Boot Record) tried to install, it usually failed until only boot, Root and usr were selected.   Why tell you this?   Well, an fstab edit later (and some some single-user mode dancing for var and tmp), the most horrifying site was seen....

      The home partition didn't look the same.   In fact, it didn't have anyone's home in it at all.   Do you know what it had?   It had the layout of...THE /USR PARTITION!   “You killed /kenny...and /eric and /others!   You bastards!

      Needless to say, I had to break for a day while I purchased a new monitor.

      Valium...sweet, sweet valium.

      After setting everyone up again, your editor popped into chat to have a look around.   Then, on Wednesday-ish, he grabbed his own copy of abisource (the site), and he began working on setting up for the current issues of the AWN.   He was mildly disappointed that one of Jesper's scripts didn't work right, but realised he would only need that once (for getting the Sometime Sunday information for #181).

      Was it worth it?   Yes.   Would I do it all over again?   No, I would never have mounted the home partition ever!   Why would I mount the home partition?   So I wouldn't have to edit /etc/fstab.   Was that worth it?   NO, JEEZ!  WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!?   Your editor is now Synapticly happy, and LOVES how well wine has been working out.

      Also, “ither” is a word, no matter what those bloody Cattys think.   Or the Prots for that matter!   Or the Horkans.   The-end...thend.

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. Are we ready for 2.0.3? ,
    2.0.3 in 36 hours. :
    →   When this whole thing began, it seemed like only a small bug stood in the way, but when everything was ready, the window opened and shut, as Martin didn't have the bandwidth to pull it off.   It looks like users will have to wait until next week for 2.0.3.
    §   Now, take a moment and think about software projects of the 70's and 80's.   Those weren't all telco pipes way back when....
  2. Re: AbiWord, the GPL, and MS Visual C Runtime :
    →   This discussion, discussed again in the LibWPD thread, is centered around how the GPL affects compiling AbiWord for Windows.   By an unnecessarily strict and broad interpretation, no code that gets incorporated into a GPL'd product may be licensed under something other than the GPL.   However, traditional interpretation by most working developers explains that there is some leeway where expectations are had regaurding certain proprietary systems and their compilers, libraries and so forth.   As a result, this is considered a non-issue for AbiWord.
    §   Licensing and Documentations, the dual dire dealing daunting dread to developers.   Thesaurii and Lexicons, the easily abused tools of writers everywhere.
  3. Linux User & Developer Expo 2004 in London :
    →   On October 20th and 21st, in the .Org Village of the Linux User & Developer Expo at Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, UK, our own Tomas Frydrych looks to be representing AbiWord!   At least one Gnome Office person will be present...though, maybe two.   Stay tuned for more details.
    §   Additionally, Ramanan Selvaratnam, Londoner, has taken the opportunity to offer the unique and long-awaited services of some Tamil and possibly some general and quite useful Indic support in the not-too-distant future.
  4. commit: NSIS support more languages during Windows installation :
    →   Windows users:   Please try the latest installer to make sure everything works and reads right if your languages is: Arabic, Catalan, Croation, Danish, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Engrish.
    §   Yes, Engrish.
  5. Forward: Arabic Translation :
    →   I don't remember why, but I do remember I should mention this.   Probably a mental note left over from last week.
    §   This was important, right?
  6. Re: AbiWord Weekly News #176 "Katzenzungen...Chinese Food...Think About It" Released. :
    →   The AWN editor's happy level was boosted two weeks later by Ryan.   Ryan, unaware that Eric is perpetually under the influence of something, sent in a reminder that he appreciates the AWN.   However, questions started to crop up when the main body's concluding line was, “I apologize for this message.”
    §   Needless to say, this was added for my own amusement.
  7. OSX - how can I help? :
    →   Another potential user-turn-developer story might have already begun, with Michael Moore asking how he could begin helping to develop the MacOS X port.   Hub explained that, on top of the OS X development tools, interested would-be developers would need to also get a copy of Fink.   Then, checkout the abicocoa module (see AnonCVS, except, in the CVSROOT= line, replace the /cvsroot with /abicocoa ).   After that, everything else you need to know is in the AbiCocoa README.   Also, try Doxygen.
    §   It never dawned on me, until now, why Hub disuades me from calling the line cvsroot¹.
  8. ATN: libwpd 0.7.0 released ,
    Commit (STABLE): Upgrade WP plugin for libwpd 0.7.0 :
    →   Congratulations to Marc, Fridrich and Rui, as LibWPD reaches its 0.7.0 release.   With this release basic support now exists for WordPerfect™ documents of the following versions: 4.2, 5.0 and 5.1.   Also some minor chatter covering the same stuff discussed in the AbiWord, GPL & MSVC thread from earlier.
    §   WordPerfect™ is a registered trademark of the Corel® Corporation.   Corel® is a registered name of the Corel® Corporation.   Corporation is patented business model of the Microsoft® Corporation.   Microsoft® is a registered name of the Microsoft® Corporation.   Microsoft® would like to remind you that their “Free Software” IP violators war is peace of mind for corporations of all sizes just like them.   Microsoft® would like to remind you that “assumed” freedom is slavery in disguise, which can force you to become dependent upon anyone.   Microsoft® would like to remind you that you computer- and your governments' ignorance is strength to their resolve of maintianing a perfectly necessary, perfectly homogeneous environment for all three world SuperPowers.
  9. turning bidi off :
    →   Almost two years ago, work began on creating and testing BiDirectional text for AbiWord.   Now, Raphael wants to know if the visual representations of BiDi could be turned off in future versions, for when a logical (unidirectional) view is necessary.   Tomas says this can be done somewhat easily, though it will involve running through a few extra files.
    §   All the Great Ones hate doing interfaces...must be a rule somewhere ;o)
  10. [PATCH] Fix bug 5880 - very slow in setting language on entire document ,
    commit: Jonny Lee's latest speed up patch. :
    →   Johnny Lee finished off another too-slow-to-be normal bug, 5880.   Basically, any user changing languages had a very long wait before they could actually use the application; this patch reduces these problems by a considerable amount (>10), even more so than that, in fact.   It does appear, however, that this speedup will not enter stable until after 2.0.3.
    §   Johnny doesn't like slow things...just a note to the ladies ;o)
  11. commit: Win32 installer Albanian translation from Besnik :
    →   Besnik Bleta submitted an Albanian translation for the new Windows installer, and, just to make Jeremy look bad (;o) corrections for some Engrish typos.
    §   Yup, er_US, er_JP, er_DE and more.

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).   Happily, the user list is becoming more active!   This week, interesting topics on the user list included:

  1. Confirmation for subscribe abiword-user ,
    →   Subscribing and unsubscribing to ither list is a relatively easy thing.   The trick is remember that you're talking to the server when it's abiword-x-request, but your really sending the message to everyone when you forget the -request in the address.   More information can be found here.
    §   You would know some of this if you ever took our Request for User Assistance seriously.
  2. abiword-user - Spell checker problems Julio Borges ,
    Sorry for this another sin :
    →   Multi-lingual users, we have someone that could use your help.   If you have experienced problems spell-checking a document because of having to switch language for the spell-checker, and especially if you have found away around this problem, please send in your solution.
    §   Or, at the very least, please file bug!
  3. question concerning fonts in abiword 2.0.2 :
    →   A couple of user problems with the fonts of AbiWord, and of course, any reader is welcome to help.   The first, from Tobias Viegener, concerns the non-standard styling of fonts, where traditional styles, such as bold or italic, would be standard, this would, therefore, refer to styling such as light and “oldstyle.”   It seems that, though GNOME itself, via fontconfig, is capable of recognising these, AbiWord does not include these additions within itsown list.   Anyone with advise or relating expertise is welcome to send a clue in the direction of the user list.
      The second, from Jack Dodds, seems to be the opposite, which is attempting to get a “normal” style.   Jack specifies that the font Nimbus Sans L continues to appear in condensed format within AbiWord's various options.   It is quite possible, however, that the font dialogue is not specifying that this is, specifically, the condensed version of Nimbus Sans L, as many such fonts do have these specialised versions.
    §   For those of you who don't know (Windows only users, I would guess), Nimbus * * is a freely distributable family of fonts in post script.   Nimbus Sans L is a helvetica-like font, and Nimbus Roman No9L was AbiWord's sit-in for Times New Roman.
  4. Abiword v.2 :
    →   James Ogley explains to a SUSE user something important concerning Enchant.   If, during an upgrade, you're told a conflict exists within Enchant, that you probably only need to upgrade Enchant first.
    §   And remember, once you start using a package manager, you need to keep it informed, so, none of that sneaking behind its back!   Of course, you could also just go to the original, thought-free apt-get.

¹why Hub...cvsroot:   If you haven't figured this out, which is understandable if it's all Geek to you, it is because the module cvsroot (lowercase letters) is the AbiWord source code, and CVSROOT (uppercase letters) is the environment variable for CVS/Shell.


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 11th through the 17th, 2004
Who Commits In summary
Marc Maurer 19 With libwpd having made a release and AbiWord about to make a release, Marc also finds time for backporting and updating translation patches.
WordPerfect:   upgrade to 0.7.0
General:   preperations for release of 2.0.3
Malay, Malaysian:    update From Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan
Shqip, Albanian:    update From Besnik Bleta
Spanish, Spain:    update From Francisco J. F. Serrador
Finnish, Finland:    update From Ismo Mäkinen
Arabic?:    update From ?
2164:   Abillity to set default print command anywhere

Hubert Figuiere  2 Fix for fonts on unix, and a backport of fix for an html-related crash
Unix:   header include fix for recent libfreetype/Xft combination
File Types:
Hyper Text Markup Language (.html):    fix crasher From Dom Lachowicze

Jordi Mas  2 A catalan update and a bug fix.
Catalan, Spain:   string update
6308:   Crash on restoring minimized window, if one open windows are closed, before restoring

Developments for 2.1 from January 11th through the 17th of 2004
Who Commits In summary
Marc Maurer 41 Screenshots for Windows users, an update for the latest libwpd and lots of translation work.
WordPerfect:   the new libwpd 0.7.0 api, update to the ReadMe, descripton updated
Sceenshots:    update of Windows images From Ryan Pavlik
Portuguese, Brazilian:    update From Nelson C. T. Ferraz
Bokmål & Nynorsk, Norwegian:    translation of .desktop file From Karl Ove Hufthammer,  spelling correction in credits & Windows Installer From Karl Ove Hufthammer,  fix of the Format text box..um..box From Karl Ove Hufthammer
Malay, Malaysian:    update From Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan
Shqip, Albanian:    update From Besnik Bleta
Spanish, Spain:    update From Francisco J. F. Serrador
Finnish, Finland:    update From Ismo Mäkinen
Arabic?:    update From ?

Dom Lachowicz 37 Setlocale work and Enchant upgrades to use MySpell 3.1, among other work from this week.
Cross platform:   setlocale work
Unix:   build fix
Enchant:   upgrade to myspell 3.1
Finnish, Finland:   Spanish is not a Finnish language
2164:   Abillity to set default print command anywhere

Kenneth “Jeremy” Davis 30 More Windows Installer work plus a bug fix from Jordi
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, version 2:   support detailed extra help only if help button plugin available, add Norwegian localization support, support additional languages during installation (see this list)
6308   (From Jordi Mas) — Crash on restoring minimized window, if one open windows are closed, before restoring

Martin Sevior 21 Work towards making nested tables sanely span across pages
Cross platform:   a step along the way to having nested tables span pages
5880   (From Johnny Lee) — very slow in setting language on entire document

Hubert Figuiere 10 Mostly work towards cleaning up the MacOS X port.
Unix:   header include fix for recent libfreetype/Xft combination
MacOS X:   add "non debug" assert, fix combo box focus problems, changed toolbarWindowController class name
Project Builder:   non debug asserts, disable standard asserts when in Deployment



      It's happening Really Soon Now™!

Bug Update

Bug Market


      This week's activity was not tracked due to abscence of editor.

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

Bug Votes

      Due to timing and so forth, this data will not be corrected until the week ending January 31st.

      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

      This week's top bugs went untracked

Release HackDown

      Will be scripted in by the second week of February, barring currently unknown events.

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

      Nothing new that I've heard of.


      Version “0.7.0 released.   This release contains a lot of good stuff, most importantly initial support for WordPerfect(tm) 4.2 and 5.x type documents, and a Windows/MingW build system!”


      It still works!


      Upgrade for MySpell 3.1.


      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

      Nothing new, but tune in next week for more information on release candidates and more!

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.


      Aggressive work on GTKAction this week.   Jody and crew found out numerous oddities about the future miracle worker of the GNOME platform.   Meantime, bubble-plot, while looking absolutely scrumptious, is likely to appear not only in HEAD, but the current stable, along with an xls-export fix.


      Planner will now be capable of accessing any RDBMS which is supported by libgda, thanks to Alvaro del Castillo's long term work on replacing libpq's usage with that of libgda's.


      I have yet to be whacked with an AbiShow/Criawips cluestick.


      Dave re-affirms his commitment to becoming an integrated part of GNOME Office.   He's targetting using the libgnomeoffice-plugin framework for integration by 1.0.0.   To begin with, the cong-plugin has been split-up into easier to manage tools.   For more information, see “Plugin changes” and “Re: Plugin changes.”


      Look, a place to talk about the AWN

Abiword Weekly News

      The AWN has fallen a bit behind (mentioned previously).   I anticipate that 181 (the week's newsletter you should be expecting now) should be released by Wednesday or Thursday; either way, 182 should come out on time.   After this catch-up week, I intend to get what I now call the AWN's “Manifest Destiny.”


      2.0.3 is coming out...Real Soon Now™.


      There currently exists a small issue with the books, so, unfortunately I will not have the current accounting available for right now.


      Users, such a wide array of people, have so many uses.   Michael Moore is getting geared up to test the MacOS X port; meantime, Johnny Lee is catching and improving another impairment.   And then, there's Ryan, who keeps his editor amused with a single sentence.   I love users...you never know when I might need a donar organ....

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?

Unique contributors: 61*
paypal: 66
check :  3
cash  :  1
*61: plusse 3 repeat offenders whom we love dearly

Contributions: $2311.84
Less paypal and other banking fees: $167.64

PLEASE!  Help promote AbiWord development by donating money. The money go to a general AbiWord "fund", presently hosted by Dom Lachowicz (cinamod@hotmail.com).
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