AbiWord Weekly News (5/17/2000)
A witty saying proves nothing . . .
This week was a busy one for AbiWord development. Although we saw no new faces in the list of contributors this week, there were still some 17 new patches in the tree, authored by 7 different developers.
Without question, the most significant patch of the week came from hj, with significant help from Mike and Martin, who combined to fix significant focus problems, squashing the POW from March 29th. This leaves AbiWord in the enviable situation of having all but one of the proposed POWs either finished or partially so.
The other big checkin this week came from Pierre Abbat and Ash Gordon, who completed their translation of the French documentation into English. It still remains to be seen how we will handle the large, but very useful, videos created to help people learn AbiWord.
Other checkins included continued code cleanup from Mike and some warning squashing from Sam. Bob also added a few new QA test cases.
With regard to this week's patch prize, Bob had this to say "From our point of view, this week was a dead heat between Sam and Mike Nordell for their code cleanup. We couldn't decide, so I reached into my pocket and pulled out one of those new gold dollars. I called heads Sam, tails Mike. It came up heads. Congratulations Sam.". Enjoy your $299.
On The List
This week saw lots of traffic on the abiword-dev list, with 106 messages posted. Some of the significant topics included
One of the things that makes AbiWord great is attention to detail. And that is what this week's POW is about. The task this week is to fix the assorted problems that the Microsoft Intellimouse has, on both Linux and Windows. The cross-platform nature of the this POW means that it could easily be a vehicle for collaboration. When you have finished this POW, AbiWord will be a little closer to the ideal of Just Working.
It is this sort of attention to detail that proprietary software is unable to provide. If AbiWord was a proprietary product, its administrators would not reward people for fixing compiler warnings or adding asserts, which is what the code cleaning that Mike and I did was. They would not make compatibility with a single piece of hardware an important goal. But with open source, we all have the freedom to be perfectionists, and AbiWord is the better for it.
Following up on his creation last week of a repository for pending patches, Sam this week created a CVS archive for patches, and provided a web interface. He hopes lots of people will use it.
The quote at the beginning of this week's AWN is from Voltaire.
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