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2 What's new?

What's new in version 0.6.1

This is a bug fix release. adesklets now compiles without warnings on all gcc 4.x releases, while retaining compatibility with all previous versions of the GNU C compiler. A new test/ framework was also added to help the diagnostic of potential timing issues.

What's new in version 0.6.0

This is a new minor version release. adesklets now includes support for writing desklets in Perl: many thanks to Lucas Brutschy for his work!

What's new in version 0.5.1

This is a bug fix release. adesklets now compiles and run on OpenBSD 3.8, automated FIFO cleanup in case of broken session was added to the frontend, as well as support of the newest version of e16. The adesklets installer script automated UI fallback was also fixed.

What's new in version 0.5.0

This is new minor version and bug fix release. It extends the documentation and FAQ on many topics, includes many fixes to the autotools scripts (special thanks to Steve Langasek, regularises a few exceptions in the interpreter, adds support to WM-specific contextual menu, adds a few use cases scripts under test/, and adds a brand new adesklets installer (adesklets_installer) for automated download and unpacking of desklets.

What's new in version 0.4.12

This is a bug fix release. It corrects an error with the new distributed documentation makefile that prevented info files and manual pages from installing right on arbitrary, empty directory trees (thanks to Bart Kreska for the patch). It also add support for nautilus and KDE >=3.4.1, as well as preliminary support for xffm-desktop and ROX-Filer. It should rectify a long-standing issue with some desklets failing to complete their initial display. Finally, the documentation FAQ also got slightly expanded.

What's new in version 0.4.11

This is a bug fix release. Documentation wize, it brings the french documentation up to speed with the english version (thanks to Martin Kirchgessner for all his work), and take the whole documentation source and html version out of the main package (thanks to this, adesklets is now about 300 KB lighter). Code wize, this version includes many small fixes for various platforms – FreeBSD 7 should hopefully be supported unpatched, manuals have been added for desklets submission script to please Debian. Yet, the biggest change is probably the inclusion of an optional shell driver to the interpreter, that ease up the administration of adesklets and the quick adaptation of the code to new windows managers.

What's new in version 0.4.10

This is a bug fix release. An unwanted partial new feature made is way into previous release: it caused the contextual menu to stop working the advertised way (the control key needed to be pressed for the menu to get fired). This release just revert back the change, and add a configuration-time option, –enable-control-on-context-menu, for those who really wants this behavior.

What's new in version 0.4.9

This is a bug fix release. It changes the global macro definitions for adesklets to compile without problems on FreeBSD 6.x, corrects an error with debugging flag stripping from the C compiler, and adds a new demo program about threading.

What's new in version 0.4.8

This is a bug fix release. It changes the global macro definitions for adesklets to compile without problems on FreeBSD 5.x, and it also adds fake root window detection for KDE, thanks to yogi77, from the forum.

What's new in version 0.4.7

This is a bug fix release. It removes calls to some C99 math routines not available in earlier BSD's, making the code more portable. It also adds two new commands to the API for handling the image caching mechanism better.

What's new in version 0.4.6

This is a bug fix and documentation update release. It corrects many small bugs inside the desklets submission process scripts, makes portability changes to the autoconf structure, adds a new demo scripts in test (, corrects the xwindow_move_window routine for a small placement bugs on the screen (thanks to man1ed from the forum from providing the patch), and finally adds a new appendix containing a handy online version of the Imlib2 documentation.

What's new in version 0.4.5

This is a bug fix and documentation update release. It improves the desklets submission process by releasing the full check-in script used by the maintainer. It also solves a bug with window refresh when using user-defined background image and menus; thanks to ZeroDivide for reporting this. Various updates and corrections have also been made to the documentation.

What's new in version 0.4.4

This is a documentation update release, principally aimed at desklet authors. It basically includes a new appendix on how to submit a desklet (including scripted support), and a new subsection on system-wide font detection as well. The FAQ was also expanded to cover this topic.

What's new in version 0.4.3

This is a documentation update release. Most of the work here was made by Mike Pirnat, who was kind enough to rectify the base author's deficient english by proofreading this manual from cover to cover. Thanks Mike! The FAQ was also slightly expanded, and a new appendix for desklets writer created.

What's new in version 0.4.2

This is a new bug fix release. It corrects a bug within the Python package that made it not compile on all versions of Python prior to 2.4.0. Thanks to nucular, from the adesklets forum, for reporting this. It also corrects another minor mmap-related issue in the same package.

What's new in version 0.4.1

This is a new bug fix release. It secures the use of the optional adesklets.ConfigFile class by completely changing the way config files are imported, thus removing a potential security exploit. Thanks to Mike Pirnat for sharing his concerns on this issue.

What's new in version 0.4.0

This is a new minor version release. The interpreter now supports internationalization. It can now dynamically work with different character sets on platforms supporting iconv (as standardized in UNIX98), and display them in the right fashion. The Python package was also extended to include an (optional) generic configuration class, hopefully useful to desklets authors.

What's new in version 0.3.2

This is a documentation update release. Documentation was added for Python programmers, and the FAQ was slightly expanded.

What's new in version 0.3.1

This is new bug fix release. It just adds support for interruption of time gates by events. This is a feature absolutely required to make some timed effects possible.

What's new in version 0.3.0

This is a new minor version release. Portability has been a big concern for us since the beginning; with this version, the package compiles and runs flawlessly on FreeBSD and NetBSD (See Portability.). Event handling has also been internally streamlined, and the Python binding was extended to support dynamic modification of caught events (see test/

The interpreter API now exposes everything the author wanted, and will probably not be expanded much further; everything is pretty much in place to write any desklet, including animations.

What's new in version 0.2.1

This is a minor bug fix release which removes a compatibility bug within the GNU history library usage. Thanks to Mike Pirnat for reporting this.

What's new in version 0.2.0

This is a new minor version release. Support was added for textual variables (string substitution, in fact), and execution of timed preregistered sequences of commands to the interpreter (indirect mode of execution). This gives desklets a way to perform fluid animations. Run the demo script test/ from the source package to see those features in action.

For developers, this version also includes a rewritten, dynamically configurable debug interface to the interpreter able to generate complete logs on any session.


See Changelog for all details.