Saturday, March 24, 2007

Call for volunteers: Backporting mySTEP changes

In FOSDEM, GNUstep and myStep agree to merge together, said Fred Kiefer:
As this really is a huge task, I would like to split it up between different developers. Taking over a few of these changes could be a nice way to get started with GNustep. If you are willing to work on this, I can provide you with all the details you need. Before somebody starts on this, we need to make sure that we have a copyright assignment from him/her, otherwise we would have to investigate each change to see if there was more involved than just copying.

This could be a good project for Google Summer of Code (deadline is on Monday, March 26). Students are encouraged to apply.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Google Summer of Code by Monday (March 26)

As Adam Fedor reminded:
The deadline for submitting student applications to the Google Summer of Code is THIS Monday! We definitely need more students who would like to work on GNUstep projects. If you have any interest in working this summer on GNUstep, please try to submit your application soon. Thanks!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

WO, GNUstepWeb and SOPE

Helge Hess answers the difference of WO, GNUstepWeb and SOPE:
Well, and WebObjects ;-) I think gnustep-web still targets being a 1:1 WO 4.5 clone, but they can probably tell you more exactly. SOPE doesn't, we don't aim for full WO compatibility anymore but rather enhanced WO concepts in significant ways. Eg we introduced a lot of concepts from Zope. Of course it still almost completely WO API compatible.

And a real-life application of GNUstepWeb.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

CoreFoundation emulation library

carmstrong said [in this comment]
You guys may already know, but I started work on a CoreFoundation emulation library built on top of gnustep-base. Remember that CoreFoundation is an extrapolation of whats in Foundation so the mapping is often 1-1, with a few anomalies (namely allocators and some extra helper objects).

Please feel free to use it in your efforts and extend it as necessary, as I don't think I'll have time to work on it:

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Help Port WebKit to GNUstep

Mark Rowe said
Please get in touch[2] with us if anyone is interested in getting involved with porting WebKit to GNUstep. It will almost certainly be a quicker means of having a fully-featured web browser on GNUstep than attempting to start from scratch.

Kind regards,

Mark Rowe
WebKit developer
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[2] has a number of types of contact info, with IRC usually being one of the more active means.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Summer Of Code 2007

GNUstep is proud to announce its participation in the Google Summer of Code program.

If you're a student and want to improve your OpenStep/Cocoa skills, practice some real cross platform programming or just learn what that wonderful Objective-C language is about, you should apply. GNUstep has a lot of different projects to offer - from entry level improvements for the beginner to advanced tasks like porting Apple's WebKit over GNUstep or improving GNUsteps integration into the MS Windows Platform. All ideas are listed at GNUstep wiki and you're free to add more (Registration is required for post).

We are a bunch of friendly people with an appreciation for the extraordinary - would we otherwise use Objective-C or build an OpenStep/Cocoa compliant framework? If you're looking for a special challenge aside heavily traveled C++ roads, want to extend your horizons and are open minded, you're welcome.

If you're a GNUstep developer and want to introduce some novice to the marvelous world of GNUstep you should apply as a mentor.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

SimpleAgenda 0.13

Philippe Roussel said:

What's new ?

- 'draw' new appointments on the day view
- move/resize appointments on the day view
- copy/cut/paste appointments
- up/down arrows move selected appointment
- bugs

Friday, March 02, 2007

WebKit Bounty

Jesse Ross said:

I would like to start a bounty for the port of WebKit to GNUstep. In
order to receive the bounty, the following requirements must be met:

- The port should use the latest code (as of 2006.02.28) from the WebKit Subversion repository as located at
- All patches must be submitted back to the original codebase. We would like to avoid a fork by getting GNUstep support in WebKit proper.
- Along with the port of WebKit itself, the potential bounty recipient must also include a GORM palette for embedding web views in GNUstep applications.

Upon completion of the above items and a code review by selected third-party developers, the bounty will be disbursed within 60 days after code delivery. The amount of the bounty is $500 USD -- if others would like to offset some of my personal cost, or contribute to the bounty, please contact me and I will coordinate the transactions.

and Peter Cooper followed

It's going to be a non-trivial activity, so I've offered to match his $500. I'm in favour of having some sensible sunset clause on the bounty, but I'll leave that to Jesse to think about.