Sawfish 1.6.0 is going to be released on the 22nd December.
Feature Freeze began on the 4th December, so now it's time for the RC1.
Happy Hacking, Chris
List of Changes since 1.5.0:
1.6.0 ===== * The 1.6.0 release has new features and bugfixes * Build and installation changes - New/Updated requirements: + librep 0.90.0 -> 0.90.4 + rep-gtk 0.18.4 -> 0.90.0 - Removed requirements: LibAudiofile and ESounD - Mouse buttons 6 - 9 support is now optional Support for 6 - 9 mouse buttons is now optional. X.Org/XFree86 headers only define up to 5 buttons, and we use a working but somewhat hackish workaround for getting buttons 6 - 9 which is suspected to cause some problems with modifiers. Support for them is enabled by default. If you want to disable it, add the following flag to configure: `--without-nine-mousebuttons' If you drop it, then you can't use mouse button 8 to, for example, drag windows. * Incompatible user visible changes: - Configurator's binary, `sawfish-ui', is renamed to `sawfish-config' [Christopher Bratusek] Its window class is changed to `sawfish-configurator' / `Sawfish-Configurator', too. The lisp module is renamed from `sawfish.ui' to `sawfish.cfg'. - Infinite Desktop boundary behavior and option In `infinite-desktop', the option to specify the boundary behavior has changed. If `viewport-boundary-mode' is `dynamic', then you can go as far as you like. Otherwise, it stops at the workspace boundary of which size is specified by `viewport-dimensions'. Now the latter is the default. See also "dynamic viewport" described below. The previous variable, `infinite-desktop.stop-at-workspace-borders', which is used for this purpose, no longer exists. - User config file changes In Sawfish < 1.6, `sawfish.wm.defaults' is loaded by default, only if the `~/.sawfishrc' lacks. Now, it is always read, so you don't have to `require' it. It sets up GNOME and KDE support if they run, and does `(require 'sawfish.wm.ext.error-handler)'. Since Sawfish 1.5 `~/.sawmillrc' is no longer a valid resoucefil. From this version on, Sawfish will rename `~/.sawmillrc' to `~/.sawfishrc', if the former does exist on your system, but the latter doesn't. - In configurator, the "Matched Windows" group has been renamed to "Window Rules" - Sound support has changed. [Christopher Bratusek] Sawfish used to rely on esound and libaudiofile to play sound, but we stopped it. If you want sound, set the variable `play-sample-program' to the path of the program capable of playing *.wav file. You can set the variable from the Configurator, too. You can't set any arguments to pass from this variable. If you want to give arguments or redirect output, write a wrapper program. (*note FAQ::, "Sound support" section.) - GNOME integration updates [Christopher Bratusek] Gnome support is trimmed down. All we offer now is as follows: If GNOME runs, in `session' submenu under Sawfish root menu, logout and shutdown from GNOME are added. Don't remove `quit' and `restart' from menu now. Gnome help is available in menu. Unless set by user, gnome terminal and gnome help browser are used for user options `xterm-program' and `browser-program'. Most of dropped GNOME integrations are ancient, mainly for 1.x and early 2.x. Files `lisp/sawfish/wm/commands/gnome.jl' and `lisp/sawfish/wm/state/gnome.jl' are deleted. GNOME-Detection is updated. [Alexey I. Froloff] - Xterm and browser changes Module `sawfish.wm.commands.xterm' is renamed to `sawfish.wm.commands.launcher'. Option `xterm-args' is dropped. If you use it, simply append the value to `xterm-program'. Customization group is changed from `misc' to `External Applications'. The functinon `display-url' is renamed to `browser', now defined in the module cited above. Variable `display-url-command' is renamed to `browser-program'. * Poweroff actions Added poweroff command for letting none KDE/GNOME users easily reboot, halt, suspend or hibernate their machine. The commands beeing used to do so are also user-settable. In addition, when it's used to reboot or halt, when we call the `before-exit-hook' and `map-windows delete-window' before actually rebooting or halting, to ensure everything is fine on the next startup. Furthermore entries to the session-menu are beeing added. If you're using KDE or GNOME then those are not generated. * Bugs fixed: - Prevents crashes for quick window destructions, especially under high load There have been crashes if a window is destroyed soon after its creation. It happens in `add_window' function, and the cause is guessed to be garbage collection following window destruction before the object access. Now most parts of `add_window' are protected from garbage collection with `rep_PUSHGC' / `rep_POPGC'. It also prevents `add_window_hook' from being called with uninitialised argument. [Timo Korvola, Janek Kozicki] - Random window disapperance prevention There're reports of sudden, random window disapperance, under Xinerama and some other drivers. It is partly prevented, but not completely. Now in error_handler() in src/display.c, when a window sends request_code 12 (X_ConfigureWindow), don't auto-assume it to be unmapped. [Janek Kozicki] - Build and Installation: + Library check: Fix in `SMlib' and `libICE' check on x11r7 [Christopher Bratusek] + `.desktop' files fixes: typos fix and removed unneeded entries [Christopher Bratusek] + In spec file, fixed repexecdir definition [Christopher Bratusek] + In `po/Makefile.in', fixed wrong call of make-pot [Christopher Bratusek] + Build the FAQ upon make [Christopher Bratusek] + Expand REP_ENVIRON in scripts/Makefile.in [Luis Rodrigo Gallardo Cruz] + Add `--tag=CC' to libtool where necessary. It unbrakes compilation on some arches [Gentoo Linux] + Use $prefix/lib instead of $prefix/libexecdir, to satify the FHS [Christopher Bratusek] - In configurator, Strings are fully translatable [Alexey I. Froloff] SpinButton listens to manual value change. (It's connected to correct signal.) [Christoper Bratusek] Position parameters can be negative [Christopher Bratusek, Teika Kazura] - Fixed Focus issues with KDE4 Menu/Run-Dialog [Timo Korvola] - Fix cursor warping in Infinite-Desktop [Jeremy Hankins] - Fixed group of the stagger options [Christopher Bratusek] - Fixed a call of `select-workspace-from-first' [Michal Maruška] - In `Simple' theme, windows are now resizable from right border [Christopher Bratusek] - Missing exports are now supplied, for shrink-yank functions and `send-to-workspace'. [Christopher Bratusek] - Commands `maximize-window-fullscreen' and `maximize-window-fullxinerame' work. [Teika kazura] - Variable `this-command' is `nil' outside of command call. - Customization option `uniconify-to-current-viewport' is valid again. [Teika kazura] * New features: - New application menu [Matthew Love, Timo Korvola] Sawfish now generates application menu automatically, by reading `/usr/share/applications/*.desktop' files. If you set `apps-menu', then it won't be done. If you like to have both your own applications menu and auto generated one, then set your own in `user-apps-menu' instead of `apps-menu'. Root and Window-History menus are revamped, too. [Christopher Bratusek] Now you can reboot and shutdown your computer from the root menu -> "session", but the user needs the appropriate privilege. For a way to do so, see *Note FAQ::, "Reboot and shutdown privilege" section. - Added options to change the font color of window title, independent of used theme [Matthew Love, Christopher Bratusek, Timo Korvola] Internally, a new function `remove-frame-part-value' which allows to change/remove values from frame-parts is used. [Timo Korvola] - Sawfish does now support theme-tarballs compressed with XZ (aka LZMA2) and LZMA [Christopher Bratusek] - Xinerama support for Grow/Pack [Nolan Leake] Make grow/pack Xinerama aware. The support still remains basic. Shrink-yank doesn't yet. - Window rules can be set by lisp Window rules (former "matched windows") can easily be set from configurator, but it can now be set by lisp, too, with `add-window-matcher' function. For the details, *Note Window Rules by Matching::. An example usage is like this: (add-window-matcher '((WM_NAME . "^root$") (WM_CLASS . "^XTerm/xterm$")) '((ignore-program-position . t) (maximize . vertical))) In fact, this function has existed, but now it can now specify both window name and class, and the grammar has changed. The old syntax is still allowed, but deprecated. - Keymap translation [Scott Scriven] Sawfish can "translate" keymaps for each window. Suppose you have the following lines in your `~/.sawfish/rc': (add-window-matcher '((WM_NAME . "^Terminal$")) '(keymap-trans . (("C-n" "C-S-t") ("C-w" "C-S-w")))) Then, when you press `C-n', any windows with name "Terminal" receive `C-S-t', and so on. This is part of window rules, but it cannot be set by configurator yet. - New window rules + Maximizations `fullscreen' and `full-xinerama' are available (*note Maximizing Without Borders::) [Jeremy Hankins] + Window position can also be specified by the direction, like north or east, instead of the coordinates. [Jeremy Hankins] + New placement modes `new-workspace' and `new-viewport' [Jeremy Hankins] If `new-workspace' is chosen, then the window is put in an empty workspace, or a new workspace is created if none. A workspace with sticky windows only are considered empty. `new-viewport' is the same but an empty viewport is chosen. If none is, the workspace is enlarged, and the window is put in a new viewport. + `window-name' can change the window's name. [Christopher Bratusek] - New commands [Christopher Bratusek] 5 new move-cursor commands, 4 diagonals and 1 to center. (*note Pointer Functions:: Three window manipulation commands, `double-window-size', `halve-window-size', and `move-window-center'. `browser' invokes a browser instance. - New funcitons `rename-window' changes the window name. [from "mmc" fork, Christopher Bratusek] In practice, it works, but technically speaking, the window name is not supposed to be changed in ICCCM. `viewport-windows' returns windows in a viewport. [Jeremy Hankins] `get-window-by-class' and `get-window-by-class-re' [Christopher Bratusek] - Dynamic Viewport Mode [Jeremy Hankins] When you set `viewport-boundary-mode' to `dynamic', then the workspace grows and shrinks dynamically so that it contains all windows and the current viewport. For the details, *Note Dynamic Viewport::. - KDE integration module [Christopher Bratusek] KDE is automatically detected. KDE help, and KDE logout, shutdown, and reboot are provided in the menu. In KDE4 WM Selector, Sawfish is added. Unless set by user, konsole and konqueror are used for user options `xterm-program' and `browser-program'. - New Frame Classes [Christopher Bratusek] A "frame class" defines frame component. There's no user visible changes. + `sticky-button', a button to toggle window `sticky' or `viewport-sticky' + `lock-button', a button to toggle window position `fixed' + `rename-button', a button to rename the window-title and window-icon properties (not ICCCM compliant) + `move-resize-button', a button to perform various move and resize actions on a window + `raise-lower-button', a button to perform various raising and lowering actions on a window * Widget Transistion [Christopher Bratusek] - Custom make-url-widget replaced by GtkLinkButton - Custom about-dialog replaced by GtkAboutDialog - GtkButton + GtkPreview + GtkColorSelection trio replaced by single GtkColorButton * Other Changes: - Startup window placement improvement [Jeremy Hankins] At Sawfish startup including restart, maximized windows and position specified windows used to mess up viewport, appearing in wrong viewports. It is fixed. - Renamed `after-add-window' to `maxmize-after-add-window' This function is only used in a hook [Teika Kazura] - Don't let `cycle-class' and `cycle-class-backwards' ignore WINDOW-ORDER [Daniel M. German] - Docks/panels are unframed, and window type is set to `dock' [Timo Korvola] - You can exit from sawfish-client with `,quit' (also `C-d'), unlike `C-c' it won't kill the WM [Teika Kazura, Timo Korvola] - Number widget (GtkSpinButton) can take optional initial value [Teika Kazura] - `raise-tabs-on-hover' takes effect immediately now [Christopher Bratusek] - Inactive windows in Crux theme do now have black text for better readability [Christopher Bratusek] - With new option `customize-redirect', configurator's output can be redirected. [Teika Kazura] - Grow/Pack and Shrink/Yank options are in the same group now [Christopher Bratusek] These commands are now available from window operation menu, too. - When moving a window the cursor shape is now `hand2', when resizing `crosshair' [Christopher Bratusek] - In the theme document in the configurator, the cursor is invisible and the wrap mode is set to word-char [Christopher Bratusek] - Build, installation and source + Improved ebuild [Christopher Bratusek] + Encoding is unified to utf-8 for all distributed files [Teika Kazura] + Squashed all byte compiler warnings [Matthew Love] Some warnings are superfluous, though. + To info file `dir' the section `sawfish' is added upon installation [Luis Rodrigo Gallardo Cruz] + Distclean rule for po/Makefile.in [Christopher Bratusek] + Removed ancient sawmill removal fragments from Makefile [Christopher Bratusek] + Block comments in lisp files are now semicolons Sorry, without reason. Block comment remains allowed. - Docs + Added man-pages for `sawfish', `sawfish-client' and `sawfish-config' [Debian] + News items for 1.5.0 are rewritten in a more readable fashion [Teika Kazura] + Info manual updates [Christopher Bratusek, Jeremy Hankins, Teika Kazura] + Added new contributors to `THANKS' section of `CONTRIBUTING' [Christopher Bratusek] + Updated OPTIONS [Christopher Bratusek] + Fixed the license header of tabbed-windowing files [Christopher Bratusek]