REVU Day for 21st January, 2008

Emmet Hikory emmet.hikory at
Sun Jan 20 09:57:04 GMT 2008

    As we approach Feature Freeze, the deadline for inclusion of new
packages nears, and those who have been working on them are in greater
need of review.  REVU day will be held this Monday from 0:00 UTC+14 to
24:00 UTC-11.  I've compiled a list of packages awaiting attention,
but an accurate, dynamically updated list is always available from  If you have trouble logging in, or can't
recover your password, please ask for assistance on #ubuntu-motu.

    Today's goal is to review each of the listed packages.  Those
ready for upload (indicated by a heart) may be uploaded directly, and
an email sent to this list announcing the upload.  Those seeking a
second advocate (sorted to the top) need close review to see if they
are ready to be passed to the archive admins for inclusion.  Those
below need additional checks to make sure that they are suitable for
inclusion, and the new submissions will especially benefit from
feedback to help with packaging.  If you have a special interest in
any of these packages, please get in touch with the packager to
collaborate and ensure it can be included in hardy.

    The list currently stands at 29 packages needing 53 additional
advocations (or review rejections).  If each of us does one package,
either everything will get uploaded, or all the packagers will receive
feedback to prepare for next week.  If you've time for more, please
feel free to review as many as you like.

Packages awaiting upload:

 This is a plugin for GIMP version 2.0+. It allows you to convert images into
 RGB normal maps for use in per-pixel lighting applications. The goal is to
 completely clone NVIDIA's photoshop plugin, with a few new useful features.

Packages seeking a second advocate:

 Photo Description Markup Language (PhotoML) is primarily intended to
 provide an XML format and tools for describing details of photo
 creation, processing, and content in a collection of photographs.

 The goal of the ggp4 project is to provide a drop-in replacement for the
 non-free CCP4 library for macromolecular crystallography. The library
 performs a number of common tasks in standardized manner. These tasks
 include file opening, parsing keyworded input, and reading and writing of
 standard data formats for electron density maps and X-Ray diffraction
 data. Programs may call this library to ensure compatibility with the
 CCP4 program suite, as well as a similar look-and-feel.

 MMDB, written by Eugene Krissinel of the EBI, is designed to assist
 developers in working with macromolecular coordinate files. The
 library handles both PDB and mmCIF format files.

Packages ready for review:

 Awn-extras-applets is a collection of applets for avant-window-navigator. It
 provides some extensions to the bar and some new functionnalities (like
 applets in the gnome-panel).

 Urban Terror could best be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; it is
 realism based to a certain extent (environments/weapons/player models), but
 also goes by the motto "fun over realism" (fast gameplay and lots of action).
 This combination of reality and action results in a very unique, enjoyable and
 addictive game.

 OpenSG allows for the creation of realtime graphical programs,
 e.g. for virtual reality applications. It is developed following Open Source
 principles (LGPL) and can be used freely. It runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris
 and MacOS X and is based on OpenGL. It is used in a number of  projects and
 places to do many different things, all of them cool.

 Jaaa (JACK and ALSA Audio Analyser) is an audio signal generator and
 spectrum analyser designed to make accurate measurements.

 TORQUE (Tera-scale Open-source Resource and QUEue manager) is a resource
 manager providing control over batch jobs and distributed compute
 nodes. Torque is based on OpenPBS version 2.3.12 and incorporates
 scalability, fault tolerance, and feature extension patches provided by
 USC, NCSA, OSC, the U.S. Dept of Energy, Sandia, PNNL, U of Buffalo,
 TeraGrid, and many other leading edge HPC organizations.

 SPEED: Simultaneous Projections Employing an Ensemble of Displays.
 In this game you have control a space ship and you have to defend
 against an oncoming barrage of alien invaders. To make things
 more difficult, you view the battlefield through continuously
 changing mathematical projection and colors.

 Mumble is a low-latency, high quality voice chat program for gaming.
 It features noise supression, automatic gain control and low latency audio
 under both ALSA and OSS.

 Jodviewer is a viewer for OpenDocument Presentations.

 SPIN  is  a  tool for analyzing the logical consistency of asynchronous
 systems, specifically distributed software amd communication protocols.
 A verification model of the system is first specified in a guarded com‐
 mand language called Promela.  This specification  language,  described
 in  the reference, allows for the modeling of dynamic creation of asyn‐
 chronous processes,  nondeterministic  case  selection,  loops,  gotos,
 local and global variables.  It also allows for a concise specification
 of logical correctness requirements, including, but not  restricted  to
 requirements expressed in linear temporal logic.

 This is a light weight, cross-platform viewer for OpenDocument files.
 It uses the Mozilla Application Framework.

 It consists of a Qt project manager, a source code editor,
 build-automation tools by calling make command, and the gdb debugger.

 SSM is a macromolecular coordinate superposition library, written by
 Eugene Krissinel of the EBI.

libapache2-mod-authnz-external (new submission):
 module for Apache 2.2 which do an external authentication
 with another program and then returns Accept/Reject flag to Apache.

vamp-plugin-sdk (new submission):
 Vamp is an API for C and C++ plugins that process sampled audio data
 to produce descriptive output (measurements or semantic observations).

gnubversion (new submission):
 GnubVersion is a GNOME interface to Subversion. It integrates with the
 Nautilus file manager to allow access to (eventually) all subversion
 client-side functions, without having to resort to the command line.

 CVC3 is an automatic theorem prover for Satisfiability Modulo Theories
 (SMT) problems. It can be used to prove the validity (or, dually, the
 satisfiability) of first-order formulas in a large number of built-in
 logical theories and their combination.

 TVBrowser offers program information for more than 160
 channels. TVBrowser is written in Java and has a nice GUI. You
 can configure reminders and highlighting for your favorite TV

falconpl (previous reviews as falcon, now archived):
 Falcon aims to be the next generation scripting language,
 providing a wide set of programming paradigms, template file
 processing for web development and document based applications,
 radical internationalization and application extension support.
 It is distributed under the Falcon Programming Language License,
 an open source license which grants usability of the language
 in any kind of application, including commercial ones.

sive (new submission):
 SIVE - Simple Ipod Video Encoder - is a GTK2 frontend to mplayer,mencoder
 and mp4 muxers. You also need GPAC or mpeg4ip to be able to convert videos.

 FUPPES is a free multiplatform UPnP (TM) A/V Media Server.

mousetweaks (now adjusted for GNOME updates):
 The mousetweaks package provides the functions offered by the Accessibility
 tab of the Mouse control panel of the GNOME Control Center. It also
 contains two panel applets related to the mouse accessibility.

gtk2-engines-aurora (new submission):
 The goal of this theme is to provide a complete and consistent look for Gtk.
 The theme aims to be very flexible in colour choice, but have few other
 options otherwise. The theme includes some features that the author hasn't
 seen before in any Gtk engine as well as some theming of gnome panel widgets.

pytrainer (new submission):
 Pytrainer is a tool to log all your sport excursion. It is originally
 programer for cyclist geeks :D, but it can be used for another type
 of sport people.. like runner, swimers, mountain bikers, etc...
 Pytrainer is written in python and gtk+ and can be used with sqlite
 or mysql database.

 This is a Gnome applet written in Python. It is meant as an alternative
 to the standard launcher applet. The difference between this and
 the standard launcher applet (so far) is that it has a context menu
 which enables you to launch a terminal using a particular profile.

 The Thunar SVN Plugin adds Subversion actions to the context menu of thunar.

    Thanks for helping with REVU day.


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