[Haskell-cafe] ANNOUNCE: xmonad 0.7 released

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Sat Mar 29 18:38:34 EDT 2008


The xmonad dev team is pleased to announce xmonad 0.7!

The headlines:

    The 0.7 release of xmonad provides several improvements over 0.6, including
    improved integration with GNOME, more flexible "rules", various stability
    fixes, and of course, many new and interesting features in the extension
    library (general support for window decorations, utf8 support, scratch pad
    terminals, pointer control) and more!

New GNOME support:

    Active, automated support for GNOME utilities. We know our users
    often like to use GNOME menus, tools and status bars, and we'd like
    to announce that xmonad actively supports GNOME! Extensions for
    communicating with and utilising gnome utilities come in the library
    suite, as well as extensive documentation and support. For more information
    see the GNOME/xmonad integration page on the wiki.

A period of active development:

    In the past year, the xmonad development team received contributions
    from over 60 developers, making xmonad one of the largest window
    manager development teams around, and dwarfing other tiling window
    manager projects. Yet, at the same time, the core code base remains at
    around 1000 lines of code, with another 7000 lines in the extension
    library -- a significant achievment!

Change logs:




    xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged
    automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising
    screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the keyboard: a
    mouse is optional. xmonad is extensible in Haskell, allowing for
    powerful customisation. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and other
    extensions may be written by the user in config files. Layouts are
    applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each
    workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled on
    several physical screens.


   * Very stable, fast, small and simple.
   * Automatic window tiling and management
   * First class keyboard support: a mouse is unnecessary
   * Full support for tiling windows on multi-head displays
   * Full support for floating, tabbing and decorated windows
   * Full support for Gnome and KDE utilities
   * XRandR support to rotate, add or remove monitors
   * Per-workspace layout algorithms
   * Per-screens custom status bars
   * Compositing support
   * Powerful, stable customisation and reconfiguration
   * Large extension library
   * Excellent, extensive documentation
   * Large, active development team, support and community

Get it!

    Information, screenshots, documentation, tutorials and community
    resources are available from the xmonad home page:


    The 0.7 release, and its dependencies, are available from hackage.haskell.org:


    xmonad packages are available in the package systems of at least:

        Debian, Gentoo, Arch, Ubuntu, OpenBSD,
        NetBSD, FreeBSD, Gobo, NixOS, Source Mage, Slackware

    and 0.7 packages will appear in coming days (some are already available).

    On the fly updating to xmonad 0.7 is supported. You should be able
    to upgrade to xmonad 0.7 from 0.6 and earlier, transparently,
    without losing your session. Load the new code with mod-q and enjoy.


    xmonad comes with a huge library of extensions (now more than 7
    times the size of xmonad itself), contributed by viewers like you.

    Extensions enable pretty much arbitrary window manager behaviour to
    be implemented by users, in Haskell, in the config files.
    For more information on using and writing extensions see the webpage.
    The library of extensions is available from hackage:


    Full documentation for using and writing your own extensions:


This release brought to you by the xmonad dev team:

    Spencer Janssen         Don Stewart
    Jason Creighton         David Roundy
    Brent Yorgey            Devin Mullins 
    Braden Shepherdson      Roman Cheplyaka
    Lucas Mai

Featuring code contributions from over 60 developers:

    Aaron Denney            Adam Vogt
    Alec Berryman           Alex Tarkovsky
    Alexandre Buisse        Andrea Rossato
    Austin Seipp            Bas van Dijk
    Ben Voui                Brandon Allbery
    Chris Mears             Christian Thiemann
    Clemens Fruhwirth       Daniel Neri
    Daniel Wagner           Dave Harrison
    David Glasser           David Lazar
    Dmitry Kurochkin        Dominik Bruhn
    Dougal Stanton          Eric Mertens
    Ferenc Wagner           Gwern Branwen
    Hans Philipp Annen      Ivan Tarasov
    Jamie Webb              Jeremy Apthorp
    Joachim Breitner        Joachim Fasting
    Joe Thornber            Joel Suovaniemi
    Juraj Hercek            Justin Bogner
    Kai Grossjohann         Karsten Schoelzel
    Klaus Weidner           Mathias Stearn
    Mats Jansborg           Matsuyama Tomohiro
    Michael Fellinger       Michael Sloan
    Miikka Koskinen         Neil Mitchell
    Nelson Elhage           Nick Burlett
    Nicolas Pouillard       Nils Anders Danielsson
    Peter De Wachter        Robert Marlow
    Sam Hughes              Shachaf Ben-Kiki
    Shae Erisson            Simon Peyton Jones
    Stefan O'Rear           Tom Rauchenwald
    Valery V. Vorotyntsev   Will Farrington 
    Yaakov Nemoy            timthelion

As well as the support of many others on the #xmonad and #haskell IRC
channels, and the wider Haskell and window manager communities.

Thanks to everyone for their support!

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