Ice Sound Manager was designed to ease the management of sound events, sound themes, and the IceSound server in the IceWM window manager. It is also intended to be an improvement upon the noble but primitive icesndcfg. The main improvements over icesndcfg include a support for sound event "themes", more comprehensive help, easy management and configuration of the IceSound server, a cleaner GUI interface, automatic starting of the IceSound server, and a more conservative approach to disk space usage.
IcePref2 is an updated, overhauled, improved, and perfected version of the original IcePref (which was abandoned by the original author). This new version includes many new features and bugfixes, and is a sub-project of the IceWM Control Panel project. It is optimized for IceWM 1.2.2 and better.
IceWM Control Panel is a full-featured, GTK-based control panel for IceWM. It features an IceWM theme designer, Ice Sound Manager (for sound events), IcePref2, and tools to manage desktop wallpaper, cursors, keys, window options, and more. IceWM Control Panel has a familiar, Windows-like Control Panel user interface.
GYach Enhanced is a feature-rich, improved version of the original Gyach. It is the first Yahoo! client for Linux with voice chat capabilities. It offers almost all of the features you would expect to find in the official Windows Yahoo! client. The program offers support for chat, conferences, buddy lists, and My Yahoo content. In addition, Gyach Enhanced offers many features not available in the official Yahoo! clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Webcam support is under development and planned for the future. Unlike the original Gyach, GYach Enhanced is designed for Linux only.
Re: Bad attitude
I AM the author of the software, and I am not a "He" (You don't read very well). No, I am not 'contemptuous' of my users, but I make it VERY clear on the site that Gyach-E and pY! Voice Chat are applications I wrote FOR MYSELF and decided to release to the general public under the GPL. If you read the GPL carefully, authors of software are under NO obligation to provide technical support to end users, thus the phrase 'AS-IS' (from the GPL):
11. BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION."
I write the applications FOR MYSELF, motivated by wanting to see certain features implemented that I don't see in other applications. In other words, unlike people who whine about the applications that are available, and write NO code, I decided to do something about it and write applications that I like to use. I am not writing these applications 'for' YOU or anybody else, and if tomorrow, I were the ONLY user of this application, that would suit me just fine as I am simply writing what I want to use on a daily basis. I wrote Gyach-E, and other people happened to start using it, but from its conception, its goal was not to 'please the public'. So, no, I am generally not interested in providing 'technical support' to users as, in reality, I've written these applications to please myself, not you and the general public. If you use software under the GNU General Public License, you should not 'expect' anything beyond what the license entitles you to, and the license does not 'entitle' you to any technical support or 'right' to email the author with questions whatsoever. It is a common misconception that every GPL application out there has been written to please 'the public' and that the author has an obligation to sit around and answer tech support questions from the public. This is not one of your 'rights' according to the GPL license, you are not 'entitled' to it, and I don't provide it: Plain and simple. I wanted to see some new features in Y! chat programs, I write code, I release it (you like it or don't), I use the application I've written for myself, and I go on my merry way. After I've written a new release, I'm eager to use my application and do other things with my time, and you and nobody else have a 'right' to expect me to answer any questions or provide 'technical support'. The release of a GPL software package does not give the public at-large complete 'dominion' over the software author's personal time. :) Open source developers have lives too, and some choose not to spend them providing 'free tech support'. Open source developers are not your personal slaves and not all of them are writing applications to please YOU: Many of them are programmers writing stuff THEY want to use for themselves who decide to be kind enough to release it to the public under the GPL. I could have just as easily written the application and never taken the time to upload it to SourceForge for public consumption, but it is not for YOU or anybody else to 'assign' me additional duties as you see fit, and trust me, you will not. I wrote my ideal Y! application and posted it to the net in case somebody else found it useful, but I am under NO obligation to 'help' anybody use it, build it, install it, or anything else. The GNU General Public License entitles you to free software, NOT 'free technical support'. You can think whatever you want about my attitude, but rather than whining, maybe you should do as I did and actually write some code and FIX these 'problems' you see with open source software: Whining on forum boards doesn't get applications written, writing code DOES. Expect nothing in this world because you are 'owed' nothing, and you won't be let down. Think of GPL software as a one-night-stand: It might be good, it might be bad...but it either case, it comes with NO COMMITMENT.
> From the website:
> "DO NOT E-MAIL ME WITH QUESTIONS,
> REQUESTS FOR HELP, OR REQUESTS FOR
> TECHNICAL SUPPORT REGARDING ANY OF THE
> SOFTWARE ON THIS SITE: NO EXCEPTIONS."
> The author of this software seems to be
> pretty contemptuous of his users :-/
One more thing....
One more problem I noted with FreshMeat's editing: The 'edited' version added a number of grammatical errors.
"This version adds instant messaging support, extends proxy support, adds a tool for configuring blended color tags, corrects problems with file sharing, improves boot prevention and spam control."
This is a PHRASE, not a complete sentence: You must add "and" before the last item listed, like so:
"This version adds instant messaging support, extends proxy support, adds a tool for configuring blended color tags, corrects problems with file sharing, AND improves boot prevention and spam control."
It doesn't make sense that FreshMeat encourages authors to send in posts that use only complete phrases, only to convert that information back to broken phrases and incomplete sentences.
"It includes new buddy list icons, and support for SmileyCentral.com emoticons."
A comma should only be present in a list that contains THREE or more items: You can't just slap in commas randomly, or wherever you feel like pausing for a breath.
Again, I am MORE than willing to contribute to FreshMeat.net as an editor for the site, as I see no good reason for authors' announcements to be edited for the purpose of ADDING grammatical errors and incorrect information. Email me, if interested.