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JavaThe latest release of the JDC Newsletter is now available. It includes information on a variety of Java platforms and some words on the planned API for programmable logic devices.
San Jose Mercury columnist Dan Gillmor says that Sun should turn Java into an open-source product. His article makes that point that this may be the only way to save the language. "There's no doubt that Java, for all its successes in certain areas, has lost some of the momentum it enjoyed even as recently as a year ago. Andreessen thinks -- and I agree -- that Sun could give Java a huge boost by following Netscape's open-source lead."
PythonIt appears that JPython is very close to passing Debian's strict free software guidelines, at least according to this post to debian-devel by Gregor Hoffleit.
Python 1.5.2 is apparently in alpha for PSA members. A mention was made that threads and tkinter will be useable together, but only sort of and there are still problems.
Tcl/tkViktor Dukhovni posted a variety of tcl related patches to comp.lang.tcl, too many to list here. Check out comp.lang.tcl if you are interested. Covered programs include TclX, Tk,Tcl, Itcl, TkTable and more.
Slides from John Ousterhout's talk at the Tcl conference are now available, along with results of the Ouster-votes taken during his talk. Ouster-votes are informal polls that John takes during his yearly presentation. From the poll, you can get an idea of what people are using Tcl for and in what direction Scriptics is likely to take Tcl.
Also mentioned in the poll, the Tcl/Tk workpace sources will soon be opened to allow read-only access to the Internet. That will allow more people to play with the latest development versions.
September 24, 1998
A beta version of HDF5 is now available. HDF5 is a new, experimental version of the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF), widely used in many scientific and research environments. The new version seeks to address limitations in HDF4 and anticipate future data format needs.
The Innerworld Project is a new project which is developing a number of components which will come together to create a modular, dynamic, and real-time virtual world server. Upon initial release, the project will move to an open development model, but for now, the development is private. However, if you believe you have something to contribute, contact them via email. The end result will be "freely available".
GNOMEA special repository of just the debian packages needed to add GNOME to a debian system has been made available.
Due to bandwidth problems, the Gnome FAQ has temporarily moved. Steven Hill volunteered to help out.
KDEGael Duval has done an interview with Matthias Ettrich, the founder of LyX and KDE. The article is very well done and should be of strong interest to people using, or thinking of using, KDE. KDE 1.0 is much more powerful and much more complete than what we originally planned for the first enduser release.
LinuxconfFrom Jacques Gelinas' postings to the linuxconf mailing list, it appears that the linuxconf 1.20 release should be imminent.
The Linuxconf mirror site run by Don Schupp has been taken off-line indefinitely due to damage done by a cracker. Don reported, since keeping ahead of the almost daily attempts to hack my box is costing me too much time, my mirror site is shutdown. It is sad to see volunteer efforts like this frustrated by the malice or ignorance of others.
Linux-embeddedThe Linux-embedded project has a homepage now and archives of linux-embedded are also available. The word is that they will soon be hypertext browsable and searchable.
Oliver White posted this week's Jazilla Report, which summarizes some items we've mentioned before, but also covers what some of the individual Jazilla contributors are currently working on. Sounds like they've gotten some good responses to their recent publicity.
WineWine, and a quote from Doug Ridgway, were mentioned in this article on the demise of Freedows (also listed in our press section). Less ambitious but more successful might be a comparison of Wine to Freedows ...