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JavaSun has released 1.1.7 of the JDK. Since the Blackdown group and other Linux supporters of the JDK do not get access to the source code until after the release (and then after additional paperwork processing, etc), work will probably not even begin on moving the Linux patches over to 1.1.7 for another week or two.
PythonInfoWorld columnist (and upcoming LinuxWorld editor) Nicholas Petrelay thinks that Python has a bright future. You can read about it in his column from this week.
The posting about "whiz" (a python system for developing interactive web sites) that we included in last week's newsletter did not have the location of the software. The author has sent us the URL; click here to download the package.
SmalltalkVersion 2.2 of Squeak has been announced. Squeak is a public-domain derivative of Smalltalk-80 with which it is still reasonably compatible. It promises a complete Smalltalk development environment running in an amazingly small footprint (1MB on many PDAs).
Tcl/tktkWorld-1.0 Beta has been announced. By author Wes Bailey, tkWorld is also know as Wes's Own Realy Lazy Desktop. For the truly lazy, who tend to forget command line options, etc., tkWorld currently has dialogs for the find, grep and make commands.
The Tcl Plugin web pages have been relocated.
October 1, 1998
The Linux Counter is looking for Country Managers, volunteers to help by providing support for a specific country, city or region. See their posting for more information
GnomeSeveral announcements came out of the GNOME project this week. In addition to the release of GNOME 0.30, version 0.2 of Gnumeric, the GNOME spreadsheet, was also announced and LibGTop 0.26.2 and GTop 0.28.1 have also been released.
KpilotDan Pilone has created a mailing list for Kpilot in preparation for the release of KPilot 3.1. The mailing list will allow people to make last minute requests and volunteer to beta test 3.1 before it is announced. The posting contains a full list of new features in 3.1.
LinuxconfPeople interested in developing their own linuxconf modules should note that, as of linuxconf 1.12r4, there is a separate linuxconf-devel package available. Jacque Gelinas indicated that, as of linuxconf 1.12r5, this package should be really useable, though more documentation is always needed.
Mozilla/NetscapeFrom Mozillazine, we find this interview with Mozilla developer Terry Weissman, the first in a planned series of interviews. The interview is short, which is not a bad idea, and provides a nice insight into the work of one developer.
The Jazilla jarball has been cleaned up and fixed up so that it should actually work.