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JavaThe Blackdown Java-Linux JDK Porting Team for PowerPC has announced their version 1 port of Sun's JDK 1.1.7 for the MkLinux, Linux-PMac, and LinuxPPC platforms. They sent special thanks to the Blackdown x86 porting team, particularly to Juergen Kreileder for almost all of the work to get the 1.1.6 diffs to work on 1.1.7 with no regressions!
The latest JDC Tech Tips concentrates on improving I/O performance using buffers and Jar file manifests.
PythonThe first issue of the Python Journal is available. (Thanks to NNL.)
Also regarding Python: Eric Raymond now recommends Python as a first programming language in his Hacker HOWTO. "If you don't know any computer languages, I recommend starting with Python. It is cleanly designed, well documented, and relatively kind to beginners. Despite being a good first language, it is not just a toy; it is very powerful and flexible and well suited for large projects."
LLNLDistribution.tgz is a full source distribution for several LLNL-managed packages, including NumPy, CXX, Gist and others. The release notes for the distribution cover where to get it and specific changes in the latest version.
A brief weekly newsletter of interesting Python posts and announcements seems to have popped up. It is called "Python-URL," and you can read this week's issue to see what it's like, and to get subscription information.
Version 0.20 of xmlarch, an XML architectural forms processor, has been released.
Tcl/tkVersion 1.0 of TkApache was released Monday, October 19th. TkApache is a configuration tool built with Perl/Tk. It is currently in a development stage, but a feature freeze was called in order to get a stable product for ApacheCon. If you are interested in more information, check out the TkApache homepage.
October 22, 1998
LinuxPower has published an interview with Rasterman, Mandrake, and Technoir concerning the Enlightenment window manager and its future.
ht://DigGeoff Hutchison of the ht://Dig project tells us that the 3.1.0b2 release should be out soon, with recent work on a nasty bug in the database code finally completed. He also mentioned that he's looking for programmers interested in improving the accuracy of searches as well as information on a GPL-compatible HTTP/1.1 implementation. If you are interested, contact Geoff directly.
GNUGuile 1.3 was released on Tuesday. GUILE is the GNU extension language, which is planned to be linked into all GNU programs that call for extensibility. It is a library implementation of the Scheme language, with additional facilities. The abridged release notes indicate that the new version contains some bug fixes, improvements to the C API, easier compilation and linking for C code that uses Guile and more.
The Electric VLSI Design System is now available from the Free Software Foundation site.
linuxconfThis linuxconf FAQ page now allows people to add entries to the FAQ database. The author, Friedrich Lobenstock, welcomes comments. If you don't find the answer you want there, you may want to try Jeremie Wood's Linuxconf on Red Hat 5.1 FAQ. It is unofficial and does not have a search interface, but it appears to have some good information.