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JavaSteve Byrne dropped us a note about Sun's decision to license access to the 1.2 source base for the Linux Java porting team. As Steve comments, This puts the Linux porting team on an equal footing with all of the other commerical source licensees of the JDK, in terms of being able to validate and certify that the Linux port is 100% Java Compatible. This is an important step towards making Linux one of the platforms of choice for those companies that wish to use Java in their software development.
Steve's note also mentions how well the 1.2 port is coming along. With a couple of exceptions (audio, color matching), the system is working. JDK 1.2 looks to be a major turning point for Java on Linux and perhaps one for Java in general.
The question was asked on the java-linux mailing list whether or not a port of the JDK to the StrongARM architecture was planned. The response was that none of the Java porting team members have that hardware platform. If they did, a port would likely happen...
The latest edition of the JDC Newslettter is out. It covers the release of new products, a new on-line tutorial from MageLang Institute and various other tidbits.
PythonThis week's Python-URL! has great references to various postings of interest to the Python community. Check it out! They've done a very detailed job of sifting through the python-related posts. (If you want to continue seeing these, we recommend you subscribe to their list).
The first issue of the Python Journal is out. Here is the announcement. Evelyn Mitchell reports that it features an interview by Paul Everitt with Infoseek, a report on XML by Andrew Kuchling, and a article on Python as a rapid prototyping language by Sean Reifschneider.
An informal Python tutorial is being held in Toronto. Contact William Park if you are interested.
Tcl/tktkWorld-1.0 Beta 3 is out. The announcement mentions that shell and working directory management is new to this release.
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October 29, 1998
The Lyx project needs help. According to this note we got from one of the developers, they lost their repository machine and all of its contents. They're looking for a new machine, or, failing that, somebody willing to host the repository. Have a look and contact them if you can help.
With the demise of Crack Dot Com, the company has chosen to release the data and source code for it's upcoming title "Golgotha" into the public domain. This is a really appreciated effort on their part, choosing to release their work to the world rather than let it moulder unused. It is obviously generating quite a bit of interest, since mirror sites, an FAQ, information on the script for Golgotha, and now precompiled binaries have popped up. If you are interested in more information, updates on Golgotha are available.
Nicholas Lee (Li Peng Ming) also pointed out that a mailing list (currently in initial post frenzy) has been setup and plans do seem to be shaping towards completing Golgotha in its entirety.
We hear that linuxconf 1.13r3 will be coming with bind 8 support. Maybe that will encourage adoption of bind 8 into the standard distributions ...
Meanwhile, on the alternative front, coas 0.13 has been released. It is primarily a maintenance release and was apparently delayed due to Caldera's effort to get 1.3 out the door. It now supports autoconf configure scripts, compiles with egcs and has initial support for SGML.
LSBAdam Glass posted a note regarding a recent talk on the LSB given by Stuart Anderson, Chairman of the Linux Standard Base Written Specification Subcommittee to the FLUX (Florida Linux User Xchange.) A transcript of the talk is available.
MozillaThe Mozilla Roadmap is now available. It contains "historical notes and sightseeing tips", "records design decisions and their rationales" and (hopefully) "reflects unforeseen terrain and unexpected inventions as they emerge."
Oliver White expressed optimism that the Jazilla group will have an actual full working browser within a few months. We look forward to a full report on their progress in the near future.
WINEAs was reported in Liz's diary from the Atlanta Linux Showcase, Dr. Cowpland, President and CEO for Corel Corporation, mentioned in his keynote that Corel is now actively supporting the WINE project and he is confident that WINE will run any Microsoft application by the end of the year. This is a more optimistic statement than we have heard confirmed on the WINE mailing lists, but it is certainly a strong statement of confidence in the project. We look forward to seeing if the end of the year will finally bring a WINE 1.0 release ...