Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Development page.
JavaJetty, a Java HTTP/1.1 server, version 2.0, has been released under an Open Source License. It is designed to be embedable [sic], extensible and flexible, thus making it an ideal platform for serving dynamic HTTP requests from any Java application.
PythonVersion 0.8 of Fnorb, the Python CORBA ORB, has been released. The question was asked whether or not a java-enabled Fnorb existed. The response was not yet, but it is high on the TODO list.
Andrew Dalke released the source code for CrossCopy, a simple python program for a Tk GUI that runs an HTTP server.
SmalltalkA conversation on comp.lang.smalltalk regarding demand for VisualWorks on Linux generated several messages from people stating that they would happily pay just as much for VisualWorks on Linux as they do on NT. The result was this note from Peter Hatch, indicating that Objectivity has a C++ binding for VisualWorks that has been ported to Linux, and they are getting excited about the Linux Market. Sounds like a VW3.0 binding for the Linux version of Objectivity could become a priority soon.
Tcl/tkJohn Ousterhout posted the Scriptics roadmap, an outline of projects we can expect to see from Scriptics in the next six months or so. TclPro 1.1 and 1.2, Tcl/Tk 8.0.4 and 8.1 are discussed.
Just for fun, you can visit Tom Poindexter's Tcl-Wear chronology, a history of tee shirts, hats, office toys and other Tcl-related paraphernalia.
November 5, 1998
The Object Management Group put out a press release indicating that they have figured out that CORBA implementations are available for Linux. This, of course, is not exactly news, but it's nice that they have caught on anyway.
Richard Stallman is trying to put together a list packages that need free manuals. His message describes the project and provides an initial list. Drop him a note if you have additions.
High AvailabilityIf you've noticed recent comments about the availability of new commercial packages for supporting high availabiity under Linux, but prefer free software, you'll be pleased to note the release of fake 1.0.1. Fake is a Redundant Switch Server, designed to switch to a backup server or servers in the event of a system failure. It is available under the GPL.
On a similar note, Michael Callahan wrote in to mention that his company, PolyServe, is looking for beta-testers under Linux for Understudy, an IP alias fail-over product.
Mozilla/NetscapeThe Mozilla project happily reported that XPViewer is now up and running. It is almost totally cross-platform code. You'll find the original reference to this, and a screen shot, at mozillaZine.
MozillaZine has also put out a nice interview with Rick Gessner, chief architect of NGLayout.
Palmzilla? Don't get excited, Mozilla for the Palm Pilot is just the topic of this thinking-out-loud post by "spacecow".
WineA few readers questioned the assertion from last week that Corel intends to assist the further development of WINE. Apparently even some of the principal WINE developers had not heard about this. Confirmation came in the form of this message from Gavriel State of Corel. "...we've decided to put our support into the Wine effort. We are actively committing engineering resources to the Wine project."