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To give a bit of press to a compiler not mentioned here on a regular basis, the Polytechnique Montreal Distribution of Modula-3, called pm3, released their latest version recently, version 1.1.0.
JavaSteve Byrne responded to questions about Sun's commitment to port JDK 1.2 to Linux.
There are actual engineers @ Sun who are writing code. We'd be nowhere near as far along as we are without their help.
PerlBek Oberin is starting a perl-ai mailing list for people interested in Artificial Intelligence projects with perl. If you want to sign up, check her post for more information.
PythonThe Python conference is now well underway. We mentioned one report that has already come back from the conference on our front page. We've got other people out there who have promised reports and or tidbits, so keep an eye on our daily page for last minute updates.
Tcl/tkTkdiff 3.0 is now available. The new version has a new GUI and all reliance on perl has been eliminated.
This week's Tcl-URL! by Mark Roseman is now available. Highlights include pointers to Will Duquette's guide to success with Tcl 8.0 namespace and packages and Clif Flynt's long-awaited update to his TclTutor program.
Andreas Kupries announced pool 2.1, a collection of "generally usable" tcl commands.
November 12, 1998
Mark de Does has released his Rich Text Processor for Linux/Unix (Ted) under the GNU Public License. Ted produces .rtf files that are legal for import into Word, though support for importing rtf files from Word is not perfect. This is a WYSYWYG editor which may fill an excellent niche for those familiar with Microsoft products, needing to support people who are, or otherwise needing documents that are compatible with Word.
GNURichard Stallman posted a note to comp.os.linux.announce, addressed to people who would like to contribute programs to the GNU project. The purpose of the letter is to clarify the difference between writing a program and placing it under the GPL, and writing a program that becomes a part of the official GNU project. The first, anyone can do anytime they wish. For the second, you need to contact the GNU organization, preferably as early in your development history as possible. They can coordinate between projects that way, to make sure there is not a duplication of effort. Meanwhile, don't style your program as "part of the GNU project" unless it has been officially "blessed" by them.
A flurry of announcements for Gnome have been published, including Gnome Xunzip 0.75, gxTar 0.0.3 and gnome-ppp 0.1. In addition, new mailing lists for gnome documentation and GWP have made their debut.
Meanwhile, Ole Aamot is started a GNU Photo project based on the photopc library. GNU Photo aims to be the first GNOME front-end for digital cameras. It should let you download and save digital images as JPEG, set and query camera parameters, from your Epson, Olympus, Agfa, Sanyo, or Nikon (CoolPix) digital camera. Check out his announcement for more information.
High AvailabilityA piece of good news for the High Availability community, Alan Robertson finally received official permission to release his Linux-HA heartbeat software. It will be made available on his High Availability Page.
You may also want to check out the Eddie web software which as just been released under the GPL. More information is available in our Commerce Section.
WineWine-981108 has been released. Here is the official announcement. Specific new items include more common controls, more DOS support, Winsock IPX support and, of course, a lot of bug fixes. Check Wine headquarters for information on getting the latest snapshot.